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Breaking down and predicting six NFL wild-card playoff games

Breaking down and predicting six NFL wild card playoff games


The Giants will need to control Minnesota Vikings star receiver Justin Jefferson (above) to have a chance to win their NFC wild-card matchup.

(Bruce Kluckhohn / Associated Press)

When: Sunday, 1:30 p.m. PT, Channel 11. Line: Vikings by 3.

How Giants can win: Keep playing over their heads. Brian Daboll has them believing, and he’s willing to take risks. Don’t turn it over, don’t do anything stupid, just do what you’ve done all season. Rely on Saquon Barkley, and let Kayvon Thibodeaux do what he does.

How Vikings can win: Get their stars involved early. Find a way to get the ball into Justin Jefferson’s hands. Everyone will want to do what Green Bay did and take him out of the game. Get it to Dalvin Cook, over and over. Dance with who brought you.

Pick: The Giants might still be a year away, but they’re going to be good. The victory over Indianapolis reminded the Vikings that they’re never out of the game. Minnesota has more weapons, and Kirk Cousins is up for this challenge. VIKINGS 24, GIANTS 20



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