For football fans, the Divisional round of of the NFL playoffs is easily the best weekend in sports, even more so if your own team is still playing. The four games of the Divisional round feature the top four teams in the league, who'll be pitted against the winners of last week's Wild Card weekend. But it's much more than that. Those four games feature
- Seven of the top ten scoring offenses of the 2014 season.
- Six of the top ten quarterbacks of 2014 as measured by passer rating
- 16 of the 26 first-team All Pro players as well as 40 of the 88 Pro Bowlers
- No Eagles, no 49ers, and no Lions
The "sexiest of all the games being played this weekend" is without a doubt the game between the Green Bay Packers and the Dallas Cowboys, as FoxSports explains:
This matchup features the "Unstoppable Force" versus the "Immovable Object." For the first time in NFL playoff history a team that has gone the entire season undefeated on the road (Dallas) is matching up with a team that was perfect at home (Green Bay). Rodgers and Romo may be the two names on the marquee, but Nelson, Cobb, Lacey, Murray and Bryant are talents that play second fiddle to no one. This divisional round matchup features 11 All-Pros and is by far the sexiest of all the games being played this weekend.
In other NFC action, the No. 1 seed Seattle Seahawks will host the Carolina Panthers on Saturday. The Panthers had a 3-8-1 record after Week 13, but have won five games since. The two teams have already met this season, when the Seahawks eked out a 13-9 win in Week 8 in Carolina.
In the AFC, the New England Patriots will host the Baltimore Ravens, while the Denver Broncos will host the Indianapolis Colts in the postseason edition of Peyton Manning vs. Andrew Luck. Two interesting games in their own right, with two sure-fire future Hall of Famers at QB.
If you haven't cleared your calender for the weekend yet, it's high time to do so. And while you're at it, why not clear Monday night as well: After two days of NFL playoff football on Saturday and Sunday you still have the NCAA title game between Ohio State and Oregon on Monday to look forward to.
If ever there was a weekend of can't-miss football, this is it.
(All times ET):
Saturday, Jan. 10
AFC Divisional Game 1: (1) New England Patriots vs. (6) Baltimore Ravens, 4:35 p.m. (NBC)
NFC Divisional Game 1: (1) Seattle Seahawks vs. (4) Carolina Panthers, 8:15 p.m. (FOX)
Sunday, Jan. 11
NFC Divisional Game 2: (2) Green Bay Packers vs. (3) Dallas Cowboys, 1:05 p.m. (FOX)
AFC Divisional Game 2: (2) Denver Broncos vs. (4) Indianapolis Colts, 4:40 p.m. (CBS)
Sunday, Jan 18
NFC Championship Game, 3:05 p.m. (FOX)
AFC Championship Game, 6:40 p.m. (CBS)
Sunday, Feb. 1
Super Bowl XLIX, 6:30 p.m.