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Compiled by Gene Menez, David Sabino and Jason Steinthal
December 11, 2006
You've worked too hard to blow it now. Time to hunker down and study key matchups, game-by-game and player-by-player, for three make-or-break weeks
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December 11, 2006

Playoff Preview

You've worked too hard to blow it now. Time to hunker down and study key matchups, game-by-game and player-by-player, for three make-or-break weeks

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Week 15

GOING DEEP: THREE TO TAKE A FLIER ON

1. DAVID KIRCUS
WR
Broncos AT Cardinals

He has played on the second team with Jay Cutler for most of the season, and that familiarity--along with a soft Arizona pass rush--could result in some big plays.

2. BRANDON JONES
WR
Titans VS Jaguars

The replacement for the injured David Givens is becoming Vince Young's go-to guy in the clutch. He'll get open with safety Donovin Darius out for the year.

3. BRANDON STOKLEY
WR
Colts VS Bengals

One of the NFL's top slot receivers has missed most of the year with a sprained knee. Peyton Manning will get him involved and primed for the playoffs.

BY THE NUMBERS

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TD catches for the Chargers' Antonio Gates in five career games versus the Chiefs, against whom he's had 33 catches for 401 yards.

4
Rushing TDs for the Cowboys' Marion Barber in the last three weeks. Barber's Week 15 foes, the Falcons, have allowed 12 TDs on the ground, tied for eighth-worst in the NFL.

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