NFL Divisional Round: Mike Tanier's Game Previews and Score Predictions

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NFL Divisional Round: Mike Tanier's Game Previews and Score Predictions
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It's deja vu in the divisional round of the NFL playoffs this year. 

The Cardinals and Packers met just three weeks ago. It didn't go so well for the Packers.

The Steelers and Broncos met just four weeks ago. It went very well for the Steelers. Then again, their quarterback wasn't defying the tenets of medical science and human anatomy just by stepping onto the field back then.

The Panthers and Seahawks met in Week 6 and before that in last year's divisional round. If Russell Wilson and Cam Newton keep meeting like this, they are going to start seeing Roman numerals appear after their names.

The Chiefs and Patriots haven't met in more than a year. But their last meeting was one the Patriots haven't forgotten.

With so much recent evidence, it should be easy to determine whether a healthy Peyton Manning and a zombie Ben Roethlisberger can be enough to turn the tide in the Broncos' favor, whether the Seahawks have any late-season momentum or playoff mojo to throw at the Panthers, whether the Chiefs can repeat their Brady-killer success of last year and whether the Packers have improved enough in 20 days or so...(chuckle) erase memories of that humiliating...(snort)...

Sorry, we're laughing too hard to complete this thought. Let's just get to the previews.

As always, Game Previews are listed in the order you should read them, and all times listed on the slides are Eastern. Unless noted, all stats come from

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