NFL Playoff Bracket: How Saturday's Wild-Card Games Shook Up the Postseason

Alex BallentineFeatured ColumnistJanuary 5, 2013

GREEN BAY, WI - JANUARY 05:  Quarterback Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers celebrates after fullback John Kuhn #30 scores on a three-yard touchdown run in the second quarter against the Minnesota Vikings during the NFC Wild Card Playoff game at Lambeau Field on January 5, 2013 in Green Bay, Wisconsin.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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The Green Bay Packers and Houston Texans both took care of business at home on the opening day of the NFL playoffs and punched their tickets to the second round.

With a Wild Card matchup in the books for each conference, both brackets have a little more clarity heading into Sunday's action. We already know two matchups for sure, and the Falcons and Broncos know that they will take on the winners of Sunday's games.

A full playoff bracket can be found on, but here's how the remaining matchups currently stand.


AFC Wild Card

Indianapolis Colts at Baltimore Ravens


NFC Wild Card

Seattle Seahawks at Washington Redskins


AFC Divisional Round

Houston Texans at New England Patriots

Winner of Indianapolis Colts/Baltimore Ravens at Denver Broncos


NFC Divisional Round

Green Bay Packers at San Francisco 49ers

Winner of Seattle Seahawks/Washington Redskins at Atlanta Falcons


Divisional Predictions

Houston at New England

After grinding out a 19-13 win against the Cincinnati Bengals, the Texans will have revenge on their mind against the Patriots.

In Week 14, the Texans were blown out by Tom Brady and the Patriots, 42-14.

Getting off to a quick start will be key, as Houston isn't designed to come from behind. The Patriots have had a week off to rest and prepare for a Super Bowl run, so pulling off the upset will prove difficult.

New England 24, Houston 14


Green Bay at San Francisco

The Packers proved that they are ready to make a run at the Super Bowl once again after last season's playoff failures. With a commendable effort from both sides of the ball, the Packers beat the Vikings, 24-10.

They won't see a back like Adrian Peterson during the rest of the playoffs—there isn't anyone else like him on the planet—but they will be tested by the Niners.

These two teams met all the way back in Week 1 and San Francisco came out on top, 30-22.

These teams have changed a lot since then, and the Packers are playing at a really high level. This will be a close game and could be the best matchup of the round.

That being said, the Niners have the defense to give Aaron Rodgers fits.

San Francisco 28, Green Bay 24

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