Matt Ryan and his Atlanta Falcons shared the NFL’s best record, earned the top seed for the NFC playoffs and didn’t lose at home until Week 17.
Apparently Gremlin is the only member of our panel impressed by those facts. The Miller Park Zoo sea lion is alone in picking Atlanta to beat the Seahawks and advance to the NFC title game.
Our rookie prognosticator went 2-2 in her playoff debut last week and stands at 134-125. Jim Benson also split his games and stands at 155-104.
But the race for the top spot is as tight as possible. Joe Deacon’s perfect week moved him into a share of the lead with Randy Kindred, while 4-0 showings from Randy Reinhardt and Randy Sharer have each of them just one game back.
Only Sharer can gain or lose ground among that pack this week; his pick of San Francisco is the lone differing choice. Benson also likes the 49ers to stop Green Bay, while AFC hosts Denver and New England were unanimous selections.