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Open Thread: NFL Divisional Playoffs, Day 2

Well, well, well.  Yesterday was fun, wasn't it?  You'll be hard-pressed to find another day of NFL playoff action in which two teams slug each other out until the final moments when a rookie quarterback leads a game-winning drive for the road team, and then a road team that no one expects to compete completely manhandles an NFL powerhouse.  That's exactly what happened yesterday when the Ravens beat the Titans 13-10 and the surprising Cardinals smoked the Panthers 33-13.  Two fun games to watch (at least until Jake Delhomme's interceptions got a little too Losman-esque to stomach).

It might get even better in today's matchups...

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Philadelphia Eagles (10-6-1) at New York Giants (12-4)
1:00 PM EST, FOX
Giants coverage: Big Blue View
Eagles coverage: Bleeding Green Nation

- One home team in the divisional round has to win, right?  That may not even happen here, as the Eagles stole a game from the Giants at the Meadowlands just a few weeks ago.  These teams split their two games during the regular season, and obviously, this is one of the bigger rivalries in the entire league.  Both teams are aggressive and can make big plays, so regardless of the outcome, it should be a fun one to watch.  I'm going with the home team, though.

Prediction: GIANTS 27, EAGLES 20
Familiar faces: Eagles LS Jon Dorenbos.

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San Diego Chargers (9-8) at Pittsburgh Steelers (12-4)
4:45 PM EST, CBS
Steelers coverage: Behind the Steel Curtain
Chargers coverage: Bolts from the Blue

- Once again, we have a matchup of two teams that have faced each other already this season; the Steelers edged out the Chargers 11-10 in a home contest earlier this year.  As fun as the Chargers' win over the Colts last weekend was, I can't see how they come out of Pittsburgh with a win today, even with their new superstar, Darren Sproles, on fire.  Pittsburgh's defense is too tough and they make enough plays to win.  All we know for certain is this: whichever team pulls this out is hosting the AFC Championship Game, and they'd better fear their opponent when that time comes.

Prediction: STEELERS 20, CHARGERS 14
Familiar faces: None.

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