2012 NFL Playoff Odds: NFC Championship: Giants vs. 49ers
After a nail bitter in San Francisco and a huge upset in Green Bay, the NFC Championship game is set for this coming Sunday between the New York Giants and San Francisco 49ers.
Coming off a stellar performance against the favored Green Bay Packers, the New York Giants lead by front man Eli Manning are trying to get back to SuperBowl glory last tasted only 4 years ago – by putting down the former Champs, they are well on their way.
Standing in their way are the San Francisco 49ers. As slight odds favorites going into the NFC Championship, the 49ers will be at home in Candelstick Park. San Francisco’s defense was able to keep Drew Brees and his record breaking passing offense at bay and in order to win on Sunday they need to show up against New York.
These teams have a long and storied rivalry, particularly in the playoffs. Having met an impressive seven times in the postseason, the New York Giants hold the slight lead at 4 wins to 3.
Our pick for this Sunday’s NFC Championship is the New York Giants. Eli Manning is on a hot streak and is tough to beat in the playoffs. While the 49ers defense is stiff, look for Hakeem Nicks to have another big game and help take the Giants back to the SuperBowl.
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2012 NFL Playoff Odds: AFC Championship: Ravens vs. Patriots
On Sunday afternoon the AFC Championship game will begin and it looks a lot like the Wild Card game of 2010. The New England Patriots will play host to the Baltimore Ravens in a game that is shaping up to be a great one. Last year when these teams met in the Wild Card game, Baltimore walked into hometown New England and laid a beat down on the Pats winning 33-14.
This season, the Pats are once again at home in Foxborough and according to GT Bets Sportsbook are favored to come out on top (-7 or +110). After absolutely destroying the Broncos last week, Tom Brady and his Patriots are coming into Sunday’s match up on a high. Brady passed for 363 yards, with 6 TD’s and only 1 INT; however, Baltimore’s defense is leaps and bounds above that of the Broncos. It should also be noted that Brady missed practice on Wednesday due to a sore left shoulder (non throwing shoulder) – hopefully it will not have an effect on his game.
The Ravens relied on their defense to take out the Titans last week, but in the AFC Championship game, Joe Flacco, Anquan Boldin and Ray Rice will need to step up their games. While the Ravens have the 3rd ranked defense in the NFL this year, Tom Brady is one of the best quarterbacks in history, with 3 Superbowl rings, in which in 2 was named MVP, as well as 2 regular season MVP’s. With those accolades along with an offense line that has been protecting Brady for years, the Ravens will have a tough time putting the necessary pressure to throw Brady off his game.
This Sunday afternoon, we pick the Patriots to cover the spread and return to the Superbowl for the 5th time in 10 years.
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