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Colts, Chargers advance in AFC

In the AFC, wild-card weekend went just as we envisioned, with the Indianapolis Colts falling behind 38-10 and beating the Chiefs anyway, and the San Diego Chargers effectively dominating the Cincinnati Bengals in Ohio. But hey, that's what's so exciting about the NFL. Now the victors move on to the divisional round, in which Andrew Luck's comeback Colts will visit the New England Patriots, while Philip Rivers' surprising Chargers get a chance to beat the top-seeded Broncos in Denver for the second time in five weeks. How will it all go down?

  • What was more true about the Colts' 45-44 comeback win over the Chiefs?

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  • Which was more true about the Chargers' 27-10 win at Cincinnati on Sunday?

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  • Which team will win this divisional playoff game in New England?

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  • Which quarterback would you rather have to start a must-win game?

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  • Which quarterback would you rather have over the next five years?

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  • How much momentum will the Colts take into New England from their 45-44 comeback win over the Chiefs?

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  • How much will former Patriots WR Deion Branch help the Colts in their wild-card game at New England?

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  • Which team will win this divisional playoff game in Denver?

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  • What effect will San Diego's Dec. 12 win at Denver have on the Chargers-Broncos divisional playoff game?

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  • If you were a Chiefs fan, how would you feel about the 2013 season?

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  • Will the Chiefs ever win a Super Bowl under Andy Reid?

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  • Which team will win the AFC?

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Peyton Manning has the records. Tom Brady has the rings. Drew Brees and Aaron Rodgers? They have some impressive credentials, too. Who is the best among the NFL playoff teams' 12 starting quarterbacks? Click on the images below to set your rankings!

Rank 'Em: Playoff teams | Playoff offenses | Playoff defenses

NFL playoff QBs

Tom Brady

Tom Brady

Patriots

Drew Brees

Drew Brees

Saints

Andy Dalton

Andy Dalton

Bengals

Nick Foles

Nick Foles

Eagles

Colin Kaepernick

Colin Kaepernick

49ers

Andrew Luck

Andrew Luck

Colts

Peyton Manning

Peyton Manning

Broncos

Cam Newton

Cam Newton

Panthers

Philip Rivers

Philip Rivers

Chargers

Aaron Rodgers

Aaron Rodgers

Packers

Alex Smith

Alex Smith

Chiefs

Russell Wilson

Russell Wilson

Seahawks

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Bengals contenders? Colts doomed?

The Cincinnati Bengals and Indianapolis Colts entered Sunday with the same record. In the game, though, they looked worlds apart. The Bengals won 42-28 over Indy -- and it wasn't even that close; a late Colts TD pulled them to within two scores. What does this game say about these teams, both now and for their playoff future?

What do you make of the Bengals' 42-28 win over the Colts?

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  • Are the Bengals legitimate Super Bowl contenders?

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  • Are the Colts legitimate Super Bowl contenders?

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  • Will the Bengals win a playoff game this season?

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  • Which is the biggest reason behind the Colts' recent struggles?

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  • Is Andrew Luck a top-five QB right now?

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  • Will the Bengals ever reach a Super Bowl with Andy Dalton as their quarterback?

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AP Photo/Wade Payne

What to make of the Colts?

After Thursday night's 30-27 win at the Tennessee Titans, the Indianapolis Colts are 7-3 and cruising in the AFC South. But things aren't perfect in Indy; the Colts are just four days removed from a 30-point home loss to the St. Louis Rams, after all, and on Thursday they needed yet another comeback after falling behind 14-0. Should fans be worried about those shaky spells?

How worried should Colts fans be about their team's recent play (multiple slow starts; 30-point loss to Rams)?

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  • How many games will the Colts (7-3) win this season?

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  • How far will the Colts go this season?

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  • Is Andrew Luck a top-five QB right now?

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  • What chance do the Titans (4-6) have of making the playoffs?

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