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NFL Wild-Card Weekend Primer
By Joe Caporoso on Thursday, January 2 2014

Kansas City Chiefs at Indianapolis Colts

These teams met a few weeks ago when the Colts won in convincing fashion in Kansas City. However, many believe that since the Chiefs were basically locked into the #5 seed and knew a rematch with the Colts was likely, they didn't show much. Quarterback Andrew Luck should be the best player on the field, but the Chiefs' pass rush is going to be flying and Jamaal Charles has been on a tear all year. Andy Reid is an experienced playoff coach and will scheme up a game plan that guides his team to an upset.

PREDICTION: Chiefs 21, Colts 17

New Orleans Saints at Philadelphia Eagles

This game should be an absolute shootout, as it features two of the brightest offensive minds in the game with Sean Payton going against Chip Kelly. New Orleans is a different team away from the Superdome and it looks like it's going to be a cold one in Philadelphia on Saturday night. Watch for a huge game from LeSean McCoy, who should rip through the Saints' weak run defense. Despite just squeaking out the NFC East title, the Eagles will be heading on to the second round.

PREDICTION: Eagles 38, Saints 34

San Diego Chargers at Cincinnati Bengals

Despite some inconsistencies, only two quarterbacks threw more touchdown passes than Andy Dalton this season: Peyton Manning and Drew Brees. The Bengals have been borderline dominant at home this season and you shouldn't expect that to change against a Chargers team that has to fly cross-country for this game. Philip Rivers leads a talented offense, but the Bengals' defense is one of the league's best. Meanwhile, the Bengals offense should be able to put up plenty of points on an average Chargers' defense.

PREDICTION: Bengals 27, Chargers 16

San Francisco 49ers at Green Bay Packers

This is a rematch from last year's playoffs, when the 49ers ran it up on the Packers. Green Bay has gotten healthy at just the right time and has the benefit of playing at Lambeau Field. However, let's not forget just how good this 49ers team has been this season. They are built to run the football and play defense in frigid Green Bay.

PREDICTION: 49ers 24, Packers 20

#GottaEat Watch

If you're in a fantasy football league for the playoffs, watch for big games from: LeSean McCoy, Jamaal Charles, Anquan Boldin, T.Y. Hilton and Jimmy Graham.

Who the Broncos and Patriots are rooting for

The Broncos don't want to see the Chargers upset the Bengals after San Diego beat Denver a few weeks back. Denver would prefer to see the Bengals and Chiefs win, setting them up for the chance to beat Kansas City for a third time this season. The Patriots lost earlier in the year to the Bengals, but would probably sign up for a rematch. It is hard to picture Andy Dalton beating Tom Brady twice in one season, never mind Marvin Lewis beating Bill Belichick twice.

Who the Seahawks and Panthers are rooting for

The Seahawks would like to avoid the 49ers, who have already beaten them this season. The Panthers would probably like to avoid Philadelphia's high-flying offense and might prefer to face the Packers and their shaky defense.

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