Saturday, Jan. 10
Ravens vs. , 4:35 p.m. ET, NBC
Panthers vs. , 8:15 p.m. ET, FOX
Sunday, Jan. 11
Cowboys vs. , 1:05 p.m. ET, FOX
Colts vs. , 4:40 p.m. ET, CBS
Quick Look at the Playoff Games
|Divisional Playoffs ||Preview of What to Expect|
In 2010, the Ravens upset the Patriots in Gillette Stadium 33-14. In 2012, the Patriots got their re-match and defeated the Ravens in the AFC Championship 23-20 after Billy Cundiff missed a short game-tying field goal. In 2013, the two teams squared off in the AFC Championship again, this time with the Ravens winning 28-13 (and then going on to win the Super Bowl).
It has become a regular "thing" for these two teams to face off in the postseason, and one could make the case that Joe Flacco has had the upper hand on Tom Brady. Baltimore is the lone surviving team out of the AFC North -- can they take it to the top-seeded Patriots, or is New England just too good?
The Panthers were 3-8-1 at one point in the season, and one of those losses was a 13-9 loss to the Seahawks. Since then, things have gotten a lot better for the Panthers, as they have won their past five games, including the wildcard win over the Cardinals.
At one point, the defending Super Bowl Champions were 3-3 and reeling. They flipped a switch and finished the season 9-1, including six straight wins, most of which were in convincing fashion. Their defense especially came alive -- during their six-game winning streak, they allowed a total of 39 points, or just 6.5 points per game. Yowsa! Seattle is a much better team than the competition Carolina faced during their winning streak, though. This will by far be the most lopsided-projected game of the weekend.
Both of these teams finished the season at 12-4, so this is by far the highest profile matchup of the divisional playoffs. Dallas is coming off of an exciting win over the Lions at home, but here is the stat to be aware of -- Tony Romo and the Cowboys were a perfect 8-0 on the road this season, a rarity in the NFL.
Aaron Rodgers might be a tad banged up, but this is a case where the bye week may truly pay off in terms of the injury factor. Rodgers' streak of not turning the ball over at home is pretty remarkable, and Green Bay will force the Cowboys to go more of the shootout route than their game against the Lions.
This will be a good one as Peyton Manning goes up against Andrew Luck for the first time in the postseason. The two quarterbacks squared off in Week 1 to begin the season, with the Broncos coming out on top 31-24. The Broncos were up 24-0 at one point before the Colts came storming back, only to simply run out of time.
Luck is coming off of a smooth playoff performance against the Bengals, while Manning and the Broncos' last taste of the postseason was the big letdown against the Seahawks in last year's Super Bowl. With both teams being offensive powerhouses, you never know what's going to happen in a game like this.