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Playoff picks

If the Lions still want to interview defensive coordinators Rex Ryan (Baltimore) and Ron Rivera (San Diego), they'll have a chance after this weekend's playoffs are over.

Ryan's Ravens are a trendy pick to make the Super Bowl the way they've been playing, but I don't see rookie quarterback Joe Flacco winning a road playoff game for the second time this year. Tennessee will miss center Kevin Mawae dearly, but Jim Schwartz – another Lions coaching candidate – and that Titans defense are both good enough and healthy enough to win a close game.

In the other AFC playoff game, Darren Sproles had his day in the sun last week. This game's about Pittsburgh, still my pick to win it all. The Steelers, like the Titans, will beat their playoff opponent for the second time this year.

The rest of my playoff picks, as always against the spread and with home team in all caps:

Saturday's games
Baltimore plus-3 over TENNESSEE
CAROLINA minus-9 1/2 over Arizona

Sunday's games 
NY GIANTS minus-4 over Philadelphia
PITTSBURGH minus-6 over San Diego

Record: 2-2 last week; 123-122-6 overall


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