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5 NFL Teams Poised to Make Big Turnarounds in 2014

Which of 2013's worst teams could rise this season?
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5 NFL Teams Poised to Make Big Turnarounds in 2014

2014 was a fun year in the football universe, culminating in a Super Bowl championship for the Seattle Seahawks and a runner-up finish for the Denver Broncos. Though these two squads enjoyed deep postseason runs, not every city is blessed with athletes as accomplished as Peyton Manning and Russell Wilson.

 

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2014 NBA Finals Preview and Prediction: Miami Heat vs. San Antonio Spurs

Schedule, Positional Matchups and Predictions
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Heat-Spurs: 2014 NBA Finals Preview

The San Antonio Spurs and the Miami Heat face off for the second year in a row in the NBA Finals. Last year, the flashy stars from South Beach prevailed over the fundamental, blue-collar team from the Lonestar State. But this year, the home court advantage is reversed, with the majority of the games being played at the AT&T Center in San Antonio. 

NFC Championship Game Preview and Prediction: San Francisco 49ers vs. Seattle Seahawks

Jim Harbaugh and the 49ers are a win away from earning a repeat trip to the Super Bowl
NFC Championship Game Preview and Prediction: San Francisco 49ers vs. Seattle Seahawks

Division archrivals are set to face off for the first time ever in the playoffs when the San Francisco 49ers and Seattle Seahawks meet in the NFC Championship Game at 6:30 p.m. ET on FOX. Jim Harbaugh’s 49ers (14-4) defeated division winners Green Bay and Carolina on the road to earn a trip to their third straight conference title game.

AFC Championship Game Preview and Prediction: New England Patriots vs. Denver Broncos

Peyton Manning looks to lead the Broncos back to the Super Bowl by beating the Patriots for the first time since 2009
AFC Championship Game Preview and Prediction: New England Patriots vs. Denver Broncos

It’s No. 1 vs. No. 2 when the Denver Broncos host the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship Game at 3 p.m. ET on CBS. John Fox’s Broncos (14-3) erased last season’s playoff disappointment by beating the Chargers in the Divisional Round, presenting Peyton Manning with a shot at getting back to the Super Bowl.

NFC Divisional Playoff Preview and Prediction: New Orleans Saints vs. Seattle Seahawks

Russell Wilson and the Seahawks look to maintain home-field advantage by beating the Saints for the second time this season
NFC Divisional Playoff Preview and Prediction: New Orleans Saints vs. Seattle Seahawks

Fresh off of their first road playoff victory in franchise history, the New Orleans Saints will go for two in a row when they take on the Seattle Seahawks in Saturday’s NFC Divisional Playoff game at 4:35 p.m. ET on FOX. Sean Payton’s Saints (12-5) defeated the Eagles 26-24 a week ago in Philadelphia, setting up a rematch in Seattle against Pete Carroll and the NFC West champion Seahawks (13-3).

NFC Wild Card Preview and Prediction: San Francisco 49ers vs. Green Bay Packers

Aaron Rodgers will try to overcome both the elements and the 49ers in just his second game back from injury
NFC Wild Card Preview and Prediction: San Francisco 49ers vs. Green Bay Packers

The San Francisco 49ers and Green Bay Packers, two of the winningest franchises in NFL history, will go head-to-head in the playoffs for the second straight season when their NFC Wild Card game kicks off at 4:40 p.m. ET on FOX. The 49ers (12-4) tied with Carolina for the second-best record in the NFC, but are the road team this afternoon against the NFC North champion Packers (8-7-1).

AFC Wild Card Preview and Prediction: San Diego Chargers vs. Cincinnati Bengals

Marvin Lewis and the Bengals will look to stay undefeated at home by beating the Chargers for the second time this season
AFC Wild Card Preview and Prediction: San Diego Chargers vs. Cincinnati Bengals

The Cincinnati Bengals will try and snap a 23-year playoff victory drought when they host the San Diego Chargers in the AFC Wild Card game at 1:05 p.m. ET on CBS. The Bengals (11-5) won the AFC North and are in the playoffs for the third straight season for the first time in franchise history. The Chargers (9-7) earned the final wild card spot last week by beating Kansas City 27-24 in overtime at home.

NFC Wild Card Preview and Prediction: New Orleans Saints vs. Philadelphia Eagles

Two of the NFL’s most explosive offenses will face off to open the NFC playoffs
NFC Wild Card Preview and Prediction: New Orleans Saints vs. Philadelphia Eagles

Defensive purists may not want to watch tonight when the New Orleans Saints and Philadelphia Eagles go at it in the opening NFC Wild Card game at 8:10 p.m. ET on NBC. The Saints (11-5) and the Eagles (10-6) are among the top four offenses in the NFL and combined averaged more than 52 points per game during the regular season.

AFC Wild Card Preview and Prediction: Kansas City Chiefs vs. Indianapolis Colts

Andrew Luck and the Colts will try and beat the Chiefs for the second time in three weeks
AFC Wild Card Preview and Prediction: Kansas City Chiefs vs. Indianapolis Colts

The 2013 NFL playoffs will kick off Saturday with a Week 16 rematch when the Kansas City Chiefs and Indianapolis Colts square off in the AFC Wild Card game at 4:35 p.m. ET on NBC. Andy Reid’s Chiefs (11-5) should be at near full strength for the first time in more than a month while Chuck Pagano’s Colts (11-5) appear to be peaking at the right time.

NFC Championship Preview and Prediction: San Francisco 49ers vs. Atlanta Falcons

49ers looking for different results in their return to NFC title game; Falcons aiming to finish the job at home
<p> NFC Championship Preview and Prediction: San Francisco 49ers vs. Atlanta Falcons</p>

The top two teams in the NFC meet on Sunday to determine who will represent the conference in Super Bowl XLVII, as the San Francisco 49ers and Atlanta Falcons face off in the NFC Championship game at 3 p.m. ET on FOX. The 49ers find themselves in the conference title game for the second year in a row, but this time must get the job done on the road against the Falcons, who have lost just one game in the Georgia Dome this season.

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