This year's NFL playoff picture appeared predictable heading into the final week, but we still ended up with several surprises.

The New England Patriots lost by three points to the Miami Dolphins and ended up with the No. 3 seed instead of the No. 2 and a bye. The Seattle Seahawks came within an inch of winning the NFC West when two San Francisco 49ers defenders stopped Seahawks tight end Jacob Hollister at the goal line. The Philadelphia Eagles and Tennessee Titans completed improbable playoff runs after early-season struggles.

Next week's first round features plenty of interesting highlights. Let's look at eight big questions heading into those four games:

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