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2016 NFL playoffs: Cardinals vs. Packers previews and picks; predictions for divisional round

It's time for some football.

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The Arizona Cardinals play the Green Bay Packers in the divisional round of the playoffs. Needless to say, it is a big game. Here are some previews and predictions.

Previews:

Notecards: Packers vs. Cardinals Take Two
The important numbers and milestones heading into the Divisional Round game against Green Bay

Carson Palmer, Cardinals Primed For Packers
With star quarterback healthy, team has realistic Super Bowl shot as playoff run begins

Insider Trading: Talking Cardinals Vs. Packers
Previewing Saturday's Divisional game with the writers who cover them

Cardinals Blogs | Friday before the playoffs and Packers
Once upon a time, before the Cardinals ran their home playoff record all-time to 4-0 with a thrilling 51-45 overtime win over the Packers, before Kurt Warner had more touchdown passes (five) than incompletions (four), before Karlos Dansby’s fumble return brought Mike McCarthy to his knees, there was a baby on the way.

Coming Soon: Packers vs. Cardinals Part 2

The trailer for the Divisional round game between the Arizona Cardinals and the Green Bay Packers.

Packers at Cardinals: Final Thoughts

The Green Bay Packers take on the Arizona Cardinals in the NFC Divisional playoff. Vic and Mike talk about what's at stake, players to watch, and ways the Packers can win.

Packers Today: Cardinals Scouting Report

Packers Analyst Larry McCarren tells you everything you need to know about the Cardinals before their playoff matchup with the Packers.

Will this be a repeat of the '09 playoff shootout?

There are reasons to think so, and to think not

Infographic : Packers vs. Cardinals game preview

An illustrated look at the NFC Divisional playoff game between the Packers and Cardinals

Trailer: Packers at Cardinals

The Green Bay Packers face off against the Arizona Cardinals in the NFC Divisional playoff.

Arizona Cardinals see focus, intensity change for the playoffs - Arizona Cardinals Blog- ESPN

Arizona's preparation for its playoff game vs. Green Bay has produced harder hits in practice, longer meetings and better focus by the team.

Arizona Cardinals healthy heading into playoff rematch against Packers - Arizona Cardinals Blog- ESPN

The Cardinals are about as healthy as an NFL team can be after the season, and coach Bruce Arians remembers winning titles with teams this healthy.

5 reasons why the Arizona Cardinals will beat the Green Packers again | FOX Sports

5 reasons why the Cardinals will beat the Packers Again

No one expects another blowout as Cardinals host Packers again | FOX Sports

Oddsmakers are picking the Cardinals, the NFC's No. 2 seed, by seven points, although Packers coach Mike McCarthy wouldn't call his team the underdog.

Cardinals know beating Packers a second time will not be easy

The Cardinals and Green Bay Packers played each other less than three weeks ago, but that game may as well have been last year, which, technically, it was.

Predictions:

Jess Root: Cardinals 28, Packers 20

I see this game going a lot like many of the Cardinals games. They get up early, the Packers get close as they rally and then the Cards score a key touchdown late in the game to seal the deal.

Jesse Reynolds: Cardinals 27, Packers 21

I think this game is going to have some ugly moments for both teams, for the Cardinals some jitters and some mistakes are likely to happen and the Packers more experienced team will get them an early lead but the Cardinals offense will eventually prove too much as the Cardinals pull away in the fourth.

Skii: Cardinals 24, Packers 17

This isn't the Green Bay team we saw in Week 16, but I trust Palmer and co. to get the job done. Palmer will find multiple receivers in the endzone (I'm going with Michael Floyd), and David Johnson will sneak a redzone TD in as well. Rodgers will keep Green Bay in the game but ultimately come up short.

Robert Norman: Cardinals 28, Packers 10

Despite the hype surrounding the recently resurrected Packers ability to run the football against Washington's 26th ranked run defense, the Cardinals will stifle Green Bay's offense while showing off their balanced offense and typical aggressive defense.

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