Sunday, January 18, 2009

NFL Championship Game Pick Results

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Read this for a description of APR.
Read this for a description of SRS.
Line picks counted correct when the favored team wins; they do not have to beat the spread to count as a win.

Pick results for the Championship Games.

Eagles (APR, SRS, Line) @ Cardinals
In the first half, the Cardinals just dominated. On offense, they scored at will. On defense, they limited the Eagles to three field goal tries. The second half was a different story. The Cardinals play calling seemed to go conservative on both sides of the ball, while the Eagles started to play with urgency, scoring 3 touchdowns in 3 drives. But once the Eagles regained the lead, it was their turn to be conservative: the Cardinals put together a 14 play touchdown drive that regained the lead, and left the Eagles with just 62 seconds on the game clock to respond, and they could not.

Ravens (APR, SRS) @ Steelers (Line)
The Ravens demonstrated this season that a good defense can cover a multitude of offensive shortcomings, including the inexperience of a rookie quarterback. Holding the Steelers to just 16 points on offense wasn't quite enough; when Joe Flacco started pressing his throws, the interceptions started coming, including a game-sealing pick-6 to Troy Polamalu.


This weekOverall

New power rankings, and the Super Bowl pick to come.