Gerry Dulac's NFL Forecast: Wild Card Weekend

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Last week: 13-3 (.813)

Season record: 162-94 (.633)

SATURDAY

Kansas City Chiefs (11-5) at Indianapolis Colts (11-5), 4:35 p.m.

The Skinny: After a 9-0 start, the Chiefs lost five of their final seven games and had difficulty stopping anyone. The same could be said for the Colts, who had three games in the second half of the season in which they allowed 38 or more points. But, in their three-game win streak to close the regular season, the Colts tightened their defense and allowed a total of just 20 points, including seven to the Chiefs on Dec. 22.

Prediction: Colts, 24-20

New Orleans Saints (11-5) at Philadelphia Eagles (10-6), 8:10 p.m.

The Skinny: The Eagles are in the postseason for the first time since 2010 because they play in one of the weakest divisions in the league and were fortunate to beat a Dallas team that was without Tony Romo last week. The Saints, though, do not fare as well away from home, averaging just 13.2 points in their past four road games.

Prediction: Saints, 30-27

SUNDAY

San Diego Chargers (9-7) at Cincinnati Bengals (11-5), 1:05 p.m.

The Skinny: 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.

The Skinny: 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


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