Conference Championship Weekend and Pro Bowl
Welcome back to DaCosta’s Down.
Last week Predictions:
GB 35 ATL 38
PIT 18 NE 28
NE vs ATL – Superbowl matchup
The Championship season, full of excitement, the opportunity to play in the Super Bowl hangs in front of four teams. For the fans, the excitement is also surrounded by the feeling of despair, as the realization that football season is coming to an end, finally sets in.
Green Bay Packers 21 @ Atlanta Falcons 44
Despite Lucas Harvey’s bold prediction for the Packers to own this game, I don’t think any football fan expected a massacre of this kind. The game was over at halftime, which is when I turned off my TV. 24-0 in the NFC championship is near impossible to comeback from. Although the Packers won the second half 21-20, that’s nowhere close to the second half that was needed to get to the Super Bowl. Julio Jones looked unstoppable going for 9 receptions and 180 yards. Matty Ice threw for 392 and 4 TD’s to continue a great season. The Packers didn’t look like the same team that beat the ‘Boys the week before. The running game was non-existent for the Packers, making it easy for the Falcons D to pin their ears pack. Big Congratulations to the NFC Championship Atlanta Falcons.
Pittsburg Steelers 17 @– New England Patriots 36
The New England Patriots outplayed the Steelers in every regard. Losing Bell due to injury did not help the Steelers in anyway. With their victory the Patriots now hold the record for most Super Bowl appearances by any franchise. Tom Brady looked like the GOAT throwing for 384. His WR’s played one hell of a game as well with Chris Hogan equaling Julio Jones’ production of 180 on 9 receptions. In addition to Minitron (Julien Edleman) putting up 118 yards on 8 catches. Lawrence Timmons played a great game on defence for the Steelers. The Patriots defence did a great job to contain Antonio Brown.
Super Bowl Prediction:
NE 38 @ ATL 33 (in Houston, but NFC is the home team)
I am hoping that this is an exciting Super Bowl, but do not see the Patriots losing. This game is featuring the #1 Scoring Offence vs the #1 Scoring defence. I truly believe that defence wins championships and the Pats defence is better coached and will prevent Julio Jones from taking over the game. The Falcons pass rush is to be feared with Deacon Jones’ Award Winner Vic Beasley on the line. A strong pass rush is the key to beating the Patriots and with veteran Dwight Freeny on the Falcons, they will be coming with their ears pinned back. The Pats will need their pass rush to show up, after recording zero sacks against the Steelers. A run game will be important to the success of both teams, but in the case of a shootout; both offences are capable of putting up points.
AFC 20 @ NFC 13
The QBs for each of the Head Coaches both started this game. Alex Smith for the AFC and Dak Prescott for the NFC. The Pro Bowl was played with a lot more physicality and intensity this year, an area which the fans have complained. Returning to the AFC vs NFC format allowed for the skills competitions to have more meaning. Travis Kelce and Lorenzo Alexander captured the MVP honors. Overall an improvement of past Pro Bowls, with the AFC capturing the W.
Power Relay Race: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PaVFa5DWIVU
Drone Drop: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bgIn8Gz4hyA
Best hands: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zajn9DzVh8k
QB Precision: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=POWaaHKXRlw
NFL Honors Predictions:
AP Most Valuable Player: Matt Ryan, QB, ATL
AP Coach of the Year: Jason Garrett, DAL
AP Offensive Player of the Year: Ezekiel Elliott, RB, DAL
AP Defensive Player of the Year: Khalil Mack, LB, OAK
AP Offensive Rookie of the Year: Ezekiel Elliott, RB, DAL
AP Defensive Rookie of the Year: Joey Bosa, DE, SD
AP Comeback Player of the Year: Jordy Nelson, WR, GB
NFL Sportsmanship Award: Joe Thomas, OT, CLE