I do love this time of year for television. The playoffs are going to be special no doubt. I have to think both Denver and New England are the superior AFC teams, and the best two teams in the NFL.
Both of them have poor defenses with very similar statistics, but Denver has the best offense in NFL history. Denver has key defensive injuries and New England is Gonkless, and Tom Brady can't sneak past them in his uggs this time. I think these two beat up teams will slug it out with Denver taking the AFC Championship.
I think the NFC is going to be wildly interesting, and I'd love to see Carolina get there, but I bet they'll come up to a hungry wild card team (SF possibly) and they'll suffer a tough first round loss. I bet Seattle rolls into the Super Bowl. For the big game, this is going to be Denver's year, and they'll beat the Seahawks 35-27. Manning will silence all his critics and then decide if he want's to pull a John Elway and come back for a repeat or ride off into the sunset as one of the greatest ever.
*Disclaimer* As a life long Bronco fan, and a kid who once dressed up as John Elway for 4 consecutive halloweens, my non-biased opinion should be thought of as fact.