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49ers vs. Chiefs Preview and Predictions

The Kansas City Chiefs and the San Francisco 49ers bore few similarities over the past few seasons, but a decision by each team in 2017 to upgrade at quarterback laid the groundwork for a collision course on the NFL's biggest stage. Patrick Mahomes will guide the Chiefs into Sunday night's matchup against Jimmy Garoppolo and the 49ers in Super Bowl LIV at Miami's Hard Rock Stadium.

Packers vs. 49ers Preview and Predictions

Aaron Rodgers didn't put his best foot forward in his previous encounter against the San Francisco 49ers, and that effort resulted in the last time the Green Bay Packers fell short on the scoreboard. Rodgers and the second-seeded Packers look to avenge a lopsided loss in Week 12 when they visit the top-seeded 49ers in the NFC Championship Game on Sunday.

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Titans vs. Chiefs Preview and Predictions

The Kansas City Chiefs came up one win short of advancing to the Super Bowl a year ago, denied by the New England Patriots in a heartbreaking overtime defeat. The second-seeded Chiefs attempt to take that next step in front of their home fans when they square off with the sixth-seeded Tennessee Titans on Sunday afternoon in the AFC Championship Game.

Seahawks vs. Packers Preview and Predictions

The Green Bay Packers and the visiting Seattle Seahawks are in line to put their best foot forward when the teams meet in the NFC divisional round of the playoffs on Sunday. The Packers boast an NFL best-tying seven wins at home this season while the Seahawks sport an 8-1 record on the road -- postseason included -- although they have lost their past eight visits to Lambeau Field.

Texans vs. Chiefs Preview and Predictions

There are a lot of similarities under center for the Kansas City Chiefs and Houston Texans, who feature quarterbacks drafted within two spots of each other and born three days apart 24 years ago. Patrick Mahomes and No. 2 seed Kansas City look to avenge an early-season loss to Deshaun Watson and visiting Houston in Sunday's AFC divisional round.

Titans vs. Ravens Preview and Predictions

The Baltimore Ravens are favorites to reach the Super Bowl and it's easy to see why, beginning with the fact that the team has not lost since September and closed the regular season on a 12-game winning streak en route to an NFL-best 14-2 record. After having a bye in the first round, the Ravens will host the sixth-seeded Tennessee Titans on Saturday night.

Vikings vs. 49ers Preview and Predictions

A goal-line stop in the waning moments of the regular-season finale allowed the San Francisco 49ers to secure the NFC's top seed and home-field advantage throughout the conference's playoffs. The 49ers also received a bye, allowing reinforcements to return to the lineup on Saturday when they host the visiting Minnesota Vikings in Santa Clara, Calif.

Seahawks vs. Eagles Preview and Predictions

The Philadelphia Eagles' reward for winning each of their last four regular-season contests and capturing the NFC East title is hosting an NFC wild-card game against the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday. That may not be much of a perk considering the Seahawks defeated the Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field on Nov. 24 for one of their franchise-best seven road victories this season.

Vikings vs. Saints Preview and Predictions

The New Orleans Saints have absorbed heartbreaking losses in each of the past two postseasons but they will get a chance to avenge one of those defeats in NFC wild-card round. The third-seeded Saints, coming off their third consecutive NFC South title, will host the sixth-seeded Minnesota Vikings on Sunday afternoon in a rematch of the "Minneapolis Miracle."

Titans vs. Patriots Preview and Predictions

The New England Patriots were all but penciled in for a first-round bye, needing only to beat lowly Miami at home in their regular-season finale to clinch the No. 2 seed in the AFC. Instead, after a stunning 27-24 loss to the Dolphins, New England will play in the wild-card round for the first time since 2009 when it hosts the Tennessee Titans on Saturday night.

Bills vs. Texans Preview and Predictions

The Houston Texans have won the AFC South title in four of the last five seasons, a good track record to be certain but one that also comes with just one playoff victory. The fourth-seeded Texans bid to double that total on Saturday when they host the fifth-seeded Buffalo Bills in a wild-card game at NRG Stadium.

49ers vs. Seahawks Preview and Predictions

The NFC West title is on the line when the first-place San Francisco 49ers visit the second-place Seattle Seahawks on Sunday night. The 49ers can clinch the No. 1 seed in the NFC playoffs with a victory but a Seattle triumph would give the Seahawks the division title as they won the first meeting with the 49ers and hold the tiebreaker edge.

Steelers vs. Ravens Preview and Predictions

The battle between rivals Baltimore and Pittsburgh in the regular season finale lost a little luster when the Ravens announced that several starters would sit the game out with the team having already clinched the No. 1 seed in the AFC playoffs. The Steelers still have a chance to clinch a wild-card spot and will try to take advantage of the absences when they visit Baltimore on Sunday.

Raiders vs. Broncos Preview and Predictions

The Raiders could be representing Oakland for the final time when they visit the Denver Broncos on Sunday and remarkably still have a chance to make the postseason as a wild card with a non-winning record. The Raiders kept their hopes alive with a 24-17 victory at the Los Angeles Chargers last week and face a scenario in which four outcomes - all reasonable - must occur for them to earn the No. 6 seed.

Colts vs. Jaguars Preview and Predictions

The Indianapolis Colts took a step back after a 10-win campaign and a playoff berth a season ago in their first year under head coach Frank Reich. They will be playing for pride and a chance to finish with a .500 record when they end the season at the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday.

Redskins vs. Cowboys Preview and Predictions

Even as they stumbled down the stretch, the Dallas Cowboys had been in control of their playoff fate due to playing in the worst division in the NFL. That is no longer the case entering the regular-season finale for the Cowboys, who need a victory over the visiting Washington Redskins on Sunday and a loss by Philadelphia to advance to the postseason.

Cardinals vs. Rams Preview and Predictions

Having won back-to-back NFC West titles the past two seasons, the Los Angeles Rams seemed unlikely candidates to fall victim to the Super Bowl hangover after losing to the New England Patriots in February. Yet, the Rams have nothing to play for except the chance to finish with a winning record when they host the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday afternoon.

Eagles vs. Giants Preview and Predictions

The Philadelphia Eagles vaulted to the top of the NFC East by constructing a season-high three-game winning streak after defeating each team in the lackluster division. The visiting Eagles can wrap up the NFC East title on Sunday should they defeat the New York Giants for the seventh straight time and 11th in their last 12 meetings.

Titans vs. Texans Preview and Predictions

The Tennessee Titans plan to have their muscle in the backfield as they attempt to strengthen their bid for the playoffs. Rugged Derrick Henry is expected to return from a one-game absence on Sunday in the Titans' do-or-die contest against the host Houston Texans.

Falcons vs. Buccaneers Preview and Predictions

Jameis Winston could be playing his final game in a Tampa Bay uniform when the Buccaneers host the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday. Winston, who is dealing with a tiny fracture in his throwing hand, will become the first player in NFL history to compile for 30 touchdowns and 30 interceptions in a season if he is picked off twice after throwing four in last week's 23-20 loss to Houston.