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NFL picks and predictions: Will Divisional Round be a chalk fest?

The NFL Playoff's Divisional Round takes center stage this weekend. Will the top two seeds from both conferences win and move on?

Mitch Stringer-USA TODAY Sports

The Divisional Round of the NFL Playoffs is one of the best sports weekends of the year, with a tradition of four great games spread over two days. This year, the matchups are there, but it could be a weekend full of chalk. Will someone be able to pull off the upset?

AFC: (6) Baltimore Ravens at (1) New England Patriots
January 10 - 4:35pm - NBC

This may be the one game where I could see the upset happening. The Ravens matchup well against the Patriots, and quarterback Joe Flacco is playing well. The question will be how the Ravens deal with Rob Gronkowski. I'm leaning toward the Raven pulling off a third win over New England in Foxboro in the Playoffs, but I'm not overly confident about it. Pick: Baltimore, 27-24

NFC: (4) Carolina Panthers at (1) Seattle Seahawks
January 10 - 8:15pm - FOX

Carolina taking their sub-.500 Division Championship into the home of the only other franchise to have ever made the playoffs with a losing record. Unfortunately for the Panthers, these Seahawks are not those Seahawks. The defending Super Bowl champions are looking like they are ready to repeat, and they should easily dispatch the Panthers. Pick: Seattle, 34-10.

NFC: (3) Dallas Cowboys at (2) Green Bay Packers
January 11 - 1:05pm - FOX

Dallas takes their perfect road record into Lambeau Field where the Packers are undefeated this year. One of those stats is going to change. Odds are, it will be the Cowboys who come away disappointed, as Aaron Rodgers uses the bye week to rehab his injured calf, and prepare for a deep playoff run. Pick: Green Bay, 31-24

AFC: (4) Indianapolis Colts at (2) Denver Broncos
January 11 - 4:35pm - CBS

The Broncos were 8-0 at home this year, but now we will get the "Can Peyton Manning throw the ball in the cold?" storylines again. Denver has given the Patriots compettion all year for the role as the best team in the AFC, and the Colts coming into Mile High Stadium should not derail that. This could end up being the best game of the weekend, but Manning will likely still be standing when it is over. Pick: Denver, 35-30