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New England Patriots (+105)
Another comfortable win for the Patriots over the Houston Texans has Tom Brady and company set up nicely to reach yet another Super Bowl. The only team standing in their way now is the Baltimore Ravens.
The fact the Denver Broncos have been knocked out has resulted in a massive boost for the Patriots' chances. Most everyone was expecting a Brady/Manning showdown here in the conference championships, but only Brady's team managed to make it that far.
Losing Rob Gronkowski again is a blow, but the Patriots have so many weapons that it may not even matter all that much. New England had no trouble moving the ball against a solid Texans defense and Gronk didn't even catch a pass.
Getting Stevan Ridley (15 carries for 82 yards and a TD) going will be key to the Patriots' chances, while we know what Wes Welker (8 catches for 131 yards) and Aaron Hernandez (6 for 85) bring to the table. With so many targets at his disposal, will Brady be able to get that fourth Super Bowl ring?
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San Francisco 49ers (+190)
My word, Colin Kaepernick. No one's questioning Jim Harbaugh's decision to make you the permanent starter anymore.
Kaepernick put on a clinic last weekend, leading the 49ers to a 45-31 win over Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers. Much of the talk was on Rodgers returning to face off against his hometown team, the team that snubbed him in the draft, but Kaepernick was the one who stole the show. He finished with 263 passing yards, 181 rushing yards and four total touchdowns.
The Atlanta Falcons had a tough time keeping Russell Wilson at bay, so they're going to have to come up with some different defensive looks if they want to wrap up a similar-styled quarterback in Kaepernick.
While the second-year quarterback is getting all the love now, we can't forget about that star-studded defense. Considering the 49ers were ranked fourth in both stopping the pass (200.2 YPG allowed) and run (94.2 YPG), they seemingly have the most balanced team of the four remaining in the playoffs.
Atlanta Falcons (+620)
In one of the craziest games you're bound to see, the Falcons coughed up a big lead, only to win it on a last-minute Matt Bryant field goal. Truth be told, it never should have come down to that in the first place.
Sometimes special players can will teams to do improbable things, and that's what Wilson was able to do with the Seahawks in the second half. Nonetheless, Atlanta held their nerve and Matt Ryan was finally able to get rid of those playoff demons.
We all know the Falcons are loaded with offensive weapons, but fans have to be worried about a defense that was completely shredded by a rookie, albeit an extremely talented rookie. Kaepernick looks to be just as dangerous and has even more playmaking ability surrounding him than do the Seahawks.
That home-field advantage could turn out to be pivotal this weekend, as on paper you'd have to say the 49ers have the edge in personnel.
Baltimore Ravens (+875)
Last but not least, we have the Ravens, who seem to be fueled by emotion more than any other team. Maybe Ray Lewis' upcoming departure from the NFL has something to do with it, but however you spin it Baltimore deserves to be where they are.
You've got to give a lot of credit to Joe Flacco, who torched the Broncos for 331 yards and three touchdowns without throwing an interception. Ray Rice (30 carries for 131 yards) ran well, while long scoring plays from Torrey Smith and Jacoby Jones kept Baltimore in the game.
The way the Patriots are playing, it's hard to imagine them losing at home to the Ravens though.
However, let's not forget that Baltimore did beat New England 31-30 in Week 3 of the regular season, though they did have the luxury of being at home in that one. Flacco, Rice, Smith and Jones all had big games, while Dennis Pitta and Anquan Boldin were also factors in the win. Don't count out the Ravens with your NFL picks.