Straight Up: 2-2 (156-107-1)
Against the Spread: 2-2 (130-132-2)
Points Totals: 0-4 (123-137-2)
Pick of the Week: Tennessee (+10) over Baltimore
Failure of the Week: Seattle (+4) over Green Bay
Weekly Game Breakdowns
San Francisco 27 Minnesota 10
Our Picks: San Francisco (W ) – Minnesota +7 (L) – Over 44 (L)
The San Francisco defense did exactly what they needed to do to come away with the win in Santa Clara on Saturday afternoon. The 49er defense has had their way with a lot of teams this season, and that didn’t change in this game. The Viking offense was limited, and the defensive line for San Francisco had a lot to do with that. They slowed down the Minnesota rushing attack, and didn’t allow Kirk Cousins time to get the passing game into any rhythm. Offensively, San Francisco kept on putting together successful drives en route to 28 points, more than enough to seal the victory. The 49ers will look to continue their defensive dominance as they welcome back the Green Bay Packers next week to Santa Clara. Earlier this season the 49ers defeated the Packers easily 37-8.
Baltimore 12 Tennessee 28
Our Picks: Baltimore (L) – Tennessee +10 (W ) – Over 47 (L)
This was supposed to be Baltimore’s year. They were the most impressive team all season long and their offensive attack looked unstoppable at times with Lamar Jackson doing what he does. However, the Titans had different plans, and they worked to perfection. The swarming Titan defense held Lamar Jackson and company in check all night long. You could tell that Jackson was getting frustrated and at times was trying to do way too much to get the Ravens back in this game. A stifled Raven offense opposed to a confident Titan offense who controlled the clock and ran the ball efficiently ended the Ravens impressive season in the divisional round. Derrick Henry was the player whom the Titans leaned the heaviest on this week, as the amassed 195 rushing yards and set the NFL record for yards gained in consecutive playoff games. Henry was a man among boys, and he will need to keep that rolling if they wish to come away victorious next week against another explosive team, the Kansas City Chiefs.
Kansas City 51 Houston 31
Our Picks: Kansas City (W ) – Kansas City -9.5 (W ) – Under 51 (L)
This game started off as a blowout, progressed to a tight game, and then moved on to a blowout the opposite way. I don’t think I have ever seen a game play out like this one did. Houston was all over the Chiefs in the first quarter as they jumped out to a 24-0 lead early on in the 2nd quarter. The Chiefs then rallied like we’ve never seen before and rattled off 41 unanswered points to completely flip the script and pull away from the Texans. When the Chiefs were down by 24 points I thought there was no way in hell they would cover the 9.5 point spread and was basically chalking this one up as a loss. However, when they took the lead right before halftime my mind was completely changed. This win was impressive. The Chiefs are impressive. And they need one more victory against the confident Titans and they will find themselves playing in the Super Bowl in a couple weeks.
Green Bay 28 Seattle 23
Our Picks: Seattle (L) – Seattle +4 (L) – Under 47 (L)
The Packers jumped out early on the Seahawks and forced Seattle to play from behind the entire game. In true Seahawk fashion, they never let the Packers completely away from them. Even when they were down by 18 points, it felt as if the Seahawks would have a chance to catch and overtake the Packers. Russell Wilson helped keep them alive by making play after play and moving the chains, however they couldn’t pull it off on a late drive in the 4th quarter. Seattle was forced to punt the ball to Green Bay, and Aaron Rodgers did what he needed to do when it mattered the most. The Packers were able to keep the clock running and gain enough first downs to finish the game off and move on to the Conference Championship.