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Before we offer USA TODAY Sports' expert picks for the 2013 NFL playoffs, a hearty congratulations to Pete O'Brien for his second regular-season prognostication title.

As for wild-card weekend, Saturday's Saints-Eagles game seems to be the most compelling matchup based on our staff's split opinions, though everyone foresees the Bengals winning their first postseason game in 23 years.

A few bonuses as we ring in the new year — our latest Super Bowl predictions and 2013 individual award winners.

Also, joining our panel for the playoffs is Dennis Saulsberry of Kankakee, Ill., the USA TODAY Sports "Pick the Playoffs" winner. Saulsberry is a fan of the Chicago Bears, Bulls and White Sox. His secret to success is "using the analytics of the sport," and he hopes his picks are accurate for the readers. Dennis is setting himself apart in the wild-card round by being the only prognosticator to pick all four home teams, the Colts, Eagles, Bengals and Packers.

Jarrett
Bell
Jim
Corbett
Nate
Davis
Lindsay
H. Jones
Pete
O'Brien
Tom
Pelissero
Simon
Samano
2013
regular
season
164-91-1
(.643)
158-97-1
(.619)
169-86-1
(.662)
155-100-1
(.607)
172-83-1
(.674)
160-95-1
(.627)
168-87-1
(.658)
Last
week
12-411-514-214-213-314-212-4
Chiefs at ColtsColtsColtsChiefsColtsColtsColtsChiefs
Score27-2024-2023-1727-2431-2031-2024-20
Chief to watchJustin
Houston
Jamaal
Charles
Dontari
Poe
Jamaal
Charles
Alex
Smith
Dontari
Poe
Dontari
Poe
Colt to watchT.Y.
Hilton
T.Y.
Hilton
Donald
Brown
Donald
Brown
Donald
Brown
T.Y.
Hilton
Donald
Brown
Saints at EaglesSaintsEaglesEaglesSaintsEaglesSaintsEagles
Score31-3030-2730-2735-3128-2434-2733-27
Saint to watchJimmy
Graham
Jimmy
Graham
Terron
Armstead
Jimmy
Graham
Terron
Armstead
Cameron
Jordan
Cameron
Jordan
Eagle to watchJason
Peters
LeSean
McCoy
Riley
Cooper
Riley
Cooper
Brandon
Boykin
LeSean
McCoy
Zach
Ertz
Chargers at BengalsBengalsBengalsBengalsBengalsBengalsBengalsBengals
Score29-1720-1737-2428-2127-1324-2034-17
Charger to watchAntonio
Gates
Keenan
Allen
Antonio
Gates
Keenan
Allen
Eric
Weddle
Keenan
Allen
Danny
Woodhead
Bengal to watchVontaze
Burfict
Andy
Dalton
Andy
Dalton
Vontaze
Burfict
A.J.
Green
Carlos
Dunlap
Andy
Dalton
49ers at Packers49ers49ers49ers49ers49ersPackers49ers
Score31-2728-2420-1427-2424-2124-2127-23
49er to watchNaVorro
Bowman
Vernon
Davis
Aldon
Smith
Frank
Gore
Colin
Kaepernick
Aldon
Smith
NaVorro
Bowman
Packer to watchRandall
Cobb
Eddie
Lacy
Randall
Cobb
Jordy
Nelson
Eddie
Lacy
Randall
Cobb
Randall
Cobb
Award
winners
Jarrett
Bell
Jim
Corbett
Nate
Davis
Lindsay
H. Jones
Pete
O'Brien
Tom
Pelissero
Simon
Samano
MVPPeyton
Manning
Peyton
Manning
Peyton
Manning
Peyton
Manning
Peyton
Manning
Peyton
Manning
Peyton
Manning
Offensive player of the yearLeSean
McCoy
Peyton
Manning
Peyton
Manning
Jamaal
Charles
Josh
Gordon
Drew
Brees
Peyton
Manning
Defensive player of the yearRichard
Sherman
Luke
Kuechly
Richard
Sherman
Earl
Thomas
Richard
Sherman
Robert
Mathis
Luke
Kuechly
Offensive rookie of the yearEddie
Lacy
Eddie
Lacy
Eddie
Lacy
Keenan
Allen
Eddie
Lacy
Eddie
Lacy
Eddie
Lacy
Defensive rookie of the yearSheldon
Richardson
Sheldon
Richardson
Kiko
Alonso
Sheldon
Richardson
Kenny
Vaccaro
Kiko
Alonso
Eric
Reid
Comeback player of the yearJason
Peters
Darrelle
Revis
Jason
Peters
Philip
Rivers
Knowshon
Moreno
Ryan
Mathews
Philip
Rivers
Coach of the yearRon
Rivera
Ron
Rivera
Andy
Reid
Andy
Reid
Bruce
Arians
Bruce
Arians
Andy
Reid
Pre-playoff Super Bowl picksJarrett
Bell
Jim
Corbett
Nate
Davis
Lindsay
H. Jones
Pete
O'Brien
Tom
Pelissero
Simon
Samano
AFC
champion
Broncos
BroncosBroncosBroncosBroncosBroncosBengals
NFC
champion
49ers
SeahawksSeahawks
SeahawksSeahawksSeahawks49ers
Super Bowl
XLVIII
champion
Broncos
BroncosSeahawksBroncosBroncosSeahawks49ers
Midseason
Super Bowl
picks
Jarrett
Bell
Jim
Corbett
Nate
Davis
Lindsay
H. Jones
Pete
O'Brien
Tom
Pelissero
Simon
Samano
AFC
champion
Broncos
BroncosBroncosBroncosBroncosBroncosBengals
NFC
champion
49ers
SeahawksSeahawks
Seahawks49ersSeahawks49ers
Super Bowl
XLVIII
champion
Broncos
BroncosSeahawksBroncosBroncosSeahawks49ers
Preseason Super Bowl picksJarrett
Bell
Jim Corbett
Nate
Davis
Lindsay
H. Jones
Pete
O'Brien
Tom
Pelissero
Simon Samano
AFC
champion
Broncos
BroncosBroncosBroncosBroncosBroncosBengals
NFC
champion
49ers
Falcons
Seahawks
Seahawks49ersSeahawks49ers
Super Bowl
XLVIII
champion
Broncos
FalconsSeahawksBroncos49ers
Seahawks49ers
Record
book
Jarrett Bell
Jim Corbett
Nate
Davis
Lindsay
H. Jones
Pete
O'Brien
Tom
Pelissero
Simon Samano
2013
regular
season
164-91-1
(.643)
158-97-1
(.619)
169-86-1
(.662)
155-100-1
(.607)
172-83-1
(.674)
160-95-1
(.627)
168-87-1
(.658)
2012
regular
season
168-87-1
(.658)
166-89-1
(.650)
174-81-1
(.682)
64-32
(.667)
168-87-1
(.658)
175-80-1
(.686)
2011
regular
season
169-87
(.660)
170-86
(.664)
171-85
(.668)

--
169-87
(.660)
----
2010
regular
season
156-100
(.609)
160-96
(.625)
168-88
(.656)
--162-94
(.633)
----
2009
regular
season
169-87
(.660)
163-93
(.637)
173-83
(.676)
--176-80
(.688)
----
2008
regular
season
161-94-1
(.631)
161-94-1
(.631)
170-85-1
(.666)
--------
2007
regular
season
163-93
(.637)
--174-82
(.680)
--------
2006
regular
season
143-113
(.559)
--158-98
(.617)
--------
2005
regular
season
156-100
(.609)
--172-84
(.672)
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Note: Picks are made straight up, not against the spread.
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