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2014 NFL Playoffs Expert Picks: Conference Championships

Seattle is as difficult to beat at home as anyone, but their prime rival San Francisco always has a shot. (http://cdn4.sportngin.com/)

The Conference Championships are upon us. Two elite quarterbacks power New England and Denver in the AFC, while two elite defense look to tear up young quarterbacks in the NFC. They’re two very different games, but two that are sure to be equally entertaining. The winners move on to the first cold-weather Super Bowl in two weeks, so let’s get on to the picks. Scoring will be as before:

  • Picking the winner of a game is worth two points.
  • Picking the total number of touchdowns scored by both teams combined is worth one point if guessed to within one, or two points if guessed exactly right.
  • Picking the yards thrown for by each game’s top passer (one top-throwing quarterback only) is worth one point if guessed to within 50, or two points if guessed to within 10, or five points if guessed exactly right.

It was an interesting pick set, evenly divided between assorted combinations of winners. Denver vs New England is looking to be a high-octane, high-scoring affair even with both teams having potent running games these days. Seattle vs San Francisco will be more tactical, and every touchdown looks to matter.

So with all that out of the way, check below for the complete pick sets. And when the games are complete, come back for the updated standings.

Name Jake John KC Nick G Taylor Ying
Broncos vs
Patriots
Winner Broncos Broncos Patriots Patriots Patriots Patriots
TD Total 8 11 7 8 6 7
Passing
Yards
650 394 380 340 325 350
Seahawks vs
49ers
Winner Seahawks Seahawks Seahawks Seahawks 49ers 49ers
TD Total 5 4 4 6 4 5
Passing
Yards
411 210 250 210 225 290
Total Points 12 20 28 10 22 16

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