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PFT’s wild-card picks

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Yes, MDS barely won the regular-season competition. With that and a dollar he can buy a newspaper. If they still sell newspapers.

The contest re-sets for the postseason. We start with four games. We disagree on half of them.

For our picks and #analysis, keep reading.

Raiders at Texans

MDS’s take: If Derek Carr were starting, I’d definitely pick the Raiders. If Matt McGloin were starting, I’d probably pick the Raiders. But with Connor Cook starting? A rookie who has never started an NFL game? I think I’m going to have to take the Texans. I don’t have much faith in the Texans’ quarterback, Brock Osweiler, either. But the Texans’ strong defense should make life miserable for Cook in what probably won’t be a very entertaining game, unless you enjoy watching overmatched quarterbacks.

MDS’s pick: Texans 16, Raiders 9.

Florio’s take: The easy take is, “Connor Cook? Riiiiight.” The more complex analysis is that Brock Osweiler, re-installed as the starter after playing poorly enough to get the hook, may be worse not better for the experience of being benched. And the team may not find much motivation in the reality that a win likely means a return trip to New England, where the Texans lost 27-0 to a team that lacked Tom Brady. Throw in lingering rumors that coach Bill O’Brien could be on the way out, and the Texans become a unexpectedly shaky proposition to advance.

Florio’s pick: Raiders 20, Texans 16.

Lions at Seahawks

MDS’s take: The Seahawks haven’t been the same team since Earl Thomas went down, but the Lions haven’t been the same team since Matthew Stafford injured a finger on his throwing hand. Seattle is a tough place to play, and the Lions haven’t played well in a month, so I’ll take the Seahawks.

MDS’s pick: Seahawks 30, Lions 17.

Florio’s take: The down-and-up Seahawks are vulnerable, with alternating losses and wins over the last six games. But the Lions have lost three in a row to cap a season that includes no wins over a team that made it to the playoffs. While an upset isn’t out of the question, the safer choice is the home team, which has been very hard to beat at home in the playoffs.

Florio’s pick: Seahawks 27, Lions 17.

Dolphins at Steelers

MDS’s take: Pittsburgh did the smart thing last week, resting Ben Roethlisberger, Antonio Brown and Le’Veon Bell. With their three key players fresh, the Steelers should roll over an injury-plagued Dolphins team.

MDS’s pick: Steelers 31, Dolphins 17.

Florio’s take: Three times before, these teams have met in the playoffs. Each time, the winner of the game went to the Super Bowl. The Steelers seem to be better equipped to climb the playoff tree, especially with Ben Roethlisberger, Le’Veon Bell, and Antonio Brown all playing in a postseason game for the first time. While the Dolphins, who beat the Steelers handily during the regular season, seem to be on the cusp of annual contention, simply getting to the playoffs is an accomplishment that should be fully appreciated.

Florio’s pick: Steelers 31, Dolphins 23.

Giants at Packers

MDS’s take: Eli Manning has been a below-average quarterback this season, while an excellent Giants defense has won a lot of games despite the offense struggling. Unfortunately for the Giants, Aaron Rodgers may be playing better football right now than any quarterback the Giants have faced. I like the Packers to win on a cold day at Lambeau Field.

MDS’s pick: Packers 24, Giants 16.

Florio’s take: The best game of the weekend is the toughest one to pick. The Packers are performing arguably as well as they ever have, but “Postseason Eli” brings the kind of magical calm that can propel the Giants all the way to the Super Bowl. The wild card is receiver Odell Beckham Jr. In his first career playoff game, will he be dominant? Will he be motivated by the endless ESPN #hottakes regarding his day-off trip to Miami? Will he score a pair of touchdowns? Will he pretend to drop his pants and rub his rear end against the goalpost, in the ultimate homage to Randy Moss? Six straight wins have been impressive for the Packers, but the Eli-Odell factor can’t be ignored. If Beckham comes up big on the biggest stage, the Giants will be very hard to beat.

Florio’s pick: Giants 24, Packers 23.

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118 Responses to “PFT’s wild-card picks”
  1. skyflyer63 says: Jan 5, 2017 11:31 AM

    Will he pretend to drop his pants and rub his rear end against the goalpost, in the ultimate homage to Randy Moss?

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    Always a homer… just come to grip with the fact that the packers will continue to dominate your queens for years to come.

  2. tyelee says: Jan 5, 2017 11:32 AM

    With the Dolphins, Raiders, Lions and Texans going into these games with injuries at QB, it seems like the playoffs won’t be as competetive…

    The texans and raiders play each other so 1 on them will have a playoff win by default!

  3. 12coltsfan12 says: Jan 5, 2017 11:34 AM

    doesn’t matter…they’re all lambs to the slaughter of TB12 anyway 😥

  4. 8oneanddones says: Jan 5, 2017 11:35 AM

    “Postseason Eli” was the product of an amazing streak of defensive draft picks a decade ago. Those players are long gone.

  5. wingz101 says: Jan 5, 2017 11:36 AM

    In the GB game I will take the QB with the better defense and the better WR group: Eli. One thing I found interesting in the Packers-Detroit game was that Darius Slay was very effective taking out Jordy Nelson. The rest of the Packer WRs just were better that Detroits MASH unit and Detroit had no pass rush. The Giants on the other hand have a very strong DB group, a pash rush and GB can’t run the ball. NYGs is a bad match-up for the Pack.

  6. nomargarciaparra says: Jan 5, 2017 11:37 AM

    Giants 27
    Packers 17

  7. nhpats says: Jan 5, 2017 11:42 AM

    Wait, FlaccoJumpBall assured us all the Ravens would be winning the SB this season……where are they?

  8. fritz96 says: Jan 5, 2017 11:43 AM

    Too early to say. Patriots look great, but they haven’t beaten a good team all year.

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    doesn’t matter…they’re all lambs to the slaughter of TB12 anyway

  9. steelcurtainn says: Jan 5, 2017 11:43 AM

    If the raiders win it will be a heck of a game in cheatriot town next week.

  10. dkeucd says: Jan 5, 2017 11:44 AM

    Detroit +8 looks juicy! I don’t see them winning but I will take 8 points any day against an offense that struggles like the Hawks do.

  11. 2017nfcnorthchampiondetroitlions says: Jan 5, 2017 11:45 AM

    Lions will win Saturday night. Upset of the weekend!

  12. niners816 says: Jan 5, 2017 11:46 AM

    I hope the Lions destroy the Seahawks. Just imagine not reading anymore stuff about the “12’s”. Of course all their “fans” will be Cowboys fans next week. “I’ve been a fan since 1976” even though you were born in the 90’s.

  13. softhelmet says: Jan 5, 2017 11:46 AM

    I’m pulling for the G-men, but Eli is going to have pick up his play big time bc Mr.Rogers is playing elite right now regardless of which neighborhood he’s in.

  14. redsoxu571 says: Jan 5, 2017 11:47 AM

    One of these days, people will wake up to the fact that Eli Manning has had little to do with the two NYG championship runs. It was a combination of the REST of the team stepping it up and oodles of luck (including quite a bit of questionable officiating in 2007 and the 49ers grossly outplaying the Giants in 2011 but getting edged out in a worse-case scenario of tons of turnovers, Manning throwing an INT that was so bad that two 49ers had it easily but collided, and Bradshaw fumbling but having it not ruled a fumble). Manning didn’t mess it up, so there is that, but that’s a far cry from being some kind of postseason savior.

  15. bullcharger says: Jan 5, 2017 11:50 AM

    The Giants are getting way too much credit this year. They can’t score any points! OBJ is a great player, but he’s one guy! If GB get 20 the game is over.

  16. LyinRogerMustGo says: Jan 5, 2017 11:50 AM

    Lions over Seahags. Calling it.

    Upset of the playoffs! 🙂

  17. weepingjebus says: Jan 5, 2017 11:51 AM

    The Texans only beaten one decent team all year — the Chiefs way back in week 2. They have four wins over the sad sack Jaguars and Colts by a combined 12 points. What am I missing?

  18. scoops1 says: Jan 5, 2017 11:53 AM

    i think the real X-factor in the Giants vs Packers game will be:

    Brad Wing

  19. tritz32 says: Jan 5, 2017 11:56 AM

    Ahhhhh – who do the purples play this week? I’m confused. Or do they just get a bye directly into the SB like their “fans” will lead you to believe every offseason…..

  20. patslaya says: Jan 5, 2017 11:56 AM

    Get over it redsoxu571. Eli LED the Giants though the playoffs and to wins over the mighty Pats. You don’t put up top 10 all time stats if you are an average QB. Eli is the Rodney Dangerfield of the NFL because everyone wants to compare him to his big brother. I’d take Eli in January over any other QB.

  21. 6ball says: Jan 5, 2017 11:59 AM

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    4 Games – 1 Storyline

    The team that runs the ball more effectively will win.
    .

  22. citizenstrange says: Jan 5, 2017 12:15 PM

    Big Ben has a long history of losing to an underdog team in the first round. Ravens? Broncos? Jags?

    Unless the Steeler defense holds the Dolphins to under 15 points or gets a defensive score Big Ben and his 13 points of offense will not get it done.

  23. bleck5 says: Jan 5, 2017 12:17 PM

    Doesn’t matter. All the winners of this week will be losers next week.

  24. vipod4ever says: Jan 5, 2017 12:17 PM

    Seems like the Lions/Seahawks & Fins/Steelers are the forgotten games this weekend.

    Don’t sleep on either road team, especially the Lions.

  25. holtzclawbrian says: Jan 5, 2017 12:18 PM

    At least they know the Steelers will win, I mean does anyone really think that anyone will be able to stop Bell in his first playoff appearance? Juice will be loose. Ye be warned.

  26. paleandpasty says: Jan 5, 2017 12:19 PM

    Dolphins will win on turnovers and special teams.

  27. henry53 says: Jan 5, 2017 12:22 PM

    “Postseason Eli” is a mythical construct to distract from the reality of the well known “Way too many interceptions Eli”.
    Let’s see which one shows up on Sunday.

  28. laces out says: Jan 5, 2017 12:24 PM

    damn, I miss those 80’s-90’s Giants uniforms

  29. nwsuccess says: Jan 5, 2017 12:24 PM

    Oh, and niners816:

    Since the 2002 realignment, the niners have 3 division championships, Cards have 3, rams of 1, and the Hawks have 8. But, you’re right – the hawks fans just showed up in 2012.

  30. patsfan4lifesbchamps says: Jan 5, 2017 12:25 PM

    Didn’t the Seahawks need ref’s assistance to beat the Lions last time they met in Seattle? When kam Chancellor batted a fumble into the end zone. Add to that the Seahawks don’t have Earl Thomas so the secondary is vulnerable. On top of that, the Seahawks have not been dominant in the post season lately. This game should be a toss up leaning slightly towards the Lions win.

  31. seabrawk12 says: Jan 5, 2017 12:26 PM

    I hope the Lions destroy the Seahawks. Just imagine not reading anymore stuff about the “12’s”. Of course all their “fans” will be Cowboys fans next week. “I’ve been a fan since 1976” even though you were born in the 90’s.

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    Lol so sad you are Santa Clara fans.

  32. mikejune says: Jan 5, 2017 12:28 PM

    “One of these days, people will wake up to the fact that Eli Manning has had little to do with the two NYG championship runs. ”

    Perhaps people should wake up to the fact that in the two years that Eli WON the Super Bowl MVP (not the Giants D), the Giants D was almost dead last in the NFL both years. In both playoff runs, Eli lead the team from behind in several games, including the first win at Lambeau, and in both Super Bowls. The guy is top-ten All-time is passing yards, 6th All-time in 4th quarter comebacks. He is the only QB in history to win two SB’s without having another HOF caliber player on his offense, something you can’t say about a player like Phillip Rivers, who has played most of his career with 2 HOF players on his offense, and played several years with an elite defense, and yet has nothing to show for it. But Eli haters will continue to hate.

  33. patslaya says: Jan 5, 2017 12:29 PM

    Continue to dominate skyflyer63? If domination is getting beat the last two times they met the Giants in the playoffs I guess you are right but I thought that domination meant that you actually win the games…my bad.

  34. kevpft says: Jan 5, 2017 12:32 PM

    All the pressure is on the Texans. If they can’t beat a rookie QB making his first start, with most of the Texans’ key players in place (including their mega-dollar QB), at home, then that’s a pretty damning indictment of the whole organization from top to bottom.

    It could be a heads-rolling kind of loss.

    They may be pro enough to handle it, but this is one of those games where they use the term “playing with house money” for the other team.

  35. tripledipper says: Jan 5, 2017 12:33 PM

    Why oh why do people keep trying to make Eli a thing. Are there worse? Sure. But he ain’t that good. Thank the D for those SBs.

  36. brettfavreisapacker4ever says: Jan 5, 2017 12:36 PM

    tritz32 says:
    Jan 5, 2017 11:56 AM
    Ahhhhh – who do the purples play this week? I’m confused. Or do they just get a bye directly into the SB like their “fans” will lead you to believe every offseason……………………………………………………………….
    Heck, after 2 games this past season you would have thought Brady was their QB and they had 4 SB Lombardi’s in the trophy case. But I don’t see that fan base changing the smack. Bring it Queens….. we enjoy it knowing you can’t back it up. Rodgers will school the Giants D. The question is can Eli take advantage of a decimated defensive backs line up. We’ll see about that. Capers will be blitzing regularly.

  37. bradygirl12 says: Jan 5, 2017 12:39 PM

    LyinRogerMustGo says:
    Jan 5, 2017 11:50 AM

    Lions over Seahags. Calling it.

    Upset of the playoffs!

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    Man, I hope you are right…that would shut Sherman’s big mouth once and for all.

  38. war27 says: Jan 5, 2017 12:39 PM

    Just watch the Raiders Texans game as a great defensive game and it will be fine. 🙂

  39. gmen05 says: Jan 5, 2017 12:41 PM

    It’s funny to read the sourpuss comments from most Patriots fans regarding Eli. After all these years, you’d think these whiners would give it up and admit defeat.

    Eli is 8-3 in playoff games in his career, and in his 07 and 11 Super Bowl runs, he had 15 TDs to only 2 INTs. His last 7 games in the playoffs had him as an underdog, and he’s 7-0 in those games. In his most recent Super Bowl run, he has the postseason record for most completed passes in NFL history. His passer rating in the postseason is better than Brady (slightly), and he has the same amount of game-winning drives, 5, as Montana.

    As a Giants fan, I can admit that Eli isn’t consistent, but I’d choose him over any other QB in the playoffs. Pats fan can keep complaining about those two huge Super Bowl losses where they were the overwhelming favorites and use the excuse that “it was the defense!”, but the stats suggest otherwise. You don’t get lucky and win two Super Bowls and earn MVP both times.

  40. boisestatewhodat says: Jan 5, 2017 12:41 PM

    Giants will defeat Patriots in the Super Bowl…again.

  41. vikesr4reel says: Jan 5, 2017 12:45 PM

    It will be fun to watch these below average teams stink up the field!!
    Lol

  42. war27 says: Jan 5, 2017 12:45 PM

    Those last two Giants teams were on Eli’s shoulders. There was a time in this NFL that if you game Eli the ball back, 3 minutes to play you were going to lose. The guy is or was clutch and came through in the biggest spots. Remember a great 49ers defense, in the rain, Eli battered, helmet on sideways. It may have took a fumble to win it but Eli just kept leading and willing his team to victory.

    An I’m not a Giants fan. Eli has/had “it” when it counts. To say he doesn’t deserve credit is dissing a great NFL post season QB.

  43. imbetterthanyou says: Jan 5, 2017 12:47 PM

    Completely agree that the Giants D needs to hold the Packers to under 20, which will be quite a feat. Eli has not been great this season, but apparently everyone judging him on this season pays no attention to the impact that this offensive line has had. It is one of the worst of all time. You can look at the low sack #, but that is only because Eli has to get rid of the ball so fast, knowing that there is no time at all. It has completely messed with his timing, and whole vision. I don’t absolve him of a lot of the awful throws and picks this year, but it is a huge part of it.
    However, the thought that Eli had no part of the SB Championships is still just a complete and utter joke. Super Bowl 46 Season:
    Season: 4,933 Yards, 29 Tds, 16 INTS. 7 4Q Combacks, 8 GW Drives.
    Playoffs: 1,219 yards, 9 TDs, 1 INT. 2 4Q comebacks, 2 GW Drives.
    All of this with the 31st ranked Run game….but obviously he had nothing to do with that win.

  44. troy43mvp says: Jan 5, 2017 12:48 PM

    I would like to get Richard Sherman’s thoughts on this subject……Oh Wait ! That’s Right!….

  45. jacqvoncc says: Jan 5, 2017 12:50 PM

    patsfan4lifesbchamps says:
    Jan 5, 2017 12:25 PM

    Didn’t the Seahawks need ref’s assistance to beat the Lions last time they met in Seattle? When kam Chancellor batted a fumble into the end zone. Add to that the Seahawks don’t have Earl Thomas so the secondary is vulnerable. On top of that, the Seahawks have not been dominant in the post season lately. This game should be a toss up leaning slightly towards the Lions win.

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    Actually, Chancellor caused the fumble that was then batted by KJ Wright…and then there was massive outrage after everyone claimed they all knew the rule that you aren’t allowed to bat a ball out of the back of the endzone even though the refs weren’t even aware it. Stop obsessing over the Hawks, Patsfan. We get it, you beat us in the SB but for some reason we’re still constantly in your head.

  46. mmack66 says: Jan 5, 2017 12:54 PM

    weepingjebus says:
    Jan 5, 2017 11:51 AM

    The Texans only beaten one decent team all year — the Chiefs way back in week 2. They have four wins over the sad sack Jaguars and Colts by a combined 12 points. What am I missing?
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    Derek Carr

  47. scmems07 says: Jan 5, 2017 12:55 PM

    Can we just warp to the next round, please?

    Just bypass the teams that really have no chance due to injuries (dolphins, raiders, Lions) or poor QB play (Texans, Seahawks). This SB is really going to come down to 7 teams, Pat’s, giants, packers, falcons, Steelers, chiefs and cowboys.

    I’m going with a packers-chiefs SB.

    Giants offense is iffy, falcons, Steelers and cowboys defense is questionable and the Pat’s haven’t beaten a good team all season.

  48. kenberthiaume says: Jan 5, 2017 12:55 PM

    Raiders, Dolphins, Giants, and Seahawks all win.

    Yup, Dolphins!

    Then Raiders beat KC and then lose to Patsies.

    Giants go to Dallas and lose.

    Atlanta beats Seahawks.

    Then it’s pats against falcons/cowboys, which one will win for NFC, I do not know.

  49. bleck5 says: Jan 5, 2017 12:56 PM

    I’m rooting for the Giants to win the NFC.

    I hope it is another Patriots Giants Superbowl where the Patriots get their revenge and show them who is boss. The Giants can’t get a third lucky game winning fluke play can they?

  50. henry53 says: Jan 5, 2017 1:04 PM

    “Giants will defeat Patriots in the Super Bowl…again.”
    .

    And Hills will win the presidency in 2020!

    *sigh* It’s fun to dream!

  51. mototax says: Jan 5, 2017 1:07 PM

    This is the first I’ve heard about “lingering rumors that coach Bill O’Brien could be on the way out” unless this means he’s tired of working under a clown GM like Rick Smith. He’s done a pretty good job given the lack of decent offensive players he’s had to work with.

    They would beat the Raiders WITH Carr at Houston. No way they lose at home unless lasers are allowed AGAIN.

  52. Quavo says: Jan 5, 2017 1:10 PM

    “Postseason Eli” will have more INTs than TDs on Sunday. Guaranteed. “He has been below-average this season” simply because that is what he is! The Giants defense and Odell won’t be enough to beat the hot Packers in Lambeau at 0 degrees.

    With that being said, it’s nonsense to say he had nothing to do with their SB runs. However that was a years ago, completely different player now

  53. justintuckrule says: Jan 5, 2017 1:16 PM

    dam florio giving us the kiss of death. Stay away from my team!

  54. stellarperformance says: Jan 5, 2017 1:16 PM

    Q: Between the Packers and the Giants……which team is paying better and has improved more since the Packer victory over the Giants earlier this season?

    A: Packers.

    Rodgers had two INT’s, Jordy was still “catching up,” and Beckham had a questionable TD (too late to matter.)

    It wasn’t as close as one might think, and the Packers are playing much better since then.

  55. screamingyellowzonkers says: Jan 5, 2017 1:21 PM

    IF there is an upset I take NYG over GB.

    No way Seattle loses. Fiesty Carroll versus ho hum Caldwell. Seattle spanks Detroit. (though I hope Detroit wins)

    Cant see Raiders beating Texans.
    Cant see Miami winning in Pittsburgh.

  56. sweetnlow44 says: Jan 5, 2017 1:21 PM

    Why are there niner fans here? This is the postseason, you guys lost your trash talking/whining privileges when you lost 14 games in the regular season. See ya.

    That said, as a Seahawks fan, I won’t be surprised to see the Seahawks lose this weekend. They’re a mess. If the Packers were smart, they would have lost last week on purpose. Beating Seattle in Seattle would have been easier than beating NY in GB. But unless the Seahawks can flip the switch now that it’s the playoffs, they’ll be one and done. I’m not confident in this game even though we’re playing a struggling Lions team in Seattle. We still have great talent, so you never know, but they’ve just looked horrible almost every week since beating NE.

  57. gallopinghost says: Jan 5, 2017 1:23 PM

    As a Pats fan I’m just thrilled that the Giants are playing the Packers in Lambeau again in round 1.

    If the Packers win then this “postseason Eli” persona takes a hit and all the Giants fans who psyched themselves into thinking this year is a repeat of 2007/2011 get dismayed.

    If the Giants win that goes closer to cementing Rodgers’ legacy as a postseason one-and-done specialist and puts further distance in the GOAT discussion between Brady and his competitors. Plus it preserves the possibility of a rematch in the Super Bowl between Pats/Giants which I would salivate over because I think NE would win this one in a blowout.

    Win/win situation, although I’ll still be rooting for the Giants. Want nothing more than the same movie to unfold where the Giants win in Lambeau and in Dallas again only to get smoked by the Pats.

  58. harrisonhits2 says: Jan 5, 2017 1:25 PM

    ““Giants will defeat Patriots in the Super Bowl…again.”

    Yeah its not your father’s Giants my friend. They are a good team at the moment, and I have nothing but respect for Eli and the teams that beat the Pats.

    But you’re roster is not as good as it was in 2007 & 2011, and most importantly no Tom Coughlin. Coughlin’s gameplans were great and he managed to motivate virtually every player on those rosters to overachieve.

    I would welcome a Giants-Pats Super Bowl as the chance to get that monkey off our backs. And if the Giants were to win again they will have played a heck of a game and earned our congratulations.

  59. notwhoyouthinkitis says: Jan 5, 2017 1:27 PM

    If the Steelers win you can bet citizenstrange won’t be around to admit being so wrong yet again. He always runs off to hide as keyboard cowards always do. Look at the last Steelers-Ravens game.

  60. justintuckrule says: Jan 5, 2017 1:28 PM

    Pats fans’ tears are so delicious. I’d fill my pool and skinny dip in them if I could.

    But I’ll bite…I can’t resist.

    07 and 11 defenses both stunk. 11 was ranked low and their run game was ranked LAST.

    Eli and Plax torched Favre in the tundra.

    Eli and Cruz put on a show in the rain in SF against a top defense.

    Eli and the G’s would have BLOWN OUT the Pats in 11 had Wilfork not admittedly flopped drawing a flag and preventing the rout.

    Luck? Fine…I’ll admit there was some. All SB teams have their lucky moments. You don’t think the Tuck Rule was some lucky biz nozzle?

    pitter, patter, pitter, patter….that’s our footsteps again little wittle pats fans. Dig out your non-Giants NFC fan gear and keep rooting for us not to whizz on your dreams again.

  61. arwiv says: Jan 5, 2017 1:30 PM

    I find it funny that so many people think that the Pats were heavy favorites in 2011…..they werent. In 2007 sure, but in 2011 the pats were only 2.5 point favorites over the g-men. That game was a total toss up from the get go.

    As for this playoff game, Eli beat Favre in 2007 in the freezing cold….he’s been there and done that. I think that my Giants will lose a close one but the cold will have nothing to do with it….packers 20-13.

  62. Frazier28/7 says: Jan 5, 2017 1:32 PM

    Florio is a half-cheesehead dumbass.

    24-9 Giants.

  63. rdubluv12 says: Jan 5, 2017 1:33 PM

    As a Hawks fan, I have nothing but respect for the Patriots and their continued success. Brady/Belichick are all-time greats if not the greatest. What I don’t understand though is all the hate directed towards Seattle from NE fans. Name one other team in the last 15 years that’s been anywhere near as competitive as them than the Seahawks? 8 division titles, 3 Superbowls, two back-to-back, one win. Other teams fans love to hate us both! If we’re no threat to you, as you so continually claim…than give some credit where it’s due and recognize we are the both the cream of the crop and everyone is just looking up at us. Hell, we were the only team that knocked you guys off this year with Brady at QB IN Foxborough. I know that doesn’t and will never avenge the heartbreaking loss in SB49, but still pretty impressive nonetheless. So why not just wish each other the best of luck in hopes we meet again soon!

  64. usedjock says: Jan 5, 2017 1:43 PM

    As a Packers fan the Giants scare me. They are playing great defense and their playoff history at Lambeau. I know the teams are both way different now but it still makes me nervous.

  65. gofor2with3pointlead says: Jan 5, 2017 1:44 PM

    I thank NE for the NYG Superbowl victories. NE just wasn’t nearly as good as advertised.

  66. kev86 says: Jan 5, 2017 1:47 PM

    Last 7 games, NYG has has given up a grand total of 33 points in the second half of those games.

    Less than a Td (4.7 pts per second half)

    So while the Eli bashing continues like it always does ( yet his HOF numbers and SB MVPs say he is better than most) the Giants DE-FENSE is no joke and can carry a team deep.

  67. theyhatewe says: Jan 5, 2017 1:50 PM

    Believe it or not, a lot of Patriot fans do appreciate Eli. Myself included. That 2007 Patriot team was a freight train on offense that was capable of hanging 35 points on most teams without blinking. Then the first possession of the Superbowl happened. Eli and the offense just would not leave the field. It was a ball control clinic that Eli put on that seemed like it took the entire 1st quarter. At that point is when we fans started saying “Uh Oh”.

    The Giants D was incredible yes, but keeping Brady on the bench was the way to stop it. They had the perfect game plan and executed it successfully. Eli was a huge part of that.

    All that being said, I would never trade Brady for any other QB, including Eli, Payton, Montanna, or anyone else.

  68. vikes8480 says: Jan 5, 2017 1:52 PM

    Eli will show his postseason poise and defeat Sharon and the Packers 31 – 17.

  69. ibillwt says: Jan 5, 2017 2:02 PM

    No dog in this fight, but I’ll take Aaron Rogers against any QB named Manning in the post-season.

    One of them never got to the post-season, one of them gagged in every big game, and the other one bumbled around throwing up desperation ducks and crapping horseshoes. He regresses to the mean this week.

  70. streetyson says: Jan 5, 2017 2:09 PM

    LMAO at all those comments supporting the notion of “Postseason Eli”. In 2007 they got incredibly lucky in the SB with a helmet-catch and some BS calls, but in 2008 “postseason” Eli managed just 169yds in a poor showing and divisional-round one-&-done loss against McNabb’s Eagles. In the 2011 SB they were (in my opinion, even as a Belichick-homie) better than the Pats that year, but they were incredibly lucky to get past the 49ers in OT in the NFCCG – a game that they prob should have lost. And other years? Eli just wasn’t good enough to take part. He isn’t some Jedi – he’s merely very inconsistently been mediocre 75% of the time and fantastic the other 25% – which combined with incredible luck and some great defenses in his two SBs.

  71. lanski5 says: Jan 5, 2017 2:19 PM

    Should be a great game in Green Bay Sunday, I like my Packers to win it, though it won’t be easy unless Eli is unable to do anything at all. Beyond that if the Packers win the following week, I’d favor them to win the NFC and give the Pats or Chiefs all they can handle in the SB.

  72. truthbetold109 says: Jan 5, 2017 2:21 PM

    Classless vikings fans even trolling in their game predictions.

  73. henry53 says: Jan 5, 2017 2:21 PM

    “Luck? Fine…I’ll admit there was some”…….
    .

    Lol! Understatement of the century right there from a Gints fan desperate for his team to be relevant this time around.
    Here’s hoping your boys make it to the big stage this year so TB12 and crew can kick your sorry little asses.

  74. takeyourpunishmentandquitwhininglikeababy says: Jan 5, 2017 2:22 PM

    Steelers 31, Dolphins 17? Wait. You’re talking about the number of face mask tackles committed by each team. Got it.

  75. Bradley Dillon says: Jan 5, 2017 2:23 PM

    Giants will crush the Packers. Aaron Rodgers is overrated and Eli Manning is underrated. 37-14 Giants.

  76. bencoates57 says: Jan 5, 2017 2:23 PM

    This is a year not to fuss over wild card weekend LOL.

  77. gtrav says: Jan 5, 2017 2:24 PM

    I can’t wait for the NYG/GB game so that all the Eli apologists will go back into their hidey holes until next season. Sorry kids he’s just not that good…especially right now. If you think just because it’s the postseason he’s going to get some magic mojo going you’re going to be disappointed this year.

  78. xavier179 says: Jan 5, 2017 2:32 PM

    Packers have no running attack. Erin will have at least 3 picks in that game.
    Giants 24, Packers 17.

  79. lanski5 says: Jan 5, 2017 2:33 PM

    Lots of talk about Rodgers choking in playoff games. I wasn’t aware Rodgers played on defense too. Keep in mind the Packers are battle tested and have been in Playoff mode for 6 weeks and counting now.

  80. phyrmun says: Jan 5, 2017 2:39 PM

    Over rate the Pack week in and week out in the power rankings, then pick against them when it counts. Makes a lot of sense…

  81. riraider says: Jan 5, 2017 2:42 PM

    I may have missed something. Where is the Vikings game ?

  82. riraider says: Jan 5, 2017 2:43 PM

    I must have missed something. Where is the Viking game ?

  83. aberamsey says: Jan 5, 2017 2:46 PM

    Packers are 5-0 vs. wild card round teams. The early matchup wasn’t close as the 23-16 score, complete with garbage time questionable Beckham touchdown catch. Rodgers was a different player then, Nelson was nowhere near the form he is in now. Jared Cook didn’t play either. Some game played in 2011 that featured about 20% of the current rosters is meaningless. Packers will roll– at least for this week.

  84. vipod4ever says: Jan 5, 2017 3:01 PM

    The playoffs are all about experienced QBs, right?

    This stat is insane.

    Combined playoffs starts:

    Roethlisberger, Wilson, Rodgers & Manning = 52

    Osweiler, Cook & Moore = 0

    For Texan,Raider and Fin fans…forget I mentioned this.

  85. gosuhgo says: Jan 5, 2017 3:04 PM

    I hope the Lions don’t disappoint. They’re the upset pick of this round it seems like; I think the analysis is about right but this SHOULD be a close game. Seattle’s offense is sub-par. Lions just need to keep it close and play safe til 4th Q and it’ll be a coin flip. I certainly wouldn’t say we’re favored but if you’re a Seattle fan looking past this I think you’ve got another thing coming.

  86. steelcurtainn says: Jan 5, 2017 3:04 PM

    Steelers 31 dolphins 17.

  87. tincada says: Jan 5, 2017 3:06 PM

    Mike,

    Having grown up in GB and a long time Packer fan you definitely overrated the Pack The Pack activated yet another of Ted’s undrafted no playing time free agents, Herb Waters as CB. I don’t want to hear another word about Dom Capers performance. You can’t make a winning team packed with undrafted rookies. You know darn well what an undrafted FA is, someone that 31 other teams didn’t want through 7 draft rounds. Ted Thompson has completely destroyed this team.

    OBJ is going to tear this poor guy up.

  88. apittsburgher says: Jan 5, 2017 3:08 PM

    Wait wasn’t it supposed to be Bengals vs. Eagles in the SB? LOL

  89. jgedgar70 says: Jan 5, 2017 3:11 PM

    Can the Packers-Giants manage to end in a 0-0 tie, and the team the winner is supposed to play automatically go to the NFCCG? I am so thoroughly sick of everyone slobbering all over Erin Rodgers that I actually look forward to watching Tom Brady. OBJ is such a complete scumbag that he deserves nothing but pain and misery for the rest of his natural life. I want them both to lose.

  90. filthymcnasty3 says: Jan 5, 2017 3:18 PM

    I’m not sure the Packers will even have to break a sweat in this one. Look for Brett Hundley kneel downs for much of the 4th quarter.

    Packers 47.
    Giants

  91. aarons444 says: Jan 5, 2017 3:24 PM

    All hell is gonna break loose in Seattle if they lose.

  92. harrisonhits2 says: Jan 5, 2017 3:35 PM

    “OBJ is such a complete scumbag that he deserves nothing but pain and misery for the rest of his natural life.”

    Really dude? He’s immature and unlikeable but as far as I know hasn’t killed anyone or committed violent crimes.

    Its really low to make the statement you did. Wishing that sort of thing on anyone who hasn’t done some heinous crime is ridiculous and shows your own immaturity.

  93. patsfan1820 says: Jan 5, 2017 3:37 PM

    Texans 20 Raiders 13 with the loss of Derek Carr the Raiders won’t have much offense and their points will likely come off of Texans turnovers which won’t be enough to stop the Texans from beating an injured Raiders squad unless Brock pulls a Fitzpatrick and throws 6 picks. Seahawks 20 Lions 13 the Lions defense has been improving, but look for Wilson to have one of his best playoff games and for Stafford to struggle. Steelers 31 Dolphins 14 Ben, Bell and Brown will shred the Dolphins defense all day long and the Dolphins offense won’t do much with a 2nd stringer on offense. Finally, Giants 27 Packers 24 unfortunately the Giants will win this one due to their stout defense and another vintage Eli playoff performance.

  94. harrisonhits2 says: Jan 5, 2017 3:39 PM

    “This stat is insane.

    Combined playoffs starts:

    Roethlisberger, Wilson, Rodgers & Manning = 52

    Osweiler, Cook & Moore = 0”

    You want another good one ? Tom Brady = 31

    Which if you add Brady to the other 4 means 83 playoff games of experience among those 5 guys.

    But, any given Sunday and those other 3 QBs have to start somewhere right? You never know.

  95. docr8der says: Jan 5, 2017 4:00 PM

    The Pats trolls here are pathetic, and your Fear O Manning is laughable.
    Get a grip

  96. riraider says: Jan 5, 2017 4:03 PM

    I read a post by a Vikings fan referring to this weeks games by “below average” teams.
    Tell me where are the Vikings this week? At home hiding under Mom’s bed ?
    Or maybe they are helping put the walls back together on their “New” stadium.

  97. cobaltdriver says: Jan 5, 2017 4:09 PM

    why are the non playoff fans bothering to comment? You sound like jealous girls who got dumped before the Snowball dance and your team is irrelevant now. By the way where IS little Arinia??

  98. anthonykornheiser says: Jan 5, 2017 4:19 PM

    It’s insane reading some of these comments how Eli had nothing to do with either SB. one year the run game was ranked dead last. in 07 it was a bottom ranked d and in 2011-12 the defense was ranked bottom 3.
    In 07 he went on clutch drives against dallas (13-3) team, outplayed favre in 20 below and his lone pick in the SB came off of a drop by steve smith.
    He also set records in 2011, he was unstoppable that postseason. That beating while staying in the game against a top SF defense should earn the respect from people. he got killed that game.
    It’s also hard to produce when they are just figuring out their run game thanks to perkins and they have the worst O line in the NFL.

  99. kissbillsrings says: Jan 5, 2017 4:36 PM

    Green Bay has had a powder puff schedule the last 6 weeks…. I’m not impressed with their late surge…..
    They finally play a team worth anything……I expect the Giants to win

  100. whatjusthapped says: Jan 5, 2017 4:57 PM

    Sam Bradford is deadly accurate on those slip screens and dump off passes…..oh wait, Minnesota is finished for the season, never mind.

  101. seatownballers says: Jan 5, 2017 5:02 PM

    eport comment
    niners816 says:
    Jan 5, 2017 11:46 AM
    I hope the Lions destroy the Seahawks. Just imagine not reading anymore stuff about the “12’s”. Of course all their “fans” will be Cowboys fans next week. “I’ve been a fan since 1976” even though you were born in the 90’s.

    I love that we dwell in your head. No matter. You’ll be yelling at the TV all Saturday.
    2 wins must taste great.
    Enjoy York, as you hate on hawk fans

  102. revansrevenant says: Jan 5, 2017 5:02 PM

    My magic 8-ball says postseason Eli will make an appearance at Lambeau this weekend.

    You can quote me.

  103. m8gaman says: Jan 5, 2017 5:08 PM

    gmen05 says:
    Jan 5, 2017 12:41 PM
    It’s funny to read the sourpuss comments from most Patriots fans regarding Eli. After all these years, you’d think these whiners would give it up and admit defeat.

    Eli is 8-3 in playoff games in his career, and in his 07 and 11 Super Bowl runs, he had 15 TDs to only 2 INTs. His last 7 games in the playoffs had him as an underdog, and he’s 7-0 in those games. In his most recent Super Bowl run, he has the postseason record for most completed passes in NFL history. His passer rating in the postseason is better than Brady (slightly), and he has the same amount of game-winning drives, 5, as Montana.

    As a Giants fan, I can admit that Eli isn’t consistent, but I’d choose him over any other QB in the playoffs. Pats fan can keep complaining about those two huge Super Bowl losses where they were the overwhelming favorites and use the excuse that “it was the defense!”, but the stats suggest otherwise. You don’t get lucky and win two Super Bowls and earn MVP both times.
    ———————-
    As a Pats fan I have nothing but respect for the Giants, Eli has had a up and down career but has been completely lights out when the games matter most

    I haven’t seen too many Pats fans comments due to the fact that we have a bye week and I personally don’t care whether GB or NYG win this game

    For the record, the Giants were extremely lucky in 2007 and would have lost 9 out of 10 times (David Tyree miracle catch plus blatant holding by offensive line), also Brady was gimpy and in a walking boot leading up to the Super Bowl (people tend to forget that fact)

    But the 2012 game was the better team winning, maybe if Brady didn’t start the game off with an intentional grounding safety, it might have had a different outcome

    Good luck to the G-Men this year, you guys are gonna need it more than us

  104. icebowler says: Jan 5, 2017 5:47 PM

    harrisonhits2 says:
    Jan 5, 2017 1:25 PM
    ““Giants will defeat Patriots in the Super Bowl…again.”

    I would welcome a Giants-Pats Super Bowl as the chance to get that monkey off our backs.
    ———————————————————–
    Not gonna happen because the Packers are going to get that same monkey off of their backs first.

  105. zakkwyldeslespaul says: Jan 5, 2017 5:53 PM

    Lets go ahead and play the games anyways. I know the Patriots are a lock but with only one trophy in the last 11 years maybe Karma will have something to say……..again.

  106. toolbox12 says: Jan 6, 2017 6:26 AM

    Packers- 41
    Giants- 21

  107. footballfan72 says: Jan 6, 2017 6:36 AM

    Whatever team Dallas gets will be butchered like priest Vallon from Gangs of New York

  108. allight59 says: Jan 6, 2017 10:44 AM

    Eli will throw at least 5 TDs vs. the atrious Packer D. This game will be over by half time. Eli won’t miss wide open receivers like Stafford did last week. The Packer one dimensional offense will struggle against the Giants D which is peaking at the right time. Enjoy your last playoff appearance for the next decade, at least, Cheesers…

  109. truthbetold109 says: Jan 6, 2017 10:54 AM

    allight59 says:
    Jan 6, 2017 10:44 AM
    Eli will throw at least 5 TDs vs. the atrious Packer D. This game will be over by half time. Eli won’t miss wide open receivers like Stafford did last week. The Packer one dimensional offense will struggle against the Giants D which is peaking at the right time. Enjoy your last playoff appearance for the next decade, at least, Cheesers…
    ______________

    Don’t you ever get tired of being wrong with every prediction?

  110. truthbetold109 says: Jan 6, 2017 10:57 AM

    And the vikings trolls like allight59 just keep making dumb predictions while their purple rag tag team is in turmoil.

  111. bkostela says: Jan 6, 2017 12:13 PM

    For the record, the Giants were extremely lucky in 2007 and would have lost 9 out of 10 times
    _____________

    Great analysis

  112. finsblood13 says: Jan 6, 2017 12:16 PM

    Fins 24 Steelers 20

  113. finfanjim says: Jan 6, 2017 12:34 PM

    For the record, the Giants dominated the line of scrimmage and controlled much of the game. You look at one play as luck. They made their own luck that game.

    Stop being petty at the greatest choke job of all time. 18 and NO!

  114. veracityguy says: Jan 6, 2017 2:46 PM

    Don’t sleep on the Giant defense. Right now (not for the whole season) they are the best defense in the NFL. They might have the best secondary in the league as well. If GB does win, Erin Rogers will have to play the signature game of his career.

  115. dbeck975 says: Jan 7, 2017 8:01 AM

    Giants, Steelers, Raiders and Seahawks all win. Too easy to pick these. The Giants-Packers, Raiders-Texans games will be close though.

  116. usdcoyotesfan says: Jan 7, 2017 8:30 PM

    A much less complete Packers team already beat the Giants earlier this season. Packers 35 Giants 17

  117. nhgreg says: Jan 8, 2017 5:49 AM

    The Patriots have a good chance of making it to the SB and winning it. However, if they don’t make it I think it will be because the Steelers beat them in the AFC Championship game. Big Ben has really got his game on this year and in the past he has played well when even hurt. A healthy Ben is capable of anything. The Giants will probably beat Dallas int0 the SB and then lose to the Pats defence or the Steelers offence.

  118. switchwitch59 says: Jan 8, 2017 9:31 PM

    And the fins will be in south beach awaiting OBJ and friends, irrelevant again.

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