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NFL Divisional Playoffs (Saturday): Game Threads

There are two games taking place today for Saturday's NFL Divisional Playoffs. Cleveland Browns fans can use this game thread to discuss the games as they are taking place, and I'm sure the Ravens-Steelers game will be of particular interest. I encourage you to head over to the respective team sites to see some of the articles they have been posting as well.

Baltimore Ravens vs. Pittsburgh Steelers




Game: Baltimore Ravens vs. Pittsburgh Steelers
Date/Time: Saturday, January 15, 2010 at 4:30 p.m. EST
Local Television: WOIO/CBS, Channel 19 (Cleveland)
Announcers: Greg Gumbel & Dan Dierdorf

One team has to win, period. The Ravens are coming off of a dominant victory over the Chiefs last week, but the Steelers are fresh off of their first-round bye. The theme of this game is whether or not Joe Flacco can pick apart the dangerous defense he is up against. I appreciate the talent that Troy Polamalu has, and there is no denying that he is a difference maker. His strip/sack against Flacco in their last meeting proved to be the difference. I'll go with Pittsburgh again. My Pick: Steelers win 17-14.

Green Bay Packers vs. Atlanta Falcons




Game: Green Bay Packers vs. Atlanta Falcons
Date/Time: Saturday, January 15, 2010 at 8:00 p.m. EST
Local Television: WJW/FOX, Channel 8 (Cleveland)
Announcers: Joe Buck & Troy Aikman

Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers seems unstoppable in postseason play. The Packers could be struggling, but then at a whim he will hit a receiver in stride on a bullet for a 70-yard touchdown. Green Bay's running game got going last week, but I think it would be a mistake for them to think they can run well against Atlanta. The Packers' strength is still their passing game, and if they beat Atlanta, they'll have to do it through the air. The Falcons have been outstanding this season and have been flying somewhat under-the-radar. When I look back at all of the games they have played this season, it seems like every game has had a close, postseason feel to it. They are ready to take the next step forward. My Pick: Falcons win 27-21.