NFL PLAYOFF SCHEDULE

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Here’s the playoff schedule and my personal armchair expert picks for who will win in each of the playoff games and ultimately what teams will meet at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey on February 2, 2014

The Wild-Card Round begins this weekend.

AFC

The first game will be Kansas City against Indianapolis.  This is a toss-up but regardless of the outcome don’t expect either of them to beat Tom Brady the following weekend in Foxborough.

I’m predicting Philip Rivers and the Chargers will beat the Bengals in Cincinnati but that Peyton Manning and the Broncos beat the Chargers in Denver the following week.  This makes for a terrific quarterback showdown on January 19, with Brady facing off against Manning for the AFC Championship.  Expect the Broncos to represent the AFC on Super Bowl Sunday.

NFC

Drew Brees and the Saints will beat the Eagles at home while Aaron Rogers and the Packers beat San Francisco at Green Bay.  The following week the Saints will be stopped in Seattle.  The Green Bay vs. Panthers is a tough call but the outcome won’t ultimately matter because neither the Panthers nor Green Bay can beat Seattle who will represent the NFC on Super Bowl Sunday.

SUPERBOWL

If the games unfold as predicted we’ll see the amazing Peyton Manning face off against Russell Wilson.  Peyton may be the best QB on the field on February 2, but the Seahawks will prove to be too much for the Broncos.  Super Bowl XLVIII winner: Seattle Seahawks.

POSSIBLE ALTERNATIVE OUTCOMES

The playoffs this year have a very strong group of contenders any of which have the talent to roll through the playoffs and ultimately win the Super Bowl.

I’m an ex-fan of the unpredictable and unreliable San Diego Chargers but they do have the talent, momentum and fire power to forge through the playoffs unbeaten. The Saints, Eagles, 49’ers and Packers also have the potential to show up on Feb 2.  My wish, however, is for Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos to win Super Bowl XLVIII.

What’s your pick?

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