NFL Playoff Picture: 5 Predictions for the Divisional Round's Games This Weekend

Bill Robbins@bill_kc28Correspondent IJanuary 13, 2012

NFL Playoff Picture: 5 Predictions for the Divisional Round's Games This Weekend

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    With the '12 NFL Divisional round of the playoffs starting up tomorrow, it's time to make some predictions for this weekend's games.

    Will the 49ers upset the Saints or will Tim Tebow keep the Broncos' playoff hopes alive?

    Will the Texans upset the Ravens on the road or will the Packers continue their quest for a second straight Lombardi trophy?

    Find out in my predictions for this weekend's divisional round of the playoffs.

Tim Tebow Will Score Only One Touchdown Against the Patriots

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    We all saw what happened when the Pats went to Denver to take on Tim Tebow and the Broncos in Week 15.

    Tebow was only able to must two total touchdowns against a beat-up Patriots defense.

    I don't see it getting any easier this weekend for one of the most polarized players in recent NFL history.

    I expect him to get in the end zone just once as the Broncos' '12 playoff ride will come to a crashing halt in Foxborough on Saturday.

The Patriots Will Win by More Than 20 Points

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    To me, this is a no-brainer for the Patriots this weekend.

    In their earlier matchup with the Broncos this season, they were able to put 41 points on the board versus Denver's defense on the road.

    This weekend, they will have the friendly confines of New England to play at, where they are always tough to play at this time of year.

    I predict that the Pats will win this game going away by a 44-20 score.

Drew Brees Will Light Up the 49ers Secondary for Four TD Passes

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    There is no NFL quarterback that is hotter than the Saints' Drew Brees right now.

    Last week, he dominated the Lions defense by throwing for 466 yards and three touchdowns in a 45-28 rout of Detroit.

    Although he will face a much tougher defensive unit this weekend, I still expect Brees to have a big day.

    The 49ers are going to have to pull out all the stops on defense if they want to slow down this high-powered Saints offense on Saturday.

The Ravens Will Beat Houston in a Defensive Struggle

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    Is this really even a surprise?

    The Texans and Ravens both have solid defenses but don't possess the elite QBs that many other teams in this year's playoff field have.

    I see this game turning into a battle of field position, with the Ravens eventually winning out because of their home-field advantage and their high number of defensive players who have been to the playoffs before.

    I say that Baltimore will win 13-10, thanks to a game-winning field goal by kicker Billy Cundiff.

The Packers Will Beat the Giants in a Shootout

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    This match-up is a match made in heaven for NFL offenses.

    On one hand, you have one of the third best passing offense in the league in the Green Bay Packers.

    On the other hand, you have the fifth best passing offense in the league with the New York Giants.

    Something will have to give on Sunday, and I see the Packers coming out on top for a few points in this game.