The NFL playoffs schedule 2013 brings AFC and NFC division games starting on Saturday, Jan. 12. On the first day of the weekend's action, the Denver Broncos host the Baltimore Ravens in an AFC showdown, while the San Francisco 49ers host the Green Bay Packers in the nightcap. All four games are presented live on TV for NFL fans, with the two winning teams moving on to the next round.
A report from Yahoo! Sports on Jan. 11 indicates that freezing weather will be an added issue when the game goes down Saturday in Denver. They also note that according to ESPN stats, Peyton Manning is 0-3 all-time in playoff games below 40 degrees. He'll be wearing a special throwing glove to help with his tosses down the field. While Manning is winless in these types of cold weather situations, the Ravens are 10-7 in games below 40. Could this factor into today's game?
The other major story is of course the last matchup featuring Ray Lewis for the Ravens against Peyton Manning. They've both won Super Bowls, but today they'll put their rivalry to the test for one last battle. Lewis is set to retire after his final NFL game is played, while Manning is among the MVP contenders this year after an amazing comeback season. Both have had stellar, hall of fame careers. Game time is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. EST on CBS.
The second game on the schedule for Saturday will feature two NFC behemoths in the Green Bay Packers and San Francisco 49ers. The temperatures in California will certainly be much warmer than in Denver, but this battle features two contrasting quarterbacks on the field. On one side is a former Super Bowl winner in Aaron Rodgers of the Packers. The 49ers have been relying upon their inexperienced and young quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who has managed to help the team along to a very successful run. Both teams have played well over the course of the season, making for what could be a close contest. Game time is set for 8 p.m. EST on FOX for televised coverage.
To watch today's games, NFL fans in the Roanoke area can watch on live TV via channel WDBJ 7 for CBS and WFXR 8 for FOX on Cox Cable.