In The End, It Will Be The Patriots' Trophy Once Again

January 05, 2008|By KEN MURRAY

The NFL's wild-card round has produced eight road victories in the past 20 games over five years, so visiting teams have a chance this weekend, especially in the NFC.

But there's only one wild-card team we think will spring an upset this weekend. That's the New York Giants over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

In fact, we like the chalk in this year's tournament.

That means we're taking the New England Patriots over the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Indianapolis Colts over the San Diego Chargers in the AFC's divisional round next week. And in raw, miserable weather, it should be the Patriots over the Colts in the AFC championship game.

In the NFC's divisional playoffs, Green Bay's tundra should stymie the Seattle Seahawks, and the Dallas Cowboys will likely muzzle the Giants' Eli Manning. The next week, the Cowboys, with a healthy Terrell Owens, will win a shootout over the Packers in the championship game.

That sets the stage for the anticipated New England-Dallas Super Bowl in Arizona. In what will be the coronation of a perfect season, we like the Patriots to outlast the Cowboys again.

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