NFL : CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIP WEEKEND
By Leo Haggerty

Let’s review last week’s results.  Had three winners out of four.  Was wrong about the Chargers beating the Patriots.  Should have factored in that Los Angeles had to go coast-to-coast twice in the space of a week.  Also, discounted the “Brady Postulate” which is that #12 just doesn’t lose a home playoff game.

Sadly, I was right about the Saints emerging victorious over my beloved Eagles in The Big Easy.  I truly feel for Philly WR Alshon Jeffrey.  #17, after New Orleans missed a game-clinching field goal late in the fourth quarter, had a pass go through his hands that was intercepted by the Saints.  What really must be eating at the former South Carolina star is that QB Nick Foles was working his magic again and had Philadelphia driving deep in New Orleans territory for what would have been the game-winning touchdown.

I could keep going on as to why the former South Carolina star didn’t cost the Eagles the game, as every member of the organization has reiterated on numerous occasions, but I’ll go one better.  If you get a chance, Google Alshon Jeffrey and read about the eight-year old who wrote him a letter after the game.

That, ladies and gentlemen, said it all and I won’t try to top it but I’ve digressed long enough.  Her are my choices for the two teams that are heading to Atlanta for Super Bowl LIII.

Los Angeles (+3) loses to NEW ORLEANS
Ok, both games are going to be quarterback driven so let’s get right down to the nitty-gritty, shall we?  Rams QB Goff has a lot of weapons at his disposal and the LA defense can be, at, times stifling when Donald and Suh decide to take over the game.  Los Angeles will score points so why am I taking the Saints?  Two reasons.  First, it’s in The Big Easy where the Black & Gold are practically unbeatable.  Second, and foremost, is #9.  QB Brees is playing at a different level.  The New Orleans signal-caller is completing just under 75% of his passes and that is unheard of in the National Football League.  I believe the former Purdue star will put up those kind of numbers and, mixing in the running of Kamara and Ingram to keep the Rams off-balance, punch the Saints ticket to Hotlanta.  NO, 37-30, in an old-fashioned shootout.

New England (+3) loses to KANSAS CITY

OK, go ahead.  Say I didn’t learn my lesson about Brady.  Well, this is a different scenario and here’s why.  The Patriot are on the road at Arrowhead Stadium which is one of the loudest outdoor venues in the NFL.  Advantage, Chiefs.  Also, Kansas City has the most explosive offense in the League and, being that NE beat the Red & White early in the season in Foxboro, HC Andy Reid has a game film to study what the Chiefs need to do to win.  Another advantage, Kansas City.  Those two pluses get my vote .  KC, 48-38, in another point fest.

Well, there’s my picks.  Only one thing left to do and that’s gather around the TV Sunday for the outcome.  Enjoy.