Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 1/17/13
It was one heck of a Divisional Round weekend. The Ravens stunned the Broncos at Mile High, Colin Kaepernick was the star as the 49ers beat the Packers, the Falcons overcame a huge 4th quarter comeback by the Seahawks to win, and finally, the Patriots held off a late rally by the Texans. Now, it’s the Conference Championship Round. Four teams are just one step away from the Super Bowl. One step away from history. I will break down both games and give you my predictions.49ers at Falcons, Sunday 3:00 ET on FOX181 rushing yards. By a quarterback. In a playoff game. That’s awfully good! Colin Kaepernick looked virtually unstoppable last Saturday night as the 49ers offense dominated  the Packers. Kaepernick proved that Jim Harbaugh obviously knows what he’s doing, as he exploded for 181 yards on the ground, and 263 in the air. As for the Falcons, they had a 27-7 lead going into the 4th quarter, which was completely destroyed, as the Seahawks took a 28-27 lead with 31 seconds left.Matt Ryan finally was clutch, as he engineered a game winning drive which gave Atlanta a ticket to the NFC Championship game with a 30-28 victory. The Falcons defense was doing a fantastic job of containing Russell Wilson in the first 3 quarters, and then came the 4th,which didn’t turn out so good. If Atlanta wants to have any chance of winning this game, the Falcon defense has to contain Colin Kaepernick, and prevent him from finding any openings, which the Packers failed to do. I like the 49ers in this game because of what Kaepernick brings to the table. He provides a rush-pass threat that will cause big problems for the Atlanta D. The Kaepernick-Crabtree duo has been disastrous for opposing teams this season, and I think that we will see a similar result in this one. If Matt Ryan can come through in the clutch like he did last week, the Falcons have a shot, but his defense is what worries me. I like the 49ers in this one.Prediction: 49ers 34, Falcons 24Ravens at Patriots, Sunday 6:30 ET on CBSLast week, hardly anyone gave the Ravens a shot at beating the #1 seeded Broncos, but Ray Lewis did not want to hit the golf course just yet, as he led his team in tackles as the Ravens stunned the Broncos at Mile High in double overtime, yes, double overtime. The Ravens carry that fire into Foxborough, as they meet up with the Patriots, coming off a 41-28 home win over the Texans. The key for Baltimore is shutting down Tom Brady, who has basically looked unstoppable lately, throwing for 4,827 yards this season. But Brady will be without his favorite target, Rob Gronkowski, who reinjured his arm last week against Houston. This game is a rematch of last year’s AFC Championship game, which the Patriots won in a thriller, 23-20.Ray Lewis has provided an emotional spark to his team, and I think that will play a huge factor in this game. The Ravens beat a very good Colts team at home in the Wild Card round, who was also emotionally sparked by Chuck Pagano, and then they beat the #1 seeded Broncos on the road. The Ravens have looked incredible lately and I like them in this game. If Ray Lewis and the Baltimore defense can stop Tom Brady, they will win this game. I expect Joe Flacco to have a big game as well, and don’t be surprised if you see a special teams touchdown by Jacoby Jones, because we have seen a lot of those lately, cough, cough, Trindon Holliday. Don’t book a tee time for Ray Lewis yet, because I’m picking the Ravens to win this in a tight one.Prediction: Ravens 30, Patriots 27 If both of my predictions are correct, we will be looking at a “Harbaugh Bowl.” Yes, it would be Jim Harbaugh vs John Harbaugh in the Super Bowl. Would that be fun to watch! It should be an exciting football weekend, and we’ll see who gets to the Super Bowl.William Scott, 14-year-old sportswriterFollow me on Twitter: @wscottsw3
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