The NFL Playoffs are in to the Divisional Round, typically considered the best weekend of football. Eight top teams are still in the hunt for the Super Bowl, with all four games in stand-alone time slots, beginning Saturday afternoon at 4:35pm ET with the Kansas City Chiefs at New England Patriots, then a Saturday night game between the Green Bay Packers and Arizona Cardinals, kicking off at 8:15pm ET. Sunday will see the Carolina Panthers host the Seattle Seahawks in the early afternoon game, starting at 1:05pm ET. Then the weekend will be completed with the Pittsburgh Steelers at Denver Broncos, kicking off at 4:40pm ET.
During the season, we introduced a score prediction widget from The Crowd's Line, trying to guess the score of the Miami Dolphins' game each week. Now, we bring back the widget, but with a look at the Playoff contests. Below, you will find the widgets for both of the Saturday games. You can entire your predictions for those two games there, and, if you would like, you can make a log in within their system, to track how your predictions are throughout the Playoffs and into next season.
As for my predictions, I see the Chiefs' defense being able to beat up on the Patriots' offensive line, giving them a slight advantage. Tom Brady, Rob Gronkowski, and Julian Edelman are all injured to some degree, which could impact New England as well. I will pick this game at 34-21.
The Packers-Cardinals game should be closer than the 38-8 Arizona win a few weeks ago. I think Arizona is the better team and will come away with the win, but I think Green Bay is healthier than they were then, and they are playing better than they were then. I'll go 38-27.
Chiefs at Patriots
Packers at Cardinals