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NFL playoff picks and predictions for Cowboys-Packers, Colts-Broncos

Here are our staff's predictions for Sunday's games.

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There are two more playoff games on Sunday. The Dallas Cowboys take on the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field in the frozen cold. The Indianapolis Colts battle the Denver Broncos, in a matchup of Andrew Luck and Peyton Manning.

Who will move on to play the Seahawks and the Patriots next week? Here are some staff predictions for Sunday's games.

Cowboys at Packers

Michael Oliver: Packers 34, Cowboys 31

The calf injury to Aaron Rodgers won't be enough to keep him down for me. I think he exploits this Cowboys defense from the pocket if he has to. Nelson, Cobb and Lacy will all have big days in this offensive matchup. Romo will play strong, I think it'll be a close game, but I think the Packers edge this matchup.

Seth Cox: Packers 31, Cowboys 27

Tony Romo does not get the monkey completely off his back, but the reason the Cowboys lose will be the inability to stop a hobbled Aaron Rodgers.

Robert Norman: Cowboys 24, Packers 21

This is the one game I think will be an upset. As impressive as Green Bay has been all season, Rodgers may still be hampered by an injury. Dallas, if firing on all cylinders, has a better defense and honestly, I think the better all around offense.

BigRedBilly: Cowboys 24, Packers 20

One team, undefeated on the road, meets a team undefeated at home and something's gotta give. You have to pick an upset every now and then so this would be it. The icy conditions will hurt the passing game more than the running game, so going with Dallas.

Jess Root: Cowboys 34, Packers 31

Neither defense is very good. Both quarterbacks are great, although Aaron Rodgers is banged up. But Dallas' ability to run the ball will be the difference. It will go back and forth all game in what will probably be the best game of the weekend, but the Cowboys will get the win. No I don't think it will be because of the refs, although that would make for a fun storyline.

Colts at Broncos:

Michael Oliver: Colts 31, Broncos 24

I see Andrew Luck coming of age in this one. I think he will make more plays than Peyton Manning in this game. We know about how badly Peyton performs in the cold, and he doesn't have the neck beard to save him like Luck. Despite having all the weapons you could ask for, I don't think Manning will play well this game.

Seth Cox: Broncos 35, Colts 21

The other blowout of the weekend is courtesy of the inability of the Colts to maintain anything unless Andrew Luck is playing other worldly, while the Broncos spent an entire season finding a run game.

Robert Norman: Broncos 28, Colts 17

I love Peyton Manning. I want him to win another Super Bowl, even though I don't believe it will happen I do believe they get past the first round. The Colts spent an entire season beating up on their much weaker division rivals while blowing several games against their "equal" opponents.

BigRedBilly: Broncos 27, Colts 20

A crafty old vet comes through at home against the upstart Colts, who just don't quite have enough to overcome the Broncos in Denver and the snow that's in the forecast.

Jess Root: Broncos 24, Colts 20

I don't predict the blowout some do, simply because I think Andrew Luck will some how keep the Colts in the game. Peyton Manning won't look sharp, but he will do enough and the defense will make a key interception of Luck down the stretch. Everyone gets what they want -- a Manning/Brady AFC title game.