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TWIF Picks: Conference Championships

01/16/2013 1:16 PM ET
By YESNetwork.com Staff

Tony Gonzalez got his first-ever taste of playoff victory when the Falcons beat the Seahawks.(AP)
Want to test your football prognostication skills against the experts of This Week in Football? This season, you have the chance!

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The NFL is down to its version of the Final Four, and three of the same four teams who reached the nominal semifinals last year are back for a second try; this season, the 49ers must travel to Atlanta for Sunday afternoon’s NFC title tilt, while a Ravens-Patriots rematch in Foxboro Sunday night will determine the AFC Champions for a second straight season.

After a 12-4 run on Wild Card Weekend, the TWIF panel fell to 7-9 in the Divisional Round, with two of their three unanimous picks falling by the wayside. Ryan Ruocco, Gary Myers, and Ross Tucker all tied at 2-2 with Howard Cross going 1-3, leaving the positions in the season standings static and officially mathematically paring the championship chase down to Ruocco vs. Myers.

This week, the panel unanimously believes that San Francisco is headed to the Super Bowl, but they are evenly split on who the Niners will face. The upside for standings watchers is that Gary and Ryan have opposite selections in that game, so if the Pats advance, Mr. Myers will officially clinch the overall season championship.

With that said, let’s take a look at standings following Divisional Weekend…

DIVISIONAL WEEK RECORD:
Ryan Ruocco: 2-2 (.500)
Gary Myers: 2-2 (.500)
Ross Tucker: 2-2 (.500)
Howard Cross: 1-3 (.500)

OVERALL POSTSEASON RECORD:
Ryan Ruocco: 6-2 (.750)
Gary Myers: 5-3 (.625)
Ross Tucker: 5-3 (.625)
Howard Cross: 3-5 (.375)

FULL SEASON TO DATE RECORDS:
Gary Myers: 173-90-1 (.657)
Ryan Ruocco: 172-91-1 (.653)
Ross Tucker: 166-97-1 (.631)
Howard Cross: 163-100-1 (.619)

…and now, the panel’s picks for the AFC and NFC Championship Games:

 

GAME
RUOCCO
CROSS
TUCKER
MYERS
NFC Title: San Francisco at Atlanta
San Francisco
San Francisco
San Francisco
San Francisco
AFC Title: Baltimore at New England
Baltimore
New England
Baltimore
New England
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