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Postby jackky » Wed Dec 06, 2017 10:36 am

And there were eight. Given three games on 2014 NFL wild-card weekend came down to three or fewer points, the divisional round will be just another thrill ride. There are two games Saturday, two Sunday.Forget the seeding: Knowing who won the past three Super Bowls, its again anyones tournament. Every quarterback left is capable of getting hot enough to carry a team to winning it all. So why not start with the QB who just had the greatest regular season in NFL history? (All times ET)AFC Game of the WeekSan Diego Chargers at Denver Broncos (Sunday 4:40 p.m., CBS). The Broncos know what an obstacle the divisional playoffs are. Last year with Peyton Manning, they lost at home to Baltimore 37-34 in overtime. Two years ago with Tim Tebow, they lost 45-10 at New England. Thats recent history they want to rewrite, stat, before even thinking about Super Bowl XLVIII.Through Mannings years in Indianapolis, Philip Rivers and the Chargers were nemeses. They just bit the Broncos in Denver 27-20 in Week 15, part of their surge just to get into the playoffs. So how Malcolm Butler Jersey do the Broncos avoid another upset?San Diego will again try to play ball control and keep Manning off the field. The Broncos must come out firing with Manning to execute and score early, and then run to protect to lead and their defense. Winning third down on both sides of the ball will be critical, and it will be easier if they can get Rivers into more must-pa s situations.Manning and the Broncos will be better equipped to sustain long drives with Alan Branch Jersey Wes Welker back in the lineup. Unlike the Bengals game, the Chargers cant afford to blitz much and set up those one-on-ones for Manning.Theres no Von Miller to power their pa s rush, so the Broncos must get it going by committee and help their secondary make a few big plays. Rivers figures to be more uncomfortable than Manning this time, and that will ensure Denver gets over the hump and into the AFC title game. Prediction: Broncos 42, Chargers 24 NFC Game of the WeekSan Francisco 49ers at Carolina Panthers (Sunday 1:05 p.m., FOX). The Panthers won at San Francisco 10-9 in Week 10, but then was when the Niners didnt have either wide receiver Michael Crabtree or outside linebacker Aldon Smith. What they do on the edges, however, makes a huge difference. While Crabtree helps settle Colin Kaepernick as a No. 1 and opens up the rest of the pa sing game, Smith raises the playmaking quotient for fellow top linebackers NaVorro Bowman, Patrick Willis and Ahmad Brooks.The Panthers have their own big, young mobile QB in Cam Newton, and top-flight linebackers Luke Kuechly and Thomas Davis who can control the middle of the field against run and pa s. Both teams figure to be limited on the ground, quarterbacks and otherwise, against strong rushing defenses. So it comes down to pa s protection and receiver play in another tight, yet higher-scoring affair.San Francisco will be able to block for Kaepernick a little better against the Panthers prowling pa s rush from Charles Johnson Tyler Gaffney Jersey and Greg Hardy. A banged-up Steve Smith and the rest of Newtons targets also dont quite have the pop of Crabtree, Anquan Boldin and Vernon Davis. 49ers 24, Panthers 23 Upset of the WeekIndianapolis Colts over New England Patriots (Saturday 8:15 p.m., CBS). The Colts are an all-or-nothing type playoff team, and that was on display full tilt against Kansas City. They can look awful in one half, great in another, and that goes game to game. Somehow, they win against the better competition, and it always comes back to the promising coach-QB combination of Chuck Pagano and Andrew Luck. They play disciplined and relentle s for Pagano, knowing their trump card is Luck in the clutch.The Patriots have maybe the best-ever duo in Tom Brady and Bill Belichick, and every year, they have a shot at their fourth rings. This should turn into a cla sic, as Brady and Luck duel at a high level. While the Patriots will lean more on the run, the Colts know their best bet is letting Luck loose. In a back-and-forth offensive game there are defensive liabilities on both sides, but Robert Mathis can be a game-changer. Adam Vinatieri makes another big playoff kick in New England, only this time to help the Colts steal one. Colts 31, Patriots 30 Return of the WeekSeattle Seahawks over New Orleans Saints (Saturday 4:35 p.m., FOX). The Saints are going back to the Pacific Northwest after falling hard there, 34-7 in one unlucky Monday night in Week 13. While they wont have triskaidekaphobia D.J. Foster Jersey or fear the loud crowd in Seattle this time, facing a rested, loaded Seahawks team will be enough to end their playoff run.Ru sell Wilson and the defense dominated the first game. This one will belong to Marshawn Lynch and the Seahawks now-healthy offensive line. There are aftershocks of what Lynch once did to the Saints run defense in the playoffs, and although it played well last week, it can expect a more physical dose this week.Drew Brees will shake off the noise to bring big plays that keep the Saints in the game into the second half. But look for the Seahawks to wear New Orleans down up front, with Lynch putting the game away with one powerful burst in the fourth quarter. Seahawks 27, Saints 17 Stats of the WeekLast weeks straight-up record: 2-2Season-to-date record: 162-97 (plus that pesky tie)Locks record: 13-4Upsets record: 6-10VIDEO PREVIEWS:Chargers-Broncos Colts-Patriots 49ers-Panthers Saints-Seahawks
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