The NFL season, which the 2012 Super Bowl champion New York Giants exited long ago, has reached Championship Weekend. Which of the four teams remaining -- the San Francisco 49ers and Atlanta Falcons in the NFC and Baltimore Ravens and New England Patriots in the AFC -- will reach Super Bowl XLVII in New Orleans on Feb. 3?
Here are my predictions for Championship Weekend. Remember, I am picking winners only and not picking against the spread.
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49ers at Falcons
Game Time: Sunday, 3 p.m. ET
Line: San Francisco -5
Super Bowl Odds: 49ers 9-5, Falcons 6-1
I believe the 49ers are headed where the Giants prevented them from going a year ago -- to the Super Bowl. Head coach Ji Harbaugh made the risky decision to replace quarterback Alex Smith with Colin Kaepernick mid-season and he has been proven right. With Kaepernick the 49ers' offense has gone from pedestrian to explosive. Combined with their spectacular defense, I think the 49ers will be too much for the Falcons to handle.
Pick: San Francisco
Ravens at Patriots
Game Time: Sunday, 6:30 p.m.
Line -- New England -10
Super Bowl Odds: Patriots 11-10, Ravens 15-2
The Ravens' season -- and Ray Lewis's career -- should have ended last week at the hands of the Denver Broncos. Both will come to an end this weekend. This is a rematch of last season's AFC Championship Game, won 23-20 by New England. I don't know if I would take the Patriots and the 10-point spread, but I undoubtedly expect them to win here. Maybe Tom Brady will have better luck in the Super Bowl without the Giants there to knock him around.
Pick: New England
Last week: 2-2