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This year, we truly do have the best eight teams still in contention for the Vince Lombardi Trophy and this weekend, we will whittle them down to just four. We got four exciting matchups on our hands, two on Saturday – the Kansas City Chiefs against the New England Patriots and the Green Bay Packers against the Arizona Cardinals – and two on Sunday – the Seattle Seahawks against the Carolina Panthers and the Pittsburgh Steelers against the Green Bay Packers. So, who do we think will go through?
The first game on Saturday will see the Kansas City Chiefs visiting the New England Patriots in a game that is really difficult to predict. The Chiefs showed very clearly that they have what it takes to defeat the Pats 15 months ago when they dismantled the healthy and ready Pats by simply playing their game. If they manage to do that this Saturday, they might just take this one too. On the other hand, these are the Pats. In the playoffs. A big factor might be the fact that both teams are just plagued by injuries. We’re going with the Chiefs. Mostly because we don’t like the Pats.
The Arizona Cardinals are hosting the Green Bay Packers in the second game of Saturday’s NFL bonanza and while there are those who will argue that the Packers can never be discounted and that Aaron Rodgers is too good a quarterback to just lie down and take the loss, we need to be realistic here – the Cardinals are going to beat the Packers. We agree with Mike Tanier of Bleacher Report. The Cardinals are a better team. The best thing the Packers can hope for is not to get humiliated.
The first game on Sunday is probably the one most NFL fans are looking forward to, the matchup between the Seattle Seahawks and the Carolina Panthers. It is also a matchup between two best quarterbacks in the game at the moment – Russell Wilson and Cam Newton. It is also a matchup between two very good defenses. It is also a matchup that is becoming a legendary rivalry. It is the matchup where we have to toss a coin to predict the winner. Let that be the Panthers. There.
The last game of the Divisional round will be played in Denver, where the home Broncos will be taking on the Pittsburgh Steelers whose main man Ben Roethlisberger is still a bit banged up after the onslaught delivered by the insane Vontaze Burfict. Antonio Brown was ruled out just minutes ago (at the moment of writing this text) and Roethlisberger is pretty much the only chance the Steelers have. The Broncos just need to come out aggressive and they should have this one in the bag.