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Four of the best quarterbacks are in action Sunday as the NFL sorts out its Super Bowl LI contestants — and it’s hard not to favor the home teams.

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Dallas is the top seed in the NFC playoffs. Green Bay is the hottest team in the NFC playoffs. Something has to give. So whom do you trust?

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The NFL saves its best wildcard playoff game for last this weekend: The Giants and Eli Manning against a familiar opponent — red-hot Green Bay, an opponent Manning beat twice before in the playoffs at Lambeau.

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The Detroit-Green Bay game was flexed to Sunday night, and for good reason: It’s the most important contest of the weekend, with the winner going to the playoffs and the loser going home.

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When is a game more than a game? When its Baltimore-Pittsburgh, where the AFC North could … and should … be determined on Christmas Day.

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The red-hot Tampa Bay Bucs are not rookie Dak Prescott’s only concern this weekend. So is the long arm of franchise owner Jerry Jones, who could be tempted to call for Tony Romo if Prescott stumbles a second straight week.

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With a win Sunday, the Dallas Cowboys clinch the NFC East for the second time in three years. But it won’t be easy. Their opponent, the New York Giants, is the only opponent to beat them this season.

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Are the New York Giants for real? Oddsmakers don’t think so. They have them nearly a one touchdown underdog to Pittsburgh in a game both teams need to stay in the playoff race.

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Von Miller calls Sunday’s Denver-Kansas City game “the biggest game of the year,” and he might be right — at least for the two teams involved. It could determine which survives for the playoffs.

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Nobody has been able to stop Ezekiel Elliott or the Dallas Cowboys the past eight games, but maybe, just maybe, the Baltimore Ravens can. Reason: They have the league’s top-ranked run defense.

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Seattle is good. New England is better. But how much better? Ah, that’s why we watch.

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The Raiders are off to their best start since 2002, and Raider Nation insists you better believe in them. Maybe. But we will have a better idea where they seem to be headed after meeting defending Super Bowl champion Denver Sunday.

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So it’s not Manning vs. Brady. It is Wentz vs. Prescott, two of the best young quarterbacks in today’s game, and that’s plenty of reason to watch this battle for first in the NFC East.

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Who’s the best in the NFC West? Arizona? Seattle? Our first read is right around the corner in Arizona on Sunday night.

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The Atlanta Falcons are hot. The Seattle Seahawks are rested. So who has the edge when these two meet Sunday. Thats why we watch.

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