Experts: Super Bowl, playoff picks

Bill Polian, Herm Edwards, Mel Kiper and Ron Jaworski tab their winners

Originally Published: January 3, 2013
By Bill Polian, Herm Edwards, Mel Kiper, Ron Jaworski |
ESPN Insider

Three of Insider's NFL experts -- Bill Polian, Herm Edwards and Mel Kiper -- provided their picks and analysis for division and wild-card winners in 2012 before the season. With the playoffs set to begin, they are back (along with Ron Jaworski) to give their selections for conference champions and a Super Bowl winner.

NFC Champion

Bill Polian: Atlanta Falcons
I picked the Falcons at the start of the season and I see no reason to change up now. Atlanta has a complete team and, while the Niners are a great team as well, I think the Falcons will have just enough of a home-field advantage to claim the NFC. Everyone likes to clamor about how Matt Ryan and the Falcons haven't performed in the playoffs and don't have a great track record there. Those people need to realize. No one has success until they have success. Believe me when I say that past letdowns don't determine the future. I think we'll see the Falcons in New Orleans.