And Then There Were Four: NFL Conference Final Preview

And then there were four.  Two teams this weekend will reach their goal of making the Super Bowl while two will go home feeling unfulfilled.  Are the four teams left the best four teams in football?  Maybe, maybe not, but winning in the postseason is all anyone remembers.  Both of these games are tough calls and honestly, both could go either way.

Hit the title/continue reading to check out the picks for the conference final round of the NFL…
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(All lines as of 1/17/13 @10:00 a.m. – line credit posted per game)

San Francisco (-4) @Atlanta (MGM Mirage)
Over/Under 49 (Las Vegas Hilton)

After Colin Kaepernick single handedly destroyed the Packers last week, everyone loves the 49ers, but I’m not sure I buy it.  Then again, Atlanta’s near collapse against Seattle has me pretty spooked about that team as well.  And the fact that the Falcons managed to come back and win the game did little to persuade me – this was not a character builder, it was a blueprint on how Atlanta can’t hold a lead.  That said, the Falcons really do have a mystique at home, and I still think part of the 49ers’ offensive prowess is a bit of smoke and mirrors.  I’m taking Atlanta here, figuring that if the Falcons blow it, they’ll do it by less than four.  As for the over/under, I’m going over in both games.  Last weekend convinced me of that.

San Francisco 49ers 27 Atlanta Falcons 24

Baltimore (+10) @New England (BetLegends)
Over/Under 51 (Las Vegas Hilton)

Really?  10 points?  These two teams played an epic game last year that came down to a missed Billy Cundiff field goal.  They also played in week 3, a game won by Baltimore by one point.  I don’t know who wins here, but I will definitely take Baltimore and the points to cover.  That’s the best play of the weekend.  Naturally, I will also take the over in this one and I expect a ton of scoring.

New England Patriots 33 Baltimore Ravens 27

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Rob Lazlo

Rob Lazlo lives in Atlantic City, NJ and is a lifelong Philadelphia sports fan, following the Phillies, Eagles, Flyers and Sixers. A former professional musician, he toured with the USO and visited Greenland, Japan, Korea, the Philippines, Bahrain and many other locales. Rob is a big science fiction fan and loves movies, television, cooking, music and, of course, sports of all kinds. He works as a business consultant and is happily divorced with three children. For other hobbies, Rob plays sports titles video games and dabbles in online games. He also enjoys reading and following politics.