NFL Playoff Predictions: Who is going to the Super Bowl?

NFL Playoff Predictions: Who is going to the Super Bowl?

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The NFL playoffs continue this weekend, live on Sky Sports – but which team is going to have that Super Bowl trophy in their hands as the confetti falls come February 4?

All season, Sky Sports News’ NFL reporter Richard Graves has given his weekly game predictions, going head-to-head against star names from the sporting arena to see who knows their gridiron more.

Graves’ 11-5-1 mark on the season certainly would have been good enough to earn a playoff spot – so he is back, as are some of his fiercest competitors from the year, to take on the Super Bowl Challenge.

Tasked with picking their playoff road to the Super Bowl, and eventual winner, can Graves triumph over the likes of England cricketer Liam Plunkett WWE superstar Baron Corbin and Sky Sports News Deadline Day expert Jim White?

Two points are awarded for each correct pick our predictors make, with them subsequently earning bonus multiplier points for correct predictions made in respect of subsequent rounds.

After a Wild Card Weekend full of shocks, the group are all locked together on four points, with John Part and Shaun Gayle knocked out after tallying only two points – the Saints, and Jaguars, respectively, their only successful picks.

Scroll down to see the complete list of playoff predictions, while Graves first guides you through his divisional round selections…

Atlanta Falcons @ Philadelphia Eagles, NFC Divisional Round
Sky Sports Action (407), 9pm, Saturday

For all those who doubted the Falcons (myself included), boy did they prove us wrong. A near perfect game plan in Los Angeles kept the high powered Rams offense off the field – they limited running back Todd Gurley to just 18 touches and dominated the time of possession by over 15 minutes!

Their reward is a trip to Philadelphia. Rarely does a No 1 seed start a game as such an underdog, but that’s the case here, such has been the offensive drop off since starting quarterback Carson Wentz went down to injury. Back-up QB Nick Foles has been inaccurate and looked hopelessly out of sync with his receivers – in the last six quarters of football he’s played, he has thrown just one touchdown pass. That sort of production will not get the job done this weekend!

PICK: FALCONS

Tennessee Titans @ New England Patriots, AFC Divisional Round
Sky Sports Action (407), 1.15am, Sunday

The Titans produced one of the greatest comebacks in franchise history last weekend. Trailing Kansas City 21-3 at half-time, in a fired up Arrowhead stadium, not only did they rattle off 19 unanswered points but they shut out the Chiefs in the second half to book a trip to New England.

Last week I wrote that if the Titans were to have any chance of beating Kansas City, running back Derrick Henry had to have a big game, and he did! Henry ran for 165 yards, including a 35 yard-TD. And, if the Patriots defense has a weakness, it’s against the run (rank 20th, 114.8 yards per game).

For New England, the build-up has been dominated by a report of rifts between owner Robert Kraft, head coach Bill Belichick and QB Tom Brady. The adage “idle hands make light work” springs to mind. After all, this is a trio which has delivered unrivalled success over the past 18 years. They’ve each won five Super Bowls. For some, the speculation would be a distraction, but I expect a fully focused Patriots side to take the field this weekend.

PICK: PATRIOTS

Jacksonville Jaguars @ Pittsburgh Steelers, AFC Divisional Round
Sky Sports Action (407), 5.30pm, Sunday

Jacksonville is a city buzzing with excitement. There’s a genuine belief that they have a defense capable of taking them all the way to the Super Bowl in Minnesota, and although a postseason trip to Pittsburgh is daunting, they go having already won there this season – a thumping 30-9 victory back in Week Five, where Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger threw five interceptions!

The talk in Pittsburgh has been about avenging that defeat and, with a first-round bye, the Steelers were able to put their feet up and rest last weekend. More time for star receiver Antonio Brown to recover from injury – he has returned as a full participant in practice.

That being said, only one team has ever beaten Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh twice in the same season – the 2007 Jaguars. And, since Roethlisberger entered the NFL, he has a dismal 1-4 record against Jacksonville. Defense wins championships, and the Jaguars may just be able to pull off the upset of the weekend.

PICK: JAGUARS

New Orleans Saints @ Minnesota Vikings, NFC Divisional Round
Sky Sports Action (407), 9.40pm, Sunday

The No 1 ranked defense of the Vikings goes up against the No 2 ranked offense of the Saints!

New Orleans running backs Mark Ingram and Alvin Kamara have rightly been lauded for a season in which they both have over 1,500 scrimmage yards, but they were shut down last weekend by Carolina’s defense and so the old stager at QB, Drew Brees, showed once again why he is a sure fire Hall of Famer.

In short, this game boils down to one question: Can the Saints, with all their offensive weapons, find a way to cut through the best defense in football? Or will the Vikings and their top scoring defense (allowing just 15.8 points per game) shut down another opponent and move one step closer to doing something that’s never been achieved before – becoming the first home town team to play in the Super Bowl?

PICK: VIKINGS

Richard Graves (4 points)
Wild Card picks: Jaguars, Chiefs, Rams, Saints

Neil & Jeff (4 points)
Wild Card picks: Jaguars, Chiefs, Rams, Saints

Laura Wright (4 points)
Wild Card picks: Jaguars, Chiefs, Rams, Saints

Anya Shrubsole (4 points)
Wild Card picks: Jaguars, Titans, Rams, Panthers

Gethin Jones (4 points)
Wild Card picks: Jaguars, Chiefs, Rams, Saints

Jim White (4 points)
​​​​​​​Wild Card picks: Bills, Chiefs, Falcons, Saints

Jade Clarke (4 points)
​​​​​​​Wild Card picks: Bills, Titans, Rams, Saints

Rob Lee (4 points)
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Wild Card picks: Jaguars, Chiefs, Rams, Saints

Baron Corbin (4 points)
​​​​​​​Wild Card picks: Jaguars, Chiefs, Rams, Saints

Nasser Hussain (4 points)
​​​​​​​Wild Card picks: Jaguars, Chiefs, Rams, Saints

Liam Plunkett (4 points)
Wild Card picks: Jaguars, Chiefs, Rams, Saints

Watch the divisional round in the NFL playoffs, live on Sky Sports, starting with Atlanta Falcons @ Philadelphia Eagles, on Saturday from 9pm, live on Sky Sports Action.

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