With two teams already punching their tickets into next weekend's AFC and NFC Championship round, we now have a little bit more knowledge about the final two weekends of the NFL season.
On Sunday, that knowledge increases a little bit more, with the winner of the Seattle Seahawks and Atlanta Falcons moving on to the NFC Championship side of the 2013 playoff bracket, while the winner of the New England Patriots and Houston Texans will advance to the AFC Championship Game.
As sad as it is for fans of football everywhere, after Sunday we'll only have three more chances to sit on the couch on a Sunday and scream at the referees for being insufficient.
But, if you're craving football that hard, there's always Arena League.
Back to the NFL. We've got you covered for the next two weekends, even if we're not quite sure who'll be matching up in the playoff bracket until after Sunday's slate of games is over. Here's a look at the complete schedule for the final two weekends of the NFL season, and some predictions toward who takes home the coveted Lombardi trophy on Feb. 3.
For a complete and interactive look at the 2013 NFL playoff bracket, check out this link courtesy of CBS Sports.
NFC divisional round (Seattle vs. Atlanta): Sunday, Jan. 13 at 1 p.m. ET on FOX
AFC divisional round (New England vs. Houston): Sunday, Jan. 13 at 4:30 p.m. ET on FOX
NFC Championship Game: Sunday, Jan. 20 at 3 p.m. ET on FOX
AFC Championship Game: Sunday, Jan. 20 at 6:30 p.m. ET on CBS
Super Bowl XLVII: Sunday, Feb. 3 at 6:30 p.m. ET on CBS
In the remaining two divisional games, look for Seattle and Atlanta to be the matchup that really has fans on the edge of their seats. With Marshawn Lynch raring to go against a defense that struggled against the run this season, look for Seattle to grab an early lead behind "The Beast" and his rugged running style.
However, with Atlanta at home and in the desperate situation of missing out on a playoff win the last three tries, this won't be a cake walk for Seattle. Expect a down-to-the-wire thriller, where newly signed Seattle kicker Ryan Longwell could have a decided hand, er foot, in the game.
Elsewhere, I like New England to continue its winning ways over the Texans, much like it did during the December matchup.
I do think the Texans will put on a better showing in the early going, but New England has too much talent and too much playoff experience. Expect this one to be close in the first half, but once QB Tom Brady and the Pats emerge from the locker room to start the second half, there won't be much the Texans can do. New England wins big.
We'll know more about the AFC and NFC championship games following this weekend. Make sure you are marking your calendar for the final three games of the NFL season—you won't want to miss any of the upcoming action.
Ethan Grant is a featured columnist for B/R's Breaking News Team.
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