The MMQB 2013 Playoff Predictions

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The NFL playoffs are often unpredictable (see: Ravens, 2012; Giants, 2007 and 2011), but we’re going to try to predict them anyway. Why not, right?

Below, our four staff writers weigh in on who they thing will make and win the Super Bowl as well as the Super Bowl MVP award, with an explanation of their thought process. For more postseason goodness, check out Peter King’s breakdown of all 12 teams. As far as wild-card weekend goes, Greg A. Bedard muses on whether the Packers can avenge last postseason’s loss to the 49ers, while Robert Klemko writes that the Bengals’ secret weapon is a rookie who can do it all.

On to the picks:

Peter King

Wild Card
AFC NFC
 No. 3 Bengals def. No. 6 Chargers  No. 3 Eagles def. No. 6 Saints
No. 4 Colts def. No. 5 Chiefs No. 5 49ers def. No. 4 Packers
Divisional
AFC NFC
No. 1 Broncos def. Colts No. 1 Seahawks def. 49ers
No. 2 Patriots def. Bengals Eagles def. No. 2 Panthers
Conference
AFC NFC
Patriots def. Broncos Seahawks def. Eagles
Super Bowl
Patriots def. Seahawks

Super Bowl MVP

Julian Edelman, WR, Patriots

My thoughts

In the last six weeks, Edelman has become Tom Brady’s Calvin Johnson. He’s actually out-Calvined Calvin. Edelman has been targeted 73 times in his last six games (Johnson: 60), for 53 catches (Johnson: 31). The comparison is to the last six games each man played; Johnson was inactive in Week 17. Tom Brady always finds a receiver to win with as the season goes on, and that was Edelman this year. He was as slippery as Wes Welker ever was, and his production even when foes knew he was getting the ball all the time stayed very high. I expect the Bengals and Broncos to fail to contain him, and in the Super Bowl, the officiating crew is going to have a bearing on the outcome of the game. Seattle has a physical secondary. How pass-interference is called in the game could be a huge factor in the outcome. I think Edelman understands how far to push the physical envelope, and we’ll see how the crew calls it.

Greg A. Bedard

Wild Card
AFC NFC
 No. 3 Bengals def. No. 6 Chargers  No. 3 Eagles def. No. 6 Saints
No. 4 Colts def. No. 5 Chiefs No. 5 49ers def. No. 4 Packers
Divisional
AFC NFC
No. 1 Broncos def. Colts 49ers def. No. 1 Seahawks
No. 2 Patriots def. Bengals Eagles def. No. 2 Panthers
Conference
AFC NFC
Broncos def. Patriots 49ers def. Eagles
Super Bowl
49ers def. Broncos

Super Bowl MVP

Frank Gore, RB, 49ers

My thoughts

I’m sure my 49ers-over-Seahawks pick is to get the Napoleonic Seattle fans all riled up. Yes, I know the 12th man will be loud as hell. And, yes, I’m also aware that Seattle has whupped the Niners by a combined 71-16 in consecutive beatdowns at CenturyLink Field. But Seattle hasn’t played well in a month, and neither has Russell Wilson mostly thanks to a pass-blocking line that’s been decidedly poor all season. If the Niners can weather the initial flurry, they’re the better team with Michael Crabtree back.

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George
George

After watching this weekends wild-card games, I am convinced the '49ers, and not the Saints, are the team that will exPOSE the sea-hens in the championship round of the NFC playoffs.


Colin Kaepernick is heating up, and will be the "X" factor in that game.  You don't have to hear over the drunken loud "12th man" to do what he did to the peckers.

DWJ08
DWJ08

Sorry to say this, but the 49ers won't win it all. The Saints were killed at C-Link earlier this year, and in Green Bay Kap continued to show us that he can't get the ball off in time. The 49ers had to burn four timeouts because of Kap's inability to get the offense ready when there was some crowd noise. If the Seahawks win this weekend as expected, and the Niners make it to the NFC title game, it will be ugly.

dennis
dennis

Update: Saints defeat Seahawks, Saints defeat Panthers, Saints defeat Manning again, or Colts again.

stratdoc
stratdoc

Colts over the Patriots.  The Pats defense will not be able to contain Luck.

CarlAmeen
CarlAmeen

In answer to Reedster2185. sorry my grammar and English upset you, but I came up the hard way like a lot of other people did in life. And was not aware that I would be scrutinized on my thoughts about sports, so way don't you just pay attention to the topic and not to how people write.  

ChuckMalick
ChuckMalick

Did anyone see the Colts game? They kinda look like a sneaky tease right now, but as a 25+ yr Colts fan, it looks like we may just have something here again! And for those of you thinking about us having to play against Manning... We've seen him choke enough to know we've got a chance at mile high next week! Robert Mathis, WE LOVE YOU!!! There's a reason we cut Peyton before last season, did you see that fumble recovery/td? We've got Luck now!

CarlAmeen
CarlAmeen

Being a Pat's fan since they were in the AFL I still all ways want to see them win just one more SB. Sort of living threw the Red Sox and all those years and near misses. I wanted just one WS win and they give me three in my life time. But yah I think or hope it is Pat's and Sea Hawks Pats making it 4 SB win's.

Mike0546
Mike0546

Superbowl = Bengals vs Niners

tracealligood3
tracealligood3

none of these have Carolina winning a single game? Wow. Have they not won 11 of their last 12 games? I also do not see Philadelphia having the strength to beat New Orleans and Carolina. I believe all four of you will have plenty of flaws in you predictions, especially on the NFC side. I'm a little surprised to say the least.

TigerFrankBurris
TigerFrankBurris

LMAO at Peter King and how predictable, just admit it already that your a Cheater homer instead getting all bent when people get pissed at you for picking these pathetic losers.  

Zeshan
Zeshan

As a 'Hawks fan, Carolina is the NFC team that has me most worried. SF hasn't beaten Seattle by more than one score in two years, and Seattle has beaten SF in Seattle by multiple touchdowns each of those times. NO got killed in Seattle (and plays pretty weakly outside of NOLA). Eagles are riding high (and fun to watch), but they're too new to this light. GB has a porous defense. Carolina, though....

Cusegrad3
Cusegrad3

Maybe PK always talks about the Pats because every year they are relevant and good.  Do you think that might have something to do with it?  How's your team been the last 10 years? 

gregglyoung
gregglyoung

Peter is so predictable, he picks New England every year no matter what.....

Chuckster
Chuckster

The Patriots?   Nah......   Seattle v. Denver.     Broncos win it all.    49ers lose to the Packers in the opening round despite the "impressive arguments" that D i c k -Ramirez keeps throwing out here.  

CrocketDavey
CrocketDavey

Peter King's picks are a bit obnoxious this year. Look, we know he hates the Panthers and loves the Patriots, but come on..this is a New England team that barely beat the Browns and Texans. I think if the Bengals are able to beat the Chargers then they'll beat New England the following weekend. Also, there are always some major upsets in the divisional round. I see either Seattle or Denver losing a stunner that weekend.


As a Panthers fan, I'm happy to see that a team who beat SF on the road, NE at home, split games with the Saints, and lost on a red zone fumble to Seattle (before we realized we were good) get absolutely no respect. Whoever picked Green Bay over the Panthers simply hasn't watched football. The Panthers offense could move on their d; and Rodgers would struggle mightily against the Panthers. As for the Eagles, that's a team I actually think the Panthers do not match up well against. If Foles got the deep ball going and Cam struggled, it would be a loss. If Carolina can face SF or GB I see a win--think the Panthers could give Seattle a run for their money in Seattle.

mashley278
mashley278

I don't see the Panthers losing as easily as everyone has them losing on here....

EdJones
EdJones

Nobody's got Carolina. Against the frickin' EAGLES? child please. 


MarkMcClure
MarkMcClure

NEW ENGLAND OWNS DENVER and MANNING. They are 0-2 and against Brady and Co. and Manning 4-10. Brady just too much better head to head than Manning. Pats crush Seahawks in Super Bowl. NE just too damn good!

PhilCollins
PhilCollins

Well I think Auburn could whop them all this year and I am a  Mizzou and Tide fan.

kmac360
kmac360

@George What was it in the wild card round that told you all of that?  Kaepernick can not play in Seattle.  That much is proven.  

Boodah
Boodah

@stratdoc hahahahahaha....that's the funniest thing I've seen today.

George
George

@ChuckMalick Colts comeback was great.   You might however consider who they came back against.   Chefs are frauds and have always historically been proven losers / chokers.   

The question you might want to consider is how in the hell the Colts managed to get in that -28 mess in the first place to a team like that.   


Luck will be one of the great ones, sooner rather than later - but he isn't quite there yet.  But you and other Colts fans are in for 10-15 years of fun, health and luck (npi) willing.  Enjoy.

elintottz
elintottz

@tracealligood3 do not see philly having the strength to beat Orleans and Carolina? Then you my friend are legally blind...

George
George

@TigerFrankBurris Just goes to demonstrate fatboy pk's "insightful insider" football knowledge.

... and just as big an "expert" on coffee and beer too   (as if we care)


=D

gbgentleman
gbgentleman

@Richard--RamirezDepends on if SF can handle -30 wind chills....  Sometimes that kind of cold can take the fight right out of a person/team. 

elintottz
elintottz

@EdJones  Can't wait to laugh at all you doubters...  hang on to your hater hats, whilst my EAGLES do some damage...

George
George

@AlainLapointe Good "sleeper" pick - and possible too, though I still give Denver, then NE the nod.

Great possible story though.   Phillip Rivers / Chargers and all that.


Ya' got guts kid - and guts iz enuff!  :D

aceuvspades
aceuvspades

@MarkMcClure When has DENVER and MANNING played NE at Denver?  The NE losses weren't exactly blowouts, and they were both on the road.  Let's see what happens when they play in Denver.

struckanerve9
struckanerve9

@MarkMcClureYeah...sure.  If they even make it that far.  I don't think the punchless patsies can get past the Bengals, much less the Broncos. 

Joebuckster
Joebuckster

@MarkMcClure Whatever, dumb dumb. Manning is actually 4-3 'against' Brady post Spygate, even though they actually play against different coaches and defenses. He also owns the biggest comeback in AFCCG history against Brady. Only homer hacks like you and Peter 'Patsy' King actually think the Patsies have a hope in hell of winning the Super Bowl this year. I hope you both bet your house on the game...

Boodah
Boodah

@Reedster2185  Still bleating about spygate? What happened? Did they let you off your meds?

JoeBlowzinski
JoeBlowzinski

@Reedster2185

Pretty relevant indeed. 

Typically 12 wins a season, win AFC East all but one year, when Brady went down (they lost w/an 11-5 record in a tiebreaker w/Miami) 

4 consecutive bye weeks in the playoffs. 

3 AFCCG games

2SB appearances lost in the last drive of the game by miraculous plays


How does your team stack up cupcake? How many SB appearances, let alone victories have they had. 

mashley278
mashley278

@Joebuckster@PhilCollinsYet. You. Depend. On. It. For. This. Game.....Look, I'm a football fan, college first, NFL second, but I don't sit around trashing the NFL. The NFL with a play, a commercial, a punt, a commercial. Or their tiny stadiums, or their cheesy pre-game shows, or their hyping of pro football like these guys are in the special forces. That being said, no college team, in the history of CFB could be even the worst NFL team.

George
George

@TimODonohue @Reedster2185 @Cusegrad3 That one's getting lame, not to mention unoriginal.


Pay a creative ghost writer & some new snarks, as I'm sure you couldn't come up with an original snarky put-down yourself.  

mashley278
mashley278

@CrocketDavey@Joebuckster@PhilCollinsWhen is the last time the halftime show lasted any longer than an NFL game? During the bowls? And Michael Irvin and Shannon Sharpe are better? Keyshawn Johnson? Bitter Dan Marino? The only tolerable NFL show to watch is the Fox pregame.

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