(Teams in italics are projected winners from Wild Card round))
Green Bay Packers (11-5) at San Francisco 49ers (11-4-1)
Football fans everywhere should be hoping for this matchup, because it would be a treat.
The Packers' loss to the Minnesota Vikings in Week 17, coupled with a 49ers win over the Arizona Cardinals, handed San Francisco the NFC's second seed and a first round bye, giving the team an extra week to prepare for this rematch of a Week 1 thriller.
That game was won by the 49ers due in large part to a stellar effort from their formidable defense but, at some point, a team is going to go on the road in the Divisional Round and win a game.
The best bet to do that this season would appear to be the Packers, who have an offense capable of scoring on anyone and a defense that will likely throw packages at 49ers' quarterback Colin Kaepernick that the youngster has never seen on a football field.
Projected Winner: Green Bay Packers
Seattle Seahawks (11-5) at Atlanta Falcons (13-3)
Even after losing to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 17, the Atlanta Falcons enter the 2013 playoffs as the top-seed in the NFC, yet many fans of the team are probably just a little terrified.
They have reason, as the team was in the same situation in 2010 and got absolutely drilled 48-21 in their first playoff game by the Green Bay Packers.
Unfortunately for the Falcons, the matchup gods have not been at all kind this season, assuming that the Seahawks survive the Wild Card round.
If there's one team in the NFLthat can match up with Atlanta's talented wide receiver duo of Julio Jones and Roddy White, it's the Seahawks, who possess a pair of big, physical cornerbacks in Richard Sherman and Brandon Browner along with Pro Bowl safety Earl Thomas.
Projected Winner: Seattle Seahawks