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By Marc Lawrence, — Short and sweet, NFL Playoffs bettors, here are some factoids worth considering:

• Underdogs are 20-10 in wild-card games since 2017, and 13-17 outright; at least one underdog has won outright in each season.

• Since the 1970 merger, teams that swept two regular-season meetings and then hosted the third in the playoffs are 15-9 straight up and 12-11-1 ATS.

• Quarterbacks making their first career playoff starts are 21-38 ATS since 2003 (past 20 postseasons). Read: C.J. Stroud, Jordan Love, Mason Rudolph, and Tua Tagovailoa.

• The Rams have not lost in regulation since their Week 10 bye and only lost one game all season with a healthy Stafford, Kyren Williams, and Cooper Kupp.

• Will Mike Evans have the most playoff receiving yards? The Eagles allowed the most fantasy points to wide receivers. They faced the most WR targets and receptions and allowed the second-most WR yards and touchdowns.

• The Dolphins are 1-5 ATS against teams with winning records (9-2 ATS against teams with losing records). Miami has also lost 10 straight games (2-8 ATS) where the game-time temperature is 40 degrees or less.

• The Steelers are 1-10 outright without T.J. Watt in his career, allowing 25.8 PPG.

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