The first week of the playoffs came and went, but it brought some exciting (albeit controversy filled) football. Those games set up another round of intriguing matchups in both the NFC and AFC.
Some of those games won't take place until Sunday. The No. 3 seeded Dallas Cowboys will travel to Lambeau Field to take on the well-rested Green Bay Packers. It will mark the first time since the late 1960s that the Cowboys will face the Packers at Lambeau Field in the postseason. The other Sunday matchup involves the Indianapolis Colts and the Denver Broncos, a rematch of the season opener for both teams. Like that game, it pits Peyton Manning against his old team and his successor, Andrew Luck.
The first game on Sunday saw the New England Patriots come back from not one, but two 14-point deficits to beat the Baltimore Ravens, 35-31. Tom Brady was brilliant, throwing for 367 yards, three touchdowns and running for a fourth. His 50th pass of the night was a game-winner to Brandon LaFell with just over five minutes left. That was the first time the Pats had led all game.
In the other Saturday matchup, the Carolina Panthers travel to CenturyLink Field to take on the defending champion Seattle Seahawks. The Seahawks enter the week after a bye while the Panthers fought through the Arizona Cardinals for the right to play on.
Here's a closer look at both of Saturday's games and when you can catch them.
AFC Division Round Game 1: New England Patriots 35, Baltimore Ravens 31
Location: Gillette Stadium, Foxborough
Time: 4:35 p.m. ET
The best matchup of the day is also its first. The Baltimore Ravens may have snuck into the playoffs as the AFC's sixth and final seed, but they earned a hard-fought victory over the division rival Pittsburgh Steelers through tough defense and the strong play of quarterback Joe Flacco. While they'll need to win another road matchup to continue, the Ravens have proven before they can come into Foxborough and win a playoff game. Two seasons ago, they upset New England, 28-13.
That was a different Patriots team, however. Rob Gronkowski was unavailable due to an elbow injury, and Wes Welker served as the team's top receiver. Additionally, the defense was a mess, especially in the secondary. While the current version of the Patriots has its own flaws, it's a more balanced team overall with Tom Brady playing some of his best football in years.
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NFC Division Round Game 1: (6) Carolina Panthers vs. (1) Seattle Seahawks
Location: CenturyLink Field, Seattle
Time: 8:15 p.m. ET
Online: Verizon NFL Mobile
Though the Carolina Panthers spent most of the 2014 season on the periphery of the playoff picture, a late-season revival coupled with the joint collapse of the Atlanta Falcons and New Orleans Saints allowed the Panthers to sneak into the playoffs with the NFC South crown. They used it to their advantage by winning a home playoff game against the injury-depleted Arizona Cardinals, setting up a Divisional round game with the defending Super Bowl champs.
The Seattle Seahawks, meanwhile, appear to enter the postseason much like they finished it last year. They have yielded just 19 points against their last three opponents combined, and Russell Wilson appears to be over his midseason swoon. If a thin offensive line can stick together, there is little reason to suspect any team other than the Seahawks representing the NFC in the Super Bowl.