The Wildcard weekend is over. Now we move onto the biggest weekend of NFL football all year -- the Divisional round. There are some big match-ups and intriguing storylines happening this weekend.
First up the the Ravens head to Foxboro where they have had more success in the playoffs than any other team. The Ravens looked pretty bad late in the season but they got in and once they get in, they can never be counted out. Joe Flacco plays next level in the playoffs for some reason.
The Panthers head to Seattle... hahaha...ehem. Sorry, but that's gonna be a bloodbath. The Panthers shouldn't even be here. They came in at 7-9, beat a Cardinals team down to their third string QB, Ryan Lindley -- with the worst starting quarterback in the NFL. And the Seahawks are playing like a repeat champion.
The Packers and Cowboys is a match-up that is like the NFL intended on it happening (hmm). It's in Green Bay where the Packers are undefeated, featuring the Cowboys who are undefeated on the road. It's almost like they picked up a flag to make sure these two met. Funny how things just have a way of working out sometimes (cough-tuck-rule-cough-cough).
Peyton Manning will face his former team and the man who replaced him in Indianapolis, Andrew Luck. If Luck can win, the transition will be complete.
Here is the entire schedule (all times are Pacific)
Saturday, Jan. 10
AFC Divisional Game 1: (1) New England Patriots vs. (6) Baltimore Ravens, 1:35 p.m. (NBC)
NFC Divisional Game 1: (1) Seattle Seahawks vs. (4) Carolina Panthers, 5:15 p.m. (FOX)
Sunday, Jan. 11
NFC Divisional Game 2: (2) Green Bay Packers vs. (3) Dallas Cowboys, 10:05 p.m. (FOX)
Sunday, Jan 18
NFC Championship Game, 12:05 p.m. (FOX)
AFC Championship Game, 3:40 p.m. (CBS)
Sunday, Feb. 1
Super Bowl XLIX, 3:30 p.m.