The San Francisco 49ers host the Green Bay Packers in a rematch of this year's season-opener.
NFL Playoffs previews and predictions for the Divisional Round:
Ravens (11-6) at Broncos (13-3)
Saturday, CBS, 4:30 p.m. ET
Peyton Manning makes his return to the playoffs in what could be Ray Lewisâ final NFL game, as arguably the best offensive and defensive players of the last decade go head-to-head one last time. As a member of the Colts, Manning had a 2â0 postseason record against the Ravens â with a 20â3 win following the 2009 season in his last trip to the playoffs and a 15â6 victory after the 2006 season en route to winning his only Super Bowl title. Although he has won both of his matchups with Baltimore, Manning has not necessarily been the reason for victory â throwing for a combined 416 yards, two TDs and three INTs. All three of Manningâs picks against the Ravens have been thrown to center field safety Ed Reed, who has eight INTs in 12 career playoff games, one shy of the all-time record.
Broncos by 9
Texans (12-5) at Patriots (12-4)
Sunday, CBS, 4:30 p.m. ET
Three-time Super Bowl champion Tom Brady is one victory away from the all-time playoff wins record, currently held by Bradyâs boyhood hero Joe Montana (16â7 playoff record; 14â5 with 49ers, 2â2 with Chiefs). This will be the second meeting in the last six weeks between Houston and New England. In Week 14, the Patriots marched to a 42â14 statement victory over the Texans, who carried a then-AFC-best 11â1 record. Including that loss, Houston quarterback Matt Schaub has thrown one TD and four INTs while posting a 2â3 record over the last five weeks. Brady was better than that, but not quite at his best down the stretch, throwing four of his eight total INTs in Weeks 15 and 16. Brady does, however, enter with the confidence of a 10â2 playoff record at home, while Schaub is making his first-ever playoff start on the road.
Patriots by 10
Packers (12-5) at 49ers (11-4-1)
Saturday, FOX, 8 p.m. ET
In the season-opener back in Week 1, the Niners traveled to Lambeau Field to defeat the Packers, 30â22. San Francisco took an early 10â0 lead and carried a 23â7 lead into the fourth quarter before Green Bay rallied to within one score and two-point conversion away from a tie in the fourth quarter. In that game, 49ers quarterback Alex Smith threw two TDs in a near flawless effort. Since then, however, Smith has been replaced with second-year dual-threat Colin Kaepernick, who went 5â2 as a starter, including a 3â0 mark at home. While Kaepernick is making his first playoff start, Packers signal-caller Aaron Rodgers carries a 4â2 postseason record and a championship belt celebration following a victory in Super Bowl XLV.
49ers by 1
Seahawks (12-5) at Falcons (13-3)
Sunday, FOX, 1 p.m. ET
Much has been made of Matt Ryanâs 0â3 record in the playoffs, and rightly so. In three postseason defeats â at New York (24â2), vs. Green Bay (48â21) and at Arizona (30â24), respectively â Ryan has never thrown for even 200 yards in a single game. Meanwhile, he has thrown a combined three TDs and four INTs, while losing two fumbles and taking 10 sacks. In fairness, his losses have come against Eli Manning, Aaron Rodgers and Kurt Warner, three passers who have a combined four Super Bowl wins. This time around, Ryan will square off against rookie Russell Wilson, who is 4â5 on the road, 1â2 in domes and 2â2 in the Eastern Time Zone this season â but does have a playoff win already.
Falcons by 1
Last week: 3-1 // Season: 175-85