The AFC Championship game is upon us and only two teams remain with a shot to hoist the Hunt Trophy. The Indianapolis Colts and the New England Patriots will vie right to represent the AFC in the Super Bowl. The Patriots took care of the Baltimore Ravens at home while the Colts traveled to Denver and upset the Broncos in what some consider a torch passing from Peyton Manning to Andrew Luck.
If you are interested in who the writers picked to win the NFC Championship game you can read 2014-2015 NFC Championship Predictions: Packers vs Seahawks.
Which team will travel to University of Phoenix Stadium with a shot to win the Super Bowl? Some of the Sports Unbiased writers got together to predict the winner of the AFC Championship game, heck they even gave you a final score. Let’s get to it.
Date – January 18th
Location – Gillette Stadium
T.V. – CBS 6:40 PM ET
Opponents – Indianapolis Colts (11-5) at New England Patriots (12-4)
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Keith – In this game, I feel torn because I wish both could win but that can’t happen. On one side of the ball, there’s a dynasty that’s already built and opposite them is one of the up and coming dynasties. Tom Brady and Bill Belichick have established a devastating offensive presence that teams, no matter who it might be week to week, are deathly afraid of.
Going up against an incredibly resilient Colts defense–I mean, they shut down Peyton Manning, of all people, on the road in the week prior–the Pats will have some tough challenges. I think that the Colts will be able to disrupt Brady’s consistency and game flow and make it up to the Patriots defense to win or lose the AFC title game.
Zach – So we didn’t get another Brady/Manning duel in the AFC Championship. Instead, Andrew Luck inaugurated a new era for Indianapolis by out-dueling the Colts’ former quarterback and claiming the spot opposite the Patriots. And this could be another upset in the making. New England barely eked past Baltimore despite trying to disguise looks against the Ravens’ defense, and Indy was defensively stout against Manning and the Broncos.
Sure, this game is being played at Gillette Stadium, and the Pats could take an early lead. But Belichick will settle for Gostkowski field goals one too many times, and Luck will engineer a winning drove to reach his first Super Bowl.
J.R. – The Colts played an impressive game and stunned the Denver Broncos at home during the second round of the NFL playoffs, but will head into Gillette Stadium with the odds stacked against them. Andrew Luck and Co. are ready to accept what is sure to be a challenge as the Patriots are the favorite to win.
Brady performed well against a formidable Ravens offense and defense, however, Andrew Luck is a more dynamic quarterback due to his ability to run the ball. I’d be a fool to bet against Tom Brady and the refs (pun intended), and I guess I’ll continue such foolery by picking the Colts to defeat the Patriots at home.
Adam – Okay I get it, Andrew Luck is really good! I would never take anything away from the Colts quarterback who came in to the league with unfair expectations and huge shoes to fill. He exceeded even the greatest expectations including an impressive victory, on the road, against Denver last week.
With that being said, let’s not go overboard to fast here. While it is true that the Colts held Denver in check last week, Peyton Manning was tired, injured, and not up to his normal standards. The future Hall of Famer has a 3-to-6 touchdown to interception ratio with one 300 yard game in his last four.
New England had a tough time with Baltimore but those teams match up well together. They will be at home where they excel with Tom Brady and a flock of “ineligible receivers.” Heck, in November the Patriots went to Indianapolis and throttled the Colts 42-20.
Andrew Luck is the real deal but even with a bit of a running game I just do not see it being enough for the Colts to go to Gillette Stadium and take the victory. His time will come but Tom Brady already has a salon appointment scheduled in Phoenix and he does not want to miss it.