We have reached one of, if not the, best weekend in football, and possibly in sports. The eight best teams in the NFL, including the top two seeds from each conference who were on a bye last week, are all in action in four games spread over Saturday and Sunday. The NFL Divisional Round means great matchups, with great teams, and usually great football. If you add in Monday night's College Football Championship, you really do have an amazing three days of football.
This year's AFC Divisional Round adds storylines like Peyton Manning hosting Andrew Luck in the Hall of Famer versus his replacement contest, and Baltimore heading into Foxboro to face New England, a place where Baltimore is 2-1 all time in the Playoffs. An upset is not out of the question in either of these games.
The NFC side of the bracket features Carolina, who claimed a playoff spot despite a losing record but have now won five straight games, heading across the country to face the defending Super Bowl champions in Seattle, who are looking to be the first back-to-back winners of the Lombardi Trophy since New England in Super Bowls XXXVIII and XXXIX, following the 2003 and 2004 seasons. Then there is Dallas, who have burst out of the mediocrity streak in which they were stuck, taking on Green Bay, who may not be 100-percent as Aaron Rodgers deals with a claf tear.
To 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.
NFL Divisional round
Saturday, January 10
AFC: (6) Baltimore Ravens at (1) New England Patriots
Kickoff: 4:35pm ET
NFC: (4) Carolina Panthers at (1) Seattle Seahawks
Kickoff: 8:15pm ET
Sunday, January 11
NFC: (3) Dallas Cowboys at (2) Green Bay Packers
Kickoff: 1:05pm ET
AFC: (4) Indianapolis Colts at (2) Denver Broncos
Kickoff: 4:40pm ET
Seeding: The highest remaining seed will host the lowest remaining seed in each conference.
Sunday, January 18
NFC: TBD at TBD
Kickoff: 3:05pm ET
AFC: TBD at TBD
Kickoff: 6:40pm ET
Super Bowl XLIX
Sunday, February 1, 2015
AFC Champion vs. NFC Champion
University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, Arizona
Kickoff: 6:30pm ET