Welcome to knockout football.

The playoffs are here, giving us the delight of four games at four different times where every game matters for the same reason; it’s win or bust.

All sorts of storylines run through this weekend’s Wild Card clashes. Stars face stars somewhere in every game, including—maybe even especially— the supposedly low-key opener. New legends will be thrust into the annals of NFL history; old legends might yet be pushed into permanent residence there. There will be dramatic atmospheres inside some of the best venues in American sports for them at ordinary times, let alone times like these. There’s a lot to unpack, and anyone who’s moved house lately will know how much better it is to have multiple people for large-scale unpacking.

Which is exactly what we’ve done. David Howell asked the questions, and was joined in answering them by Alan Cole, James Browning, Sam Brown, and Tyler Arthur.