NFL News: Player News and Updates for 1/13/14
NFL Updates: AFC and NFC Championship Outlook, Complete Playoffs Schedule and More
January 13, 2014
Now that we’re down to four teams left standing in the NFL playoffs, the action is set to ratchet up another notch this coming weekend with the AFC and NFC Championships. We’ve got a handful of days left this week before the games take place, so there will be plenty of time to analyze and diagnose each game. That said, let’s take a closer look at each game and try to get a feel for the conversations we’ll be having this week.
AFC Championship Outlook: Well, this is the matchup everyone wanted (except Chargers fans). This Sunday, Tom Brady and the Patriots will be heading to Denver to take on archrival Peyton Manning and his Broncos for the right to go to the Super Bowl. Neither team had a whole lot of difficulties in the Divisional Round (though Denver made things interesting toward the end), but they would each win with strong performances from unexpected places: The Broncos topped the Chargers on the strength of a solid defensive effort; New England showed off their running game to the tune of six rushing touchdowns against the Colts.
This could possibly be the last time we ever see Brady versus Manning in the playoffs (or even in the regular season). The former is 36 and the latter is 37; Neither has a whole lot of football left. That said, Brady has the all-time lead in their head-to-head matchups, going 10-4 against Manning and 2-1 in the playoffs. Their last postseason meeting was way back in 2006, when Manning won his only Super Bowl ring.
The two last met in November, when the Patriots pulled off an unbelievable upset after trailing 24-0 at halftime.
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NFC Championship Outlook: Over on the NFC side, we’ll be seeing a distinctly different set of circumstances with the 49ers traveling to Seattle to take on the Seahawks. Instead of QB versus QB (though Colin Kaepernick and Russell Wilson will get a lot of press), it’ll be defense versus defense. Both squads took care of business in the divisional round, and this one promises to be a hard-hitting--and probably low-scoring--game.
At first glance, most people give the advantage to the Seahawks. They’ve got the enormous benefit of playing at home, and they’ve trounced the 49ers in their last two Seattle meetings by a combined score of 71-16.
With all the talk of defense in this one, the passing games could be the deciding factor on either side. The Seahawks’ aerial attack needs some attention: Wilson completed just nine passes against New Orleans. Likewise, the 49ers need to find some life in the pass, as they’ll want to open up some running room for Frank Gore.
NFL Playoffs Schedule: It’s playoff time, and the anticipation is running high as we cruise through each week. Here’s a look at the scores and complete schedule of games for each round of the playoffs, along with the start times and TV networks carrying each matchup.
WILD CARD ROUND:
Saturday, January 4, 2014:
Kansas City Chiefs at Indianapolis Colts (NBC)
FINAL SCORE: Colts 45, Chiefs 44
New Orleans Saints at Philadelphia Eagles (NBC)
FINAL SCORE: Saints 26, Eagles 24
Sunday, January 5, 2014:
San Diego Chargers at Cincinnati Bengals (CBS)
FINAL SCORE: Chargers 27, Bengals 10
San Francisco 49ers at Green Bay Packers (FOX)
FINAL SCORE: 49ers 23, Packers 20
Saturday, January 11, 2014:
New Orleans Saints at Seattle Seahawks (FOX)
FINAL SCORE: Seahawks 23, Saints 15
Indianapolis Colts at New England Patriots (CBS)
FINAL SCORE: Patriots 43, Colts 22
Sunday, January 12, 2014:
San Francisco 49ers at Carolina Panthers (FOX)
FINAL SCORE: 49ers 23, Panthers 10
4:40 PM ET:
San Diego Chargers at Denver Broncos (CBS)
FINAL SCORE: Broncos 24, Chargers 17
January 19, 2014:
AFC Championship 3:00 PM ET (CBS)
New England Patriots at Denver Broncos
NFC Championship 6:30 PM ET (FOX)
San Francisco 49ers at Seattle Seahawks
Sunday, January 26, 2014:
Pro Bowl: 7:30 PM ET (NBC)
February 2, 2014:
Super Bowl XLVIII (Teams TBA): 6:30 PM ET (FOX)
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