2011 NFL Playoffs: Wild Card Round Picks and Predictions

Bobby ChristensenContributor IJanuary 5, 2011

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - FEBRUARY 07:  A detail of the Vince Lombardi Trophy as the New Orleans Saints celebrate after defeating the Indianapolis Colts during Super Bowl XLIV on February 7, 2010 at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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After a wonderful slate of games last Sunday, we have finalized another exciting playoff picture including the 7-9 Seattle Seahawks who have become the first team in league history to win their division with a losing record. Let's look at where the playoff teams stand.

American Football Conference
1. East Champion: New England Patriots
2. North Champion: Pittsburgh Steelers
3. South Champion: Indianapolis Colts
4. West Champion: Kansas City Chiefs
5. Wild Card: Baltimore Ravens
6. Wild Card: New York Jets

National Football Conference
1. South Champion: Atlanta Falcons
2. North Champion: Chicago Bears
3. East Champion: Philadelphia Eagles
4. West Champion: Seattle Seahawks
5. Wild Card: New Orleans Saints
6. Wild Card: Green Bay Packers

Now here is the schedule of games for the weekend along with my predictions:

Saints over Seahawks 31-17: New Orleans will come out strong in title defense against Seattle. Drew Brees and the Saints will be at peak performance on both sides of the ball against a helpless Seahawks team.

Saints leaders
Drew Brees 23-31, 274 yards, two TD's
Reggie Bush 13 carries, 79 yards, TD
Robert Meachem six catches, 81 yards, TD
Roman Harper five tackles, four deflections, INT

Seahawks leaders
Charlie Whitehurst 17-33, 128 yards, TD, two INT's
Marshawn Lynch 19 carries, 56 yards
Mike Williams four catches, 62 yards, TD
David Hawthorne ten tackles, two for loss

Colts over Jets 24-21: New York will end this year much like last year in a showdown loss to Indianapolis on the big stage. Mark Sanchez will hinder the Jets once more with turnovers.

Colts leaders
Peyton Manning 34-45, 351 yards, two TD's, INT
Donald Brown 10 carries, 67 yards, TD
Reggie Wayne five catches, 77 yards, TD
Gary Brackett six tackles, sack, forced fumble

Jets leaders
Mark Sanchez 22-37, 197 yards, TD, INT
Shonn Greene 13 carries, 112 yards, TD
Santonio Holmes six catches, 89 yards, TD
Antonio Cromartie four tackles, INT

Chiefs over Ravens 20-16: Kansas City will rely on the ground game to neutralize the Baltimore defense before a late score to Dwayne Bowe seals the victory for the Chiefs.

Chiefs leaders
Matt Cassel 22-28, 269 yards, two TD's, INT
Thomas Jones 17 carries, 117 yards, TD
Dwayne Bowe nine catches, 101 yards, TD
Eric Berry five tackles, INT

Ravens leaders
Joe Flacco 17-29, 212 yards, TD, INT
Ray Rice 22 carries, 93 yards, TD
Anquan Boldin three catches, 45 yards, TD
Ed Reed seven tackles, INT

Game of the Week

Packers over Eagles 28-24: Philadelphia will come out strong as usual, but Green Bay will come fight back to overtake the young Eagles lineup. This game will be back and forth throughout and a must see game.

Packers leaders
Aaron Rodgers 25-37, 281 yards, two TD's
Brandon Jackson 18 carries, 67 yards
Donald Driver six catches, 56 yards, two TD's
Clay Matthews eight tackles, two for loss, forced fumble

Eagles leaders
Michael Vick 18-31, 220 yards, two TD's, INT
LeSean McCoy 13 carries, 87 yards, TD
DeSean Jackson six catches, 99 yards, TD
Trent Cole six tackles, two for loss, sack

I want to give a shout out to the Oakland Raiders who were the only team in the NFL to go undefeated in their division this year; becoming the first team in history to do so without heading to the playoffs.