NFL Playoff Bracket 2014: Postseason Schedule and Super Bowl Odds for Each Team

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NFL Playoff Bracket 2014: Postseason Schedule and Super Bowl Odds for Each Team
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The path to Super Bowl XLVIII at MetLife Stadium on Feb. 2 has been laid for 12 teams.

While the quest for a Lombardi Trophy is never simple, the Baltimore Ravens showed fans a year ago that anything is possible once a team qualifies for the postseason.

Much of the attention was on the top dogs this year. As great as the Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos were, the more intriguing stories will be the teams that slip in and make noise in the playoffs.

The odds reflect the standings more than anything, which means savvy bettors have an inside line if they have a good feeling about an underdog. Here is when and where to catch every postseason clash, followed by full odds and two teams that fans and bettors alike would be wise to key a watchful eye on as the playoffs begin.

2014 NFL Playoff Schedule
Round Date (Time) Visitor (Seed) Home (Seed) Broadcast/Stream Info
Wild Card Jan. 4 (4:35 p.m. EST) Kansas City Chiefs (5) Indianapolis Colts (4) NBC
Wild Card Jan. 4 (8:10 p.m. EST) New Orleans Saints (6) Philadelphia Eagles (3) NBC
Wild Card Jan. 5 (1:05 p.m. EST) San Diego Chargers (6) Cincinnati Bengals (3) CBS
Wild Card Jan. 5 (4:40 p.m. EST) San Francisco 49ers (5) Green Bay Packers (4) Fox
Divisional Jan. 11 (4:35 p.m. EST) Lowest NFC Seed Seattle Seahawks (1) Fox
Divisional Jan. 11 (8:15 p.m. EST) Highest AFC Seed New England Patriots (2) CBS
Divisional Jan. 12 (1:05 p.m. EST) Highest NFC Seed Carolina Panthers (2) Fox
Divisional Jan. 12 (4:40 p.m. EST) Lowest AFC Seed Denver Broncos (1) CBS
AFC Championship Jan. 19 (TBA) TBA TBA CBS
NFC Championship Jan. 19 (TBA) TBA TBA Fox
Super Bowl XLVIII Feb. 2 (6:30 p.m. EST) TBA TBA Fox

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Odds to Win 2014 Super Bowl XLVIII
Team Odds
Seattle Seahawks 12/5
Denver Broncos 14/5
San Francisco 49ers 7/1
New England Patriots 17/2
Carolina Panthers 10/1
Cincinnati Bengals 20/1
Green Bay Packers 20/1
Philadelphia Eagles 20/1
Kansas City Chiefs 30/1
Indianapolis Colts 30/1
New Orleans Saints 30/1

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Note: Odds courtesy of Vegas Insider.

 

AFC Underdog to Watch: Indianapolis Colts

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Yes, the AFC South champs may be one of the best bets to make this postseason.

First of all, the Indianapolis Colts have shown they can compete with the big boys. Knock quarterback Andrew Luck and his team for playing down to competition all year, but they have shown up against the best. In the playoffs, there are no teams to play down to—which is nothing but good news for the Colts, as NFL Network's Scott Hanson illustrates:

Perhaps most importantly, the playoffs are about momentum and getting hot at just the right time.

It is hard to find a hotter team than the Colts. Indianapolis has won four of five, but more importantly, the defense has finally put together a coherent streak and only surrendered 20 total points in its last three games.

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While young names such as Luck and receiver T.Y. Hilton have become the talk of Indianapolis, veteran linebacker Robert Mathis has his team on the right track, as he told Kevin Bowen on the team's official site:

We want to win a Super Bowl. Point. Blank. Period. Getting to the playoffs is an accomplishment but that’s not what we signed up for. We signed up for New York, so that’s our goal. That’s our only goal.

The first opponent for Indianapolis is Kansas City, which the Colts defeated in Week 16, 23-7. This time, the bout takes place in Lucas Oil Stadium, where the Colts figure to notch a win over a Chiefs team that lost five of seven to close the season.

After that, Indianapolis could run the table.

 

NFC Underdog to Watch: Green Bay Packers

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While not entering the postseason with great momentum, the Green Bay Packers have plenty working in their favor as they host the San Francisco 49ers at Lambeau Field in the Wild Card Round.

Then again, that depends on one's definition of momentum. After all, the Packers just won the NFC North title in Week 17 on the road against the Chicago Bears after Aaron Rodgers made his much-anticipated return and lobbed a touchdown pass with 38 seconds left to receiver Randall Cobb—who also made his return in the same game.

While a bout with San Francisco is a tough test, Green Bay has the pieces to go the distance. The Packers have moved away from their pass-only approach thanks to rookie running back Eddie Lacy, who had 1,178 yards and 11 touchdowns this season.

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Lacy, in tandem with a fresh Rodgers and Cobb, gives the Packers enough firepower to match any offense that qualified for the postseason.

While a leaky defense is an issue, it is hard to hate Green Bay's chances with a former MVP and Super Bowl MVP under center, especially if that quarterback is outstanding in the elements, as ESPN points out:

With Rodgers in tow, Green Bay may pull off four in a row through a newly found balanced offense.

 

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