The divisional round of the NFL playoffs is here, and only eight teams remain in the quest for the Vince Lombardi Trophy.
Saturday January 12, 2012
Baltimore Ravens (10-6) at Denver Broncos (13-3) 4:30 pm ET on CBS
The Ravens head to Mile High, to face off against the hottest team in the NFL. The Broncos are riding an 11-game winning streak going into this game. The Ravens are riding on the momentum of the announced retirement of linebacker of Ray Lewis. Joe Flacco, is the second quarterback to win his first five playoff games, since Otto Gram, way back when. Will this be enough to top MVP candidate Peyton Manning, and the second scoring offense in the NFL?
Green Bay Packers (11-5) at San Francisco 49ers (11-4-1) 8 pm ET on ET FOX
For quarterback Aaron Rodgers, and the Packers, this is a chance at redemption, after the team’s 30-22 loss in week one. John Harbaugh decided to go with the hot arm, with quarterback Colin Kapernick. The team went 5-3 with Kapernick. The Packers have won four of their last six, including the playoffs. This can be a little misleading – they played the Minnesota Vikings three times, in those five games.
Sunday January 13, 2012
Seattle Seahawks (11-5) at Atlanta Falcons (13-3) 1:00 pm ET on FOX
This match up should be epic. The aggressive Seahawks will be tasked with containing one of the league’s most productive passers in Matt Ryan. If that is not enough, they still have tight end Tony Gonzalez, and recievers, Roddy White, and Julio Jones to defend. That shouldn’t be too difficult for the Seahawks, they have allowed 245 points all season, the highest in the NFL.
Houston Texans (12-4) at New England Patriots (12-4) 4:00 ET on CBS
The Texans have had all of the hype this season, while the Patriots have cruised under the radar. The Texans will need to get it together, if they hope to win. They have lost three of their last five games, while the Patriots have won nine of their last 10 games. The Patriots destroyed the Texans, 42-14 in their regular season match up.
Steven: Baltimore, Seattle, Green Bay, Houston
Tony: Denver, Seattle, Green Bay, New England
DeMario: Baltimore, Seattle, San Francisco, New England