The first round of the 2015 NFL Playoffs is over. It's time for the Divisional Round. A total of eight teams will be in action, including the four teams that spent Wild Card weekend on a first round bye. Unlike last week, the quality of these games should be much higher.
Saturday's action kicks off with an intriguing AFC matchup. The New England Patriots and Baltimore Ravens are scheduled to play in Foxborough, Massachusetts. The Ravens have gone up north to upset the Patriots in the playoffs before, and most recently in 2013, so it's hard to count them out despite how good the Patriots usually are at home. Baltimore is a seven point underdog on the road.
The NFC game set to take place on Saturday features the Carolina Panthers and Seattle Seahawks. The Panthers entered the playoffs with a losing record but are now technically .500 (8-8-1) if you count their ugly win over the Cardinals last week. Seattle and Carolina are styled similarly in that they like to run the ball and play defense. The Seahawks are deservedly big home favorites. The Super Bowl 48 champions have been on a tear to end the regular season. The path to a repeat starts here.
Sunday's game kicks off with a game between the Dallas Cowboys and the Green Bay Packers. The Cowboys are coming off a comeback win at home against the Detroit Lions. The Cowboys had some significant help from the referees in their victory. The Packers are coming off a week of rest but it appears Aaron Rodgers might be less than 100% due to a "slight tear" in his calf. Rodgers will still start and play. This game pits the Packers' 8-0 home record against the perfect 8-0 road record that Dallas was able to pull off. It's no secret that Philadelphia Eagles fans will be rooting for a Cowboys loss. Green Bay is listed as six point favorites.
The Divisional Round wraps up on Sunday night with a battle between the Denver Broncos and Indianapolis Colts. Andrew Luck versus Peyton Manning is the obvious angle to the game. Denver enters the game as seven point favorites, but this game has upset potential written all over it. Manning finished the season cold; in the last four weeks he only threw three touchdowns to six interceptions. The future Hall of Fame quaterback has also been dealing with a thigh injury.
Watch via Online Stream: NBC and CBS will be streaming their games online for free. FOX will also be streaming their games, but will require users to have a subscription. Here are your online streaming options:
All times EST.
Saturday, Jan. 10
AFC Divisional Game 1: (1) New England Patriots vs. (6) Baltimore Ravens, 4:35 p.m.
NFC Divisional Game 1: (1) Seattle Seahawks vs. (4) Carolina Panthers, 8:15 p.m.
Sunday, Jan. 11
NFC Divisional Game 2: (2) Green Bay Packers vs. (3) Dallas Cowboys, 1:05 p.m.
Sunday, January 18
NFC: FOX, 3:05 p.m.
AFC: CBS, 6:40 p.m.
Super Bowl XLIX
Sunday, February 1
NFC champion versus AFC champion (FOX, 4:30 p.m.)