With a little help from the referees, the Cowboys were able to defeat the visiting Lions to set the final stage for the Divisional Round of the NFL Playoffs. There was only one upset in the opening round, with the Ravens pulling off a resounding victory against the host Steelers.
The Patriots have the first game of the Divisional Round, with the following schedule:
Saturday, January 10
6th Ravens @ 1st Patriots - We'll be breaking down this game for the upcoming week.
4th Panthers @ 1st Seahawks - The Panthers have a chance to defeat the Seahawks in Seattle. The past three games between these two teams have all been close, low scoring affairs. While the Seahawks have won all three in Carolina, they've been to the tune of 13-9, 12-7, and 16-12 in 2014, 2013, and 2012 respectively. Let's see if Carolina has some more magic in them.
Sunday, January 11
3rd Cowboys @ 2nd Packers - The Cowboys are undefeated on the road, while the Packers are undefeated at home. Something has to break. While it's easy to think the Cowboys will be the team to break first, this should be an exciting game- or a slaughter.
4th Colts @ 2nd Broncos - Peyton Manning playing his former team; can't get any better than that. The Colts defeated the Broncos in 2013, while the Broncos cleaned up in 2014. Does Andrew Luck have the ability to defeat his predecessor? Or, maybe more reasonably, can the Colts defense halt the Broncos offensive attack?
The best possible scenario would be a victory for the Patriots, Panthers, Cowboys, and Colts. So. Root for that. How do you see this round playing out?