Shadow League All-Stars NFL Divisional Playoff Predictions

Last week Phife Dawg stood alone as the only hip-hop legend on the Shadow League All-Star's NFL Playoff panel, joining 6Magazine CEO Rich Boadu and TSL staff members Da Gambler, DJ Dunson and Ricardo Hazell. 

This week, hip-hop O.G./NFL head Masta Ace joins Phife Diggy on the check-in and the Brooklyn-born MC spits playoff-prediction heat with the same precision that he uses to rip stages across the globe. 


Masta Ace is a hip-hop legend and celebrity contributor to TSL’s NFL playoff coverage (Follow Masta Ace on Twitter @mastaace)

Indianapolis Colts 28, New England Patriots 25: Upset alert in New England

San Francisco 49ers 17, Carolina Panthers 16: A defensive slugfest is imminent.

Seattle Seahawks 28, New Orleans 24: Saints keep it closer than the last playoff game here but still lose.

Denver Broncos 31, San Diego Chargers 17: The favorable weather allows Peyton Manning to keep clicking. Broncos Roll. 

Phife Dawg finished 1-3 with his Wild Card picks. San Francisco’s late win saved the mic-wrecking NFL guru from a donut. (Follow PhifedaPHANalyst on Twitter @IamthePHIFER)

Patriots 20, Colts 17: Would love to predict that Luck & Co. go to Gillette and win, but Tom Brady won’t let that happen! Experience will ALWAYS be the best teacher (Next to Coach Bill that is)

49ers 24, Panthers 21: Should be the best game of the weekend and despite the Panthers having a top defense (plus they put a beat down on Kap in Week 10), this is NOT the same 49ers team that was struggling to regain their Super Bowl form back then.

Seahawks 35, Saints 21: I love Drew Brees and the weapons he has around him (especially Jimmy Graham). But they’d better have a flawless game going up against the Seahawks D and that irreverent noise of the infamous 12th man! 

Broncos 35, Chargers 17: Peyton Manning should dismantle that Chargers defense. Plus on a personal, I’m sick of hearing that corny stat about the last four Super Bowl winners having played in Philadelphia for the Eagles home opener (As the Chargers did this season). WTF does that dumb stat have to do with anything? This crap stops in Mile High!!!

Da’ Gambler was riding Colts-Kush high until Green Bay stubbed its toe against San Fran and he finished 3-1 last week. (Follow on Twitter @fanalyst1)

Patriots 30, Colts 27: Luck will get his chip one day. That comeback last week was a Johnny Cash 2000 type of comeback and Luck was Rick Rubin at the controls mixing up a masterful rebirth of the Colts offense. Unfortunately, after garnering unprecedented success, Cash died shortly after. So does the Colts playoff journey.

Panthers 17, 49ers 13: Cam Newton shows why he’s better than Big Kap. It comes down to the QBs making something happen in a tough defensive game. 

Saints 28, Seahawks 27: In this "Battle of the Super Runts"- AKA the Jermaine Dupree Bowl – Drew Brees has another run left in his Hall of Fame wing. The winning philosophy for the Saints will be unprecedented aerial success and a monster game from Mark Ingram. 

Broncos 27, Chargers 22: Rivers gives it a run, but comes up short again. Manning isn’t going out like that at home. Numbers will be racked up.


DJ DUNSON split his four games last week to go 2-2. (Follow on Twitter @cerebralsportex)

Seahawks 34, Saints 17: The Seahawks have looked vulnerable of late. Percy Harvin’s hip never allowed him to round into form, K.J. Wright is out and the indefinite suspension of 6-4 Legion of Boom member Brandon Browner should have exposed their secondary. However, 6-1 Byron Maxwell has recorded four interceptions since December 8 in Browner’s stead and the Saints have the elements against them. Not only will the Seahawks crowd be shrieking louder than ladies at a Trey Songz Valentine's concert, but the forecast is calling for torrential rain and gusts approaching 25 MPHs. The Saints are about to get blown out of CenturyLink field.

Patriots 24, beat Colts 17: Andrew Luck hit Kansas City with the Jordan over Ehlo finishing move last week, but he’s also got a little immaturity present in his decision-making. Bill Belichick has been in a dark cavern for two weeks plotting for Young Andrew. The Colts call themselves a team of destiny, but Beyonce, Michelle and Kelly remain the only self-anointed team of destiny I’ve ever seen.

49ers 23, Panthers 20: Ric Flair won’t be attending this game because of death threats he received from Panthers fans after he gave the Niners a pep talk before their Wild Card win over the Packers. The Panthers did an excellent job putting Kaepernick in a Finger Four Leglock and taking away his running ability. With that said, Kaepernick may not have to. He’ll have his favorite targets Vernon Davis and Michael Crabtree available for a whole 60 minutes this time.

Broncos 38, Chargers 20: History is against a passing offense as prolific as the Denver Centaurs (half-Manning/half bronco) and the Chargers appear to be a team heating up at the right time. Manning has a habit of lockin’ up like a B-boy in the postseason. Eight times he’s lost his playoff opener. Quarterbacks that have led the league in passing have never won the Super Bowl. Those narratives have been repeated so often that Manning has them seared into his brain. Last thing anybody wants to do this season is agitate Manning. As a wise Manning said in October, “Whoever wrote that narrative can put it where the sun don't shine."

JR Gamble joined The Shadow League in 2012. The General Manager of Content & Social Media is in his 25th year of covering sports and culture professionally. He has covered a wide variety of major sports and entertainment topics across different mediums, including radio, newspapers, magazines and national TV. His passion is baseball, the culturing of baseball and preserving and documenting the historically-impactful accomplishments and contributions of African-Americans in baseball.