With the regular season in the books the NFL playoffs begin this week. Here is a look at the final standings and upcoming matchups.
1. Broncos (13-3)
2. Patriots (12-4)
3. Texans (12-4)
4. Ravens (10-6)
5. Colts (11-5)
6. Bengals (10-6)
1. Falcons (13-3)
2. 49ers (11-4-1)
3. Packers (11-5)
4. Redskins (10-6)
5. Seahawks (11-5)
6. Vikings (10-6)
The Broncos, Patriots, Falcons, and 49ers can all rest easy for a week as they earn first round byes and home games in the divisional round. Everybody else will suit up and play this weekend.
Saturday January 5, 2013 – 4:30 P.M. ET
(6) Cincinnati Bengals at (3) Houston Texans: The Texans enter wild card weekend losers of three of their last four and have to face a surging Bengals team that has won seven of their last eight while giving up only 12.75 points per game over the second half of the season.
Pointspread Texans -4.5
Saturday January 5, 2013 – 8:00 P.M. ET
(6) Minnesota Vikings at (3) Green Bay Packers: Potential MVP Adrian Peterson, who finished just eight yards shy of Eric Dickerson's single season rushing record of 2,105 yards, will square off against last year's MVP Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers, who along with the Patriots were pre-season favorites to hoist another Lombardi trophy. The two teams split their season series this year with the Packers winning 23-14 at home week 13 and the Vikings winning just last week 37-34 to clinch a playoff birth.
Pointspread Packers -7.5
Sunday January 6, 2013 – 1:00 P.M. ET
(5) Indianapolis Colts at (4) Baltimore Ravens: Rookie quarterback Andrew Lucks leads the Indianapolis Colts into the playoffs one year removed from a two win season. The Ravens, fueled by Ray Lewis' return and his announcement that he will retire after the playoffs look for a win in what will be Ray Lewis' last game at M&T Bank Stadium.
Pointspread Ravens -6.5
Sunday January 6, 2013 – 4:30 P.M. ET
(5) Seattle Seahawks at (4) Washington Redskins: In maybe the most anticipated matchup of wild card weekend, rookie quarterbacks Russell Wilson and Robert Griffin III square in the nation's capital. The Redskins enter the game not having lost since Nov. 4, while the Seahawks have won five straight by an average score of 48-12.
Pointspread Seahawks -3
The Patriots will play the AFC's highest winning wild card seed Sunday January 13 – 4:30 P.M. in Foxborough.Tags: Baltimore Ravens, Football, Green Bay Packers, Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, Minnesota Vikings, New England, New England Patriots, NFL, nfl playoffs, Ray Lewis, rookie quarterback, Seattle Seahawks, Washington Redskins
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