The Divisional round of football might be the best weekend in sports. There are still a lot of games -- eight teams, four games in one weekend -- but you're also including the top four teams in the league who had a bye the previous weekend. Add in the battle-tested teams from Wild Card weekend and you have yourself a heck of a slate.
The Divisional round matchups this year are no different, especially the AFC games. The New England Patriots will host the Baltimore Ravens, who are 1-2 against Bill Belichick in New England in the playoffs while the Denver Broncos will host the Indianapolis Colts in the postseason edition of Peyton Manning vs. Andrew Luck. Those are two awesome, awesome games. This is why I love the NFL -- things seem to fall their way.
Meanwhile over in the NFC, the Carolina Panthers will visit the No. 1 seed Seattle Seahawks on Saturday. The Panthers won just seven games in the regular season but they look like they belong with five straight wins. The Seahawks only beat them 13-9 in the regular season. The other NFC game is a classic as the Dallas Cowboys, who advanced thanks to a really lucky refs call, will visit the Green Bay Packers, who are the No. 2 seed in the NFC.
So you have these two days of football next Saturday and then the NCAA title game between Ohio State and Oregon on Monday. Not a bad stretch.
(All times ET):
Saturday, Jan. 10
AFC Divisional Game 1: (1) New England Patriots vs. (6) Baltimore Ravens, 4:35 p.m. (NBC)
NFC Divisional Game 1: (1) Seattle Seahawks vs. (4) Carolina Panthers, 8:15 p.m. (FOX)
Sunday, Jan. 11
NFC Divisional Game 2: (2) Green Bay Packers vs. (3) Dallas Cowboys, 1:05 p.m. (FOX)
AFC Divisional Game 2: (2) Denver Broncos vs. (4) Indianapolis Colts, 4:40 p.m. (CBS)
Sunday, Jan 18
NFC Championship Game, 3:05 p.m. (FOX)
AFC Championship Game, 6:40 p.m. (CBS)
Sunday, Feb. 1
Super Bowl XLIX, 6:30 p.m.