The last team the Colts wanted to see in the Wild Card round was the Chargers, who despite their 8-8 record, are one of the hottest teams in the NFL, as they needed to win their last four games to salvage what was looking to be a disappointing season just one month ago. However, the hottest team in the NFL, with their nine game winning streak. One of those wins came in San Diego. Of course these are the same Chargers who knocked the Colts out of the playoffs just one year ago. Though without Shawne Merriman the Chargers pass rush has struggled all year, and against Peyton Manning, that is not good news. The Colts are healthier then they have been all season, and despite this game being in San Diego again, they should be able to find a way to win in, as 8-8 teams tend to never win in the playoffs.
Last year the only game the Dolphins won was against the Ravens in overtime in Week 14. This year they lost to the Ravens in Week 7, but since then they have only lost once as they completed the greatest single season turnaround in NFL history by finishing 11-5 and winning the AFC East with a record of 11-5. The Ravens could pose a problem to the Dolphins and their trick Wild Cat offense, as they are one of the top defenses in the league. However, the Dolphins defense has been nearly as good as time, as they have found a way to win many close games this year, a skill that comes in quite handy in the postseason. The biggest difference in this game will be turnovers, and for a Dolphins team that committed a record low 14 turnovers, that is what will be their key to victory as they continue to surprise the experts, by winning as a home dog.
The Cardinals are hosting their first home playoff game since 1947. Back then they played in Chicago’s Comiskey Park. Since then they have move to St. Louis, and Phoenix, and have played in several different homes that never saw a home Cardinal playoff game. Of course the Cardinals are heading into the playoffs with a cloud of doubt as they played poorly down the stretch, after winning the worst division in the history of the NFL, whom they had six of their nine wins against. However, the Falcons are team themselves full of young players in their first postseason game, led by QB Matt Ryan. They are some what fortunate to be playing the Falcons for that reason, and for that reason they will manage to find a way to win the game.
The Eagles might just be this year’s Giants as they are going into the playoffs on a full blast of steam after beating the Cowboys 44-6 to get the last spot in the NFC. The Vikings also got into the playoffs by winning their last game, but they needed a 50-yard field goal to beat a Giants team, that played their back ups as they got ready for the playoffs. The key to this game could be the running game, as Brian Westbrook and Adrian Peterson both can take any game over and win it on their own. However, Peterson in his first playoff game has a habit that has become a major concern, and that is fumbling. In the playoffs turnovers could be a disaster, and if Adrian Peterson has troubles fumbling in the Wild Card Round the Vikings won’t see another game. Look for the Eagles to win with their experience being the key.