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NFL playoff picks, Championship edition: Patriots, Seahawks enter as favorites

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With only four teams remaining, the focus becomes even more magnified. Let's pick the Packers-Seahawks and Colts-Patriots playoff games this weekend.

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By Sunday evening, we will know who the Super Bowl XLIX participants are. With only four teams left playing for the Vince Lombardi Trophy, the games are more exciting than ever.

There are only three NFL games remaining to be played this season, and yet it feels like we have so far to go. Which team can summon the strength to win two more games against top competition? Can Aaron Rodgers fight through a torn calf muscle to beat the league's best defense? Can Andrew Luck take a massive step in his career? It should be an awesome day of football.

Here are the picks for Week 20:

Green Bay Packers at Seattle Seahawks (-7.5)

Seattle is a dominant team, and could become the first group since New England in 2004 to make consecutive trips to the Super Bowl. The Seahawks are under-appreciated by some because of their style. Seattle doesn't rack up a ton of points and considers it a great day when Russell Wilson throws for 200 yards. Yet, the Seahawks win because of a bruising running back and a terrific defense. Call me a sucker, but I love this style of football.

The Packers are an excellent team, but Rodgers is clearly not at 100 percent. Without him firing on all cylinders, it will be very hard for Green Bay to go into Seattle and pull this game out. Rodgers will still make some plays, but he needs his defense to rally behind him and play its best game of the season? Tough to bet on that happening.

Pick: Seahawks 23, Packers 17

Indianapolis Colts at New England Patriots (-6.5)

New England barely escaped last week with a 35-31 win over the Baltimore Ravens. On the surface, it would appear the Patriots are vulnerable, but they always struggle with Baltimore. With that hurdle cleared, New England is poised to make its sixth Super Bowl appearance since 2001.

Luck is an astoundingly good player, but his team is subpar. The Colts deserved their upset win over the Denver Broncos by outplaying Peyton Manning and the boys, but Indianapolis is not a great team. Instead, the Colts are a group that played an exceptional game, but are unlikely to play another. Still, the season is a success for a team on the rise.

Pick: Patriots 38, Colts 21

Last Week: 3-1
Playoffs: 6-2