National Football League playoff picks: Divisional round

1971 AFC Dolphins 27 Chiefs 24 The longest game in NFL history- it ended 7:30 into double overtime- also is the last playoff contest waged on Christmas Day. Garo Yepremian's 37-yard field goal in the second extra session ended a marathon battle

1971 AFC Dolphins 27 Chiefs 24 The longest game in NFL history- it ended 7:30 into double overtime- also is the last playoff contest waged on Christmas Day. Garo Yepremian's 37-yard field goal in the second extra session ended a marathon battle

However, New Orleans is a different team on the road, and you have to hate what you saw out of the Saints' running game in round one. I do not trust Blake "The King" Bortles more than anyone else, but the Jaguars' ferocious and opportunistic defense will create a touchdown for themselves, giving them just enough to pull off the road victory. You have an offense that hasn't clicked as much as some had hoped this year perhaps rounding into form. Reigning MVP Matt Ryan turned in a solid 218 yards and one touchdown, but the real stars were on the defensive side.

The Saints and Falcons both jumped ahead of the Eagles after Wild-Card Weekend, while the Vikings have remained the favorites since the end of the regular season. That is a team that is clicking at the right time, no? I think Atlanta could be that team this year. Most of the offensive struggles can be attributed to the loss of Carson Wentz and insertion of Nick Foles into the starting quarterback role. "I think the further you go and the more you get to do it, it's just like anything else the more acclimated you get to it". Tennessee has hardly found themselves in this position over the years, while this is the norm for New England.

The defending NFC champs looked like anything but a team who needed to win their regular season finale to get into the playoffs. They took advantage of critical Rams special teams turnovers and converted them into points, while the defense took care of the young Rams offense. New England isn't great against the run though. Against a Tennessee defense that allowed the fifth-most schedule-adjusted fantasy points (aFPA) to tight ends-and a 4-66-1 stat line to Travis Kelce last week in less than one half of play-Gronk has a good chance to join John Stallworth and former Patriot David Givens as the only players in National Football League history with a touchdown catch in six consecutive postseason games. The Vikings have a top ten offense in terms of points per game, and Keenum has one of the highest QBRs in the NFL.

"I know we're on the phone but I did airquotes around 'lock.' Nothing is guaranteed in the National Football League but this game will be tough for the Titans". Plus, I believe at least half of them win outright. This is a quarterback who rather unfairly has shouldered a lot of criticism.

Jason: No Ryan Shazier. This team will be ready. I realize it was a huge comeback for the Titans last Saturday. Better yet, how many defenders will they task with covering him on a given play? "Pittsburgh wins and everyone gets the AFC match-up we've wanted for the past six weeks to see". The Vikings have had a great 13-win season behind their defense and the surprise play of Case Keenum. The Jaguars have the second-ranked defense in the league. They really built that thing up.

Kamara punched it in from two yards out in the fourth quarter last week, but was also lined up in the backfield when fullback Zach Line vultured a 1-yard score in the second quarter. He did it without a true running game too.

The Jaguars were barely able to scratch out a 10-3 win at home over the Buffalo Bills, who, to put it bluntly, were one of the worst teams I've ever seen make the playoffs.

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