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Here’s an NFL Playoffs Preview

Brendan Fitzgibbons
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Brendan Fitzgibbons
Here’s an NFL Playoffs Preview

One of the greatest aspects of being a sports pundit and really any so-called expert in general is that you can be wrong all the time and no one cares. (See Stephen A. Smith, Skip Bayless, Nate Silver and the entire Democratic Party as examples.) Admittedly, I fall under this category as last week I wrote an article resoundingly stating that Alabama was going to crush Clemson! And I was about as right as the people who bet on Coke II.

So with that belittling but truthful caveat, let’s take a closer look at the eight remaining NFL playoff teams. We’ll begin with Hail Mary. (seriously take out a rosary and let’s watch “Sister Act.” Just kidding.) The Green Bay Packers’ Aaron Rodgers had another immaculate Hail Mary against the Giants on Sunday. The all-everything quarterback has had so many miracle bombs (more than Nicolas Cage,) that we might have to change the name to Hail, Aaron, Wisconsin Winters Suck.

The Packers are taking on the Dallas Cowboys, the team with the best regular season record in the NFC. And unlike politics, it’s a good idea to always go with experience, especially in the playoffs, so I like the Packers to win on the road.

Turning to the other NFC battle, the Seattle Seahawks take on the Atlanta Falcons on the road, and while Matt Ryan has had an MVP caliber year, never bet against Pete Carroll and the gum he’s always chewing. Look for this to be a low-scoring game with Richard Sherman yelling more times than the Falcons have points.

Over in the AFC, I think we have to all come to gentle terms with the fact that the Patriots just aren’t going to lose, especially with “Manchester by the Sea” still being in theatres. I think they coast against the Texans and Tom Brady will once again continue to look like he’s aging backwards. The Pittsburgh Steelers square off against the Kansas City Chiefs in what should be the best game of the weekend. Chiefs QB Alex Smith is not exactly a playoffs aficionado, but they have enough offensive firepower to stay close and remind people that Kansas City BBQ is really that good. But in the end, look for the Steelers to pull out the win with a last second field goal or helmet to helmet collision.

Saturday Jan. 14

Seattle at Atlanta

4:35 p.m. ET, FOX

Houston at New England

8:15 p.m. ET, CBS

Sunday Jan. 15

Pittsburgh at Kansas City

1:05 p.m. ET, NBC

Green Bay at Dallas

4:40 p.m. ET, FOX