This weekend is Week 19 of the NFL season, which is also known as the divisional round of the playoffs. A recap for those who have been living under a rock for the past week:
The Broncos travel to New England: Tim Tebow defied critics last week when he led the Broncos to a 29-23 win over the Steelers at home. Tebow averaged an astonishing 31.6 yards per completion, shutting down critics, at least for now, who say that Tebow has no passing game.
The Texans visit the Ravens on Sunday: The Texan-Bengal matchup of Week 18 at first seemed like it was going to be a close battle, and the first time two rookie quarterbacks faced off in a playoff matchup. This was not the case, as Arian Foster ran away with the win, rushing for 153 yards and two TDs. The final score? 31-10.
The Giants take on the 15-1 Packers: I don't think anyone could have predicted the final score of the Falcons-Giants matchup of Week 18. The offense fell flat, especially Michael Turner who was held to a dismal 2.7 average yards per carry. The only points the Falcons put on the board were the safety on Eli Manning. And the Giants offense even put up 24 points with a quiet day from Cruuuuuuuuuuuuuuuz.
The Saints visit the 49ers: This is the first matchup of the weekend, and it will all come down to the 49er defense. If the 49er defense cannot step up and stop Brees, then they will be pretty much handing the win to the Saints. Alex Smith may have finally come into his own as a starting QB, but he cannot compare to the greatness of Drew Brees.
With that said, here are the key factors to watch that will make or break a team in Week 19.