The Jet Press Staff Goes Roundtable on Championship Weekend

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Jan 12, 2013; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick (7) celebrates after a play during the fourth quarter of the NFC divisional round playoff game against the Green Bay Packers at Candlestick Park. The 49ers defeated the Packers 45-31. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

JETSERIOUS

    49ERS VS FALCONS

Colin Kaepernick won’t be able to match his magic from last week, but that doesnt mean he wont play well. I envision Kaepernick utilizing his playmakers off the bat, getting them the ball early on quick strikes and screen passes. He’ll rely heavily on Frank Gore, attempting to keep Matt Ryan on the sidelines. Matt Ryan will have a solid game, but a late INT to Desean Goldson will be the difference in the game. It’ll be a throw that Ryan wishes he had back, similar to the one he under-threw to Roddy White, while under pressure, early in last Sunday’s game. Colin Kaepernick won’t look much better than Matt Ryan, but HIS TEAM will look much better than Ryans.
Winner: 49ers

    RAVENS VS PATRIOTS

This is going to be a fast pace game for the first half, with 2-3 touchdowns for both the Patriots and Ravens.
The second half will be a defensive battle, with the Patriots taking the lead by 6. The Ravens will then score a touchdown to go ahead by 1. The Patriots will respond with a field goal, taking a 2 point lead late in the 4th. Baltimore will have just enough time to take their offense down the field and win on a late field goal, courtesy of Justin Tucker.
Winner: Ravens

DEBBIE SCHECHTER

    49ERS VS FALCONS

I don’t see Colin Kapernick putting up the same kind of yardage that he did in the divisional round but I don’t think that Atlanta defense, who had trouble with Seattle QB Russell Wilson, will completely figure out how to stop Kapernick. If Atlanta wants to have a shot, they need great games from Michael Turner and the running backs and they need to get after the QB… that means you John Abraham.
Winner: 49ers

    RAVENS VS PATRIOTS

After all the times these two teams have met in the playoffs, I can see the Ravens making this close and riding the wave of Ray Lewis farewell tour. BUT it’s hard to bet against the Patriots after the season they’re having and no one really has been able to stop the hurry up (no huddle) offense that they play. Hard as well to bet against Tom Brady (as painful as it is to say). For the Ravens to pull of the upset, a steady dose of New Rochelle’s own Ray Rice and that Raven defense needs to smack Brady around.
Winner: Patriots

BOB MONTGOMERY

    49ERS VS FALCONS

Colin Kaepernick has been impressive this season, particularly in the playoffs but as a first year starter he eventually comes back to earth. The 49ers defense will shut down Michael Turner and the run game but Matt Ryan, Tony Gonzalez and the talented receiving core will prove to be too much for the 49ers. Atlanta’s defense has been suspect against running quarterbacks this season, but I think they come through when it matters most.
Winner: Falcons

    RAVENS VS PATRIOTS

I want to see Ray Lewis go to the Super Bowl as much as anyone, and the only thing standing in his way is Tom Brady. The Baltimore defense Holds up early in this contest, but The NE no huddle offense will eventually wear down this aging unit. Even without the Gronk, Tom Brady Has enough weapons around him to out score any opponent. Flacco is under rated and could keep this one close with the deep passing game. No miracles this week though as the Belicheck crew reaches their 6th Super Bowl.
Winner: Patriots

SYDNEY

    49ERS VS FALCONS

I’m a big fan of Colin Kaepernick. I’m not sure this style of play will be as long lasting and game changing in the NFL as some others claim this is the beginning of but the fact is that right now it’s working and he’s completely enjoyable to watch. Atlanta barely came away with that win against the Seahawks and probably got away with the game at the end there as some form of karma for how the Seahawks got that call from the replacement refs to grab that W from the Packers in a game that feels like it was years ago. Who knows. The fact is, I like the 9ers for this game. Matt Ryan finally did what he hadn’t been able to do in playoff games before, and that’s Win. But I think it will be short lived victories for the team and the 9ers hand them the keys to send them packing. I like Colin Kaepernick, I like Harbaugh, and I just don’t think that the Falcons can stand up to what the 49ers will bring to the field. Kaepernick is about the experience the Tebow treatment with the media but at least this time I won’t cringe every time I see it.
Winner: 49ers

    RAVENS VS PATRIOTS

It’s a Jets fan’s worst nightmare. The Patriots knocking on the door of going to yet another Super Bowl. Nobody in JetNation wants to see them win, let alone win to the point that they’re playing in April while the collective fanbase as well as the players and coaches we love to hate and hate to love are watching on a couch with plates of snack food and Solo cups of beer spread out before us. But Sunday shows us a true possibility of seeing that exact scene play out. I never want to see any Patriots team succeed and this year is no exception. Can the Ravens do it, though? Last weekend’s game shut up a lot of Flacco’s detractors but the sun shines on a donkey’s ass once a day and that may have been Flacco’s, er, shining moment. Sunday will answer that question of whether or not it was a fluke or did his proverbial youknowwhat’s finally drop and he’s ready to play Big Boy Ball along with the rest of the team that’s essentially carried him. Torrey Smith will have more to compete with for big plays compared to his field day against Champ Bailey. The fact is that the Patriots are an incredibly well put together team on all sides of the ball. Even with Gronkowski, who never should have been cleared to play last weekend, out, they still have more weapons and threats than other teams combined. It will be hard to do but as we Jets fans learned in January of 2011, anything is possible and as Bart Scott said, anyone CAN be beat. I’d love to see the Ravens do it even though I loathe any time the Jets take the field against them. But when it’s a matter of choosing between Patriots and Ravens? Ravens will always get this girl’s vote.
Winner: Ravens

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