Tom Brady and the New England Patriots host the Houston Texans and J.J. Watt for the second time in two months on Sunday evening in Foxboro Massachusetts. We see the same four teams in the AFC Divisional round as we did last year, the first time that has happened in back to back seasons. The Texans are hoping to change their fate from last season’s divisional round loss, and defy all odds by overcoming a 42-14 loss to these Patriots in week 14. Brady led the Patriots to a 21-0 halftime lead in that game, and if the Texans 7th ranked defense can hold Brady and the NFL’s #1 offense to a slow start, it bodes well for the Texans chances.
Tom Brady vs. Texans Secondary
The Houston Texans travel to Foxboro again, hoping to avenge their week 14 embarrassment against the New England Patriots. History is on the Texans side, as the team that loses in the regular season has won three of the past five playoff rematches. If not for the Texans loss to the Patriots in week 14, that sent them on a slump, dropping three of the next four, it would be the Texans hosting this game. Last time, the Texans 7th ranked offense failed to produce against the Patriots 25th overall defense. In their previous game, the Patriots got a 21-0 halftime lead, forcing the Texans to throw the ball to catch up. Matt Schaub and Arian Foster are going to need to start fast, control the clock, and slow down The Patriots if they hope to advance to their first AFC Championship.
Matt Schaub vs. Patriots Secondary
The San Francisco 49ers are hosting the Green bay Packers at Candlestick Park on Saturday evening. In one of the most anticipated playoff games this weekend, this match up features the 49ers 11th ranked offense in yardage and scoring and the Packers 11th ranked defense in the same categories. This is a rematch of week one, in which the 49ers beat the Packers 30-22, but both teams have seen major changes and this does not feel like a rematch. Either winning team will travel to Atlanta to face the Falcons or host the Seattle Seahawks, depending on the winner of Sunday’s early game. Here we look at the match ups and stories to consider.
Colin Kaepernick vs. Green Bay Secondary
The Green Bay Packers pay their second trip to San Francisco this season, hoping change their fortune from their last meeting. The 49ers defense is 2nd in points allowed and 3rd in yardage, and is highlighted here against the Packers 5th ranked scoring offense in the critical match for this game. Depending on the winner of the Seahawks versus Falcons game, both teams have the same circumstance, face the Seahawks at home or travel to take on the Falcons in the Georgia Dome.
Aaron Rodgers vs. San Francisco Secondary
NFL Matchup: Adrian Peterson And Minnesota Vikings Offense vs. Clay Matthews And Green Bay Packers Defense
Vikings Offense vs. Packers Defense
Final week of the regular season, and NFC North gives us a late gift in the form of a potential playoff preview between the Green Bay Packers and the Minnesota Vikings. The Vikings are desperate for a win, as it would take losses by the Giants, Bears, and Cowboys for the Vikings to lose and still make the playoffs. Adrian Peterson is chasing a record, and the Vikings offense has been running wild. The Packers are one of the hottest teams in the NFL, 10th in total defense, and looking to lockup a first round bye with a win over their NFC North rival Vikings.
Adrian Peterson vs. Packers Run Defense