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NFL Divisional Playoffs: Sunday Open Thread

Who will join the Ravens and 49ers in the conference championship games?

Kevin C. Cox

In yesterday's open thread, I told you that the NFL divisional playoff weekend was the best weekend in football. And yesterday certainly didn't disappoint. We were treated to a double overtime thriller and a shootout by the Bay. When the day was done, the Baltimore Ravens had upset the Denver Broncos 38-35 to reach the AFC Championship Game for the second straight year and the San Francisco 49ers held off Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers 45-31 to earn their second straight trip the NFC Championship Game.

Yesterday's open thread was so comment heavy we decided to open up a fresh thread for the Sunday games. Here's your schedule for the day.



No. 3 Houston Texans
at No. 2 New England Patriots

Gillette Stadium, 4:30 p.m. ET, CBS



No. 5 Seattle Seahawks
at No. 1 Atlanta Falcons

Georgia Dome, 1 p.m. ET, FOX

There are plenty Cal alumni in action today. During yesterday's thread, cldpc gave us a "whom to root for list." I shall borrow that list here as your guide to today's games, should you need one.

Atlanta Falcons
Thomas Decoud
Tony Gonzalez

Houston Texas
Justin Forsett

Seattle Seahawks
Marshawn Lynch
Brandon Mebane
Cameron Morrah
Ryan Longwell

New England Patriots
Shane Vereen

You know, there's a rule in sports, 'Don't do anything great if you can't handle the congratulations."

by cldpc on Jan 12, 2013 10:58 PM EST reply actions

By numbers and sentiment, the Seahawks-Falcons game is the one with the most Cal interest. The Seahawks have four Bear alumni on their payroll, but the Falcons have the sentimental favorite in Tony Gonzalez, as the surefire first ballot Hall-of-Famer tries to capture that elusive Super Bowl late in his career.

I'll leave you with a video of a memorable playoff moment. Yeah, I know: this was a wild card playoff game and not a divisional playoff game. But it's still relevant to the day.

Ladies and gentlemen: BEAST. MODE.

Enjoy the games.