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2014 NFL Playoffs Expert Picks: Wildcard Round

Much have been made of New Orleans' road problems this season; can they turn it around in frigid Philly? (

The playoffs are finally here, and it looks to be an exciting round. The Saints and 49ers will have to deal with cold temperatures outdoors, while the Chiefs have to win in the stadium of a team that beat them in theirs and the Chargers have in win in a stadium where no road team has been successful this year.

In our Pick ‘Em for this season’s playoffs, the NFC road teams look to have an easier time, with the 49ers favored and New Orleans enjoying a slight edge. The Chargers and Chiefs are each getting some attention, coming from a division that sent three teams to the playoffs.

For our competition, scoring will work according to the following:

  • Picking the winner of a game is worth two points.
  • Picking the total number of touchdowns scored by both teams combined is worth one point if guessed to within one, or two points if guessed exactly right.
  • Picking the yards thrown for by each game’s top passer (one top-throwing quarterback only) is worth one point if guessed to within 50, or two points if guessed to within 10, or five points if guessed exactly right.

So check below for the complete picks for the first round, and check back Sunday evening for the results.

Name Jake John Josh KC Nick B Nick G Steve Taylor Ying
Bengals vs
Winner Bengals Bengals Chargers Chargers Chargers Bengals Bengals Bengals Bengals
TD Total 10 4 4 4 8 6 7 5 7
674 287 265 350 320 280 275 300 389
Colts vs
Winner Colts Colts Chiefs Colts Chiefs Chiefs Colts Colts Colts
TD Total 7 6 5 5 5 6 6 5 5
511 322 207 300 240 239 257 300 289
Eagles vs
Winner Saints Eagles Saints Saints Eagles Eagles Saints Eagles Saints
TD Total 10 9 8 7 9 6 8 7 9
740 389 340 400 345 323 320 350 350
Packers vs
Winner 49ers 49ers Packers 49ers 49ers Packers 49ers 49ers 49ers
TD Total 8 6 6 4 9 6 6 5 7
630 322 212 250 300 282 200 275 305

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