Packers: Predictions for every game in NFC side of playoffs

Green Bay Packers, Aaron Rodgers (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)
Green Bay Packers, Aaron Rodgers (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images) /
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Green Bay Packers, Kenny Clark
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Divisional Round

Rams (4) at Packers (1)

The Packers have been too good for the Rams in their previous two meetings, including in last year’s divisional round. McVay and his team would have the opportunity to get revenge of their playoff exit from last January, but I just don’t see it happening.

Green Bay has turned the ball over a league-low 13 times. The same isn’t true of Los Angeles. The Rams have given it up 23 times. For all of Matthew Stafford’s strengths — he’s had a great season — he turns it over far too often. Stafford has 17 interceptions this season and as many pick-sixes as Aaron Rodgers has interceptions (four).

Turnovers make the difference again and the Packers eliminate the Rams for the second year in a row.

Winner: Packers

Cowboys (3) at Buccaneers (2)

A Week 1 rematch.

The Buccaneers won an opening-day classic back in September, but to the Cowboys’ credit, they’ve been fantastic since then. Dallas’ offense leads the NFL in total yards, Tampa Bay ranks second. This game could be a lot of fun.

The Bucs will be without Chris Godwin and Antonio Brown, but they will find a way on offense. Tom Brady has Mike Evans and Rob Gronkowski, who always make big plays when they need to.

It could come down to the strongest defense. I’m going with the Buccaneers. Their playoff experience will help them here, too.

Winner: Buccaneers