The divisional round of the 2015 NFL playoffs gets underway on Saturday with the top-seeded New England Patriots hosting the sixth-seeded Baltimore Ravens. The game kicks off at 1:35 p.m. PT on NBC, with the Patriots sitting as a touchdown favorite. The game will be called by Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth.
While the Patriots are favored, you have to think the Ravens are in their head to some extent. The Ravens have covered the three times these two have squared off since 2010, and Baltimore won two of the three games outright. The only loss came in 2012 when Billy Cundiff missed a last second field goal that would have forced overtime. Other than that, the Ravens have won six of their last seven playoff games, and we are set up for potentially another Flacco run. The Patriots are a good team and could take care of business on Saturday, but Flacco remains a huge wild card in this one.
The winner of this game will find itself in a strong position heading into the AFC Championship Game. They will have the extra day of rest compared to Sunday's winner. While the Sunday team will still have normal rest, that extra day for the winner of this game could prove huge. Eight of the last ten Super Bowl teams won their divisional game on Saturday. It does not guarantee they win a week later, but it will be interesting to track if one of both Saturday teams find themselves in the Super Bowl.
Where: Gillette Stadium, Foxboro
When: 1:35 p.m. PT
Announcers: Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth
Radio: Ravens Radio Network | Patriots Radio Network
Online Streaming: Verizon NFL Mobile | NBC Sports
Odds: The Patriots opened as seven-point favorites for the game, and the line has generally held to that number, according to OddsShark.
Patriots blog: Pats Pulpit
Ravens blog: Baltimore Beatdown