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Divisional Round Matchups: Falcons WRs vs. Seahawks CBs will be fun

Falcons WRs Roddy White and Julio Jones vs. Seahawks CBs Richard Sherman and Brandon Browner: Sherman and Browner are great man-cover players. Sherman was the NFL's best corner this season. Both play a tough, physical style. But White and Jones excel against man coverage. They see a ton of doubles, so they will love to see the single coverage -- even against great cover players. Look for the Falcons to attack down the field. White and Jones will get some big plays.

Patriots DE Chandler Jones vs. Texans LT Duane Brown: Jones wasn't completely healthy the last time that they played. He has to be a force here. Brown is one of the best left tackles in the league, so it won't be easy for the rookie Jones. But he has to get in the Houston backfield.

49ers TE Vernon Davis vs. Packers S Charles Woodson: Davis hasn't had the type of season that many expected, but he will need to play big here like he did in last year's playoffs. He is a supreme talent. Woodson has missed a lot of time with injuries, but he played last week. His versatility is huge against a player like Davis.

Falcons QB Matt Ryan vs. himself: He is 0-3 in the playoffs, and that's all anybody is talking about. How does he respond to that? Ryan has had a great season, but this is his moment to prove all the doubters wrong. Can he? Will he? I think he does.

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Seahawks LT Russell Okung vs. Falcons DE John Abraham: Abraham is playing on a bad ankle that he hurt two weeks ago. But he will play, and he is key to the Atlanta pass rush. Okung has played at a Pro Bowl level, so I would imagine he would spend a lot of time single-blocking Abraham. Keep an eye on Abraham's push-off with the ankle issues.

49ers LT Joe Staley vs. Packers OLB Clay Matthews: In the first meeting, Matthews destroyed Staley. But Staley broke his nose early in that game, and it could have played a role. He has to be better against Matthews this week. He was overpowered at times in that game.

Texans G Ben Jones vs. Patriots DT Vince Wilfork: In the first meeting, Wilfork dominated Jones. He was a big reason the Texans didn't run it that well with Arian Foster. Jones has to be better. Or he will be replaced regularly with Brandon Brooks. Wilfork is also good at chasing down plays from the backside. Cutting him is key for Jones.

Texans S Danieal Manning vs. Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski: Gronkowski missed the first meeting between the teams. But he is back now and will be a tough matchup for the Texans. But having Manning at safety, a former corner, will help. I would expect to see Gronkowski doubled a lot, too.

Broncos LT Ryan Clady vs. Ravens DE Terrell Suggs: Clady did a really nice job on Suggs in the last meeting. He is playing for a new contract and really played well. Suggs missed the early part of the season while coming back from an Achilles tendon injury, but he is improving by the week. He has to get pressure on Peyton Manning.

Broncos CB Champ Bailey vs. Ravens WR Torrey Smith: The veteran Bailey remains one of the best cover players in the league. Smith is the deep speed for the Ravens, and he has to be able to stretch the field. Look for the Ravens to take a few shots against the man coverage of the Broncos.

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