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NFL Divisional Round Preview, Predictions

If last weekend’s wild card games were any indication of how the rest of the NFL postseason will go, football fans are in store for an amazing treat. This week’s match-ups certainly have the possibility of besting the previous round, so let’s get right into it.                                         LAST WEEK’S RECORD: 3-1


4:35 PM EST – New Orleans (11-5) at Seattle (13-3)

The Saints finally got the monkey of their collective backs with an outdoor playoff win at Philadelphia but this will be a different story. The Seahawks will not even need ‘The 12th man,’ but will have that advantage going for them, as well. The league’s most talented team on both sides of the ball should – and will – send the Saints packing.


8:15 PM EST – Indianapolis (11-5) at New England (12-4)

The Colts had that miracle comeback to shock the Chiefs and have to be sky high right now. Sure, they will not be in the comforts of their home dome, but Andrew Luck will be able to keep his team in this game indoors or out. The problem lies with Indy’s defense, who gave up a boatload of points to KayCee, who saw their first and second string running back both go down and were still able to move the ball with ease. What do you think Tom Brady will do?



1:05 PM EST – San Francisco (12-4) at Carolina (12-4)

This should be the one that will get the most water cooler chat time Monday morning. Both teams have a formidable defense and talented QB that can hurt you with either his arm or legs. When they met back in November, the Panthers prevailed on the road, 10-9. But that was when Michael Crabtree was still injured and since his return, Colin Kaepernick has been unstoppable with his favorite receiver to throw to. The Niners have too many weapons on offense for even a strong defense to contain. A close one, but the outcome sets up a NFC Championship Game for the ages.



4:40 PM EST – San Diego (9-7) at Denver (13-3)

We went back and forth on this one. Sure, it’s easy to pick the Broncos and just give them the W because of Peyton Manning. But the Bolts are the hottest team in the league right now, running of six straight wins counting last week’s upset at Cincy. Phillip Rivers is playing with a lot of enthusiasm and confidence and there have ben some comparisons between them and the 2012 Ravens – who won here in the same spot. Call us spineless if you like, but we are reluctantly going to go with the favorite.


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