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NFL playoff picks and predictions: Seahawks, Patriots favored for Super Bowl

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To the surprise of no one, NFL experts are heavily favoring a Seahawks/Patriots matchup for the Super Bowl.

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For Broncos fans, any of the potential Super Bowl matchups are going to create a pit in their stomach. Several days after the Broncos/Colts Divisional game I don't think I'm the only fan who feels like a kid who just found out Santa Claus is not (as my 7 year-old would put it) "for real life."

While every fan of every team wants their team in the Super Bowl every year (why wouldn't you!) many Broncos fans almost felt like they were owed another shot at the Lombardi after last year's debacle in New Jersey. I know I kept thinking how poetic it would be for Manning to hoist that trophy in Arizona after the following hat trick: defeating his old team, the Patriots in their house, and the Seahawks when it mattered.

But my disappointment is not going to stop me from watching and enjoying (or at least attempting to enjoy) the conference championship games this Sunday.

Of the 37 NFL analysts in the table below 33 (89%) predict the New England Patriots will beat the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday. Four (11%) predict that the Colts will pull an upset in Foxboro.

30 analysts (81%) predict the Seattle Seahawks will ride their home field advantage to victory over the Green Bay Packers. Seven analysts pick the Packers to silence the 12th Man.

Here is how the Super Bowl matchups break down from the picks:

Seahawks/Patriots - 26

Packers/Patriots - 7

Seahawks/Colts - 4

Packers/Colts - big fat zero

So I'll go ahead and take the plunge - I'm going to pick the Packers/Colts because I would actually enjoy watching that game. Not as much as a Broncos/Seahawks rematch, but I'll take Packers/Colts over my other options any day.

If you're unhappy about the prospect of a Seahawks/Patriots Super Bowl let me remind you about the team that was favored by 91% of the analysts last week. Hint: You like this team. (Or you might be trolling.)

Go Broncos!

NFC & AFC Championship Game Predictions

Analyst GB @ SEA IND @ NE Super Bowl Matchup
Ryan Van Bibber - SB Nation

Stephen White - SB Nation

Joel Thorman - SB Nation

David Fucillo - SB Nation

Danny Kelly - SB Nation

PFT Commenter - SB Nation

Matt Ufford - SB Nation

Pete Prisco - CBS

Jason La Canfora - CBS

Will Brinson - CBS

Jared Dubin - CBS

Ryan Wilson - CBS

John Breech - CBS

Dave Richard - CBS

Jamey Eisenberg - CBS

Allen - ESPN

Golic - ESPN

Hoge - ESPN

Jaworski - ESPN

Joyner - ESPN

Schefter - ESPN

Schlereth - ESPN

Wickersham - ESPN

Jackson - ESPN

Johnson - ESPN

Ditka - ESPN
Carter - ESPN

Elliot Harrison - NFL.com

Peter Schrager - FOX Sports

Mike Garafolo - FOX Sports

Alex Marvez - FOX Sports

Brendon Ayanbadejo - FOX Sports

Jimmy Traina - FOX Sports

David Steele - Sporting News

Neil Greenberg - Washington Post
Brandon Marshall - Inside the NFL
Boomer Esiason - Inside the NFL