NFL Playoff Projections 2012-13: Picking the Most Entertaining Wild Card Slate

Mike ShiekmanFeatured ColumnistDecember 19, 2012

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - NOVEMBER 25: Quarterback Eli Manning #10 of the New York Giants throws a pass before Ryan Pickett #78 of the Green Bay Packers can get to him during a game at MetLife Stadium on November 25, 2012 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Rich Schultz /Getty Images)
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The NFL playoff picture is being disarranged, calculated and recalculated as Week 16 approaches.

With a few integral games concerning the playoff picture still in doubt, fans will wonder about what games will be served up.

In the wild card round, it seems that as many as three rookie quarterbacks could be seen in action. Also, there could be as many as three NFC East teams when the curtain drops on the NFL season.

In true predicting fashion, though, there are some matchups that look juicier than others. What is the ideal Wild-Card Round in the 2012 postseason?

Take a look.

Seattle Seahawks at Washington Redskins

This is only playoff matchup that would happen if it started today and the most intriguing.

In what would steal the headlines, Russell Wilson and Robert Griffin will have their first-ever duel in the nation's capital.

Even more important to the game result, though, will be Washington's defensive gameplan to prevent Marshawn Lynch from controlling the game result.

New York Giants at Green Bay Packers

This star-studded rematch is a beautiful clash of styles. Who doesn't want to see Aaron Rodgers try to handle the G-Men's slew of pass rushers?

The Green Bay signal-caller will have to hope that the third time is the charm. The Pack has gotten shellacked the past two contests against the G-Men, including a 38-10 romp in November.

Meanwhile, the Giants offense will have to get back into 2011 form for them even to get into this position.

If it’s going to be anyone in the NFC who makes a late playoff run, though, I’ll pick Eli Manning and Co. every time.

Pittsburgh Steelers at New England Patriots

While there would be a rookie quarterback clash on one end of the bracket, this AFC battle would be one of savvy veterans.

Tom Brady and Ben Roethlisberger would bring their five Super Bowls to Foxboro and their new championship hopes in the balance.

This would be yet another clash of styles between Pittsburgh's tough-nosed football and New England's turbo-charged offensive attack. As these games have in the past, this should make for a playoff classic.

Indianapolis Colts at Baltimore Ravens

The Colts seem to be outmatched versus most AFC teams in the playoff pool, but their best chance would be against the Ravens, who have looked like a shell of themselves as of late.

While the Colts' best attribute is throwing downfield, the Ravens have some issues dealing with high-powered passing attacks. Andrew Luck has played beyond his years and could raise the stakes on Baltimore's turf.

If Joe Flacco’s offense can’t put up points to match, Indianapolis will put up a fight and potentially continue their magical run.