Championship Weekend Picks

New England Patriots (13-4) vs Denver Broncos (14-3)

The Patriots come in off a convincing win over the Colts last week in New England. QB Tom Brady had a QB rating of 78.4 last week but did not throw any TDs as the Patriots stuck to a ground game. RB LeGarrette Blount 166 yds on 24 carries and 4 TDs and RB Stevan Ridley rushed for an additional 2 TDs. Pats defense picked off Colts QB Andrew Luck four times. Broncos come in off a win last week against the Charger in Denver. QB Peyton Manning had a QB rating of 93.5 completing 25 of 36 for 2 TDs and 1 INT. RB Knowshon Moreno rushed for 1 additional TD. These two teams faced each other in week 12 resulting in a win for New England. Brady has won 10 of 14 matchups with Manning’s teams, including a 2-1 mark in the postseason in which the home team has prevailed each time. Prediction: Patriots

San Francisco 49ers (14-4) vs Seattle Seahawks (14-3)

49ers come in off an eight game winning streak. QB Colin Kaepernick had a QB rating of  87.8 last week completing 15 of 28 for 196 yds 1 passing TD and 1 rushing TD. Niners defense picked off Panthers QB Cam Newton twice last week. Seahawks come in off a win last week against the Saints at home. QB Russell Wilson had a QB rating of 67.6 last week completing just 9 of 18 for 103 yds and 0 TDs as the Seahawks leaned on their running game for the win. RB Marshawn Lynch rushed for 140 yds on 28 carries and 2 TDs. Seahawks have the top ranked defense in the league. These teams split the last four meetings. Seahawks have only lost one game at home in the last two seasons but Colin Kaepernick is 4-1 in the postseason including 3-0 on the road. Prediction: 49ers

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