BALTIMORE AT NEW ENGLAND
Saturday, 3:35 p.m., Ch. 11
Line: Patriots by 7
About the Ravens: Baltimore was 10-6 and beat Pittsburgh 30-17 last week in the wild-card round. It was 12th in the NFL in total offense and eighth in total defense (fourth vs. the run).
About the Patriots: New England (12-4) won the AFC East and had a first-round bye. It was 11th in offense and 13th in defense.
2014 meeting: The teams did not play
Raven squawks: Baltimore is 2-1 in Foxborough in the playoffs in the past five seasons. It tied for second in NFL with 49 sacks, led by LB Elvis Dumervil's 17, while the Patriots allowed 26 sacks, tied for fourth fewest. Baltimore has 10 postseason victories since 2008, twice as many as any other team. Joe Flacco has thrown for 13 TDs and no INTs in the Ravens' current five-game playoff winning streak.
Patriot games: Bill Belichick needs one victory to pass Don Shula and tie Tom Landry for the most postseason wins (20) by a coach. Tom Brady needs three TD passes to reach 46 and overtake Joe Montana for most in the postseason. He already has the most completions and attempts and second-most yards passing. WR Julian Edelman was eighth in the NFL with 92 catches despite missing the past two games. Rob Gronkowski led all TEs with 1,124 yards receiving.
CAROLINA at SEATTLE
Saturday, 7:15 p.m., Ch. 9
Line: Seahawks by 10½
About the Panthers: Carolina won the NFC South at 7-8-1 and beat Arizona 27-16 in the wild-card round. It was 16th in total offense and 10th in defense.
About the Seahawks: Seattle won the NFC West at 12-4 and had a first-round bye. The Seahawks were ninth in offense (first rushing) and first in defense (third vs. the rush, first vs. the pass).
2014 meeting: Seattle won 13-9 on Oct. 26.
Panther numbers: Carolina is trying to be the first team in NFL history to reach the conference championship game after having sub-. 500 record in the regular season. Including its playoff victory, the Panthers have won five in a row. Cam Newton is the only player to have 3,000 or more yards passing and at least 500 yards rushing in each of his first four NFL seasons.
Seahawks numbers: Over the past three seasons the Seahawks are 24-2 at home. They led the NFL in rushing with 2,762 yards, third most of any team in the past 30 seasons. The Seahawks were third in the NFL with just 14 turnovers. Marshawn Lynch rushed for 1,306 yards and scored 17 touchdowns. The Seahawks led the NFL in total defense and points allowed for the second consecutive season.