The annual Sports Illustrated NFL Preview issue has picked the Packers to defeat the Broncos in Super Bowl XLVII.
SI senior writer Peter King made the prediction for the magazine. King correctly predicted two years ago that the Packers and Steelers would meet in the Super Bowl, but he had the Steelers winning.
King has the Packers taking a similar path to the title this year. He has Green Bay finishing 11-5 and earning an NFC wild-card playoff berth and No. 5 seed, with the Bears winning the NFC North title on a tiebreaker. Then he has the Packers defeating the Cowboys and Bears on the road in the first two rounds of the playoffs before hosting the No. 6 seed Saints in the NFC title game, with Green Bay prevailing.
The predictions also include Packers QB Aaron Rodgers winning Offensive Player of the Year, and Broncos QB Peyton Manning winning league MVP.
SI’s NFL Preview issue hits newsstands this week.
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Packers QB Aaron Rodgers is on one of four regional Sports Illustrated covers for the magazine’s annual NFL playoff preview issue, which hits newsstands this week. All the covers feature quarterbacks, as New Orleans’ Drew Brees, New England’s Tom Brady and Pittsburgh’s Ben Roethlisberger are on the other regional covers.
In his playoff preview story, SI’s Peter King predicts the Packers to beat the Giants in the NFC divisional round, and then the Saints to beat the Packers in the NFC Championship at Lambeau Field. He picks the Saints to then win Super Bowl XLVI over the Patriots. King calls it a “wide-open” playoff field because he sees as many as nine teams with a realistic chance to win it all.
King also selects Rodgers as the NFL MVP for 2011.
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