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Seattle Seahawks (5) at New York Giants (4)
The Seahawks as a team have taken on Marshawn Lynch's "Beastmode" attitude and are playing with a level of determination, grit, skill and poise that will be tough to beat in January.
The Giants, on the other hand, have been up to their old tricks again, showing up for some games and forgetting to get on the bus for others. They won't get away with it again this year.
Lynch will have a monster game at MetLife Stadium, gashing the Giants for huge gains and setting up Russell Wilson and the team's passing attack for big play-action passes.
The Seattle defense has the pieces to minimize the Eli Manning's passing attack, and the Seahawks will upset the defending Super Bowl champs on the road.
Prediction: Seahawks win 24-20
Washington Redskins (6) at Green Bay Packers (3)
It'll take some magic for the Redskins to get into the playoffs, but the Chicago Bears will give them an assist by continuing to slide down the home stretch.
Unfortunately for Washington, the magic will run out at Lambeau Field.
Aaron Rodgers has put together another incredible season, and he's been making do without his top receivers for much of the year. Greg Jennings and Jordy Nelson have been out of the lineup for games at a time, and Rodgers continues to find ways to get it done.
Going up against a porous Redskins secondary will make life easier on Rodgers, and he'll have a huge game at home.
Prediction: Packers win 35-24
Pittsburgh Steelers (6) at Denver Broncos (3)
This game won't be pretty for Steelers fans.
Von Miller and the rest of the Broncos' pass-rushers will tee off on the Steelers pathetic offensive line, putting pressure on Ben Roethlisberger all game long (assuming he doesn't get hurt again before the playoffs).
Peyton Manning will find soft spots in the Steelers defense and chip away until he finds a big play. He has the Broncos on a league-best eight-game winning streak, and It won't surprise me in the least if they've won 11 straight by the time the playoffs roll around.
Prediction: Broncos win 31-17
Indianapolis Colts (5) at Baltimore Ravens (4)
As much as I'd like to see the Colts go deep into the playoffs this year, I don't see it happening.
The Ravens, for all their flaws, are still a veteran team with playoff experience. They'll figure out a way to win this game at home.
It'll be interesting to see how the Ravens offense operates under Jim Caldwell now that Cam Cameron is finally gone, and I'm betting Ray Rice will be a bigger piece of the puzzle.
That doesn't bode well for the Colts.
Prediction: Ravens win 27-23