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Published on 01/16/2010 at Sat Jan 16 13:00.
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Previewing, breaking down, and picking the winners of this weekend’s playoff action. Your picks and game discussion in the comments.

ARI NO
Cardinals (10-6) at Saints (13-3)
2:30 p.m. MT
The Line: Saints by 7

The Story: Do you like points, Football Fan? Oh, you do? Well last week, the Arizona Cardinals and Green Bay Packers set an offensive playoff record with their 96-point overtime thriller. And as good as that shootout between Kurt Warner and Aaron Rodgers was, there’s potential for today’s game to be even better. Drew Brees and Warner will forsake running backs and take to the skies in what should be another offensive juggernaut. Defenses need not apply.

The Breakdown: The Saints are well-rested and very healthy — the only players on their injury report are Probable. This also means their top cornerbacks will be back from various injuries. The Cardinals don’t expect Anquan Boldin back this week either, but they fared just fine without him…. All that’s well and good, but this game really will be all about the quarterbacks’ abilities to not make mistakes. Both are exceptionally good at what they do, as in “all time” good. The Saints’ corners are better than the Cardinals’, but neither will be able to keep up in what should be a very exciting.

The Pick: There’s a lot of pressure on the Saints after the best regular season record in franchise record, and I think — somewhat subjectively (the Cardinals are my adopted Team of the Playoffs) — the Cardinals can pull off the upset. The home crowd will be fierce, so it won’t be easy… another overtime thriller! 41-38, Arizona.

  • WhidbeyBronco

    I got Az, Dallas, Indy & …the dolts

  • http://broncotalk.net Kyle

    Same, except haven't decided MIN/DAL yet.

  • WhidbeyBronco

    game over 1st qtr

  • NMBronc

    Siants, Vikes, Ravens, Dolts

  • NMBronc

    Wow, watchin Brees throw really makes me miss having a real QB.

  • WhidbeyBronco

    doesn't look like you'll be catching another AZ game this year…
    Min/Dal …tough pick. I've always been a Boys (NFC) fan so… Wouldn't mind seeing Favre go out in style.

  • http://broncotalk.net Kyle

    I'm actually at work, will catch the middle of the late game. But interesting to follow the game from twitter, NFL.com.

  • http://broncotalk.net Kyle

    Leinart in the game? Great, there's 0-1.

  • mikebirty

    geez, the cardinals defense has more holes in it than a swiss cheese. Its like watching the Broncos secondary from years back get picked apart by Manning in the playoffs.

  • NMBronc

    I was enjoying the game…thanks, Mike

  • http://broncotalk.net Kyle

    lulz

  • http://broncotalk.net Kyle

    Now just hold the Saints to a FG in the second half and my prediction might prove true!

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  • WhidbeyBronco

    I got Az, Dallas, Indy & …the dolts

  • http://broncotalk.net Kyle

    Same, except haven't decided MIN/DAL yet.

  • WhidbeyBronco

    game over 1st qtr

  • NMBronc-in-DC

    Siants, Vikes, Ravens, Dolts

  • NMBronc-in-DC

    Wow, watchin Brees throw really makes me miss having a real QB.

  • WhidbeyBronco

    doesn't look like you'll be catching another AZ game this year…
    Min/Dal …tough pick. I've always been a Boys (NFC) fan so… Wouldn't mind seeing Favre go out in style.

  • http://broncotalk.net Kyle

    I'm actually at work, will catch the middle of the late game. But interesting to follow the game from twitter, NFL.com.

  • http://broncotalk.net Kyle

    Leinart in the game? Great, there's 0-1.

  • http://thingsatrexdoes.tumblr.com Mike Birtwistle

    geez, the cardinals defense has more holes in it than a swiss cheese. Its like watching the Broncos secondary from years back get picked apart by Manning in the playoffs.

  • NMBronc-in-DC

    I was enjoying the game…thanks, Mike

  • http://broncotalk.net Kyle

    lulz

  • http://broncotalk.net Kyle

    Now just hold the Saints to a FG in the second half and my prediction might prove true!