Divisional RecapWhere would I even begin to summarize the wild weekend of football we just saw?
How about here...
This was, by far, the highest scoring divisional round ever: 276 total points, 44 points more than the 2010 divisional weekend.
— Rich Eisen (@richeisen) January 14, 2013
I knew when my preseason Super Bowl picks (Texans vs Packers) got matched up against the Patriots and 49ers that I could be in trouble. I went into it knowing what the risks were, especially since both New England and San Fran are arguably the toughest in the league to handicap for the simple reason that they consistently outperform their stats.
Elite-level coaching does that for you, but it doesn't hurt to have Tom Brady and a record-setting performance from Colin Kaepernick either. Despite this, when you dangle +3 and +10 in front of me I had no choice but to bite.
The good news is the Seahawks battled back from a tough road start for the 2nd week in a row and showed why they're the real deal. I felt a bit bad for them that they gave up the straight up win, but at the end of the day I was happy to cash the ticket. Atlanta was on the cusp of pretender status for the 4th time before Ryan stepped up and finally sealed the deal.
I wanted no part of the Ravens/Broncos thanks to the inflated line, and sometimes the best bets are the ones we don't make. On a side note, it's too bad we didn't get a Manning/Brady rematch. That would've been amazing.
Championship Picks*Note: I won't have picks for every playoff game, but I will be doing betting previews for each game all the way until the Super Bowl.
49ers vs Falcons
Ravens vs Patriots