NFL Picks: Conference Championship Parlay Picks

Joe Catalano

Thursday, January 17, 2013 9:09 PM GMT

Free NFL Picks for the Conference Championship Round of the NFL playoffs. Who are we predictions to pull through for NFL bettors and their sports picks?

We are down to the final four teams as the NFL Conference Championship Games are less than 72 hours away. Last week was one of the most exciting weeks of football that has ever been seen, and this leaves both fans and NFL bettors curious as to what they should expect this weekend.

San Francisco 49’ers at Atlanta Falcons

The Legacy

Matt Ryan’s legacy hasn’t been sealed yet, but with a 30-28 victory over Seattle this past week, he and tight end Tony Gonzalez earned their first playoff victories. This was a very emotional game as Gonzalez, who is set to retire at season’s end, was unable to fight back tears after he and his team moved one step closer to their main goal.

Atlanta virtually handed this game to Seattle on a silver platter, but snatched it back with a late Matt Bryant 49 yard field goal to earn the Falcons the rights to the NFC Conference Championship Game.

Atlanta had done everything right this entire season, but that almost was not enough, as Russell Wilson and Co. were seconds away from sending the Falcons packing. Matt Ryan was able to rally his troops and march them down the field, and eventually set up for what would be the game winning field goal.

For those looking to make a pick on this game's total, find out if we like the Over or Under.

Greatest Post Season Performance Ever!!!

The man that’s responsible for this isn’t Peyton Manning or Tom Brady, its San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick. In what was an amazing display of running and passing ability, Kaepernick threw for 263 yards and 2 touchdowns and ran for 181 yards and 2 touchdowns in a victory over Aaron Rodgers and the Packers, 45-31. It’s quite evident that there’s a new style of QB’s in the NFL with Kaepernick, Wilson, and RG3 putting up the kind of numbers they are. Can Colin Kaepernick top off an amazing performance and get his team into the Super Bowl?

Fans will see two kinds of quarterbacks take to the field in this matchup, and San Francisco has the edge defensively. That said, the Falcons have the much coveted home field advantage, and we all know how hard it has been to beat Atlanta at home.

Outcome

The NFL odds makers are telling you that they and the public believe in San Francisco. Atlanta was a #1 seed in the NFC and are 4 point underdogs at home and the total is 49. People were so set off by Atlanta’s collapse against Seattle and one great performance by Kaepernick makes his team the favorite?

Take Atlanta and the points. They’re a team of destiny and Colin Kaepernick’s performance is just what it was, one game. The 4 points at home is an absolute steal!.

I’m going to make 2 parlays:

Parlay #1 – Atlanta +4

Parlay #2- Atlanta ML +170

Baltimore Ravens at New England Patriots

The door has been left wide open for the New England Patriots. Tom Brady and Bill Belichick have a chance to pick up a 4th Lombardi Trophy with Eli and Peyton Manning out of the way. This is a major opportunity for New England.

Standing in their way of getting to the Super Bowl is Ray Lewis in his last season. Many quarterbacks will be happy to see Ray Lewis retire as he awaits his enshrinement in Canton.

New England is the far superior team, but the Ravens come into this game on a much bigger high.

Peyton’s Storybook Season is Trashed!

Baltimore put up a good fight but Peyton Manning and the Broncos appeared to be advancing. This all changed with a 70 yard touchdown pass from Joe Flacco to Jacoby Jones with just 31 seconds left on the clock. This has to go down as one of the greatest moments in NFL history. Along with Tony Gonzalez, Ray Lewis has a chance to go out a winner ( for a 2nd time) as he retires.

Is Joe Flacco the Weak Link?

After last Sunday’s victory, Flacco proved that he has what it takes to win. Flacco was unaffected by the ice cold Denver weather and was full of confidence. This is definitely something for New England to worry about. Flacco also has many options in Ray Rice, Anquan Boldin and Torrey Smith to get the ball to. After seeing what I saw last week, I don’t see Flacco folding under pressure, and New England doesn’t have one of the best defenses in the league. The game is there for the taking for Baltimore.

For those looking to make a pick on this game's total, find out if we like the Over or Under.

Won Before the Game is Played?

I know that New England has a dynasty going, and they are a tough team to beat at home, but odds makers have made the Pats a 10 point betting favorite and the total for the game is 51.5 points. They’re practically begging you to take Baltimore and most people will take New England. I like Baltimore in this game. This is a season of destiny for the Falcons and the Ravens. 10 points are more than enough for Baltimore offense and superior defense. This game will be close.

NFL Playoff Picks: Baltimore +10