#3 Dallas Cowboys @ #2 Green Bay Packers
Lambeau Field 1:05pm – FOX
Green Bay -5.5
47 years ago, the Packers and Cowboys met in one of the most historic football games of all time. Known as the “Ice Bowl” Bart Starr scored on a one yard dive with 13 seconds left to give Green Bay a 21-17 victory for the NFL Championship. That was then, and this is now. Aaron Rodgers and Tony Romo are elite quarterbacks. Romo has shown a lot this season. And one thing is for sure, it is nice when you have a running game like Demarco Murray.
Rodgers is dealing with a calf injury which will definitely limit the mobility from number 12. The former Cal quarterback is one of the best at escaping pressure and making plays. It will be interesting to see what kind of production they get from Eddie Lacy at running back, but Buffalo native James Starks always seems to step up during the playoffs. It also helps when you have one of the best duo at wide receivers with Randall Cobb and Jordy Nelson.
For the Cowboys, it is all about the mojo and New Jersey governor Chris Christie is on the train. Romo has been playing exceptionally well and has been sharing the wealth amongst Dez Bryant, Terrance Williams, and the white guy Cole Beasley. Don’t forget to sleep on the veteran and future hall of famer Jason Witten.
Weather will not be a factor as both quarterbacks are used to it. Wouldn’t be surprised if Cowboys pull off the upset, as this game rides on the calf of Rodgers calf. Packers win by 6.
#4 Indianapolis Colts @ #2 Denver Broncos
Sports Authority Field 4:40pm – CBS
While this game would be much more interesting if the Broncos were traveling to Indy, this will have to do. Peyton Manning taking on his former squad. Not many players are around from the Manning era, but they have a quarterback who may even be better than number 18 in his third season. Andrew Luck does have one nasty neard (neck + beard) but boy can he play. The Broncos come into this game well rested, but everyone wants to know, what the fuck is going on with Peyton Manning?
Ever since the Broncos game against the Bills in week 13, Manning has twice as many interceptions (6) as touchdowns (3). Number 18 had back to back 14-20 weeks, and then threw four interceptions against the Bengals on national tv in a 37-28 loss. Manning may have all the weapons in the world, especially with the emergence of running back C.J. Anderson, but if the ol’ gun slinger can’t figure it out for himself, this could get ugly.
The Colts can put up points, and they can put them up in a hurry. Sure their running game sucks, but TY Hilton can run past anyone. Andrew Luck is a baller and is ready to show the people that he is ready to take that next step in his career. Manning made the playoffs twice in his first three seasons, falling in the wild card game each time. Luck has made the playoffs three years in a row and has advanced to the divisional round two years in a row. The Colts are going to put a scare in this Broncos squad.
Adam Vinatieri wins it for the Colts in the final seconds. Colts 34-31.