NFL Playoff Schedule 2013: Complete Coverage Guide for Divisional Round
The divisional round of the NFL playoffs will provide football fans with some amazing matchups between some of the game's biggest stars and former Super Bowl champions.
For fans who were disappointed by the Wild Card Round this past weekend, the excitement level in the playoffs should be taken to another level this week with the top two teams in each conference playing their first playoff games of the season.
One of the most interesting matchups is the Seattle Seahawks traveling on the road to play the No. 1 NFC seed Atlanta Falcons.
The Falcons are coming into the playoffs with arguably more pressure than any team in either conference. Two consecutive playoff failures, combined with a fantastic 13-3 record this year, have raised expectations as high as they can go for the Falcons.
The AFC matchups also include plenty of fascinating storylines. The Baltimore Ravens defeated the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday in star linebacker Ray Lewis' last career home game and will now go to Denver to take on Peyton Manning and the Broncos.
Which team has the toughest road game?
Lewis and the Ravens defense will try to become the first team since the New England Patriots back in Week 5 to defeat the Broncos.
The first NFC game on Saturday is a rematch from Week 1, when the San Francisco 49ers defeated the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field.
The Packers are playing some of their best football of the year right now and proved in their Super Bowl run two years ago that they can win on the road in the playoffs. Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers versus the talented and physical 49ers defense will be a great matchup to watch.
The final game of the weekend is the Houston Texans versus the Patriots in a rematch of the Week 14 showdown that New England won 42-14. Now that star tight end Rob Gronkowski is healthy again (he missed the Week 14 game due to injury), the Patriots offense is even more dangerous than it was the last time these teams played.
Unless the Texans play much better than they did against the Cincinnati Bengals on Saturday, they will lose in New England for the second time this year.
Here's the complete schedule for the divisional round games on Saturday and Sunday.
|Matchup||TV Info||When||Time (ET)||Where|
|Seattle Seahawks at Atlanta Falcons||FOX||Sunday, January 13||1:00 p.m.||Georgia Dome|
|Green Bay Packers at San Francisco 49ers||FOX||Saturday, January 12||8:00 p.m.||Candlestick Park|
|Houston Texans at New England Patriots||CBS||Sunday, January 13||4:30 p.m.||Gillette Stadium|
|Baltimore Ravens at Denver Broncos||CBS||Saturday, January 12||4:30 p.m.||Sports Authority Field at Mile High|
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