NFL playoff picks: Our expert predictions for every game against the spread

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We're down to eight teams with a chance to win the Super Bowl. And for the 11th time in the past 12 seasons, Tom Brady is two wins away from appearing in the Super Bowl.

Brady hopes to continue building on his remarkable legacy at age 44, hosting the Rams and Matthew Stafford, who just won his first playoff game last week. It's one of the many fascinating matchups on a great weekend of football.

The Titans are the top seed in the AFC and they're favored at home against the Bengals, but in a conference that felt up for grabs all year, few view them as the favorites to reach the Super Bowl -- including oddsmakers. Could that perceived disrespect help Ryan Tannehill lead his team past Joe Burrow?

In theory, the Packers have a massive advantage with the cold and atmosphere at Lambeau Field. But Green Bay, the NFC's top seed, has been beatable at home in the recent years, going 5-4 in its last nine playoff games. They'll face Jimmy Garappolo and a 49ers team coming off an impressive upset in Dallas last week.

And the weekend wraps up with a game that feels like it should be next week, Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs host Josh Allen and the Bills in a rematch of last year's AFC Championship game. The Bills will be seeking redemption for that blowout, the Chiefs will be looking to prove they're still one of the league's best. But only one will get the chance to play for a trip to the Super Bowl next week.

During each week of the 2021 NFL season, our staff across the USA TODAY NETWORK Atlantic Region made picks for every game against the spread: Andy Vasquez (Jets writer), Art Stapleton (Giants writer), Sal Maiorana (Bills writer) and Martin Frank (Eagles writer) were joined by columnists Steve Edelson (Asbury Park Press) and Tom Moore (Bucks County Courier Times).

We'll be back for every game of the playoffs including the Super Bowl next month. But now it's time to figure out who will get there. And you can see how our experts did in the season-long standings below.

Here are the lines and picks for the wild card games (via Tipico Sportsbook):

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Andy Vasquez is the Jets beat writer for NorthJersey.com. For unlimited access to all Jets analysis, news, trades and more, please subscribe today and download our app.

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