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Everything you need to know for Super Wild Card Weekend, plus why Mavericks-Lakers got so physical

Everything you need to know for Super Wild Card Weekend, plus why Mavericks-Lakers got so physical


Happy Friday, everyone! What a huge weekend coming up.

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THE SUPER WILD CARD WEEKEND TEAMS

It’s here! The NFL playoffs begin this weekend with the second-ever Super Wild Card Weekend (full schedule here), and I cannot wait for what should be a lot of high-level football.

Pete Prisco’s picks are in, and he’s only in on one true “upset” this weekend.

  • Prisco:Giants at Vikings — These two played on Christmas Eve, and the Vikings needed a 61-yard field goal by Greg Joseph to win it. The Giants gained 448 yards of offense that day and probably should have won the game. But they didn’t. .. This one should be high scoring, as Kirk Cousins and Justin Jefferson will make some plays, but it will be the Giants that win it with a late field goal this time to advance. Pick: Giants 30, Vikings 28

We also have Wild Card picks from John Breech and Tyler Sullivan.

As for the bigger picture, our Jordan Dajani has predictions for every game between now and the lifting of the Lombardi Trophy. He has some upsets here and there, but ultimately has the Bills and Eagles facing off in Super Bowl LVII.

  • Dajani: “In a way, it feels like we have been leading up to this all year. … Opinions probably fluctuated after Allen’s elbow injury and Hurts’ shoulder injury, but the cream rises to the top, and that’s what happens here. … I’m expecting a sloppy first half followed by a high-scoring second half. This game goes to overtime, where Buffalo kicks a game-winning field goal on its second drive of the extra period. The Bills fulfill the “team of destiny” narrative. Projected score: Bills 33-30 in OT

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Honorable mentions

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THE REFS FROM MAVERICKS-LAKERS LAST NIGHT

The Mavericks emerged with a 119-115 double-overtime win against the Lakers on Thursday night, but they probably emerged bumped and bruised.

That’s because this game was “rugby disguised as basketball,” as our Sam Quinn elegantly put it. The refs really let the game get physical — to a fault.

  • Mavericks owner Mark Cuban tweeted that it was the “worst officiated game.” Dallas shot just 17 free throws all night.
  • The Lakers shot 27 free throws but certainly had their…

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