One of the AFC's playoff games this weekend is expected to be a back-and-forth down-to-the-wire affair. The other... isn't.
The NFC wild-card round is not hurting for star power, not with former Super Bowl champion quarterbacks like Eli Manning, Aaron Rodgers, and Russell Wilson. And then there's Matt Stafford, who is still searching for his first playoff win.
The AFC's playoff matchups this weekend are both rematches from the regular season, but all four teams have seen drastic changes in the past few months.
Call it a Super Bowl XLIX rematch, or a preview of Super Bowl LI. Can New England end Seattle's historic 96-game streak of not being blown out? Can Russell Wilson lead a road comeback? Are the tight ends going to dominate? We preview Week 10's big one.
The Giants and Ravens set a record in Super Bowl XXXV with 21 total punts. That record may well be in jeopardy. But in this battle of top defenses, Carolina's superior and more flexible offense gives the Panthers the edge.
The NFC Championship Game looks like a big game of big plays. Each team has a strong defense, but each offense is well-suited to attack the personnel and tendencies of its opponent.
Brady-Manning XVII: The Final Chapter is just another game about turnovers, field position, and situational football. Should the Patriots go pass-happy against the No. 1 defense? Can a conservative Denver offense score enough?
The NFC's games this weekend feature two Super Bowl champions in search of their second rings taking on the two favorites in the MVP race.
With three games to go in the AFC, the key question seems to be this: which team will be best able to overcome its injuries?