NFL Playoff Predictions: Aaron Rodgers and Other Likely Impact Players To Watch

Frank FittipaldiCorrespondent IIJanuary 13, 2011

PHILADELPHIA, PA - JANUARY 09:  Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers celebrates after a touchdown in the third quarter against the Philadelphia Eagles during the 2011 NFC wild card playoff game at Lincoln Financial Field on January 9, 2011 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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Aaron Rodgers, QB, Green Bay Packers

Although Aaron Rodgers threw for under 200 yards against the Eagles in the first round, he did throw three touchdowns with a possibility of a fourth if James Jones did not drop a sure touchdown pass.

Rodgers and the Packers go to Atlanta on Saturday in a rematch of Week 12.

The Packers did not have a running game then, but they found their answer in rookie James Starks.

Keeping the Falcons' defense off balance will allow Rodgers to have a big game as he has done so many times during the regular season.


Tom Brady, QB, New England Patriots

We all know how the Patriots last meeting with the Jets ended, and Tom Brady would love nothing more than a repeat performance after all the talking the Jets are doing.

In their Week 13 meeting, Brady threw for over 300 yards and four touchdowns and was completely dominant in the Patriots' 45-3 win.

One can only imagine how fired up Tom Brady is, so I expect a big game from No. 12.


Michael Turner, RB, Atlanta Falcons

Michael Turner is going to be key for the Falcons on Saturday who will go against the 18th ranked rush defense during the regular season.

The Packers did struggle against the run during the season especially in Week 12.

Turner carried the ball 23 times for 110 yards and a score so keep an eye on that matchup as Turner can be the deciding factor for the Falcons.


LaDainian Tomlinson, RB, New York Jets

The Jets controlled the clock against the Colts in the Wild Card round and they will look to do the same against the Patriots this weekend.

The Jets did a great job of using Tomlinson and Shonn Greene in order to keep Peyton Manning off the field.

After Brady's Week 13 performance, the Jets need to keep Brady off the field as much as possible.


Greg Jennings, WR, Green Bay Packers

Jennings only had one catch against the Eagles for eight yards, but fortunately for him, the Packers still won the game.

In Week 12 against the Falcons, Jennings had five receptions for 119 yards, but failed to reach the end zone.

Look for Aaron Rodgers to get Jennings involved more in this game as the Packers will need some big plays to come out on top.