Packers, Broncos get picked
Published 12:00 am Sunday, January 4, 2004
Green Bay 30, Seattle 19. Mike Holmgren’s return to the city he helped to the 1996 Super Bowl was one he’d like to forget, as his Seahawks were whomped 35-13 by Green Bay on Oct. 5. Today, he hopes to recapture the success he enjoyed as Head Packer. But the Packers are still smarting from the beating Michael Vick gave them in the opening round of last year’s playoffs, their first home playoff defeat in 12 years. They’ve also got some emotional momentum after a last-second touchdown pass by Arizona’s Josh McCown that sent Minnesota straight home (bet that McCown never has to buy a beer in Milwaukee!).
Denver 28, Indianapolis 7. Both Tony Dungy and his Colts have a reputation for winning – until the regular season ends. Indianapolis has lost five straight playoff games (including three in which NFL co-MVP Peyton Manning was quarterbacking, culminating in last season’s 41-0 humiliation at the hands of the N.Y. Jets) and Dungy has lost his last three playoff appearances, two with Tamp Bay and one with the Colts. That, and the fact that Denver smashed Indy 31-17 two weeks ago, give the Broncos the Pick. Sure, the Broncos were whaled by Green Bay last week, but seven starters sat it out. Clinton Portis, who didn’t play in the Indianapolis game, is ready to run.
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