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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Saturday night, the New England Patriots host Tim Tebow and the Denver Broncos (8 p.m. ET on CBS). Once all the pre-game 'Tebowing' subsides, Tom Brady and his high-powered offense, ranked No. 2 in the NFL, will take to the Gillette Stadium turf.Skip to next paragraph
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This is an offense that scored 41 points on the Broncos defense when the two teams met last month in Denver and averaged 32 points per game over the course of the season.
In 2011, Brady enjoyed perhaps his finest season as a pro since his MVP year of 2007, throwing for more than 5,000 yards and 39 touchdowns. However, the Patriots have needed an MVP-type year from their quarterback, as defense - measured by the yards given up per game ranks statistically next to last in the league.
That gives Tebow and the Denver offense a chance to send the Patriots to their fourth consecutive playoff defeat, dating back to the 2008 Super Bowl. Led by running back Willis McGahee, the Broncos can control the ball with an NFL-leading rushing attack.
Sunday afternoon in Baltimore, the Texans play their second-ever playoff game against the Ravens (1 p.m. ET on CBS). Ever since this century began, Baltimore has been known for its defense. And this season is no exception, as the Ravens are ranked third in total defense in the NFL. Linebacker Ray Lewis is the veteran leader of the group, ably supported by Terrell Suggs and safety Ed Reed.
However, the Texans have improved steadily, so much so that they are the second-ranked defense in the NFL, just behind the Steelers in the regular season.