Last week, I published my predictions for the Divisional round of the 2018 NFL playoffs. I ended up hitting as accurately as a coin flip, going 2/4. Here were my picks alongside the actual results from last week:

Falcons @ Eagles

Prediction: Falcons 20, Eagles 13

Final: Eagles 15, Falcons 10

What went wrong? I stated “Matty Ice and Co. figure out how to score once more” after halftime, and the Falcons literally did not do that thanks to some highly questionable play calling (Yes, its deja vu for me, too).

Titans @ Patriots

Prediction: Patriots 31, Titans 21

Final: Patriots 35, Titans 14

I was close with this one, and the Patriots did in fact win by at least 2 scores at home. Unfortunately too easy.

Jaguars @ Steelers

Prediction: Steelers 24, Jaguars 10

Final: Jaguars 45, Steelers 42

So, turns out I wasn’t very close here. The only thing I seem to have predicted correctly is that the Jaguars wouldn’t hold the Steelers Killer Bs to 9 points again. Jags with the upset of the weekend.

Saints @ Vikings

Prediction: Vikings 27, Saints 21

Final: Vikings 29, Saints 24

This was the game I was closest to picking the final score in, however I was very incorrect in how I saw the score getting that way. A win is a win, and from afar my prediction looked spot on (It wasn’t).

 

But enough for last weeks recap, how about these Championship week matchups?

(3) Jacksonville Jaguars @ (1) New England Patriots

Patriots 30, Jaguars 27

I really am starting to believe in Jacksonville (so they’ll probably lay an egg this week) and I see this game being an extremely close contest throughout. The Jags defense is as legit as they come, and Tom Coughlin having his finger everywhere on that franchise means something in a contest against New England (See Super Bowl XLII and XLVI). But Brady, Belichick and Gronk are probably just a bit too much for Sacksonville in Foxboro in January. Patriots by a score at home.

 

(2) Minnesota Vikings @ (1) Philadelphia Eagles

Vikings 17, Eagles 10

This one is tough. 2 of the leagues best defenses, outdoors in January in Philadelphia, and the starting QBs are Nick Foles and Case Keenum. Except Case Keenum is no longer that Case Keenum you think of, and Nick Foles is still looking efficient (if you overlook his shoulda coulda woulda interceptions last week). I think, with some bias, the Vikings are the more complete team with the better coach. Give me the road warrior Vikings by a touchdown in a defensive, slow paced game.

 

If I keep up my playoff prediction average of exactly 50%, lets hope its the Vikings winning and the Jaguars pulling off the next greatest upset of the season in Foxboro (again, slightly biased).

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