No matter who has the edge Sunday, it seems the nation is rooting for Manning, because it’s been harder for him to win, because he’s not so pretty, because he’s considered one of us, because you get the sense that his aw-shucks, southern refrain is real.
In anticipation of the AFC and NFC Championship games this weekend, we’ve pulled together America’s leading sportscasters to make their predictions and picks for Patriots-Broncos and 49ers-Seahawks.
Mike Florio of Profootballtalk.com joined In The Loop with Nick and Lopez and they discussed the Texans flirtation with Mike Munchak and Bruce Matthews, the NFL Playoffs, the new coaching hires this week and the issues with the referees so far in the playoffs.
Kerry Byrne, Cold Hard Football Facts, joined Ted and Paul to talk about the NFL playoff games this weekend. He talked about Tom Brady’s very impressive stats and though Peyton Manning is close he is not quite there. Byrne predicted how Belichick is going to play it going against Denver this weekend. He also looked at the stats in the 49ers vs Seahawks game including Russell Wilson compared to Colin Kaepernick.
The good news: either Manning or Brady will get to go to another Super Bowl. The bad news: one of them will not, and be denied adding more to his legacy yet again.
For those that want to attend the AFC Championship Game, making sure to purchase legitimate tickets is a big deal. Counterfeits are more popular all the time, especially as the playoffs arrive.
Both Patriots Nation and Broncos Country are looking forward to Brady/Manning XV. The rest of the planet will probably enjoy the game, too.
John McClain joined In The Loop with Nick and Lopez and they discussed the NFL Playoff action from this weekend, a preview of Manning versus Brady next Sunday and the Texans hiring Romeo Crennel as their defensive coordinator.
The Indianapolis Colts were hoping to not end up having to come from behind in another huge deficit this week. Well, they didn’t have to until they got to the fourth quarter and the New England Patriots opened it up.
Thanks to big games by running back LaGarrette Blount and linebacker Jamie Collins, the New England Patriots are in the AFC Championship Game once again.