The NFL Playoffs continue this weekend with the Divisional Round. Here is a quick preview and schedule for this weekend's games.
The NFL Playoffs continue this weekend with the divisional round. The winners of each game will play in their respective conference championships.
In the AFC, Tim Tebow's Denver Broncos look to continue their magical ride against the New England Patriots. The game is on Saturday at 5:00 p.m. PT and will be televised on CBS. All eyes will be on Tebow who led his team to an overtime victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers last weekend. The Patriots beat the Broncos 41-23 in a week 15 regular season matchup; the game snapped the Broncos' then six-game winning streak. While the Patriots may not have as staunch of a defense as the Steelers, Tebow's effectiveness could be reduced as this game is being played in Foxborough.
The other AFC matchup features the Houstan Texans and the Baltimore Ravens. Sunday's game will be televised on CBS at 10:00 a.m. PT. Defense will be the name of the game in this divisional matchup; the Texans and Ravens ranked No. 2 and No. 3 in total defense in the regular season. The Ravens have yet to lose a game at M&T Bank Stadium this year and enters this game as 7.5 point favorites. These two teams last met in week six of the regular season; the Ravens came away with a 29-14 victory.
Over in the NFC, the New Orleans Saints face the San Francisco 49ers. Saturday's game is set for a 1:30 p.m. PT kickoff and will be televised on FOX. San Francisco will need a solid game from its defensive line - the Saints' offensive line helped Drew Brees pass for 5,476 yards and 46 touchdowns in the regular season. If the 49ers are not able to put pressure on Brees it could be a long day for San Francisco's secondary. The Saints will be looking to win its first-ever road playoff game, they are 0-4 after losing to the Seahawks in last year's playoffs.
The Green Bay Packers' journey to repeating as Super Bowl champs begins this Sunday against the New York Giants. The game will be televised on FOX on Sunday at 1:30 p.m. PT. Aaron Rodgers' four touchdowns helped the Packers pull out a 38-35 victory over the Giants in the regular season. New York was ranked 28th in total defense in the regular season, but could be improving after shutting the Atlanta Falcons' offense out last weekend.
For in-depth analysis and information leading into this weekend's games check out the following SB Nation NFL blogs: Acme Packing Company (Green Bay Packers), Big Blue View (New York Giants), Canal Street Chronicles (New Orleans Saints), Niners Nation (San Francisco 49ers), Baltimore Beatdown (Baltimore Ravens), Battle Red Blog (Houston Texans), Pats Pulpit (New England Patriots) and Mile High Report (Denver Broncos)