The first round of Divisional games is in the books and the New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks advance to the Conference Championships . While the Seahawks will play host to the winner of today's first game, Cowboys at Packers, the winner of today's second game, Colts at Broncos, will have to travel to New England to face the Patriots.
Let's take a closer look at today's match-ups.
Dallas Cowboys at Green Bay Packers
Cowboys coverage: Blogging the Boys
Packers coverage: ACME Packing Company
|Dallas Cowboys||1:05 PM ET (FOX)||Green Bay Packers|
|12-4 (1st NFC East, #3 seed)||Lambeau Field, Green Bay WI||12-4 (1st NFC North, #2 seed)|
|Head Coach: Jason Garrett||Statistical Comparison||Head Coach: Mike McCarthy|
|5th (29.2/gm)||Points Offense||1st (30.4/gm)|
|15th (22.0/gm)||Points Defense||13th (21.8/gm)|
|5th (7.2/gm)||Point Differential||3rd (8.6/gm)|
|9th (+6)||Turnover Differential||1st (+14)
The Dallas Cowboys, one week after beating the visiting Detroit Lions in the Wild Card round, have to travel to Green Bay to face off against the Packers; the top-scoring team in the NFL. This game marks the first time in NFL history that a team, that is 8-0 on the road faces a team, that is 8-0 at home. The victor faces the Seahawks in the NFC Champion Game next Sunday.
Indianapolis Colts at Denver Broncos
Colts coverage: Stampede Blue
Broncos coverage: Mile High Report
|Indianapolis Colts||4:40 PM ET (CBS)||Denver Broncos|
|11-5 (1st AFC South, #4 seed)||Sports Authority Field at Mile High, Denver CO||12-4 (1st AFC West, #2 seed)|
|Head Coach: Chuck Pagano||Statistical Comparison||Head Coach: John Fox|
|6th (28.6/gm)||Points Offense||2nd (30.1/gm)|
|19th (23.1/gm)||Points Defense||16th (22.1/gm)|
|7th (5.6/gm)||Point Differential||4th (8.0/gm)|
|22nd (-5)||Turnover Differential||11th (+5)|
The winner of Colts at Broncos has the right to travel to Foxborough to face the Patriots, who have beaten both teams in their respective regular season game. But let's not get ahead of ourselves and instead look at today's game. The media storylines, of course, have been built around quarterbacks Andrew Luck and Peyton Manning; Luck's predecessor in Indianapolis. Head-to-head, those two quarterbacks are 1-1, with the Broncos having won the most recent game (week 1) 31-24.
EDIT: Feel free to discuss today's games below. Enjoy the games.