NFL News: Player News and Updates for 1/19/14
NFL Updates: What to Watch Today, Complete Playoffs Schedule and More
January 19, 2014
Today’s the day (finally): After a long week of waiting, we’ll be able to check out the AFC and NFC Championship games starting this afternoon. The matchups look great and we should be seeing some great things out there. In the meantime, let’s take a closer look at each game and see what we should be paying attention to on both sides.
Patriots-Broncos What to Watch: Even though this matchup features two of the greatest quarterbacks of all time in Tom Brady and Peyton Manning, we may not get the aerial showdown that most of us anticipate (and want to see). The Patriots broke out their running game last weekend against the Colts, with LeGarrette Blount and Stevan Ridley accounting for six rushing touchdowns in the blowout win. Meanwhile, the Broncos have a solid RB option of their own in Knowshon Moreno, who posted a career-best 1,038 rushing yards in 2013.
We may see a whole lot of those three players, as the recipe for beating both Brady and Manning is pretty much the same: run the football, control the clock and don’t let him get his offense on the field. It’s a pretty sound strategy, and one that has worked against each player multiple times in the past.
This may possibly be the last time we see Brady and Manning facing off against each other in the postseason, so it could be a historic game in more ways than one. Make sure you’re watching at 3:00 PM ET on CBS.
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49ers-Seahawks What to Watch: Over on the NFC Side, we’ve got a very interesting matchup in store as well. The dynamic of this game should be quite different from its AFC counterpart, as the focus will be on the defensive side of the football. Sure, we’ll see a strong running game--the Seahawks’ Marshawn Lynch (who is coming off a 140-yard game last week) and the 49ers’ Frank Gore (who posted 110 rush yards the last time these two teams met) will be the main contributors on offense--but the game may come down to which team’s quarterback can overcome the stout defense on the other side.
Seattle’s Russell Wilson hasn’t had a whole lot of statistical luck recently, but he’s been good against the Niners at home. In his past two home games against San Francisco, he’s thrown for five touchdowns, two interceptions and a 101.4 rating.
Meanwhile, San Francisco’s Colin Kaepernick is likely not lacking in the confidence department, riding an eight-game win streak and one game away from his second consecutive NFC championship. After some relatively tame rushing totals during the season, the 49ers have taken the proverbial reins off Kaepernick, and he’s been making some key plays with his legs this postseason. QB runs could play a big factor here if Seattle allows him to break containment.
Coverage begins at 6:30 PM ET on FOX.
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.
Sunday, 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)
Previous Playoff Rounds:
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
San Diego Chargers at Denver Broncos (CBS)
FINAL SCORE: Broncos 24, Chargers 17
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