Matt Ryan and his Atlanta Falcons shared the NFL’s best record, earned the top seed for the NFC playoffs and didn’t lose at home until Week 17.

Apparently Gremlin is the only member of our panel impressed by those facts. The Miller Park Zoo sea lion is alone in picking Atlanta to beat the Seahawks and advance to the NFC title game.

Our rookie prognosticator went 2-2 in her playoff debut last week and stands at 134-125. Jim Benson also split his games and stands at 155-104.

But the race for the top spot is as tight as possible. Joe Deacon’s perfect week moved him into a share of the lead with Randy Kindred, while 4-0 showings from Randy Reinhardt and Randy Sharer have each of them just one game back.

Only Sharer can gain or lose ground among that pack this week; his pick of San Francisco is the lone differing choice. Benson also likes the 49ers to stop Green Bay, while AFC hosts Denver and New England were unanimous selections.

Pantagraph sports staff NFL divisional playoff picks

Game Randy Kindred Jim Benson Randy Reinhart Randy Sharer Joe Deacon Gremlin
Balt at Den Den Den Den Den Den Den
GB at SF GB SF GB SF GB GB
Sea at Atl Sea Sea Sea Sea Sea Atl
Hou at NE NE NE NE NE NE NE
Last week 3-1 2-2 4-0 4-0 4-0 2-2
Overall 171-88 155-104 170-89 170-89 171-88 134-125

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DirtyDawg
DirtyDawg

SF beat the pack at GB. SF ha lost only one home game and GB has four road losses. I don't look for the trend to break.

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