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SI's King: Patriots will beat Packers in Super Bowl

In this week's January 10th issue of Sports Illustrated, NFL senior writer Peter King predicts every game in this year's playoffs. Lucky for you, the magazine has given me a sneak peek at his bracket, which I will gladly reveal to you. You might not like what King foresees, though, so brace yourselves.

King predicts that the Patriots will beat the Packers, 30-24, in Super Bowl XLV after the Patriots beat the Steelers in the AFC championship game and the Packers knock off the Bears on the NFC side of the bracket.


As for the Ravens, King believes they will beat the Chiefs on Sunday before losing in a playoff rematch against Tom Brady and the Patriots in the AFC divisional round. So I'm guessing that whenever Terrell Suggs gets his copy of the magazine in the mail, he will promptly to set it on fire.

When breaking down the Ravens, King praised GM Ozzie Newsome for acquiring cornerback Josh Wilson. He said the team's biggest worry is that they "haven't been dominant at any point this season on either side of the ball." And King things the Ravens need to rely on Ray Rice and the running game to run out the clock against elite quarterbacks such as Brady, Peyton Manning and Ben Roethlisberger (I hear that, P.K.).


King's keys to beating the Ravens are stuffing their running game early in games and, as crazy as this would have have seemed at the start of the season, by attacking the Baltimore defense on runs up the middle.

Fun fact: Since 1990, no fifth seed has made it to the Super Bowl. Three lost in the conference title game.

So yeah, Sports Illustrated predicts doom and gloom for the Ravens. What do you all think about that?

Note: There is an exclusive interview with Haloti Ngata in the magazine, so look for that, too.