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    Lance Lynn beat Cincinnati for the third straight time, Jhonny Peralta hit a bases-clearing double and the St. Louis Cardinals topped the Reds 7-3 to complete a three-game sweep.
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    San Francisco became the first team since 1986 to win a protest filed with Major League Baseball and will now get to resume a rain-shortened game the Chicago Cubs thought they had won.
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Today’s games

Seattle at Atlanta

Time: 1 p.m. (Fox)

Records: Seahawks (12-5), Falcons (13-3)

The skinny: The Seahawks showed their resiliency last week when they overcame a 14-0 deficit against the Redskins and did something they didn’t do with regularity during the regular season – win on the road. Now they have to travel back to the East Coast for a game that will feel like a 10 a.m. start to their West Coast bodies, and that’s never easy. The Falcons were sporadic late in the season, going 3-2 in their final five games. And sometimes teams with a bye have a problem regaining their form after a week off, especially early. They will need to finish strong against the Seahawks, or else.

Prediction: Falcons, 28-24

Houston at New England

Time: 4:30 p.m. (CBS)

Records: Texans (13-4), Patriots (12-4)

The skinny: Nobody is giving the Texans much of a chance, not after they were overwhelmed and dismantled in New England during the regular season. And the reason is simple: They are not built to play from behind and keep up with a team like the Patriots. Arian Foster, the first player in league history to rush for over 100 yards in his first three playoff games, was a nonfactor in the first meeting. But it is more important for quarterback Matt Schaub to be a factor in this game. A big factor.

Prediction: Patriots, 31-19

– Gerry Dulac, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Record: 4-0 last week; 164-96 season (Record does not include Thursday games or Saturday’s games)

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