NFL playoff schedule 2012-13

NFL playoff schedule 2012-13

The Redskins came up just short last night, with RGIII imploding under his own talent and injury, as the Seahawks grabbed the last remaining playoff spot.

The other rookie quarterback of 2012-13, Andrew Luck, will have to break through the number one seed in the NFC, the Atlanta Falcons, if they are to progress, but the biggest game in the NFC divisional is Green Bay at the 49ers.

Recent playoff matches between the teams confirm that this match-up has a lot to live up to: 1995 provided us with a 27-17 for the Packers, the only road victory for an NFC team that decade, whilst 1998 will live long in the memory of both sets of fans, Terrell Owens’ touchdown with three seconds to go gave the 49ers a remarkable 30-27 win.

The 49ers were 30-22 winners against Green Bay in week 1 this season, but the Packers team has undergone considerable change since that early defeat. They all but abandoned their running game in that first match, but the running back trio of DuJuan Harris, Ryan Grant and John Kuhn are now a important part of the Green Bay offense.

San Francisco have also changed since week 1, with Colin Kaepernick now at the helm as starting quarterback. The 30-22 early in the season should have little bearing on this weekend’s game, which makes it fascinating for neutrals and should contribute to another classic encounter.

Despite the changes I can’t see Green Bay pulling this one off, they weren’t especially convincing against the Vikings in the wildcard and the 49ers are a more settled side. Back the 49ers win at -155 or back San Fran at +500 for the Super Bowl.

In the AFC the tie of the weekend sees the Patriots host the Houston Texans, who limped over the finishing line in 2012-13. After losing just one game from their first twelve fixtures, the Texans were then smashed 42-14 by New England and only won a single game thereafter in the regular season.

A narrow 19-13 win over Cincinnati in the wildcard fixture should restore some confidence in the Texan ranks that has the seventh best rushing defence in the league, but only the sixteenth best pass defence. At -400 to win I can’t see the Patriots blowing it at this stage.

Peyton Manning attempts to extend his wonderful debut season with the Broncos in the other AFC tie, a seemingly one sided encounter against the Ravens. Peyton is -420 to set up an AFC decider with Brady and the Patriots, and the Broncos are just about sneaking ahead of the Pats as the bookies favourites to win the Super Bowl; priced at +300.

AFC Divisional Round

Saturday, Jan 12

No. 4 Baltimore Ravens @ No. 1 Denver Broncos

Sunday, Jan 13

No. 3 Houston Texans @ No.2 New England Patriots

AFC Championship Game

Sunday, Jan 20 – 6:30pm ET

NFC Divisional Round

Saturday, Jan 12

No. 3 Green Bay Packers @ No. 2 San Francisco 49ers

Sunday, Jan 13

No. 5 Seattle Seahawks @ No. 1 Atlanta Falcons

NFC Championship Game

Sunday, Jan 20 – 3pm ET

Super Bowl XLVII

Sunday, Feb 3

Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans – 6:30pm

Latest odds to win Super Bowl 2013!

Denver Broncos +300
New England Patriots +350
San Francisco 49ers +500
Green Bay Packers +700
Atlanta Falcons +800
Seattle Seahawks +800
Houston Texans +2000
Baltimore Ravens +2000

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