2012 NFL Playoffs: Picking the Divisional Round Winners and Losers

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2012 NFL Playoffs: Picking the Divisional Round Winners and Losers
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Tim Tebow (15) will lead his Denver Broncos against the New England Patriots in the NFL Divisional Playoffs.

Welcome, NFL Playoffs fans, to the best weekend of professional American football action of the entire year.

This is the weekend of the NFL Divisional Playoffs, and it does not get any better than this.

The action kicks off Saturday at 4:30PM (FOX) when the New Orleans Saints (14-3) visit the San Francisco 49ers (13-3) for a matchup that will feature Drew Brees and the record-setting Saints offense vs. the 49ers' second-ranked scoring defense.

The Denver Broncos (9-8) will visit the New England Patriots (13-3) at 8:00PM (CBS) in a game featuring America's most popular athlete, Tim Tebow, and the NFL's most accomplished active quarterback, Tom Brady.

Sunday's divisional action begins with the Houston Texans (10-6) visiting the Baltimore Ravens (12-4) at 1:00PM (CBS). Both teams have punishing defenses and bruising rushing attacks that each rank among the NFL's best.

Finally, All-Pro defensive lineman Jason Pierre-Paul and the New York Giants (10-7) bring their imposing pass rush to Lambeau Field, where they will mount their best attack against 2011 Super Bowl MVP Aaron Rodgers and the defending champion Green Bay Packers (15-1) at 4:30PM (FOX).

SPOILER ALERT: Now that the formal introductions are out of the way, read on to find out which teams will advance to next weekend's Conference Championship round and who will be sipping margaritas on a Mexican beach by Wednesday.

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