The chase is on. 14 teams remain, hoping to hoist the Lombardi trophy. It all starts with Wild Card Weekend, where true contenders will emerge. Who's making it out alive?
49ers vs. Seahawks: Critics are harping on Brock Purdy's lack of big game experience. However, that hasn't been the case for Mr. "Irrelevant," who's handled the pressure extremely well. Couple that with a healthy 49er team and possible rain in the forecast and you get a recipe for success. Purdy's first playoff game shouldn't be a problem and you should expect Christian McCaffrey to have a big game. 49ers 38, Seahawks 21
Chargers vs. Jaguars: This game is much closer than one would think. The Chargers are getting healthy at the right time, while Jacksonville is rolling. Trevor Lawrence has looked comfortable in Doug Pederson's offense and is finding his receivers easily. That includes Christian Kirk, who's been a reliable target for the Jaguars. Jaguars 23, Chargers 22
Bills vs. Dolphins: No Tua, no winn-a. Bills 40, Dolphins 3
Giants vs. Vikings: This should be the main game on upset alert. Minnesota has been inconsistent at the end of the regular season. In fact, all four of the Vikings' losses were by a combined 89 points. When Minnesota loses, they lose badly. It's a miracle that they're the third seed, especially with a Giants team that's found their footing. Expect Saquon Barkley to have a solid game on the ground for New York. Giants 31, Vikings 24
Ravens vs. Bengals: I know Cincinnati was complaining about the recent aftermath of the Damar Hamlin health scare. However, they should have an easy set-up this week. Even with Lamar Jackson, there are so many weapons that Cincinnati has. Tee Higgins, JaMarr Chase, and Joe Mixon are just the tip of the iceberg. This is a healthy Bengals team and you know who's under center in Cincy. Bengals 28, Ravens 10
Cowboys vs. Buccaneers: Tom Brady has never lost against Dallas. I'm fully convinced that will continue with Dallas looking sloppy in the last few weeks. Dak Prescott has become a turnover machine and it's hard to trust Mike McCarthy's play-calling in the playoffs. Just ask Aaron Rodgers. Buccaneers 30, Cowboys 21