Making our playoff picks

January, 11, 2014
Jan 11
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After passing along our Patriots-Colts predictions on Friday, here is a look at how we see the rest of the divisional round playing out:

Saints at Seahawks (Saturday, 4:35 p.m. ET)

Mike: Seahawks 23, Saints 20
Was leaning in the direction of the Saints until the weather forecast -- rain and wind. That should favor the Seahawks in a close game.

Field: Saints 27, Seahawks 21.
Don't look for a repeat of the waxing the Seahawks handed New Orleans during the regular season, but going into Seattle and winning is no easy feat. Despite New Orleans' struggles on the road this year and the wet forecast for the game, look for Drew Brees to find a way to overcome the dangerous Seattle secondary.

49ers at Panthers (Sunday, 1:05 p.m. ET)

Mike: 49ers 20, Panthers 17
In a close game between two strong defensive-minded teams, I'm leaning toward the team with more recent playoff experience.

Field: 49ers 26, Panthers 14
The 49ers are on some sort of roll right now, but momentum doesn't always translate from one week to the next in sports. With Colin Kaepernick as a threat to beat a defense with his legs and wide receiver Michael Crabtree rounding into form after returning from an Achilles' tear, look for San Francisco to avenge a regular-season loss.

Chargers at Broncos (Sunday, 4:40 p.m. ET)

Mike: Broncos 34, Chargers 21
The Chargers are playing loose and quarterback Philip Rivers has had a terrific year, but it just seems like too tough of a task for a team to go into Denver and win twice in a span of a month.

Field: Broncos 31, Chargers 16
The Chargers have the pieces to go into Denver and win, but the Broncos will have Wes Welker back on the field after missing time with a concussion. Ultimately, look for the Broncos to cruise in this one and set up an AFC Championship Game in Denver next Sunday.

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