5. Can the road teams win?
Three of the four Wild Card teams won on the road last weekend. The 49ers are a one-point favorite at Carolina. The Colts have a tough matchup against New England, but the club has beaten other tough teams (Denver, San Francisco, and Seattle). The Chargers already beat the Broncos in Denver earlier in the year. The Saints go to Seattle – by far, the toughest test given to any road team this weekend. Sean Payton actually had the Seahawks’ logo painted onto the Saints’ practice field to simulate the game as well as possible.
The weather won’t be playing as much of a role as it did last weekend, as the temperatures aren’t expected to reach below the mid-40s. In fact, it’ll be 65 degrees warmer than it was in Green Bay for the 49ers when they go to North Carolina to face the Panthers.