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Patriots still undefeated

January 15, 2008|By RYAN BARRY / Pulse Correspondent

This coming weekend the Chargers visit New England for the AFC Championship game and the Giants are on the road in Green Bay for the NFC Championship game.

The way the Chargers defeated the Colts on Sunday, I'm picking San Diego over New England.

I take the Chargers over the Patriots partly because I want New England to lose, but also because San Diego has the No. 1 rusher in the league, LaDainian Tomlinson. The Patriots have a strong defense, but they are stronger against the pass than the rush. Tomlinson was hurt against the Colts, but I think he will recover for the game with New England.

The Packers were looking very good against the Seahawks, so a Packer win is likely. I choose the Packers over the Giants because the game is at Green Bay, the Packers are the second best team in the NFC, and Brett Favre was looking good against the Seahawks. The Giants have a good team, but I don't think they can handle an opponent this strong.

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Playoff recap

In the NFC, the Seattle Seahawks and the Green Bay Packers played in snowy Wisconsin. The first offensive play of the game resulted in a fumble by Packers running back Ryan Grant, leading to a Seahawks touchdown. Despite this, the Packers came back and crushed the Seahawks 42-20.

Over in Massachusetts, the Jacksonville Jaguars attempted to be the first team this season to defeat the New England Patriots. The Jaguars were looking good as they went into the half tied, 14-14. The second half was all Tom Brady, as he threw for two touchdowns and won the game for the Patriots, 31-20.

The San Diego Chargers went to Indiana and tried to beat the defending Super Bowl champs, the Indianapolis Colts. During the first half Chargers running back LaDainian Tomlinson was injured with a bruised knee, making it more difficult for San Diego.

The lead changed between the Chargers and Colts into the fourth quarter until Chargers backup quarterback Billy Volek dived in for a touchdown. Colts quarterback Peyton Manning drove the Colts to inside the 10-yard line but was stopped short by the Chargers defense. The final score was 28-24 Chargers.

It was an upset in Texas, as well, when the New York Giants squared off against the Dallas Cowboys. The teams were tied, 14-14, at the half. With nine seconds left in the game, the Giants defense came through with an interception in the end zone. The final score was 21-17 Giants.

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