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3 Things to watch in the NFL playoffs

What to watch for as the playoffs start next weekend, including a breakdown of the Eagles vs. the Packers.

1 Can Saints repeat as Super Bowl champs?
The New Orleans Saints are back in the playoffs but it will be a tough road ahead. They will likely have to win three road games to get to Dallas for Super Bowl XLV.

2 Are Falcons legit or just a regular season team?

The?Atlanta Falcons surprised many by getting the No. 1 seed in the NFC playoffs with a 13-3 record. They are especially great at home, where they will spend the entire playoffs.

3 More Tom Brady magic for Pats in playoffs?

The New England Patriots got rid of Randy Moss but still finished with the AFC’s top seed. Tom Brady is having an MVP-caliber season and will try to carry it into the playoffs.

Tale of the tape

» NFC?Wild Card Playoffs: Packers at Eagles
The No. 6-seed Packers face the No. 3-seed Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field next weekend. If the Eagles win, they play at Chicago. If the Packers win, they play at Atlanta.

» Packers won in Week 1
These teams faced each other in Week 1 and the Packers won in Green Bay, 27-20. But that was with Kevin Kolb starting at QB for the Eagles. Vick replaced him at halftime.

» High ratings under center
Eagles quarterback Michael Vick and Packers quarter­back Aaron Rodgers both have QB?ratings over 100 this season. Rodgers has 3,693 passing yards, 27 passing TDs and 10 inter­ceptions, while Vick has 3,018 passing yards, 21 passing TDs and six interceptions.

» Eagles 2-0 vs Packers in playoffs
The Eagles won both playoff meetings with the Packers – in the 1960 NFL Championship and 2003 NFC?Divisional round.

 
 
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