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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Houston started the year with Matt Schaub at quarterback, but lost both him and backup Matt Leinart to injury. Third-stringer T.J. Yates, a rookie out of North Carolina, gets the start with former Carolina Panther quarterback Jake Delhomme backing him up. Pro Bowl wide receiver Andre Johnson and running back Arian Foster are the main weapons at Yates's disposal.Skip to next paragraph
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These two teams met back on Oct. 16, with the Ravens winning, 29-14.
The weekend wraps up late Sunday afternoon when the New York Giants take on the Packers in Green Bay (4:30 p.m. ET on Fox). This could be a shootout, as the Packers average 35 points per game on offense while New York's passing attack could feast on the Green Bay defense, statistically the worst in the league, as measured by yards allowed.
Back on Dec. 4, the Packers edged the Giants, 38-35.
Like Brady, Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers has enjoyed an MVP-like campaign, throwing for more than 4,600 yards and 45 touchdowns. His receiving corps includes seven players with at least 20 catches this season and has been featured on the cover of 'Sports Illustrated.'
Eli Manning of the Giants had perhaps his best season, statistically, in 2011, throwing for nearly 5,000 yards and 29 touchdowns. His two primary targets were Victor Cruz and Hakeem Nicks, both of whom exceeded 1,000 yards in receiving this season.
All in all, it should be another great NFL playoff weekend. Just make sure you get out of the Barcalounger and stretch some during the games.