I believe the best four teams remain in the 2013 NFL playoffs. The top two seeds in the AFC are in the championship game and the best teams in the NFC will fight it out for a 3rd time in their conference title game. The AFC match up will be billed as Brady vs Manning part 15. The NFC battle will be just that, a football war on the field where bodies will be beaten and blood will be spilled. We have two of the best quarterbacks to ever wear an NFL uniform playing for the right to get back to the Super Bowl and the two best defenses in the league play the rubber match with the winner going to New York for SB XLVIII. This is as good as it gets!
What I want to do is rank each of the essential parts of the 4 remaining teams. It's completely and totally unscientific and probably will have nothing to do with the game at all. But it's fun and it may give insight as to where the strengths and weaknesses lie within each team. It's based on a point system (1 - 4) where 1 is the lowest and 4 is the highest. Each team will be ranked 1 - 4 in various categories and once that is done, we'll add them up and the team with the most points may be the team who wins the Super Bowl come February. Let's see what happens:
Wide receivers/Tight Ends:
When adding up the scores based upon my ridiculous, yet fun to do theory, here's how it all came out.
1. Patriots (13 points)
2. 49ers (12 points)
3. Broncos (11 points)
4. Seahawks (11 points)
This doesn't mean the 49ers and Patriots will play in the Super Bowl but it should allow you to think a bit about both the tangibles and intangibles of these games. You can factor in the experience of not only the players but the coaches. Home field is supposed to be an advantage since every team fights for it during the course of the regular season so that fact comes into play as well. That could help the Broncos and Seahawks, especially Seattle where it is noisy and tough as heck to win as a visiting opponent. But it can be done as displayed by the Arizona Cardinals last month and that the Seahawks only beat the Saints by 8 points this weekend while struggling offensively.
Both games are rematches from earlier this season. We all know Tom Brady and Peyton Manning are quite familiar with each other but the Broncos also played the Patriots back in week 12. A game where the visiting Denver Broncos led 24 - 0 at halftime, only to blow the lead and the game to the Brady Bunch 34 - 31.
Speaking of familiarity, the Niners and Hawks are no strangers to each other either. This is a brand new rivalry but it's intense and full of hatred. This is as old school as it gets in today's modern passing, don't touch me league. They both play in the NFC West so they go at it twice a year. They've split those match ups evenly over the past two seasons where both teams have begun to reach their peak at a young age. But it's built to last! If you love the NFL, then I don't think you can ask for a better weekend of football. Breakdown and analysis of the Conference Championships will be done by Team R4S throughout the week. Vote on the right sidebar for your winner.