San Diego has Phillip “Douchebag” Rivers, a playoff-experienced quarterback who has had some postseason success. We call Phillip Rivers “douchebag” due to his earlier battles with Jay Cutler, where Rivers was indeed a douchebag. He no longer fits that profile. Phillip Rivers is a family man, etc; and if anyone were ever a ‘bag, it’s Jay Cutler. Cincinnati has Andy Dalton, a not-so-experienced playoff quarterback, without any success during the postseason. The rest of the game is a mismatch in favor of the Bengals, especially on defense. Unfortunately for Cincinnati, the quarterback is the most important guy on the field. That factor keeps the game closer than it should be. Says here Cincinnati wins, but most likely the game will be closer than it should be. The Bengals don’t deal well with success. By the way, has Marvin Lewis shown any signs of being a great coach? He’s there because Mike Brown is the cheapest man in the league. BSP thinks San Diego has a decided edge at the critical coaching position.
Why are we even discussing San Francisco and Green Bay as a competitive event? First, lets get away from the cold everyone’s been talking about for the past week. It’s cold for both sides. The real difference in this game is the Green Bay defense versus the San Francisco offense. Without Clay Matthews, Green Bay has no difference makers on the defensive side of the ball. San Francisco can shove the ball down their throat with Frank Gore, and that’s what they’re going to do today. With occasional doses of Kaepy.
The Packers home record in the playoffs is 16-4. They have “The Frozen Tundra.” Big deal. Those are relics from the Lombardi days. The legendary frozen tundra was an accident when Lombardi’s pet under-the-field heater failed and the thing became a skating rink. But it didn’t matter: Lombardi’s teams were better than everyone else. Since the Lombardi years, not only have they lost an NFC Championship Game at home, they also lost a playoff game in Lambeau to a dome team — Michael Vick’s Falcons. I’m saying the niners win today, and not by a little bit.