NFL Playoffs: Wild Card

Wednesday January 5, 2010

The playoffs have begun! The card is set, as 12 of the best NFL teams will vie for a chance to win the Super Bowl. First, let’s see the last week of the season. I got eight wrong, wrapping up my season to 151-98. Here’s a look at what went wrong.



Carolina at Atlanta (s.o.) 1:00 PM


Georgia Dome
Minnesota at Detroit X 1:00 PM


Ford Field
Chicago at Green Bay 1:00 PM


Lambeau Field
Pittsburgh at Cleveland 1:00 PM


Cleveland Browns Stadium
Tennessee at Indianapolis 1:00 PM


Lucas Oil Stadium
Oakland at Kansas City X 1:00 PM


Arrowhead Stadium
Miami at New England 1:00 PM


Gillette Stadium
NY Giants at Washington 1:00 PM


FedEx Field
Jacksonville at Houston X 1:00 PM


Reliant Stadium
Cincinnati at Baltimore 1:00 PM


M&T Bank Stadium
Dallas at Philadelphia X 1:00 PM


Lincoln Financial Field
Tampa Bay at New Orleans X 1:00 PM


Buffalo at NY Jets 1:00 PM


New Meadowlands Stadium
Arizona at San Francisco X 4:15 PM


Candlestick Park
St. Louis at Seattle X 8:20 PM


Qwest Field
San Diego at Denver X 4:15 PM


Invesco Field at Mile High

The Patriots (1) and Steelers (2) claim first-round byes in the AFC, while the Falcons (1) and Bears (2) claim byes in the NFC. The Patriots and Falcons will face the lowest seeded team in their conference next week. Who will they face? Let’s see…

#6 New York Jets (10-6) at #3 Indianapolis Colts (10-6): Last year’s AFC Championship game showed the Colts healthy and dominant. This is not the case this time. The Colts are hurting in offense and defense, while the Jets have most of their top guys 100% healthy. We do not know the extent of Jets QB Mark Sanchez’s shoulder injury, and it could play a factor in this game. Coach Rex Ryan told the media the Jets must beat Peyton Manning, almost implying that they need to get the monkey off their backs and finally beat them. They’ll have a chance Saturday, but the outcome won’t be different.

Prediction: Colts 17-7

#5 New Orleans Saints (11-5) at #4 Seattle Seahawks (7-9): a losing team has home field advantage. They’ll need it against the defending Super Bowl Champs. The Saints, looking for a repeat, rely on their surprisingly strong defense and their reliable offense. Yet, the Seahawks play in arguably the best crowd in football. Their crowd represents the 12th man in full force, so don’t expect a walk in the park. Seahawks coach Pete Carroll has not picked a starter between quarterbacks Matt Hasselbeck and Charlie Whitehurst. The decision should be made by game time. They will put up a fight, but it won’t be pretty.

Prediction: Saints 35-10

#5 Baltimore Ravens (12-4) at #4 Kansas City Chiefs (10-6): this game will be tougher than most think. It’s safe to rely on the Ravens. Did you know they have trouble stopping the run? Did you also know KC has their running back one two punch in Jamaal Charles and Thomas Jones? This game will not be easy for either team. Both can bring the fight to any team. Experience will matter in the end, and expect a close, hard fought defensive battle in Kansas City.

Prediction: Ravens 17-14

#6 Green Bay Packers (10-6) at #3 Philadelphia Eagles (10-6): both teams had a reputation of the teams you don’t want to face. At least, that’s the case with Green Bay. They’ve been playing with chips on their shoulders lately, gutting out victories and in some cases blowing out opponents. The Eagles struggled as of late. Michael Vick has been getting banged up, showing signs of slowing down. The Eagles do have a suitable backup in Kevin Kolb, but the Eagles took out Kolb in their first meeting of the season. Expect some hard-hitting shots and a nail-biter in Philly.

Prediction: Packers 24-20

Good luck with your teams and picks this week. See you next time.

Yours Truly,

Sebastian Maldonado

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