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Jan 15, 2012; Green Bay, WI, USA; NFC Divisional Playoff logo on the field prior to the game between the New York Giants and Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Wild Card Weekend is in the books and it took a miraculous comeback by the Colts to at least get me to a 2-2 record for the day.  Honestly, I was really surprised about the #6 seeds coming through.

New Orleans Saints (11-5) at Seattle Seahawks (13-3)

Saturday, 3:35 PM CST, Fox

Line: Seahawks -8, O/U 46

Dec 2, 2013; Seattle, WA, USA; New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) talks with Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) following a 34-7 Seattle victory at CenturyLink Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

Dec 2, 2013; Seattle, WA, USA; New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) talks with Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) following a 34-7 Seattle victory at CenturyLink Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

Let’s call this one the Midget Bowl, as it’s the first playoff matchup of QB’s listed at 6’0″ or less since 1978. The first matchup of the weekend offers another rematch from earlier this season.  Just about a month ago, the Saints went to Seattle and got spanked 34-7.   The Saints broke their playoff road curse with a 26-24 win in Philadelphia.  They’ll take a step up in class in caliber of opponent and difficult places to play this week in a trip to Seattle.

The Seahawks earned the home field advantage through a terrific regular season and it will come in handy against the Saints.  Seattle’s “Legion of Boom” secondary could be the key to slowing down the Saints’ biggest weapon, Jimmy Graham, who was limited to just 3 catches for 42 yards in their Week 13 matchup.

On the other side, the Seahawks will use their proven formula of mixing up Marshawn Lynch with Russell Wilson’s effective passing game.  Percy Harvin’s second return from hip issues could provide an added dimension to an already lethal Seahawks offense.

Prediction: Seahawks 27 – Saints 20

Indianapolis Colts (11-5) at New England Patriots (12-4)

Jan 4, 2014; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Indianapolis Colts mascot Blue holds up a sign after the game against the Kansas City Chiefs in the 2013 AFC wild card playoff football game at Lucas Oil Stadium. Indianapolis defeats Kansas City 45-44. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Saturday, 7:35 PM CST, CBS

Line: Patriots -7.5, O/U 52 

The Patriots welcome the Colts after Andrew Luck led the second biggest comeback in playoff history, overcoming a 38-10 deficit to rally to a 45-44 win over the Chiefs last weekend.  Meanwhile, the Patriots come off another first round bye and get ready for Tom Brady’s eleventh playoff run.  Despite sustained success, the Patriots haven’t won the Super Bowl since 2004.  Is the end of the Belichick – Brady dynasty in sight?

This season has felt out of sync for the Pats.  Between the Aaron Hernandez murder case to everything that comes with Gronk, Brady and the Pats offense hasn’t been able to get off the ground with their usual efficiency.

The Patriots and Colts have been regular participants in the postseason, but this is the first time that the new-look Colts, behind Andrew Luck, square off with Brady and the Pats.

It’s a pretty evenly matched game, so I’ll take the hotter team coming in.

Prediction: Colts 27 – Patriots 24



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  • Paul V. Suffriti

    I disagree with your outlook on the Pats/ Colts game. The Pats physical and punishing running attack will be the difference. The Colts D-line does not matchup well against the Pats RBs and O-line. The Pats will run with good success, controlling the clock and tempo. Luck will not have many opportunities on offense if the Colts cannot stop the Pats from rushing for big gains. Brady is the master at reading and reacting to defensive formations and schemes. If the Colts load the box to stop the run, Brady will use the Pass (against a mediocre pass defense) to move the ball. Brady does not have to carry the Pats offense through the air,unlike Luck. The Pats will use their overpowering running attack in the 4th quarter to keep Luck on the sidelines….no comeback this time around. Pats win 37-27.

    • BearGogglesOn

      You could very well be right. I guess I neglected to consider the Pats rushing attack, which has been better than in recent years. Usually when you think of the Patriots offense, you think of Brady. We’ll see in a few hours.

    • BearGogglesOn

      You were 100% dead on with Pats’ the power running attack. Nice work!