Well, we’re down to the final four in the NFL, with the AFC and NFC games set for Sunday in New England and Green Bay. What is interesting is no one would have guessed two-three weeks ago we’d still be talking about the Giants hanging around, and many thought the same of the Chargers. The Colts and Cowboys messed up our dreams of two marquee championship games, but that’s why they play the games. While much has to still be said about them, here’s a few quick thoughts on both games next weekend.
San Diego at New England – After their first meeting in November, all the talk was about the Colts-Patriots II matchup we’d see in the AFC title game. Whoops. I guess the Chargers had other ideas, and you have to give them props for pulling out a game that on paper that had no chance winning. They lose their best player, quarterback and their tight end is playing at about 30-40 percent, yet they had enough spunk to beat a Colts team that at first seemed inspired, but then were totally flat at the end. As for this game, I don’t know anyone that is going to pick the Chargers to win this game, and for good reason. Both LaDainian Tomlinson and Philip Rivers, if they play, will be at less than 100 percent. As for the Pats, they should have more than enough to put this game away by the third quarter, much like they did Saturday vs the Jags.
New York Giants at Green Bay – Deep down I knew that the Giants had enough to beat Dallas, that’s why I stuck with them all week. The Cowboys had not played a good game in over a month, and it showed even though they had two long drives and were excellent on third down to almost do in Big Blue. Now they will try to gain a measure of revenge on the Packers, a team that they lost to badly in week two at home to. The Pack seem to have the advantage here, as they will be at home, can attack a banged up Giants secondary, and are good against the run which seemed to be the Giants strong point Sunday. Weather will play a factor, as they say it could be single digits for the game. Eli Manning has not been a good cold weather QB, giving the Packers even more of an advantage.