The divisional round usually brings us the best football of the year. The wild card round is fun, but there is usually a team or two that doesn't really belong. That is why 3 of the 4 games were duds last weekend. This weekend will be different.
Saturday brings us the Ravens at the Patriots. I hate both of these teams, but I always hate Baltimore more than whoever they are playing. While it hurts to cheer for Bill Belichick and Tom Brady, that is what will happen this weekend. I don't really care much about the 2nd game between the Panthers and Seahawks.
Sunday will be the better day. That Cowboys and Packers game should be really fun to watch. Both of those teams can score in bunches. The biggest question there is the health of Aaron Rodgers. He is going to play, but how much will his injured calf limit him from doing the things he normally does?
The second game features Peyton Manning against his old team. Andrew Luck against the Hall of Famer that his team gave up to draft. The story lines just write themselves there. This is going to be really weird for me to say, but I think I will be cheering for the Broncos here. My hate for Peyton has dwindled since the Titans don't see him twice a year anymore. That hate has now been directed at Andrew Luck. I still hate Peyton, but that hatred doesn't burn like it once did.
Here is your complete NFL playoff schedule. (All times CT):
Saturday, Jan. 10
AFC Divisional Game 1: (1) New England Patriots vs. (6) Baltimore Ravens, 3:35 p.m. (NBC)
NFC Divisional Game 1: (1) Seattle Seahawks vs. (4) Carolina Panthers, 7:15 p.m. (FOX)
Sunday, Jan. 11
NFC Divisional Game 2: (2) Green Bay Packers vs. (3) Dallas Cowboys, 12:05 p.m. (FOX)
AFC Divisional Game 2: (2) Denver Broncos vs. (4) Indianapolis Colts, 3:40 p.m. (CBS)
Sunday, Jan 18
NFC Championship Game, 2:05 p.m. (FOX)
AFC Championship Game, 5:40 p.m. (CBS)
Sunday, Feb. 1
Super Bowl XLIX, 5:30 p.m.