Gerry Dulac's Wild-Card Weekend forecast

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San Diego Chargers (9-7) at Cincinnati Bengals (11-5) * 1:05 p.m. ... The Chargers outlasted all the other wild-card hopefuls and sneaked into the playoffs thanks to a missed Ryan Succop field goal and a daring fake-punt call in overtime that wasn't even ordered by the head coach. But their defense needs to be sharp against a Bengals team that is averaging 41.6 points in its past five home games. Can Marvin Lewis finally win his first playoff game? Prediction: Bengals, 31-20

San Francisco 49ers (12-4) at Green Bay Packers (8-7-1) * 4:40 p.m. ... Aaron Rodgers rode to the rescue at just the right time for the Packers, and so did Randall Cobb. Both injured players returned to come up with the near-miraculous finish in Chicago that put the Packers in the playoffs ... and with a home game no less. But beware of the 49ers, who have that Super Bowl look about them again after winning their past six games. Prediction: 49ers, 26-16

LAST WEEK: 13-3 (.813) * SEASON RECORD: 162-94 (.633)


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