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Wild Card Round
(6) New York Giants @ (3) New Orleans Saints
This game represents a rematch of a Week 12 contest that, like this one, will be played in New Orleans. That should provide enough of an edge for the Saints passing game against a secondary that has already overcome too much this season.
(5) Chicago Bears @ (4) Dallas Cowboys
The Cowboys get home-field advantage here, but it's not enough against a Bears defense that completely shuts down Dallas' rushing attack and forces Tony Romo into his first interceptions since Week 8.
(6) New York Jets @ (3) Houston Texans
Once again, the Jets sneak into the playoffs and are immediately greeted with a prime matchup. Without Matt Schaub, the Texans are unable to find enough offensive balance, and the Jets focus on slowing Arian Foster and Ben Tate.
(5) Pittsburgh Steelers @ (4) Denver Broncos
In Pittsburgh, it'd be a slam dunk, but in Denver, there's something going on that not even James Harrison can explain. The Steelers keep it close and take a late lead before a familiar story unfolds with Denver winning. Improbably, of course.
(5) Chicago Bears @ (1) Green Bay Packers
It's a divisional three-match in Green Bay, and Jay Cutler actually plays the entire game this time. In fact, he plays the entire thing so well that the Packers lose only their second game of the season, putting the Bears back in the NFC Championship game.
(3) New Orleans Saints @ (2) San Francisco 49ers
There's no denying the Saints are better at home, and that fact keeps this one closer than it should be. Jim Harbaugh's magic finally runs out at the hands of Drew Brees, setting up another Big Easy NFC Championship Game.
(6) New York Jets @ (1) New England Patriots
The Jets get their wish with another shot at the Patriots, AFC Championship Game appearance hanging in the balance and all. However, it doesn't go so well this time, and this Pats-Jets game resembles the Week 9 meeting in an easy New England win.
(4) Denver Broncos @ (2) Baltimore Ravens
With Mile High miles away, the magic finally runs out for Denver and their impossible run to the second round. The Ravens are too sound on defense and offer too much Ray Rice in a solid win that gives them a shot at the Patriots with the Super Bowl on the line.
NFC Championship Game
(5) Chicago Bears @ (3) New Orleans Saints
The Saints, after a brief hiatus for a trip to San Francisco, return to their home field and it's tremendous advantages, where they again host a Bears team they dismantled 30-13 in Week 2. This one's closer, but it's still all Saints when Marion Barber is held out of the endzone on fourth down with seconds remaning.
AFC Championship Game
(2) Baltimore Ravens @ (1) New England Patriots
Neither team seems to want this one at first, with turnovers coming on both sides in a touchdown-less first half. However, Ray Rice takes over in the second half, scoring once and setting up three field goals as Baltimore sacks Tom Brady five times in a defensive win.
New Orleans Saints vs. Baltimore Ravens
The Saints use their experience to take an early lead on the eager Ravens, who turn it over twice in the first quarter before sustaining a long scoring drive at the end of the first half. The Saints come out hot again in the third quarter, opening up a two-score lead before Joe Flacco slowly works his way back, throwing a last second TD pass that makes it a one-point game. John Harbaugh, however, decides to go for two, which results in a tipped ball interception, sealing a second Super Bowl win for Drew Brees and the Saints.