Predicting What Final 2014 NFL Playoffs Bracket Will Look Like
What the Final 2014 NFL Playoffs Bracket Will Look Like
The NFL playoff picture is still quite blurry after the first 12 weeks of the season. After Week 13, some teams may find themselves eliminated from postseason contention and the field may narrow down a little bit more. However, it is never too early to predict who will make the postseason when all 17 weeks of the regular season have been completed. Let’s take a look at how things will likely play out.
The NFC West will be represented by No. 2 seed Seattle Seahawks and No. 6 seed San Francisco 49ers. After defeating Seattle in Week 13, the New Orleans Saints will grab the No. 1 seed and not let go. Fellow NFC South division mate, the Carolina Panthers, will finish second to the Saints in the division, thus ending the year as the fifth seed in the NFC playoff picture.
The New England Patriots will do something they’re very used to doing; winning the NFC East. The division victory will give New England the No. 2 seed in the AFC. The third seed in the AFC will go to the AFC North champion, Cincinnati Bengals.
Andrew Luck will lead the Indianapolis Colts to the postseason both of his first two seasons. This year Luck and the Colts will get the fourth seed after winning the AFC South. The AFC West will stake claim to not only having the top seeded Denver Broncos, but both of the Wild Card teams will also come from the same division. The Kansas City Chiefs and San Diego Chargers will get the fifth and sixth seeds, respectively.
Now that the seeds have been finalized, let’s see how the bracket plays out from the Wild Card round all the way to Super Bowl Sunday.
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NFC Wild Card Round
San Francisco 49ers @ Detroit Lions
The 49ers will prove to be the superior team by defeating the Lions on the road to move on to the divisional round of the playoffs.
Carolina Panthers @ Dallas Cowboys
Can Cam Newton keep the Panthers rolling past the Cowboys or will Tony Romo get it done at home for his second postseason victory? Home field advantage and Romo's ability will be enough to eliminate Newton and Carolina from the postseason picture.
AFC Wild Card Round
San Diego Chargers @ Cincinnati Bengals
The Chargers had to play some great ball at the end of the season to get to this point. This game will come down to the quarterback position and Philip Rivers is far better than Andy Dalton. San Diego moves on.
Kansas City Chiefs @ Indianapolis Colts
Andrew Luck was able to get the Colts to the postseason, but playing at home won't be enough to get Indianapolis past the Chiefs.
NFC Divisional Round
San Francisco 49ers @ New Orleans Saints
Beating the Lions on the road is a lot easier than beating Drew Brees and the Saints on the road. Colin Kaepernick and the 49ers will find that out the hard way as the Saints move onto the NFC championship.
Dallas Cowboys @ Seattle Seahawks
Last time Dallas played the Seahawks in the postseason, it was a bobbled field goal snap by Tony Romo that cost the Cowboys the victory. This time it won't come down to a field goal because Seattle will easily defeat Dallas and move onto a rematch with the Saints in the NFC championship.
AFC Divisional Round
San Diego Chargers @ Denver Broncos
The Chargers' run stops here. Peyton Manning will lead Denver to the AFC title game.
Kansas City Chiefs @ New England Patriots
The AFC championship won't be Broncos vs. Chiefs for the third time this season because we will all be treated to Manning versus Brady XV.
Seattle Seahawks @ New Orleans Saints
These two teams have been the best in the NFC for the entire year, so it's very fitting they meet for the NFC championship. Without Seattle having home field advantage, Drew Brees and the Saints walk all over Russell Wilson and the Seahawks.
New England Patriots @ Denver Broncos
Peyton Manning versus Tom Brady XV is what we have for the AFC championship. This time Manning and the Broncos won't let the game slip away and Peyton will rid himself of his demons from earlier in the season.
New Orleans Saints vs. Denver Broncos
The game will be played in New Jersey and even though it may be snowing and incredibly cold, Peyton Manning will walk away with his second Super Bowl championship.