FanIQ NFL Conference Championship Sunday Pre-Game and Live Thread

Did the Falcons Break the Dam? [NFL Conference Championship Live Thread]

1/20/13 in NFL   |   Jess   |   32868 respect

Welcome to the Conference Championship installment of the FanIQ pregame and live thread! It's been an exciting season, and it's closer to being over than any of us would like. 

Eric:
Standing next to Jess and Scott on this one, I feel like the 8th best quarterback in the league who got a Pro Bowl invite only because all the good quarterbacks pulled out. If those two are Brady and Manning, I'm David Garrard.

Don't sell yourself short, Eric. You're at least Rodgers, only more likable. 

I'm sure our resident experts, Eric (gearhead) and Scott, need no introduction. Both have been here since long before I joined the site over five years ago, and both have proven that they do know their sports. Of course, as we also know, football is weird, so it's always fun to see just how wrong we can be on any given Sunday, or how lucky we can get.


Let's do this...


Niners @ Falcons:
3:00pm ET
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Blog Photo - FanIQ NFL Conference Championship Sunday Pre-Game and Live ThreadEric:
In a fine pissing in the corn flakes moment, most people were starting to give this game to the Niners right around the time the clock hit :00 at the Georgia Dome last week. This seems premature. Atlanta will actually be prepared for the Colin Kaepernick read option, unlike Dom Capers. The Falcons also have weapons on offense against a defense that can give up yards in the air. Finally, the Falcons do have home field and a screaming crowd, something San Francisco did not adapt well to last time it happened. That said, there is evidence the Falcons have problems with quarterbacks like Kaepernick (see: Cam Newton vs. Atlanta this year), and Atlanta's complete inability to rush the passer can't be a good thing. The Falcons are good, but the Niners are a touch better. San Francisco 31 Atlanta 24

Blog Photo - FanIQ NFL Conference Championship Sunday Pre-Game and Live ThreadScott:
Yes, I know the 49ers have a great team that was very impressive last week in beating the Packers but as a Rams fan, it's against everything I believe in to root for San Francisco to win a game. I do think the Falcons have a chance to shock the world, even though they are the #1 seed in the NFC. Matt Ryan and company exorcised some demons last week in beating the Hawks and I think their offense can move the ball on the 49ers. The problem will be defensively and trying to contain Colin Kaepernick. Atlanta struggled with containing Russell Wilson and IMO, Kaepernick offers up more of challenge because he is a more dangerous runner. I expect a bunch of points and in the end, the Falcons advance to the Super Bowl thanks to a Matt Bryant field goal. Falcons 34-31

Blog Photo - FanIQ NFL Conference Championship Sunday Pre-Game and Live ThreadJess:
We all know how I feel about the Niners; I share Scott's disdain. And I'm also not totally convinced that they're a much better team than the Falcons. I haven't watched a whole lot of NFL Network this week and I never watch ESPN, but from the sounds of it the media has already crowned the Niners NFC champs. Eric, I agree with you about that being premature. While I fear the Falcons won't quite have what it takes to contain Kaepernick, I'm hoping they do have what it takes to keep that D away from Matt Ryan. The Falcons may have been squeaking out wins all season, but another way I see it is that they're finding a way to win while facing adversity. I think they can do it. And I'm jumping on Scott's prediction coattails and saying that they do it in a high scoring game by a field goal. Am I picking with my heart instead of my brain? Yep. But I've done that before, and it worked out quite well.

 


Ravens @ Patriots:
6:30pm ET
CBS


Blog Photo - FanIQ NFL Conference Championship Sunday Pre-Game and Live ThreadEric:
Just like in the NFC title game, most people seem to be handing this one to the Patriots already. This neglects the fact that the Ravens beat New England just this year and always plays the Pats tough. Baltimore's passing game is based almost solely on the deep ball, and if it works again Blog Photo - FanIQ NFL Conference Championship Sunday Pre-Game and Live Threadlike it did last week then they'll have a good chance to win. The problem is an offense based on the deep ball is always going to be inconsistent, so it's far from a guarantee Flacco can find Smith or Jones deep again, or that anyone on the Patriots will pull a Rahim Moore. The Ravens also have to find a way to stop New England's offense. I'm guessing that missing Gronkowski won't slow the Patriots enough so that Baltimore's aging D can keep up. New England 34 Baltimore 24

Blog Photo - FanIQ NFL Conference Championship Sunday Pre-Game and Live ThreadScott:
Ravens certainly surprised a bunch of the so called "experts" by going into Denver and ending Peyton Manning's comeback season so going into Foxboro and winning isn't out of the question, especially after the Ravens had the Patriots on the ropes last season in this game before self destructing late and losing. As much as it pains me to say, and yes, I still harbor some ill will to the Patriots for their win in Super Bowl XXXVI over my Rams, the Patriots just have too much experience with Tom Brady at the helm. If you had to choose between Brady and Joe Flacco as your starting quarterback in a winner take all game, I think the overwhelming majority would take Brady. Patriots have too much offense and send Ray Lewis into retirement 2 wins short of his second Super Bowl ring. Patriots 35 - 17

Jess:
Just. Ugh. I was just as shocked as anybody (except maybe Pat) when the Ravens beat the #1 seed Broncos last week. I will be shocked again if they win this game. But I will hope for it. Flacco impressed me last week. And I can't be the only one who wonders why Ray Rice doesn't have the ball more often. Other than that, I don't have a whole lot to say about this game. It seems incredibly lopsided, but you never know what can happen. Prediction? Pats win. As much as it pains me.


Eric:
If it helps, remember that a.) I don't know anything and b.) the consensus has gone towards a San Francisco-New England Super Bowl, which means there's no way it will happen.

I completely agree - since everyone's been predicting a Niners/Pats Super Bowl, it almost seems impossible to not have an upset today. 

Grab a drink, have a seat, and Q it up here today while we discuss the games, cheer for our favorites (or against our rivals) and enjoy a little bit more football before it goes away for months!

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1/22/13   |   texas_tornado4261   |   71263 respect

Debi_L wrote:
Okay, they've been winning and I haven't warn my SF jacket once. D'ya think if I wear it on SB Sunday, it might work in reverse? (the jacket was a gift and I was too polite to say EWWWWWW I won't ever wear that!)

Well, if you could stomach it...it could be the deal breaker...

1/22/13   |   Debi_L   |   11283 respect

texas_tornado4261 wrote:
If anything, that would be something...at least we have  a little time to try and think of something...

Okay, they've been winning and I haven't warn my SF jacket once. D'ya think if I wear it on SB Sunday, it might work in reverse? (the jacket was a gift and I was too polite to say EWWWWWW I won't ever wear that!)

1/21/13   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

Scott wrote:
The fact that hockey is back comes at a great time.  I'm not sure I could've handled two weeks of non-stop talk about the Harbowl or Ray Lewis' last NFL game

Avoiding ESPN for the 2 weeks before the game for anything but live sports is sound advice no matter who is in the game.

1/21/13   |   texas_tornado4261   |   71263 respect

Debi_L wrote:
Gawd I just don't know. If I don't watch and the 49'ers take the lead in the first half, then I guess I should watch for the second half because whatever team is leading usually starts losing???

If anything, that would be something...at least we have  a little time to try and think of something...

1/21/13   |   richard_cranium   |   17638 respect

At least I don't have to volunteer to work my first Super Bowl ever! I don't love either team but it is better than the option. Go Ravens!

1/20/13   |   Scott   |   49439 respect

The fact that hockey is back comes at a great time.  I'm not sure I could've handled two weeks of non-stop talk about the Harbowl or Ray Lewis' last NFL game

1/20/13   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

I don't hate either of the Super Bowl teams. This apparently makes me an anomaly right now.

1/20/13   |   Kenne   |   15701 respect

Jess wrote:
" they truly deserve it"

Seriously?  The Niners may have earned their way there, but other than a few Niners fans here on the site the bulk of their fan base was nonexistent until last year. Now they're running around acting like they've been winning every year since the 80's. I have a few friends who have been Niners fans through thick and thin but as a general base, I wouldn't say they "deserve" it. Maybe a few who have been there through the lean times, but....no.

I was at the bar and so many 49er fans started rubbing my Joe cool Montana jersey for luck, it was hilarious.

Go SF49!!!

1/20/13   |   Debi_L   |   11283 respect

texas_tornado4261 wrote:
got anything else that might work ?

Gawd I just don't know. If I don't watch and the 49'ers take the lead in the first half, then I guess I should watch for the second half because whatever team is leading usually starts losing???

1/20/13   |   texas_tornado4261   |   71263 respect

Debi_L wrote:
So a word of advice.  Whatever team I predict to win almost always loses.  However, now that I've said that, it won't work, so even if I predict the 49'ers to win (almost makes me want to hurl just typing that) trying to use that logic, it won't work and the a****les probably will win.............

Never mind.

got anything else that might work ?

1/20/13   |   Debi_L   |   11283 respect

So a word of advice.  Whatever team I predict to win almost always loses.  However, now that I've said that, it won't work, so even if I predict the 49'ers to win (almost makes me want to hurl just typing that) trying to use that logic, it won't work and the a****les probably will win.............

Never mind.

1/20/13   |   Debi_L   |   11283 respect

Jess wrote:
Haha I'm watching hockey but following along on twitter.
(Edited by Debi_L)

LOL don't get the Flames game so following online and watching this game.  I'm a wuss I admit it

Well I was following online.  They lost 4-1 against the Sharks

1/20/13   |   Debi_L   |   11283 respect

Jess wrote:
That cracked me up. 

(I'm totally thread-bombing like this is twitter. I'll stop.)

cracked me up too

1/20/13   |   Jess   |   32868 respect

Debi_L wrote:
wow

just WOW!!!

okay you knew I was gonna watch the game...........

Haha I'm watching hockey but following along on twitter.

1/20/13   |   Debi_L   |   11283 respect

wow

just WOW!!!

okay you knew I was gonna watch the game...........

1/20/13   |   Jess   |   32868 respect

Scott wrote:
And we have a Jim Harbaugh meltdown on the Harry Douglas "catch"

That cracked me up. 

(I'm totally thread-bombing like this is twitter. I'll stop.)

1/20/13   |   Jess   |   32868 respect

RaiderSteeler15 wrote:
Congrats to the '9ers fans, they truly deserve it and they took the bull by the horns all year...

" they truly deserve it"

Seriously?  The Niners may have earned their way there, but other than a few Niners fans here on the site the bulk of their fan base was nonexistent until last year. Now they're running around acting like they've been winning every year since the 80's. I have a few friends who have been Niners fans through thick and thin but as a general base, I wouldn't say they "deserve" it. Maybe a few who have been there through the lean times, but....no.

1/20/13   |   Jess   |   32868 respect

Scott wrote:
Well, here's hoping the Ravens win the AFC title.  A 49er/Patriots Super Bowl would be unbearable for this Rams fan

I've thought about it, and as sick of the Pats as I am, I don't think the Ravens can beat the Niners. And I REALLY don't want the Niners to win it. I won't be watching, regardless.

1/20/13   |   Scott   |   49439 respect

Well, here's hoping the Ravens win the AFC title.  A 49er/Patriots Super Bowl would be unbearable for this Rams fan

1/20/13   |   RaiderSteeler15   |   19854 respect

Congrats to the '9ers fans, they truly deserve it and they took the bull by the horns all year...

1/20/13   |   RaiderSteeler15   |   19854 respect

I knew it, I knew it, I knew it...  It's always the team that had an easy schedule that comes up short at the end...

1/20/13   |   Debi_L   |   11283 respect

that was heartbreaking broken heart

1/20/13   |   Scott   |   49439 respect

And we have a Jim Harbaugh meltdown on the Harry Douglas "catch"

1/20/13   |   Scott   |   49439 respect

49ers can score on that play all day if they want to.

1/20/13   |   Debi_L   |   11283 respect

ugh I feel sick all of a sudden crying

1/20/13   |   Scott   |   49439 respect

Dunta Robinson might've just saved the Falcons chances of winning the Super Bowl.  Helluva play at the goal line

1/20/13   |   noahhurrle   |   1 respect

Kaepernick is turrible

1/20/13   |   Scott   |   49439 respect

Falcons starting to self-destruct with turnovers and bad penalties

1/20/13   |   Nick__   |   28838 respect

I have a feeling that this game will go down to the wire!  GO FALCONS!

1/20/13   |   Scott   |   49439 respect

David Akers once again clanks a crucial kick

1/20/13   |   Jess   |   32868 respect

I don't even wanna watch anymore.

1/20/13   |   Scott   |   49439 respect

Not a great time for Roddy White to fall down.  49ers get the games first turnover as a result

1/20/13   |   Scott   |   49439 respect

Falcons are playing this game offensively like Madden.

Find a play that works and call it over and over and over

1/20/13   |   Scott   |   49439 respect

Can I change my pick to 54-51?  

1/20/13   |   Debi_L   |   11283 respect

I did not think this would be such a high scoring game! I mean, I know it isn't that high a score, but I didn't think it would be this high just into the second half, if that makes sense..........

1/20/13   |   Scott   |   49439 respect

Matt Ryan is making the 49er defense look like the rookie mode on NFL Madden

1/20/13   |   noahhurrle   |   1 respect

Debi_L wrote:
You mean like that TD he just scored?

It's about time. I knew that they weren't throwing to him the last 5 games because they were trying to make teams forget about him so they could use him in the playoffs while teams forgot about him. It's like last year in the playoffs when he had 2 touchdowns in every game he played

1/20/13   |   Debi_L   |   11283 respect

noahhurrle wrote:
Yeah well Vernon Davis is not credited enough and idiot ass Kaepernick threw him the ball once in awhile the 49ers would be winning.

You mean like that TD he just scored?

1/20/13   |   texas_tornado4261   |   71263 respect

Jess wrote:
Ugh here we go

only watching with one eye right now dang it........

1/20/13   |   Scott   |   49439 respect

I was wondering when the 49ers would start going to Davis.  The Falcons defense made Zach Miller look like an All-Pro last week

1/20/13   |   Jess   |   32868 respect

Ugh here we go

1/20/13   |   noahhurrle   |   1 respect

Yeah well Vernon Davis is not credited enough and idiot ass Kaepernick threw him the ball once in awhile the 49ers would be winning.

1/20/13   |   Debi_L   |   11283 respect

*sigh* I'm a jinx.  Three weeks in a row.

1/20/13   |   Debi_L   |   11283 respect

Ooops, got the game on now.  17-0!!! Go Falcons (cuz I "strongly dislike" the 49-ers)

1/20/13   |   Jess   |   32868 respect

I didn't want to watch this game, but I've gotta say I'm enjoying it so far. I hope the Niners don't have the comeback power the Hawks had last week.

1/20/13   |   Scott   |   49439 respect

Julio Jones is a one man wrecking crew

1/20/13   |   Debi_L   |   11283 respect

I am loving this 10-0 lead the Falcons have, although I'm not watching just yet - glad I have my online app!

1/20/13   |   Scott   |   49439 respect

49ers have zero answer for Julio Jones right now

1/20/13   |   Scott   |   49439 respect

Falcons D holds the 49ers to a 3 and out.  SF needs to try and survive the first quarter and settle in like the Hawks did last week

1/20/13   |   Scott   |   49439 respect

Well, that first drive was rather easy thru the air for the Falcons