Saturday, January 17, 2004

Conference Championship Predictions

AFC Championship Game (Colts at Patriots): Indianapolis Colts. The Colts have proven repeatedly that they have the toughness to win big games on the road. It won't be an easy task to pull off a victory in frigid Foxboro, but this is Peyton Manning's year. The Colts will certainly have to punt -- and more than once -- in this game, but I believe they will win by more than a touchdown.

NFC Championship Game (Panthers at Eagles): The Philadelphia Eagles. This will be a white knuckler. Even though the Panthers are 7-0 this year in games decided by 3 points or less, the Cardiac Cats will come up short at the Link. The Eagles will give up a lot of real estate on the ground, regardless of who starts at running back for the Panthers, but Donovan McNabb will finally take Philly to the Super Bowl -- or else get run out of town.