N.F.L. Sunday Wild-Card Matchups: Who We Think Will Win


New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) after playing the Washington Redskins on Jan. 1.

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The Giants leapt through an arctic Lambeau Field in the postseason nine years ago, on their way to a Super Bowl parade. The 1972 Dolphins won a playoff game in wind-chilled Pittsburgh on their path to a perfect season.

Both the Giants and the Dolphins may want to channel their former selves in Sunday’s wild-card playoff games. Each team’s road to this year’s Super Bowl in Houston winds through freezing conditions (temperatures will peak in the midteens) and the city limits of a divisional champion.

Precedent makes for a great pregame speech in the visiting locker room. Expect the Packers and the Steelers to offer in-game rebuttals on their home tundra.

Here is a look at Sunday’s playoff games and who we think will win them. All times Eastern.


Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell in the second half of a game last month against the Buffalo Bills.

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