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Our regular season predictions did not all play out. Nobody did better than 4 of 6 playoff teams in the AFC (Houston, Baltimore and Pittsburgh were had by many). Three writers picked 5 of 6 NFC playoff teams. We averaged 8 playoff teams predicted out of 12 as a group, thanks to many being on Philadelphia and not having much faith in teams like Atlanta. Almost everyone thought Rex Ryan would be the first coach fired; he’s still standing. We will take another crack now that the playoff matchups are set.

Here are our random guesses for the upcoming playoffs and the Super Bowl that will end in New York in early February.

Jason Lisk

Wildcard Round
Indianapolis over Kansas City
Cincinnati over San Diego
New Orleans over Philadelphia
San Francisco over Green Bay

Divisional Round
Denver over Indianapolis
Cincinnati over New England
San Francisco over Carolina
Seattle over New Orleans

Championship Games
Cincinnati over Denver
Seattle over San Francisco

Super Bowl
Seattle over Cincinnati (because it only seems fitting these two franchises that have never won a title would meet in the New York Super Bowl.)

Bonus Question: What will the weather be like for the New York Super Bowl?

41 degrees at kickoff, no precipitation, with a bonus forecast that the media will complain about the weather.

Jason McIntyre

Wildcard Round
Indianapolis 23, Kansas City 17
Cincinnati 20, San Diego 16
Philadelphia 27, New Orleans 23
Green Bay 27, San Francisco 24

Divisional Round
Denver 38, Indianapolis 13
New England 13, Cincinnati 12
Carolina 20, Green Bay 17
Seattle 38, Philadelphia 27

Championship Games
Denver 30, New England 22
Seattle 23, Carolina 6

Super Bowl
Seattle 31, Denver 27

Bonus Question: What will the weather be like for the New York Super Bowl?

24 degrees at kickoff, snow on the ground from a day or two prior.

Danny Woodhead can jump-c

Ty Duffy

Wildcard Round
Indianapolis over Kansas City
Cincinnati over San Diego
Philadelphia over New Orleans
Green Bay over San Francisco

Divisional Round
Denver over Indianapolis
New England over Cincinnati
Philadelphia over Carolina
Seattle over Green Bay

Championship Games
Denver over New England
Seattle over Philadelphia

Super Bowl
Seattle over Denver

Super Bowl Weather
38 degrees at kickoff. Rain that feels like someone is pelting you with ladles of soup. Welcome to New York in February

Stephen Douglas

Wildcard Round
Kansas City over Indianapolis
Cincinnati over San Diego
Philadelphia over New Orleans
Green Bay over San Francisco

Divisional Round
Denver over Kansas City
New England over Cincinnati
Philadelphia over Carolina
Seattle over Green Bay

Championship Games
Denver over New England
Philadelphia over Seattle

Super Bowl
Philadelphia over Denver

Super Bowl Weather
Blizzard. Chaos. Just kidding. No-to-light snow with millions of people furiously refreshing Weather.com from Wednesday to Sunday evening.

Andy Dalton to AJ Green against Baltimore

Tim Ryan

Wildcard Round
Kansas City over Indianapolis
San Diego over Cincinnati
Philadelphia over New Orleans
Green Bay over San Francisco

Divisional Round
Denver over San Diego
New England over Kansas City
Carolina over Philadelphia
Seattle over Green Bay

Championship Games
Denver over New England
Seattle over Carolina

Super Bowl
Denver over Seattle

Super Bowl Weather
18 degrees at kickoff to honor Peyton Manning and the great Mike Tomscazk. Pointing and laughing from the comfy confines of the Goldman Sachs suite will be Miles and Braxton and the rest of the gang. It’s going to be hilarious.

Ref Gene Steratore patting Peyton Manning on the ass

Mike Cardillo

Wildcard Round
Kansas City over Indianapolis
Cincinnati over San Diego
Philadelphia over New Orleans
San Francisco over Green Bay

Divisional Round
Denver over Kansas City
Cincinnati over New England
Philadelphia over Carolina
Seattle over San Francisco

Championship Games
Denver over Cincinnati
Philadelphia over Seattle

Super Bowl
Denver over Philadelphia

Super Bowl Weather
Meh. Think a Stringer Bell derided 45-degree day, or the opposite of whatever Mike Francesa picks.

Michael Shamburger

Wildcard Round
Indianapolis over Kansas City
San Diego over Cincinnati
New Orleans over Philadelphia
Green Bay over San Franciso

Divisional Round
Denver over San Diego
New England over Indianapolis
Carolina over Green Bay
New Orleans over Seattle

Championship Games
Denver over New England
New Orleans over Carolina

Super Bowl
Denver over New Orleans

Super Bowl Weather
28 degrees and snowy because that’s how it should be.

Cam Newton enjoyed Steve Smith and Aqib Talib's fight so he did jumpingjacks

Kyle Koster

Wildcard Round
Indianapolis over Kansas City
Cincinnati over San Diego
New Orleans over Philadelphia
Green Bay over San Francisco

Divisional Round
Denver over Indianapolis
New England over Cincinnati
New Orleans over Carolina
Seattle over Green Bay

Championship Games
Denver over New England
Seattle over New Orleans

Super Bowl
Denver over Seattle

Super Bowl Weather
43 degrees with a light mist. Not enough to impact the game, but enough to make Newman abandon his mail route.

Ryan Glasspiegel

Wildcard Round
Indianapolis over Kansas City
Cincinnati over San Diego
Philadelphia over New Orleans
Green Bay over San Francisco

Divisional Round
Indianapolis over Denver
New England over Cincinnati
Green Bay over Seattle
Carolina over Philadelphia

Championship Games
New England over Indianapolis
Green Bay over Carolina

Super Bowl
Green Bay over New England

Super Bowl Weather
17 degrees and no snow.

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