NFL playoff schedule 2013: Yes, Falcons-Seahawks matters so much more than Patriots-Texans

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The divisional round of the 2013 NFL playoffs heads into day two on Sunday with the Falcons and Seahawks squaring off early, and the Patriots and Texans meeting late. We take a look at both matchups.

The 49ers handled their business on Saturday, defeating the Green Bay Packers 45-31 in the continuing coming out party for QB Colin Kaepernick. The 49ers found themselves in a dog-fight early, but they pulled away in the second half, rolling the Packers and advancing to next Sunday's NFC Championship Game.

That means we get to spend Sunday enjoying some football and figuring out who we want to win in the early game between the Seattle Seahawks and Atlanta Falcons. If the Seahawks win, the 49ers get to stay home for the NFC Championship Game. If the Falcons win, the 49ers get to go to Atlanta for the conference title game.

I still remain convinced the Seahawks win this game, in part because I view the Falcons as a weak No. 1 seed. I suppose they could prove otherwise, but for now we wait. I would prefer the home game against Seattle over the road game against Atlanta, even though a road NFC title game means there is a good chance I could attend.

Who you hoping for in the NFC Championship Game?

NFC Divisional round: Seahawks vs. Falcons

SB Nation blog: Field Gulls | The Falcoholic
Game Date/Time: Sunday, Jan. 13, 10 a.m. PT
Location: Georgia Dome, Atlanta, GA
TV Schedule: FOX
NFL odds: Falcons -2.5
NFL picks: Seahawks, 24-20


On the other side of things, we've got the New England Patriots hosting the Houston Texans for the right to host the Baltimore Ravens in the AFC Championship Game. The Patriots destroyed the Texans at Gillette Stadium in Week 14. I expect another dominating performance, but if the Texans can get Arian Foster going, maybe they can spring the upset? I'm not holding my breath on this one.

AFC Divisional round: Texans vs. Patriots

SB Nation blog: Battle Red Blog | Pats Pulpit
Game Date/Time: Sunday, Jan. 13, 1:30 p.m. PT
Location: Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, MA
TV Schedule: CBS
NFL odds: Patriots -9.5
NFL picks: Patriots, 35-20

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