Dustin Baker’s 2021 NFL Playoff Predictions

Dustin Baker's 2021 NFL Playoff Predictions
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With six games this weekend, the NFL playoffs begin, highlighted by Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers quest for a Super Bowl repeat.

No team has repeated for Lombardi trophies since 2003 and 2004 when – you guessed it – Tom Brady’s team did it in New England.

Dec 13, 2020; Tampa, Florida, USA; Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins (8) and Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) greet after the game at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Tampa Bay will get damn close, falling short to a familiar foe. Here’s how it will shake out.


Wildcard Round

(2) Kansas City Chiefs over (7) Pittsburgh Steelers

(6) New England Patriots over (3) Buffalo Bills

(4) Cincinnati Bengals over (5) Las Vegas Raiders

Divisional Round

(6) New England Patriots over (1) Tennessee Titans

(2) Kansas City Chiefs over (4) Cincinnati Bengals

AFC Championship

(2) Kansas City Chiefs over (6) New England Patriots


Wildcard Round

(2) Tampa Bay Buccaneers over (7) Philadelphia Eagles

(6) San Francisco 49ers over (3) Dallas Cowboys

(4) Los Angeles Rams over (5) Arizona Cardinals

Divisional Round

(6) San Francisco 49ers over (1) Green Bay Packers

(2) Tampa Bay Buccaneers over (4) Los Angles Rams

NFC Championship

(2) Tampa Bay Buccaneers over (6) San Francisco 49ers

Super Bowl (rematch)

Kansas City Chiefs over Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 34-30

Dustin Baker is a political scientist who graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2007. He hosts a podcast with Bryant McKinnie, which airs every Wednesday with Raun Sawh and Sally from Minneapolis. His Viking fandom dates back to 1996. Listed guilty pleasures: Peanut Butter Ice Cream, ‘The Sopranos,’ and The Doors (the band).