Jeff's 2007 NFL Predictions
By Jeff Falconio
Super Bowl XLII: New England defeats Seattle 30-27 on a last-second field goal by Stephen Gostkowski.
The AFC playoffs begin with Indianapolis beating Pittsburgh 31-17 while Denver upsets Baltimore on the road 17-14. New England begins its Super Bowl run by shutting down Denver 26-10 while Indianapolis advances with a 35-27 win over San Diego. In typical Foxboro weather, the Patriots beat the Colts 17-7 to win the AFC Championship.
In the NFC, San Francisco upsets Seattle 27-20 while Dallas comes from behind to beat Chicago 23-21 on a late field goal (in a total twist of irony, backup Dallas QB Brad Johnson sprains his finger on an extra point attempt earlier in the game meaning Tony Romo has to hold on the game-winning kick.) In the divisional round Seattle downs Dallas 28-24 while Philadelphia beats San Francisco 30-24 thus setting up a showdown between the NFC's top two teams, Philly and Seattle. The Seahawks use the home-fielf advantage to secure the NFC title with a 21-10 win.
New England racks up numerous postseason awards as Tom Brady wins the MVP and Bill Belichick is named Coach of the Year. Newcomer Adalius Thomas wins Defensive Player of the Year while Donovan McNabb is named Offensive Player of the Year.
Unhearalded wide receiver Jacoby Jones of Houston is named Offensive Rookie of the Year. San Francisco's inside linebacker Patrick Willis is tabbed as the Defensive Rookie of the Year.
Coaches Joe Gibbs, Tom Coughlin, & Romeo Crennel are all shown the door in the days immediately after the season ends. The Atlanta Falcons begin 2008 by breaking down every pass thrown by Louisville quarterback Brian Brohm as the Falcons will be on the clock for the first pick of the '08 NFL Draft.
Finally, the AFC beats the NFC 34-24 in the Pro Bowl thanks to two touchdowns each from Peyton Manning and Carson Palmer.
Okay, maybe I did spend a bit too much time on these predictions but who else is going to handicap the Pro Bowl for you?