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Old 01-14-2013, 08:15 AM   #61
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There are two ways to look at this; one is from the point of view of reality and the other is "The Fairy Tale Factor".

From the Reality viewpoint, I think the Pats are clearly the best team in the mix and will likely win it all.

From the Fairy Tale point of view, two teams fit that category; the Ravens and SF.

The Ravens have "The Ray Lewis Story" (team identity, last season, yadda, yadda, yadda...) as well as the "Flacco Story" (Joe is determined to prove he's really an 'elite' QB, etc...) and SF has the " Kaepernick Story" (kid comes off the bench, guides the team to the playoffs and so on).

Both stories are good and if I was picking a winner based on the Fairy Tale aspect, I'd pick Baltimore.

But being a realist and seeing just how good New England is, I'm picking the Pats.
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Old 01-14-2013, 08:40 AM   #62
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falcons and patriots

then falcons

anybody but the ravens or 49ers
Ditto. If I have to take the poison, I pick the Pats. Really can't stand the Ravens (Obvious) and the 49ers (#6 SB).
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Patriots.....Never the purple team!
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Old 01-14-2013, 09:22 AM   #64
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There's 2 factors that the Patriots have over the other 3 teams. Tom Brady and SB experience.

That will be the difference IMO. Tom Brady gets over the hump for his 4th SB ring.

No matter who wins though, its going to come from the AFC. I think the SB will be way too big for both the Falcons and the 49ers. Ryan just won his first playoff game. The Ravens are the next best team after the Patriots.

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Yeah, the Falcons could/should have easily lost to Carolina(1st game), Oakland, Tampa(1st game), and Arizona. To be frank, their previous coordinators(Mike Mularky and Brian Van Gorden) were much better than their current ones, but somehow Derek Koetter and Mike Nolan get way too much accolades.
Could have/should have lost is the difference between the 2008/2010 Steelers and the 2012 Steelers - Falcons are now 14-3 - its not the BCS and style points do not count in the NFL

Nolan is an upgrade over Van Gorden (the players were tired of getting yelled at) and Koetter is an upgrade over Mularkey (who was too conservative and was going to get fired if Jax had not hired him as HC - we saw how well that worked out)

Would be interested on your take as to how the prior OC and DC were "much better" - that is not the view here in Atlanta
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Old 01-14-2013, 10:42 AM   #67
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Patriots.....Never the purple team!
I still want both to lose

Kind of funny, this same thread was up last year. Pats, Ravens

and it worked out perfect - that's why I want a repeat

Ravens lose first, to keep them out of the SB, especially don't want to see Flacco or Ed Reed in there

and the Pats lose in the SB, another stinging humilation we can cheer the rest of the year
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I do NOT want to see the Patriots in the SB again. I really do not want to root for the Ratbirds, but I guess I will. I am "hoping" for the Falcons to win it all, but realistically, it will probably be the Patriots.
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Go Falcons - too many bad thoughts about the other teams for one reason or another and Atlanta has always been "just another team" as far as I'm concerned. Anything can happen.
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Hate Ratbirds number 1. Hate Patsies number 2. I hope they kill each other and whoever wins can barely limp into the Super Bowl. The reality is that the Ratbirds are going to get creamed by New England. I don't think Ryan stands a chance against the 49ers defense. So it will probably be Patsies and 49ers. That is a really tough one because I hate the Patsies but I don't really want the 49ers to win their 6th. This season SUCKS.

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