Reporting Bob Haynie
The divisional round of the NFL Playoffs are this weekend and all of the wild-card teams are gone. Nothing but division champs left in the field of eight.
Home teams were 4-0 last week. Will we see more home domination starting this Saturday?
I’m thinking no.
Let’s get to the picks.
New Orleans @ San Francisco–By going 13-3, the 49′ers became one of the feel-good stories of the 2011 season. Unfortunately, the story ends at home to the playoff-tested Saints, 31-17.
Denver @ New England–Denver stunned a lot of people by upsetting the Steelers last Sunday. No need to worry about the shock-factor this weekend. Patriots roll, 30-13.
N.Y. Giants @ Green Bay–Remember when the Giants played the Patriots tough at the end of the 2007 season and then won the rematch in Super Bowl XLII? Well, the Giants played GB tough a few weeks ago before falling short. Will history repeat itself? Yep. N.Y. wins, 34-31.
Houston @ Baltimore--The Texans have already lost to the Ravens in Baltimore this season. After earning a home playoff game and a first-round bye, the Ravens will not allow Houston to gain a measure of revenge. Ray Rice, Joe Flacco and a stout defense will carry Baltimore to victory, 24-13.
There are four good matchups this weekend.
I can’t wait to watch them.
Enjoy the football.