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Predictions for the 2012 NFC Wild Card Games: Fan’s Opinion
NFC Wild Card games
When one compares the NFC Wild Card games with the AFC Wild Card games, there is no comparison. Recently, I wrote that the NFC is about to dominate the NFL like they did during the 1980s. For the 13-3 New Orleans Saints to be playing on Wild Card Weekend shows how deep the NFC is. Both NFC Wild Card games are great matchups and I can't wait for the weekend to arrive. Take a closer look at my predictions for the NFC Wild Card games.
The Giants punched their ticket to Wild Card Weekend with a victory Sunday night over the Dallas Cowboys. Although the Giants had another subpar second half of the season, they still won a mediocre NFC East. The Falcons are playing an NFC Wild Card game because they were 0-2 versus the Saints. However, stars such as Matt Ryan, Michael Turner, Roddy White and Julio Jones make the Falcons a dangerous Wild Card team in the NFC Playoffs.
I am not impressed with the fact that the Giants are NFC East champions. If not for the fourth quarter heroics of Eli Manning, Tom Coughlin would be looking for a job today instead of preparing for a Wild Card game. I am not a Falcons fan, but I think they will pummel the Giants. Atlanta is still smarting from their playoff loss last year. I predict that Atlanta will be on a mission to prove they are an elite NFC team capable of winning a playoff game on the road.
NFC Wild Card game prediction: Atlanta Falcons def. New York Giants 34-20
Detroit Lions at New Orleans Saints
Besides all the records that the Saints shattered en route to NFC Wild Card Weekend, here is one that didn't receive much attention. The 2011 Saints outscored their opponents by 186 points at home, third best in NFL history. One of the teams they thumped in the Superdome is their Wild Card opponent, the Lions. Detroit will be playing their first NFC Playoff game this century. Lions QB Matthew Stafford quietly threw for over 5,000 yards this year.
Although the Lions defense has gotten most of the attention around the NFL this year, their offense has been much more impressive. Detroit enters NFC Wild Card Weekend with the fifth ranked offense and 23rd ranked defense. The fact that they gave up 45 points to Matt Flynn doesn't bode well for their chances against Drew Brees in their Wild Card game. I predict the Saints will tame the Lions in their NFC Wild Card matchup and it won't be pretty.
NFC Wild Card game prediction: New Orleans Saints def. Detroit Lions 42-20
Patrick Michael was born and raised in New Orleans and currently resides in the Big Easy. As such, he is a lifelong, diehard New Orleans Saints fan. His highlight as a Saints fan was experiencing the magical Super Bowl season of 2009.
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