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AFC Championship Game
And so they meet again. Tom Brady and Peyton Manning will face off once more in the AFC Championship Game, this time with Manning wearing a Broncos jersey. Brady owns the overall rivalry with a 10-4 record against Manning, although the two have split AFC title games with New England winning in 2003 and Manning's Colts advancing to the Super Bowl in 2006. Which team will come out on top this season? Will the Patriots be in Manning's head after their unbelievable comeback in Week 12 to defeat the Broncos in overtime?
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Conference Championship Pick 'Em
The conference championship matchups are set and we couldn't have asked for anything better. A rematch of a rematch between Colin Kaepernick and Russell Wilson? Another chapter of Peyton Manning versus Tom Brady? Any of the potential Super Bowl matchups would be spectacular, but which would you most like to see?
NFL Divisional Round Pick 'Em!
And then there were eight. With the Cincinnati Bengals, Green Bay Packers and Philadelphia Eagles all falling at home and the Kansas City Chiefs losing a heartbreaker on the road, the matchups are set for the divisional round of the NFL playoffs. And all but one is a rematch, with the San Francisco 49ers (at Carolina Panthers), New Orleans Saints (at Seattle Seahawks) and Denver Broncos (vs. San Diego Chargers) getting a chance to avenge mid- to late-season losses. In the other, a recent playoff rivalry gets rekindled: Indianapolis Colts vs. New England Patriots. Which teams will emerge victorious? What are your conference and Super Bowl picks?
Colts, Chargers advance in AFC
In the AFC, wild-card weekend went just as we envisioned, with the Indianapolis Colts falling behind 38-10 and beating the Chiefs anyway, and the San Diego Chargers effectively dominating the Cincinnati Bengals in Ohio. But hey, that's what's so exciting about the NFL. Now the victors move on to the divisional round, in which Andrew Luck's comeback Colts will visit the New England Patriots, while Philip Rivers' surprising Chargers get a chance to beat the top-seeded Broncos in Denver for the second time in five weeks. How will it all go down?