Conference Championship Pick ‘Em
Well, the most magical weekend in the NFL season, the divisional round, passed us by, and the New York Giants became the first road team to win during these playoffs. This week, we have two conference championship games that really could go either way, so as usual, I am splitting hairs the only way I can – picking them by uniform.
(2) Baltimore Ravens at (1) New England Patriots Sunday, 3 PM, Gillette Stadium, Foxboro, MA
Above is a photo from the last time these two teams met in the playoffs, during the wildcard round of the 2009 postseason, a game which the Ravens absolutely punched the Patriots in the mouth in a 33-14 win. Under John Harbaugh, the Ravens have worn black pants in all seven playoff games, including going for a TCU-esque look in last week’s home win over the Texans (The Ravens rarely go Black on Purple at home). The Patriots on the other hand, know to never touch their good looking home uniform (they last did in 2002, with dire consequences). Really this game is a very tough choice for me, I have been a Pats fan since Tom Brady joined the team in 2000 (We are both Michigan men). But the Ravens were involved in the first pro football game I watched on television in FULL (Ravens Broncos, 2000 Wild Card Round) and I have always been partial to their black and purple colors. I am going to go ahead and call this one a draw but if I HAD to choose one, I would only give it to the Patriots for being at home, their blue and silver is just *that* much better than the Ravens road ensemble.
(4) New York Giants at (2) San Francisco 49ers. Sunday, 6 PM, Candlestick Park, San Francisco, CA
This game has an air of nostalgia to it. Not just the fact that these teams played a great game during week 10 earlier this season (49ers won 27-20) but that they have participated in some epic playoff duels in the past, with the most recent coming nine years ago, a game in which the Giants blew a 24 point lead and lost on a botched snap, so these teams definitely do not like each other to say the least. New York comes in wearing a uniform set they have had since 2005, when the team ditched the red white and blue for a more red approach, which does not look bad by any means, but leaves me wanting more, its a bit boring. The 49ers on the other hand, have worn their current uniforms since 2009, and are an homage to the uniforms they wore during the glory days of Joe Montana and Steve Young, and replaced the Jeff Garcia/Terrell Owens era uniforms worn from 1996-2008.This is pretty easy here, I like the classic vibe from San Fran’s unis, and Red & Gold >> Red & Blue here. Give me the 49ers.
So there you have it, I have Ravens/Patriots vs 49ers in the Super Bowl. I will have a much more detailed Super Bowl article regarding both participating teams ready about a week before the game. Until then, stay tuned for more – J
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