Though many fans expect thrills from the National Football League postseason, last weekend’s Wild Card games weren’t exciting. The Houston Texans defeated the Cincinnati Bengals in a game neither team seemed interested in winning. The Green Bay Packers showed mercy towards the Minnesota Vikings and their backup quarterback, Joe Webb, winning by only 14 points. The Baltimore Ravens held off the Indianapolis Colts as Ray Lewis celebrated the last home game of his 17-year career by dancing, dancing and dancing some more. The Seattle Seahawks survived an early two-touchdown deficit and a poorly kept FedEx Field playing surface in their victory over the Washington Redskins. After earning a week off, the Atlanta Falcons, Denver Broncos, New England Patriots and San Francisco 49ers join last week’s winning teams in the quest to reach Super Bowl XLVII.
Once again, this post will consist of four miscellaneous facts broken up into quarters to choose a winner in each game. In the event of a 2-2 tie, a fifth “overtime” fact will determine the prediction.
You don’t need to know anything about football to enjoy this analysis. Enjoy these unique NFL divisional playoff predictions.
Baltimore Ravens (11-6) at Denver Broncos (13-3)-Jan. 12-4:30 p.m.-CBS
Baltimore played Denver in Week 15. The Ravens enjoy rematches in the postseason. Baltimore is 6-4 in playoff games against teams they faced during the regular season.
The Ravens, formerly the Cleveland Browns, played their first season in Baltimore in 1996. The Chicago Bulls defeated the Seattle SuperSonics in the 1996 NBA Finals. In years the Bulls have won the NBA title, Denver is 11-1 against AFC North teams. But the 2013 NBA Finals won’t take place until June.
The Bulls began play in 1966, the year the Beatles released Revolver, their seventh studio album. In years the band made a studio album, Denver was 30-78-4. Luckily for the Broncos, the Beatles last studio album came out in 1970.
Tina Fey, a co-host of Sunday night’s Golden Globe Awards, was born in 1970. She was a Saturday Night Live cast member from 1997-2006. The Ravens won five playoff games during Fey’s Saturday Night Live career. The Broncos won eight.
Fey created the sitcom 30 Rock. The show premiered on Oct. 11, 2006 and NBC will broadcast its final episode on Jan. 31. Baltimore is 30-32 on the road while the show has been on television. Denver is 31-26 at home.
Bryan Paul’s Pick: Denver
Pollock’s Pick: Denver
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