Wild Card Weekend belonged to the home teams, which means the Divisional Round of the NFL playoffs will fittingly feature only division winners. The top four seeds in each conference will meet on Saturday and Sunday to set up what should be two intriguing championship games for the right to play in Super Bowl LI.
Not only did all four home teams win this past weekend, they also did so in runaway fashion. The narrowest victory was 13 points by Houston over Oakland and the average margin for the four games was 21.5 points per contest.
Arguably the two most impressive performances came on Sunday, as Pittsburgh physically dominated Miami winning 30-12 while Aaron Rodgers and Green Bay lit up New York’s defense 38-13 at Lambeau Field. Those showings no doubt got the attention of Kansas City and Dallas. The Chiefs and the Cowboys may be the home teams this Sunday, but they will be hosting the two hottest teams in the league, as the Steelers have won eight games in a row and the Packers have reeled off seven straight victories. Adding to the intrigue in Big D is Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott will be playing in their first career postseason game.
On Saturday, Seattle will try and contain Atlanta's prolific offense, and hope Thomas Rawls can pick up where he left off after rushing for a franchise-record 161 yards against Detroit. New England will face Houston in the nightcap, as the top-seeded Patriots will face off against the league's No. 1 defense as one of the biggest playoff favorites of the past 40 years. So will we continue to see the home teams hold serve or will one of the road teams build off of the momentum from last week’s victory and shake up the bracket?
So which teams will come out on top in every NFL game during the Divisional Round? Athlon's own Rob Doster (AthlonDoster), John Gworek (JohnGworek), Steven Lassan (AthlonSteven), and Mark Ross (AthlonMarkR), along with AthlonSports.com contributor Bryan Fischer (BryanDFischer), predict the winners:
NFL Divisional Playoff Game Predictions
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Note: Ties are not included in season record.