Super Bowl 50 Prediction by Nicky Parola
On Saturday, the New England Patriots rolled right over the Kansas City Chiefs in Foxborough, while the Arizona Cardinals squeaked out an overtime victory over the Green Bay Packers at Phoenix Stadium. The next day, the Carolina Panthers would survive a second half surge in their own backyard from the Seattle Seahawks (who were blanked in the first half). Sunday afternoon, Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos overcame a second-half deficit against the visiting Pittsburgh Steelers.
What's interesting from the results of this weekend's action to me is that the two teams that did not deserve to still be in the playoffs were eliminated. The previous weekend, during the NFL Wildcard Playoffs, Seattle advance simply on a missed field goal by Minnesota Viking's kicker, Blair Walsh. The field goal attempt was an easy 27-yard chip shot, and 99 times out of a hundred Walsh would make that kick. The day before, Pittsburgh advanced out of Cincinnati simply because the Bengals shot themselves in the foot, several times, with just 96 seconds left in the game and a one point lead.
Let's take a look at the four teams that remain in the hunt.