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Sunday’s NFL division round game previews

AFC: Jaguars at Steelers, 1, CBS

Line/OU: Steelers by 7; 41½

Pittsburgh will be out for vengeance after being routed by Jacksonville during the regular season. Steelers star receiver Antonio Brown is expected to play after missing two games with a left calf contusion.

NFC: Saints at Vikings, 4:40, Fox

Line/OU: Vikings by 5½; 46½

Minnesota’s bid to become the first team to play a Super Bowl in its home stadium begins here. New Orleans’ running game was bottled up by the Panthers in last week’s wild-card victory; now it faces the No. 2 run defense in the NFL, and the No. 1 overall defense. Led by All-Pro safety Harrison Smith and a fleet linebacking corps, Minnesota also allowed just 499 receiving yards to running backs, second best in the league. The Vikings have lost once since Oct. 1 and have allowed 10 or fewer points in five of their past seven games. What the Saints do have is experience: QB Drew Brees will be starting his 13th postseason game, Vikings counterpart Case Keenum his first. Brees is easily the most accomplished quarterback among the NFC playoff teams and has been known to win games single-handedly — last week, for instance.

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