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NFC CHAMPIONSHIP: MINNESOTA VIKINGS @ NEW ORLEANS SAINTS

THOUGHTS ON HOW THEY GOT THERE

Tim Anderson: Both teams have been going out there with the same mentality all season ??? put tons of points on the board and play a mediocre defense just to hold the opponent???s offense to less points than they scored.

The Vikings??? side was lead by a veteran Brett Favre all season. It has always been said around the NFL that if the Vikings ever got a solid QB, they would be immediately taken to the next level and be legitimate Super Bowl contenders. It was true, Brett Favre has played his ass off and taken them to the next level. He has made rookie stars around him much better and turned them into one of the best passing offenses in the league. Imagine if Adrian Peterson was having a great year like we are used to.

The Saints were the best team in the NFC for the longest time. Drew Brees lead an extremely deadly offense will no real top notch receiver around him. Players like Marques Colston, Devery Henderson, and Robert Meachem pale in comparison to say Fitzgerald or Boldin in Arizona or Wayne and Clark in Indy. Brees passed for 4,388 yards with 34 Tds and 11 INTs.

John Mitchell: First let me lament what my co-host just said. These teams do NOT have the same mentality. The Vikings play mediocre defense? They ranked 6th in the NFL in total defense, and they only gave up 19 PPG ranking in the top 10 in the league. The Vikings really surprised me last week. They played amazing on the defensive side of the ball, giving up just 3-points to the Cowboys, and I honestly thought Minnesota would have trouble stopping Dallas because the Vikings pass defense has been really weak this season. But, they stepped up, and the Vikings put forth a dominating performance and are one win away from the Super Bowl.

The Saints were also dominate last week in a 45-14 thrashing of the Cardinals. New Orleans got back to playing like the team that started the season 13-0, and not the team that finished the season with three straight losses. I was most impressed with Reggie Bush???s performance as he seems like he is beginning to be the player most thought he would be in the NFL. The Saints are going to get a tougher matchup against the Vikings this week, Arizona ranked 20th in total defense this year while Minnesota ranks 6th. One of these tortured fan bases will be headed to the Super Bowl. The Saints have never played in the Super Bowl, while the Vikings have lost all four they have played in.

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 AFC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME: NEW YORK JETS @ INDIANAPOLIS COLTS

 

THOUGHTS ON HOW THEY GOT THERE

John Mitchell: The Colts are the reason the Jets are even in the playoffs. Had the Colts not benched their starters, then the Jets wouldn???t be in this game, and wouldn???t have even been in the playoffs. Now, the Colts could end up letting that decision to bench their starters come around and bite them, because now they must beat the team that they could have knocked out of the playoffs in week 16. The Colts have won every game they have tried to win. They were 14-0 with their starters playing, and they lost their final two games when they benched their starters. The thing is, the Jets were an easier team to beat in week 16 then they are right now, and the Colts have to be regretting not knocking out this team a few weeks ago when they had the chance.

Tim Anderson: Honestly, the Jets are here because of sheer luck. Thats how they got into the postseason, sheer luck that involved the Colts benching their superstar cast and throwing away the perfect season. Without the benching, the Jets would be sitting home right now and who knows would be facing the Colts in the AFC Championship game. The Jets were hit with luck once again last week as usually dependable Nate Kaeding yoinked three field goals. The Jets won that game by three.

The Colts got here by being the best team in the NFL, plain and simple. It is up for debate that if they would have played Manning and his supporting cast for the entire season, they would be standing here 17-0 and waiting. They were finally able to overcome the loss of Bob Sanders which had plagued them in previous seasons.

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