NFL playoff previews: Saints at Seahawks, Colts at Patriots

Published Jan. 11, 2014


Saints (12-5) at Seahawks (13-3)

When/where: 4:40; CenturyLink Field, Seattle

TV/radio: Ch. 13; 98.7-FM, 1010-AM

Line: Seahawks by 8, 46

New Orleans showed it can win on the road, edging Philadelphia in last week's playoff opener. But can it win at Seattle? The Seahawks are 15-1 at home over the past two seasons. They went 7-1 this season and dominated the Saints there five weeks ago, 34-7. Russell Wilson threw for 310 yards and three touchdowns in the win. The teams combined for 11 Pro Bowl selections, including three from a Seattle secondary tasked with containing Drew Brees' passing attack.

Greg Auman's pick: Seahawks 31, Saints 28

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Colts (12-5) at Patriots (12-4)

When/where: 8:15; Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, Mass.

TV/radio: Ch. 10; 98.7-FM, 1010-AM

Line: Patriots by 7, 52

Tonight's quarterbacks, Tom Brady and Andrew Luck, have faced off before — New England's 59-24 win in November 2012. Indianapolis advanced by overcoming a 28-point second-half deficit against the Chiefs, the second-largest comeback in playoff history. New England is 14-4 at home in the playoffs all time, second best in the league, and a win puts it in the AFC title game for the third year in a row. A Super Bowl win gives Patriots coach Bill Belichick the most playoff wins in history. Currently, his 18 trail only Don Shula (19) and Tom Landry (20). Colts coach Chuck Pagano, by comparison, earned his first win last week.

Greg Auman's pick: Patriots 34, Colts 24