NFL Championships open thread

posted at 12:30 pm on January 22, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

What a surprisingly good playoff series we have had in the NFL this year!  Most of the games have been exciting, close-run affairs, and one even went (oh so briefly) into overtime.  Three of the four teams still alive in the post-season have won Super Bowl titles in the last eleven years, and one team — the New England Patriots — has played in four of those games, winning three of them.  Home teams have won almost all of the games, while the one team with the biggest perceived home-field advantage, the Green Bay Packers, ended up losing to a team that made two other Super Bowl appearances in that time, the New York Giants.

Today’s games will produce this year’s Super Bowl, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see a couple of super games in the league championships.  Here are my picks:

  • Ravens at Patriots — The Baltimore Ravens have been two different teams this season — unbeatable at home but mediocre on the road.  The Patriots, on the other hand, only lost once at home and have been peaking toward the end of the season.  The weather will play against the Ravens, and the able but aging defense will have a tough time against Tom Brady and the New England offense.  The Patriots will go to their fifth Super Bowl in ten years with a 31-20 win over Baltimore.
  • Giants at 49ers — Eli Manning and the Giants are on a roll in the playoffs, dominating Atlanta at home and then Green Bay in Lambeau Field.  The 49ers barely beat the New Orleans Saints last week in a wild finish after having a 17-0 advantage over the Saints in the first quarter.  This one should be a shootout, and the 49ers have the home-field advantage, but something tells me that the Giants will play better ball control than the Saints did last week and prevail over the scrappy, big-heart San Francisco team.  Giants win 27-24.

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I agree it was a TD. Where was the red flag and the automatic booth review?

FLconservative on January 22, 2012 at 6:24 PM

Wow, Flacco was better than Brady and the Ravens lost anyway. Go figure.

forest on January 22, 2012 at 6:15 PM

Actually, some of the stats of the two for the game were very close.

Both had the exact same 22 for 36 passing tally. Flacco had slightly more passing yards (301 to 239)

Flacco was sacked 3 times as much as Brady, and lost more yards per sack.

But Brady didn’t pass for any touchdowns. That brought his rating down.

Brady just admitted on camera: “I sucked pretty bad today”

Del Dolemonte on January 22, 2012 at 6:25 PM

The New York Football Giants ain’t scared.

Stu Gotts on January 22, 2012 at 6:25 PM

Okay, brother against brother is toast. Go NYG!

jb34461 on January 22, 2012 at 6:27 PM

Fox babes

Tim_CA on January 22, 2012 at 6:28 PM

Ravens are going to the Super Bowl!

Christien on January 22, 2012 at 6:30 PM

I like the Fox pregame team. Terry, Howie, etc. make pregame fun.

predator on January 22, 2012 at 6:30 PM

That clinches it. Fans in the Superbowl host city will be rooting for the NFC team, because there’s no way Colts fans will root for the Patriots.

PerceptorII on January 22, 2012 at 6:32 PM

Go Niners!!!! Kick Butt!

Rovin on January 22, 2012 at 6:33 PM

Still raining up there!

Tim_CA on January 22, 2012 at 6:34 PM

The Hand of God borrowed by #29 Sterling Moore.

Wigglesworth on January 22, 2012 at 6:34 PM

Whoever wins, I hope Brady loses.

El_Terrible on January 22, 2012 at 6:34 PM

I’m a fan of the Manning clan. Gotta root for the Giants.

predator on January 22, 2012 at 6:34 PM

Boy I miss John Madden.

diogenes on January 22, 2012 at 6:35 PM

Damndamndamn!!!!

nukemhill on January 22, 2012 at 6:35 PM

Cundiff gets his walking papers before the Super Bowl is over. What a horrible season.

nukemhill on January 22, 2012 at 6:36 PM

I like this singer better than the other old guy.

Rovin on January 22, 2012 at 6:37 PM

I like this singer better than the other old guy.

Rovin on January 22, 2012 at 6:37 PM

Steven Tyler was awful.

El_Terrible on January 22, 2012 at 6:37 PM

Now that is how you do an Anthem.

predator on January 22, 2012 at 6:38 PM

Now that was an anthem. Someone find an elevator and a drunk hooker for Steven Tyler and get him out of our sight.

NotCoach on January 22, 2012 at 6:38 PM

Better than Steven Tyler.

p40tiger on January 22, 2012 at 6:38 PM

I like this singer better than the other old guy.

Rovin on January 22, 2012 at 6:37 PM

Steven Tyler was awful.

El_Terrible on January 22, 2012 at 6:37 PM

LMAO…I’m keeping out of it this time.

Tim_CA on January 22, 2012 at 6:38 PM

“I’m so bad I make medicine sick”

M. Ali

Tim_CA on January 22, 2012 at 6:40 PM

Talk about getting something out of nothing.

predator on January 22, 2012 at 6:44 PM

Ravens going to the Super Bowl? Nice of the NFL to give them
tickets.

They’re showing the love for Cundiff in Charm City http://www.facebook.com/baltimoreravens?sk=wall
(you may need to be a Facebook member to see)

raccoonradio on January 22, 2012 at 6:44 PM

O/T

Brady: “I sucked pretty bad today, but our defense saved us”

http://www.boston.com/sports/football/patriots/extra_points/2012/01/tom_brady_i_suc_1.html

haner on January 22, 2012 at 6:47 PM

Ravens going to the Super Bowl? Nice of the NFL to give them
tickets.

raccoonradio on January 22, 2012 at 6:44 PM

LOL

Ugly on January 22, 2012 at 6:47 PM

DISCLAIMER: I am a lifelong Pats fan (and is hasn’t always been this easy)

I truly don’t get where all the anti-Patriot vitriol comes from. Can it just be simple jealousy or is it some insidious manifestation of our culture’s penchant for building up people/things just to tear them down? In the 2002 Superbowl…New England was everyone’s darling. “We were all Patriots that day.”

I credit the Ravens…they played well enough to win and Flacco was superb, but to cheapen anyone’s victory with excuse making is really sad. It wasn’t a touchdown. It wasn’t a drop either like Shannon Sharpe said. It was just a GREAT play by a DB. Brady missed a WIDE-open Gronchowski early too. As Al Pacino said…those inches make up the difference between winning and losing.

Huckabye-Romney on January 22, 2012 at 6:49 PM

If only, If only…..

You’ll hear that for th next 6 months. The Ravens almost won that game and should have. If only….

So, gotta root for the other Harbaugh brother. Let’s go Niners

JohnnyD on January 22, 2012 at 6:52 PM

raccoonradio on January 22, 2012 at 6:44 PM

I figured putting “/Joe Biden” afterward would be too obvious.

Christien on January 22, 2012 at 6:53 PM

With the Steelers out of it having the Ratbirds lose and people questioning the legitimacy of the Pats win. It cannot get much better.

CW on January 22, 2012 at 6:53 PM

CW on January 22, 2012 at 6:53 PM

Are you the same person who used to post here as CWforFreedom?

Christien on January 22, 2012 at 6:56 PM

That clinches it. Fans in the Superbowl host city will be rooting for the NFC team, because there’s no way Colts fans will root for the Patriots.

PerceptorII on January 22, 2012 at 6:32 PM

Next season I’m rooting for the Saints to go all the way, because then they will be the Super Bowl Home Team.

Del Dolemonte on January 22, 2012 at 7:00 PM

Davis in for seven!!!!!!!

Tim_CA on January 22, 2012 at 7:01 PM

WTF….for standing on a podium??…..Obummer climbs on camera stands all the time!!

Tim_CA on January 22, 2012 at 7:02 PM

Next season I’m rooting for the Saints to go all the way, because then they will be the Super Bowl Home Team.

Del Dolemonte on January 22, 2012 at 7:00 PM

Don’t they move the game in such a situation?

rbj on January 22, 2012 at 7:03 PM

TD, Vernon Davis! Niners “Come Out Swinging,” draw first blood.

^5 Rovin and SF fans.

Christien on January 22, 2012 at 7:04 PM

Are you the same person who used to post here as CWforFreedom?

Christien on January 22, 2012 at 6:56 PM

You betcha.

CW on January 22, 2012 at 7:04 PM

Davis got lucky there, even w/the penalty

Ugly on January 22, 2012 at 7:04 PM

Close call.

CW on January 22, 2012 at 7:06 PM

Close call.

CW on January 22, 2012 at 7:06 PM

If Davis ran flat-footed, like I do, he would have been out. :)

predator on January 22, 2012 at 7:07 PM

Well that stinks. Of all times you want to miss a 30 yard FG…. this was not the time. Now I get to listen about NE ….Ravens should have won the game.

Well heres to at least SF winning… and then taking out the Pats

watertown on January 22, 2012 at 7:11 PM

That freakin’ “Chronicle” movie looks good.

Tim_CA on January 22, 2012 at 7:16 PM

I truly don’t get where all the anti-Patriot vitriol comes from. Can it just be simple jealousy or is it some insidious manifestation of our culture’s penchant for building up people/things just to tear them down? In the 2002 Superbowl…New England was everyone’s darling. “We were all Patriots that day.”

Huckabye-Romney on January 22, 2012 at 6:49 PM

Longtime (1960s-present) Pats fan here. It mainly comes only from the fans of a handful of teams, not country-wide. And the reasons vary.

For instance, there are a lot of Patriots haters among San Diego Chargers fans, but their hatred is solely based on our beating them in San Diego in the playoffs one year. But most of the hatred is on the East Coast, with the fans of 2 or 3 AFC teams. With the Jets fans of course it’s Spygate.

As far as the Senior Circuit, in my experience only the fans of a couple of NFCs team truly hate the Pats with a passion, namely some New York Football Giants and Iggles Fans. But that is due to territorial rivalry mainly. You don’t see many Saints fans hating the Pats.

Del Dolemonte on January 22, 2012 at 7:16 PM

Apparently Drudge is watching the game… lol

Ugly on January 22, 2012 at 7:17 PM

Next season I’m rooting for the Saints to go all the way, because then they will be the Super Bowl Home Team.

Del Dolemonte on January 22, 2012 at 7:00 PM

Don’t they move the game in such a situation?

rbj on January 22, 2012 at 7:03 PM

LOL, no.

Del Dolemonte on January 22, 2012 at 7:17 PM

That freakin’ “Chronicle” movie looks good.

Tim_CA on January 22, 2012 at 7:16 PM

Agreed!

Ugly on January 22, 2012 at 7:18 PM

That field surface looks like it’s in great shape considering the weather.

Del Dolemonte on January 22, 2012 at 7:19 PM

Manning’s had all day back in the pocket….Niners got to put some pressure on this guy.

Rovin on January 22, 2012 at 7:35 PM

Kerfuffle.

Tim_CA on January 22, 2012 at 7:40 PM

Cruuuuuuuuz!

predator on January 22, 2012 at 8:05 PM

I can’t believe that throw Manning just made to Cruz while under pressure. Wow. (And I am not a Giants fan.)

WannabeAnglican on January 22, 2012 at 8:06 PM

defensive game.

rbj on January 22, 2012 at 8:07 PM

The Saints had more momentum than anyone going into the playoffs. But they got dat bad juju at away playoff games – 0 for 3. If they don’t have homefield, then don’t count on them to advance.

jb34461 on January 22, 2012 at 8:16 PM

I truly don’t get where all the anti-Patriot vitriol comes from. Can it just be simple jealousy or is it some insidious manifestation of our culture’s penchant for building up people/things just to tear them down?

Huckabye-Romney on January 22, 2012 at 6:49 PM

Because the Pats are from New England, and people are jealous of Brady, the successful football career, big bucks, good look, beautiful wife. The anti-Pats crowd wants Newt. Unfortunately, the fat old guy is not good in throwing footballs, only bombs.

galtani on January 22, 2012 at 8:16 PM

The anti-Pats crowd wants Newt. Unfortunately, the fat old guy is not good in throwing footballs, only bombs.

galtani on January 22, 2012 at 8:16 PM

It’s a football thread. Political threads are posted at the main page.

predator on January 22, 2012 at 8:32 PM

Oh crap….I “described” the game to a friend.

I hope the NFL doesn’t sue me.

Tim_CA on January 22, 2012 at 8:40 PM

Oh crap….I “described” the game to a friend.

I hope the NFL doesn’t sue me.

Tim_CA on January 22, 2012 at 8:40 PM

I’m gonna tell!

predator on January 22, 2012 at 8:44 PM

TD!! 9′ers

Ugly on January 22, 2012 at 8:47 PM

I hope the NFL doesn’t sue me.

Tim_CA on January 22, 2012 at 8:40 PM

Talking about it online carries a bigger risk.

abobo on January 22, 2012 at 8:49 PM

come on Giants, time for a come back.

rbj on January 22, 2012 at 8:51 PM

Ouch. That dude got popped–hard.

predator on January 22, 2012 at 9:02 PM

Hell of a collision.

Tim_CA on January 22, 2012 at 9:02 PM

Oof! Hope he’s okay

Ugly on January 22, 2012 at 9:02 PM

excellent.

Tim_CA on January 22, 2012 at 9:05 PM

haha that was awesome!

“NAILED IT!!!”

Ugly on January 22, 2012 at 9:10 PM

Frank Gore sure is a good ballplayer. Don’t get to see much of him.

forest on January 22, 2012 at 9:11 PM

Last quarter.

rbj on January 22, 2012 at 9:13 PM

Giants have advantage in time of possession; Niners are 0 for 8 on third down; and they still lead. Whooda thunkit.

predator on January 22, 2012 at 9:15 PM

Review!F

predator on January 22, 2012 at 9:21 PM

whoa

haner on January 22, 2012 at 9:21 PM

Looked to me like it touched the knee. We’ll see what the officials think…

Ugly on January 22, 2012 at 9:21 PM

That hit the knee. Giants ball.

predator on January 22, 2012 at 9:24 PM

Clearly touched the knee. Giant break for the Giants.

Hochuli with another mini-novella explanation, after incontroversial incontrovertible evidence.

Christien on January 22, 2012 at 9:26 PM

Hate to sound like a broken record, but bad things happen for the receiving team if a punt hits the ground. Go catch the punt.

forest on January 22, 2012 at 9:26 PM

Hate to sound like a broken record, but bad things happen for the receiving team if a punt hits the ground. Go catch the punt.

forest on January 22, 2012 at 9:26 PM

Or stay the hell away from it.

predator on January 22, 2012 at 9:28 PM

GIANTS!

predator on January 22, 2012 at 9:30 PM

TD Giants

Ugly on January 22, 2012 at 9:30 PM

touchdown giants

diogenes on January 22, 2012 at 9:30 PM

Now we’re gonna see some football.

Tim_CA on January 22, 2012 at 9:31 PM

Manning to Manningham, TD! Giants take the lead.

Christien on January 22, 2012 at 9:33 PM

Nice return, dammit.

predator on January 22, 2012 at 9:34 PM

Nice return! Plenty of time.

Ugly on January 22, 2012 at 9:34 PM

YES! SMITH!

Ugly on January 22, 2012 at 9:37 PM

Tie Game.

Tim_CA on January 22, 2012 at 9:41 PM

3 and out!

Tim_CA on January 22, 2012 at 9:45 PM

I hate to say it, but it looks like SF is wearing the Giants down a little.

predator on January 22, 2012 at 9:46 PM

Ouch

Ugly on January 22, 2012 at 9:48 PM

Sack! Yes!

predator on January 22, 2012 at 9:48 PM

Huge sack.

Tim_CA on January 22, 2012 at 9:49 PM

Nice double-team of Davis. Saints should’ve done that.

Christien on January 22, 2012 at 9:49 PM

Sheesh. Niners destroyed the Giants protection there.

predator on January 22, 2012 at 9:51 PM

Haul out your old AM Radios and try and pull in WFAN 660…better play by play guys than the Fox Hacks.

Reception Conditions are Ideal too.

Del Dolemonte on January 22, 2012 at 9:52 PM

Helluva game, no matter who takes it to the SB

Ugly on January 22, 2012 at 9:52 PM

3 and out!!

Tim_CA on January 22, 2012 at 9:55 PM

3rd down conversions are scarce in this game.

Tim_CA on January 22, 2012 at 9:56 PM

OT? That’d be sweet

Ugly on January 22, 2012 at 9:57 PM

Helluva game, no matter who takes it to the SB

Ugly on January 22, 2012 at 9:52 PM

Two great games today. This is what it should be like at this point.

predator on January 22, 2012 at 9:57 PM

Three and out. Now, go win it, Giants.

Christien on January 22, 2012 at 9:58 PM

and another 3 and out.

friggin’ high school football.

Tim_CA on January 22, 2012 at 9:58 PM

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