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Looking Ahead

Monday, December 27, 2004; Page D10

New Orleans at Carolina. The winner of this matchup between NFC South rivals will advance to the playoffs. Aaron Brooks threw for one score and ran for one as the Saints won their third straight; the Panthers have sizzled since beginning 1-7.

Indianapolis at Denver. Peyton Manning looks to increase his single-season record for touchdown passes against a secondary that has two players headed to the Pro Bowl: cornerback Champ Bailey and safety John Lynch. Denver needs a victory to secure a playoff berth.



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Pittsburgh at Buffalo. A game between two of the hottest teams in the league. The Steelers, who have home field throughout the AFC playoffs, have won 13 in a row and likely will rest or limit playing time for marquee players. That's good news for Buffalo, which is fighting for a wild-card berth and has won six straight.


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