Broncos-Patriots one of four intriguing NFL playoff games this weekend
Tim Tebow takes his act to New England, Drew Brees takes on the 49ers, the Texans travel to Baltimore, and the Packers host the Giants during this NFL divisional playoff weekend.
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We kick things off late Saturday afternoon with the New Orleans Saints in San Francisco to take on the 49ers (4:30 p.m. ET on Fox). Rookie head coach and former NFL quarterback Jim Harbaugh has the 'Niners back where they used to be every year in the 1980s and 90s - in the playoffs.
But instead of just offensive firepower, San Francisco has played stout defense in winning the NFC West, allowing just over 14 points per game. The defense is led by linebackers Patrick Willis and NaVorro Bowman. It features linemen Justin Smith and Aldon Smith, who have combined for 21.5 sacks this season.
San Francisco has a home field advantage, and they may need it. Quarterback Drew Brees has the New Orleans offense humming. The Saints are the top-rated offense in the NFL, averaging just over 34 points and 467 yards per game. New Orleans is arguably the poster child for today's NFL formula that "offenses win championships."