New Orleans vs. New Englad!
The Saints will go into Chicago and defeat a Bears team that is not as good as they appear. They have a quarterback with shaky confidence, a defense missing an important part (DL Tommie Harris). The Harris injury creates and especially bad match up against the Saints, who's offese features the punishing Duece McAillister and the slick Reggie Bush. The Seahawks were not that great this year, and it took OT for the Bears to beat them at home. And remember, last year Carolina went into Chicago and defeated the Bears. New Orleans also has the superior quarterback play, and the deeper you go into the playoffs, the more important this becomes. The Saints have developed a hybrid offense where their runningbacks are both backs and recievers, while young guys like Terrene Copper and Marques Colston have emerged. The Bears defense clearly is not the same without Harris, and in the second half the Seahawks were able to move the ball. You mark my words, New Orleans is going to the Super Bowl.
As for the Patriots, I can't help but aruge this way becasue they are my team, always have been. Two things seem to go against them--Indy is at home and Indy beat them in Foxboro this year. However, first off as San Diego found out, your dealing with Tom Brady in the playoffs. The Colts defense has been strong in the last two playoff games. Everything says Colts. But everything said Chargers today. And New England won. The Patriots are experts at winning ugly--thats how they have always done it. A bend-don't-break defensee and an offense led by Brady and a host of no-names. The most important player could be Lawrence Muroney. Lastly, Peyton Manning still has to prove he can out-game The Game, that being Tom Brady, in the playoffs. Manning has fallen to Brady two times in the playoffs and its a mental hurdle that he will be reminded of over and over. Mark my words, Belichek will be ready and so will Brady. Brady didn't play that well in San Diego--but they still won.
So count on it. Pats vs Saints.