Divisional Playoffs Preview



And then there were eight.

On Saturday, January 12, the Denver Broncos (13-3), the AFC’s No. 1 seed, will host the AFC North champion Baltimore Ravens (11-6) to kick off the weekend (CBS, 4:30 PM ET). That night in primetime (FOX, 8:00 PM ET), the Green Bay Packers (12-5), who won the NFC North, will travel to face the NFC West champion San Francisco 49ers (11-4-1).

On Sunday, January 13, the NFC’s top seed, the Atlanta Falcons (13-3), will welcome the Seattle Seahawks (12-5) to the Georgia Dome (FOX, 1:00 PM ET) and the AFC East champion New England Patriots (12-4) will host the AFC South champion Houston Texans (13-4) at Gillette Stadium (CBS, 4:30 PM ET).

“This is what playoff football is all about,” says Packers head coach MIKE MC CARTHY. “It’s exciting and it’s fun. Players and coaches live for these types of games.

Three of the four Divisional games are rematches of regular-season meetings: The 49ers opened the season with a 30-22 win over Green Bay in Week 1, the Patriots beat the Texans 42-14 in Week 14 and the Broncos defeated the Ravens 34-17 in Week 15.

A look at this weekend’s Divisional Playoffs

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