In this age of parity, the 2014 NFL playoffs are more unpredictable than a crap shoot telling guess who jokes. The Shadow League got some of our most knowledgable contributors together to try and predict this Wild Card playoff mess. TSL flame throwers Ricardo Hazell, J.R. Gamble and DJ Dunson break it down like a James Brown bridge, with an assist from 6 Magazine CEO Rich Boadu and hip-hop legend Phife Dawg, who's fresh off touring with Kanye, Jigga and Kendrick Lamar. Lucky for fans, every game has heart-stopping potential. Here's our two-cents.
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Kansas City 27, Indy 24: This is the most intriguing game of the weekend, and I had a difficult time weighing the pros and cons of this matchup. I love the poised demeanor of Andrew Luck but minus Reggie Wayne (in the playoffs), KC should take care of business in a nail biter !
Colts 19, Kansas City 10: If KC's success is a direct reflection of Andy Reid's influence, expect an early playoff exit.
Eagles 30, Saints 23: The Saints are a mile-a-minute offense on that track field inside the Mercedes Superdome, but plant their feet in the snow at The Linc in Philly and their offense will move like its getting awkwardly adjusted to moon gravity. Unlike the Eagles, they don't have a running game to fall back on or dome to play under. The last time Lesean McCoy went gridiron ice skating, he rushed for 217 yards in Week 15. Sean Payton is about discover what it's like to get torched by a fellow offensive genius.
Bengals 27, Chargers 23: Like New Orleans, the Chargers will be facing unfamiliar temps of 35 degrees, in addition to wind and snow. As long as Andy Dalton doesn't chuck interceptions all over the place, the Bengals should secure Marvin Williams' first playoff win as a head coach. Besides, Philip Rivers is Mr. December. It's a New Year.
49ers 31, Packers 20: From what I've been told, the freezing temperatures and whipping winds inside The 'Stick is a solid training locale for subzero Green Bay weather. Kaepernick has Green Bay's number since becoming the Niners starter. He's dialing them up for a third time on Sunday with Clay Matthews out nursing a broken thumb instead of doing his best Goldberg impression flying from sideline to sideline spearing ballcarriers
Philly 33, New Orleans 28: The Philadelphia Eagles have just as many weapons as New Orleans. Neither team is consistent defensively but the Eagles are better than New Orleans in that regard.
San Diego 21, Cincy 14: The San Diego Chargers will take advantage of a Cincinnati Bengals team that is famous for flaming out in the playoffs.
San Francisco 28, Green Bay 21: Though the return of Aaron Rodgers and the fact that the Packers are playing at storied Lambeau Field are major pluses, the San Francisco 49ers are just too good on both sides of the ball. Green Bay simply does not have the gutter heads on D to slow down Colin Kaepernick, Frank Gore, Vernon Davis, Michael Crabtree, and Anquan Boldin. Someone will be exposed.