The NFL playoffs continued on Saturday with Divisional Round games. In the AFC, the New England Patriots host the Baltimore Ravens. IN the NFC, the defending champion Seattle Seahawks host the upset-minded Carolina Panthers. Let's briefly break down what you need to know about each game.
Ravens (11-6) at Patriots (12-4)
When: 4:35 p.m. ET
Announcers: Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth, Michele Tafoya
Radio: Westwood One: Ian Eagle, Boomer Esiason, Tony Boselli (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 88 (WW1), 93 (Bal.), 85 (NE). XM: 88 (WW1), 225 (Bal.), 85 (NE).
Online Streaming: CBSSports.com/AFCPlayoffs
Odds: Patriots -7
The Ravens are no strangers to playing playoff games in Foxboro. This will be the fourth time in six seasons the teams have met in the playoffs -- with New England hosting all of those games. Baltimore, however, has won two of the three meetings.
"You have to play these games to win," says Baltimore quarterback Joe Flacco. "We're fighting for the big prize. You have to go out there and you let everything go. You can't worry about the outcome."
"In the playoffs, it's the same for everybody - one loss and you go home," says New England quarterback Tom Brady. "You try to play to your strengths and get ready to go so you can be at your best when you really need it the most. There's only one team out of 32 that gets to win it each year. Hopefully you're the one that gets the chance to do it. We've got a great football team here, so we'll see. We've got to go out there and earn it."
Ed says: If I was picking against the point spread here, this would be easy. I would take the Ravens all day when they are getting seven in this spot. I am not picking vs. the spread, though, I am picking winners. That's tough. I will stick with New England here. Like you guys, I'd love to see Brady vs. either Peyton Manning or Andrew Luck in the AFC Championship Game. Pick: Patriots
Panthers (8-8-1) at Seahawks (12-4)
When: 8:15 p.m. ET
Announcers: Kevin Burkhardt, John Lynch, Pam Oliver
Radio: Westwood One: Kevin Kugler, James Lofton, Scott Kaplan (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 88 (WW1), 93 (Car.), 85 (Sea.). XM: 88 (WW1), 225 (Car.), 85 (Sea.).
Online Streaming: FOX Sports GO
Odds: Seahawks -11
The Panthers have won five straight games, averaging 197.0 rushing yards per game (second in the NFL) allowing 11.8 points per game (second) and 238.2 yards per game (second).They believe they aren't a fluke.
"Guys have come together and bought into what we are doing," says Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly. "We took the first step and it's an absolutely awesome feeling."
The Seahawks know they aren't a fluke, and are trying to win back-to-back titles.
"We're exactly where we want to be," says Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson. "To be going into the playoffs, have a first-round bye and be the No. 1 team in the NFC, that's what you want. Most importantly, we get to play at home again and in front of the best fans in the world. We're high on confidence, like always. But we have to play great football, one game at a time."
Ed says: Gotta go with the defending champion Seahawks here. The Panthers really don't belong in the playoffs to begin with, and I don't see how they compete in this one.