Rarely have I seen a Serby Crystal Ball (TSCB) that came back from the repair shop so clear. AFC West is loaded, and the NFC still features Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers…but the TSCB team didn’t shine the way the next Super Bowl champion did.
The road to Glendale and Ariz. and Super Bowl 57
Colts 28, Patriots 22: Matty Ice finds Michael Pittman Jr. And Nyheim Hines passes TD and Jonathan Taylor runs one in, at which point he’s 28-3, as he was in Super Bowl 51, and he’s horrified. But Kenny Moore ended a flight late by intercepting Mac Jones and Bill Belichick was home again without Lombardi.
Chargers 31, Ravens 23: Lamar Jackson presses to Keeping up with Justin Herbert Mostly because Derwin James strangles TE Mark Andrews. With Marlon Humphrey able to contain Kenan Allen, Herbert does most of his damage by checking in on RB Austin Ekeler against the heavy pass rush and a TD pass in the red to Mike Williams.
Raiders 37, Chiefs 34: Maybe if Patrick Mahomes had still had Terek Hill he could have won this shootout. But he doesn’t, and Derek Carr has longtime college friend Davante Adams along with Hunter Renfrew and Darren Waller.
Bills 31, Raiders 24: A low arctic rests above the visiting sideline, and The curious Josh Allen is able to escape the clutches of his relentless From Chandler Jones and Maxx Crosby to finding Stefon Diggs and Gabe Davis for a pair of TD Bombs to delight Bills Mafia.
30 Colts 24 Chargers: Taylor pressures Brandon Staley’s weak defense to keep Herbert off the field for extended periods, and Yannick Njakwe pressures Herbert into a pick for Stefon Gilmore. But Khalil Mac targets Matty Ice, and Herbert targets Joshua Palmer after CB Brandon Faison for a solar plexus strike that restrains him.
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34 bills, 27 chargers (extra time)
The weather forecast has proven to be a distraction as Chargers players are forced to answer why they weren’t provoked the way the 1981 team was playing at The Freezer Bowl in Cincinnati. JC Jackson silences the crowd with his pick in the first quarter and Allen is forced to drive an elaborate car at the last minute, most of which leads to his raging legs. Micah Hyde wins an OT coin toss and Allen finds TE Dawson Knox in the finish area. With Herbert leading to a tie, Gregory Russo dismissed him for fourth.
Packers 32, Bucs 27: Rashan Gary beats Tom Brady’s offensive line and Aaron Rodgers repeatedly targets Aaron Jones off the field with AJ Dillon with a goal-line hammer. Brady, in what would prove to be his last game before jumping into the Fox booth, threw a disastrous interception in the fourth quarter to Jayer Alexander.
Saints 27, Rams 24: Galen Ramsey’s six selection annoys Jimmy Winston, but a strong offensive streak prevents Aaron Donald from ruining the game. Matthew Stafford’s elbow restricts him with short, quick passes to Cooper Cope and Allen Robinson. Bobby Wagner keeps Alvin Kamara away before house-run Winston wins her over to Chris Olaf.
49ers 28, Vikings 27: Fred Warner controls Dalvin Cook enough to put big game pressure on Kirk Cousins. Trey Lance dashes for 114 yards and throws the dagger TD to TE George Kittle, and Justin Jefferson’s catch in the fourth quarter of a TD is too little and too late.
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49ers 33, Eagles 24: Lance and Jalen Hurts dash for over 100 yards and a TD. Charvarius Ward breaks a fourth and fourth quarter pass in the end zone for AJ Brown and Deebo Samuel imposes his will on the match at a difficult time.
Sheaves 27, Saints 21: A snowstorm covers the frozen tundra of the lambo field. DiMario Davis chases after Jones and Dillon, but Rodgers and Romeo Dobbs fire Marcus May deep into coverage, and Preston Smith plays a closer role by sacking Tysom Hill in fourth and goal.
NFC Championship Game
49ers 26, packs 24: Rematch of the Niners’ 13-10 win over Lambeau in the 2021 Divisional Round. Kyle Shanahan’s attack is even more explosive with Lance in controls, wounding the remainder with both legs and using Samuel and Keitel as booby traps while targeting Brandon Ayyok early and often.
Super Bowl 57
Bills 30, 49ers 27: T.The pressure to get the Super Bowl monkey off the franchise’s back seemed to dent the bills early on when Nick Bossa mishandled Allen and Warner to score the first. But OC Ken Dorsey remembers how former OC Brian Daboll used Isaiah McKenzie, and a jet sweep tied the score before Allen fired a short pass from TD to Jamison Crowder and Tre’Davious White with a six-person pick up their scores in the wings between Marv Levy, Jim Kelly and Bruce Smith . But Lance isn’t Jimmy J in the fourth quarter and he’s tying the game to a seam road to Keitel. But then Allen and Devin Singletary put the ball in position to score a 47-yard field goal for Tyler Bass. It starts on a grand scale… but then the football gods, who were so ruthless with Buffalo, made sure that the ball deflected inside the rolls, the scoreboard shows: 00, chicken wings fly off the rolls at Bill Tavern and Duff’s and Anchor Bar – Greetings from Scott Norwood! champions at last.