After this weekend’s results, the NFL Playoffs are currently down to 4 teams. The Patriots, Broncos, Cardinals and Panthers will compete for their conference championships and a bid into the 2016 Super Bowl.
In the first divisional matchup this weekend the Carolina Panthers defeated the Seattle Seahawks 31-24 in an ending that shouldn’t have been that close. The Panthers built themselves a 31-0 lead to start the game, and it all looked over for Seattle. Then, Seattle mounted a relentless comeback scoring 21 unanswered points, but it was too little too late for Russell Wilson and his team.
SEA R. Wilson: 31-48, 366 yards, 3 TD, 2 INT.
CAR C. Newton: 16-22, 161 yards, 1 TD.
SEA R. Wilson: 3 carries, 32 yards.
CAR J. Stewart: 19 carries, 106 yards, 2 TDs.
SEA J. Kearse: 11 receptions, 110 yards, 2 TDs.
CAR G. Olson: 6 receptions, 77 yards, 1 TD.
In the other game, the Patriots held off the Kansas City Chiefs 27-20, to make another AFC Conference Championship under Tom Brady. The Chiefs were boasting an 11 game winning streak, after starting the season 1-5. Brady hit Rob Gronkowski for two touchdown passes on Saturday, leading them to victory. This season, the Patriots have been injury prone, having most of their key starters out for big games. Although, as we all have found out, with a quarterback like Tom Brady, he can make anyone look good.
NE T. Brady: 28-42. 302 yards, 2 TDs.
KC A. Smith: 29-50, 246 yards, 2 TDs.
NE Stevan Jackson: 6 carries, 16 yards. (Blair alum, Dion Lewis was out due to injury)
KC C. West: 17 carries, 61 yards, 1 TD.
NE J. Edelman: 10 receptions, 100 yards.
KC J. Avant: 4 receptions, 69 yards.
AFC Championship: Patriots vs Broncos.
NFC Championship: Cardinals vs Panthers.
Who do you think will make it to the Super Bowl?
Student & Faculty Predictions:
Danny Sysler ’18:
“I may have to go with the Cardinals beating the Broncos in the Super Bowl. I don’t think that Carolina will be able to pick apart the Cardinals defense and they came out flat in the second half vs Seattle. I also don’t think New England can win with all their starters just coming back. Plus, I hate Tom Brady.”
Brad Sigety ’18:
“I think it will be the Patriots and the Panthers in Super Bowl 50. I feel like it will be a close game, but the Patriots will win 28-24. The Patriots offense is on a different level, and that’s why I chose them.”
Evan Grohowski ’18 stated:
“The Panthers are going to win the Super Bowl. They have been unstoppable this season, and Cam Newton really leads them through every game.”
Mr Curran said:
“Patriots all the way. The Brady and Belichick combo is unstoppable, and now that the Patriots are healthy, I think they will win the Super Bowl. Brady vs Peyton will be an unbelievable matchup.”
(Copyright 2016 Harrison Valentine)