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NFL Updates: Weekend Outlook, Full Playoffs Schedule and More
January 6, 2014
After a busy and exciting Wild Card weekend in the NFL, it’s time to start looking forward to the upcoming Divisional Round of the playoffs. We’ve got another five days to analyze the matchups and get ready for kickoff, so in the meantime let’s take a look at some of the noteworthy happenings around the league. Here’s the latest.
AFC Weekend Outlook: Now that Monday is here, we can start talking about the upcoming games this weekend. We’ll start with the AFC side of things, and frankly the two teams that emerged from this weekend probably weren’t the two that most people thought would.
On Saturday night, the Colts will start things off for the AFC against the Patriots in Foxboro. New England has owned these meetings over the past few years, but the Colts come in with a full head of steam after a shocking victory over the Chiefs this past Saturday.
This should be another high-scoring affair, as the Patriots are pretty proficient in both the running and passing games, but their defense has left something to be desired most times this season. New England certainly has something to prove this time, as they’ve continued to be very strong in the regular season but have faltered in the playoffs.
The forecast is calling for temperatures in the low 40s and a strong possibility of rain, so we could se a very slippery field.
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On Sunday, it’s the Chargers and Broncos closing things out. San Diego actually won their last meeting, and after dismantling the Bengals this weekend, they’ll be feeling confident. Again, this should be a high-scoring game, as we’re looking at two top-level offenses whose defenses haven’t quite been able to keep up with the pace at times.
Still, Peyton Manning and the Broncos are perennial favorites to win the whole thing this year, so the Chargers will have an uphill battle ahead of them if they want to shock the world and advance.
NFC Weekend Outlook: Starting things off on Saturday will be the Saints and Seahawks. New Orleans gets the unenviable task of heading to Seattle to see if they can buck their trend of futility on the road. When these teams met earlier this season, the Seahawks destroyed the Saints 34-7, so Drew Brees and company have got to find a way to move the ball against that top-ranked defense.
On the other side, you can expect to see a heavy dose of Marshawn Lynch, who will attack New Orleans’ vulnerable run defense over and over again until they prove they can stop him.
After taking care of the Packers on a last-second field goal yesterday in the weekend’s final game, the 49ers will go on a cross-country trip to visit the Panthers. Carolina has dominated the recent meetings, but their last pair of games have been decided by three points or less.
These two teams are very similar at first glance: strong defensive play; good run games; mobile quarterbacks. The last time they met, they combined for just 19 points, so we’re probably in for another low-scoring affair here.
NFL Playoffs Schedule: It’s playoff time, and the anticipation is running high. Here’s a look at the complete schedule of games for each round of the playoffs, along with the start times and TV networks carrying each matchup.
Saturday, January 4, 2014:
4:35 PM ET:
Kansas City Chiefs at Indianapolis Colts (NBC)
FINAL SCORE: Colts 45, Chiefs 44
8:10 PM ET:
New Orleans Saints at Philadelphia Eagles (NBC)
FINAL SCORE: Saints 26, Eagles 24
Sunday, January 5, 2014:
1:05 PM ET:
San Diego Chargers at Cincinnati Bengals (CBS)
FINAL SCORE: Chargers 27, Bengals 10
4:40 PM ET:
San Francisco 49ers at Green Bay Packers (FOX)
FINAL SCORE: 49ers 23, Packers 20
Saturday, January 11, 2014:
4:35 PM ET:
New Orleans Saints at Seattle Seahawks (FOX)
8:15 PM ET:
Indianapolis Colts at New England Patriots (CBS)
Sunday, January 12, 2014:
1:05 PM ET:
San Francisco 49ers at Carolina Panthers (FOX)
4:40 PM ET:
San Diego Chargers at Denver Broncos (CBS)
Other Notable Dates:
AFC Championship: January 19, 2014 (CBS)
NFC Championship: January 19, 2014 (FOX)
Super Bowl XLVIII: February 2, 2014 (FOX)
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