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Pink’s Pulse: Divsional Round Weekend Preview

We’re down to just the final seven games of the 2013 NFL season. This weekend we get the treat of having two games being played on both Saturday and Sunday, discount and I’ve got your preview guide for what to watch for this weekend.

New Orleans Saints vs. Seattle Seahawks — Saturday 3:35pm CT on FOX

This game features a rematch of Week 13 when these two teams collided in Seattle. The result? The Seahawks spanked the Saints 34-7. Seahawks QB Russell Wilson has only lost once at home in his entire NFL career, medicine but I believe Drew Breesand the Saints are back for revenge.

Russell Wilson

Saints head coach Sean Payton blew out two speakers during practice this week prepping for noise in Seattle. The Seattle Seahawks are looking to capitalize on one of the best seasons they’ve had in team history but they have to go through the Saints one more time to prove that. I don’t expect this game to mirror the first time they met, the Saints are in playoff mode and don’t think will go down without a fight.

Indianapolis Colts vs. New England Patriots — Saturday 7:15pm CT on CBS

This is a game of Old School vs. New School quarterbacks. The two comeback kings, Colts QB Andrew Luck and Patriots QB Tom Brady,square off in Foxboro, New Jersey on Saturday night in a game that is not to be missed.

Andrew Luck vs. Tom Brady

The Indianapolis Colts pulled out the second largest comeback playoff victory as they came back from being down 38-10 against the Kansas City Chiefs to win and advance. Both quarterbacks don’t have elite wide receivers so the magic will truly be between the coaches and quarterbacks. Will Tom Brady be able to get his fourth ring or will Andrew Luck lead his team further into the playoffs? Fun fact: Colts kicker Adam Vinatieri used to be on the Patriots, and the Patriots haven’t won a Super Bowl since he left. Is there a curse of the kicker??

San Francisco 49ers vs. Carolina Panthers — Sunday 12:05pm CT on FOX

Out of all the weekend games, the match-up between the San Francisco 49ers and Carolina Panthers may be least appealing of the bunch. Both defenses are top notch and both quarterbacks are extremely similar, so it will be a true chess match.

Cam Newton, Photo Source: GQ

For the first time in his career, Panthers QB Cam Newton has taken the Panthers to the playoffs but getting further into the playoffs will definitely be tough. It’s important to keep an eye on the wide receivers from both teams. 49ers wide receiver Michael Crabtree made a late appearance to the season and hasn’t seen the likes of Carolina yet. On the other side, the Panthers might be without their Pro Bowl wideout Steve Smith has he’s trying to recover from a concussion.

The 49ers led by QB Colin Kaepernick, are looking to return to the Super Bowl for the second consecutive year after beating Green Bay last weekend at Lambeau. Expect a close and exciting game.

San Diego Chargers vs. Denver Broncos — Sunday 3:40pm CT on CBS

The monster of all games this weekend features the last two remaining teams from the AFC West. This will be the third meeting between these two teams this season. The first time they met, the Broncos won in San Diego and the second time being Thursday Night Football where the Chargers pulled the upset in Denver.

Peyton Manning

This time it’s anyone’s game. The San Diego Chargers have won their last five out of six games and are the hottest team in the playoffs right now. Will Broncos QB Peyton Manning finally get the monkey off his back and avoid being bounced early in the playoffs in his run for the Super Bowl as a Bronco? It’s definitely the game to watch this weekend seeing as the Broncos have been favored by many to win the Super Bowl.

My Picks: Seahawks, Patriots, Panthers, and Chargers.

About the author: Heather Pink is a Chicago native that graduated from the University of Illinois and is obsessed with the Bulls, Bears, Blackhawks and the White Sox. Heather is currently in Los Angeles working with NFL.com as a Producer, but still does her fair share of sports reporting on the side. Follow Heather on Twitter @heatherpink2 or visit her website at http://heatherpink.weebly.com/

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