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Sunday Wildcard Playoffs Open Thread

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The NFL wild card round wraps up with two games that I think are quite tough to predict.  The Patriots are dealing with Wes Welker's knee injury, while the Cardinals have injury concerns of their own.

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Baltimore Ravens (9-7) at New England Patriots (10-6)
10:00 AM PST, CBS
Ravens coverage: Baltimore Beatdown
Patriots coverage: Pats Pulpit

As most folks know, the Patriots lost their leading receiver Wes Welker for the playoffs after he blew out his early in last week's meaningless game against Houston, making this matchup a bit more interesting for the Ravens.  The Patriots are 3.5 point favorites, but will be looking for somebody to supplant Wes Welker's grinding yards.  Of course, they do still have one of the best big play threats in the league in Randy Moss, so I don't think folks are feeling toooo bad for the Patriots.  Last season Joe Flacco really just had to avoid any major screw-ups as the Ravens advanced to the AFC title game.  This year, he might need to actually make a few plays.

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Green Bay Packers (11-5) at Arizona Cardinals (10-6)
1:40 PM PST, FOX
Packers coverage: Acme Packing Company
Cardinals coverage: Revenge of the Birds

The Arizona Cardinals find themselves, in the second straight postseason, of being a team on the ropes and ready to get knocked out early on in the postseason.  This year the Cardinals find themselves likely to be without at least Anquan Boldin, who is reportedly highly unlikely to play today.  With several important players listed as questionable, it could be a lot for the Cardinals to overcome (although DRC is saying he'll play).  The Cardinals opened as 2.5 point favorites (in spite of the drubbing at the hands of the Pack), but now find themselves as 1.5 point underdogs.  This is definitely a tough game to predict.