Jackie, I think that the Pats are beatable. They lost to the Giants earlier this season. The Giants have one of the best pass rushes in the league with Umenyiora and Pierre-Paul, and they have a good offense in which the running game has steadily improved as the season has progressed. That win versus the Packers was impressive, and it should have been by a bigger margin than it turn out to be. Tom Coughlin is one of the best coaches in the league in motivating and getting his team prepared to play in big games. Belichick has struggled with that over the past eight seasons with regularity; that is why I don't think New England makes it past the Ravens this Sunday.
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I think San Francisco will beat the Giants in the NFC Championship Game. The 49ers just got done beating one of the very best offenses in the league in New Orleans and completely shut down their running attack. I think the same can be done against the Giants, who really didn't find a running game until recently. The Giants have their issues on offensive line, though they differ from the Bears, in that they don't run block well. The line does pass block pretty well, however, so the Niners will have to get a fierce pass rush going if they hope to stop the Giants.
Think that the Patriots will continue that momentum in throwing and Brady in all of that as the Ravens are very tough on defense. As the Pats offense will have to show up. 49ers Would love to go back to the Super Bowl but the Giants have huge momentum on their side. With their defense and all of that.
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As far as New England and Baltimore, I'm hopeful that the Ravens will win. The Pats have struggled against good defenses this season (vis a vis, the Giants), and if the Ravens can get pressure on Brady, I think they can win.
Two TE's, one TE, or no TE's Brady is on a mission so if you want to beat the Pats you need top beat him. Taking away his best targets and putting an ungodly amount of pressure on him is what it will take. Of the other three other teams left NY looks in the best position to do that.
We all saw what Eli could do against a weak Packer defense and the Pats rank right up there (or should I say down) with them defensively. Of course first of all the Giants and the Pats need to get there so I guess it's too early to make firm predictions.
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