Chart: NFL playoff teams

  • Updated: January 4, 2013 - 3:54 PM

NFC

No. 1 Atlanta: The Falcons post big numbers on offense. They have a zone-based defense that's predicated on making the occasional big play. And they have a reputation for owning the regular season and then falling flat in the postseason. Will this year be different?

No. 2 San Francisco: The 49ers are not razor sharp heading into the postseason, but they play a brand of football that allows them to easily shake off dullness. Defensively, they're a straightforward man-to-man, two-deep unit. Offensively, the Niners are a bruising run-first club. A week off shouldn't hurt them at all.

No. 3 Green Bay: The Packers' run offense has improved lately, but Aaron Rodgers' play at quarterback has been exceptional all year. Defensively, Green Bay benefits with the return of Charles Woodson, who can plug in anywhere in the defensive backfield.

No. 4 Washington: The Redskins have, in a way, revolutionized the read-option in the NFL with rookie QB Robert Griffin III. The Broncos and the Panthers ran it last year, but not with this kind of dimension or down-to-down effectiveness. Other teams have started to pick it up, including first-round opponent Seattle.

No. 5 Seattle: Rookie QB Russell Wilson never ran the read-option in college. As this season has gone on, it has become more integral in Seattle's offense. With a zone-blocking line and a powerful running back in Marshawn Lynch, all the pieces are in place for it to continue.

No. 6 Minnesota: Adrian Peterson is a given for the Vikings, but QB Christian Ponder can the be difference-maker both ways. He had two bad turnovers in a loss to the Packers, then turned it around in Sunday's victory. Four consecutive victories in a playoff push has the team peaking at the right time.

AFC

No. 1 Denver: The Broncos have won 11 straight. Their margin of victory has been either seven or eight in four of those games and double digits in all the others. Peyton Manning had an MVP-type season, yet Denver's defense is even better than its offense. This is the AFC favorite.

No. 2 New England: The Patriots finished with the No. 1-ranked offense even though they are thin at receiver and TEs Aaron Hernandez and Rob Gronkowski were healthy together for only five games. QB Tom Brady still made it work. An improved defense is key to playoff success.

No. 3 Houston: The Texans offense hasn't been sharp the past two weeks. QB Matt Schaub has been unsuccessful dropping back to throw on a lot of early downs, which has put the Texans in obvious passing situations, eliminating the all-important play-action element from their offense.

No. 4 Baltimore: The Ravens defense will be back together after hybrid edge man Terrell Suggs, linebacker Ray Lewis, lineman Pernell McPhee and D-backs Jimmy Smith and Bernard Pollard all missed time during the season. Success is riding on better defensive play.

No. 5 Indianapolis: Colts coach Chuck Pagano, who had a midseason battle with leukemia, will be in his seventh game on the sidelines in a game against the Ravens, for whom he was defensive coordinator last season. Rookie QB Andrew Luck, the No. 1 draft choice, has been the real deal.

No. 6 Cincinnati: The Bengals, led by defensive tackles Domata Peko and Geno Atkins, have one of the stingiest run defenses in football. Their first game is a rematch of last year's playoff game, when they lost to Houston and backup quarterback T.J. Yates.

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Buffalo 12:00 PM
New England
Cleveland 12:00 PM
Baltimore
Dallas 12:00 PM
Washington
Indianapolis 12:00 PM
Tennessee
Jacksonville 12:00 PM
Houston
San Diego 12:00 PM
Kansas City
NY Jets 12:00 PM
Miami
Chicago 12:00 PM
Minnesota
Philadelphia 12:00 PM
NY Giants
New Orleans 12:00 PM
Tampa Bay
Carolina 3:25 PM
Atlanta
Detroit 3:25 PM
Green Bay
Oakland 3:25 PM
Denver
Arizona 3:25 PM
San Francisco
St. Louis 3:25 PM
Seattle
Cincinnati 7:30 PM
Pittsburgh
TBA 1/3/15 2:00 AM
TBA
TBA 1/3/15 2:00 AM
TBA
Toronto 110 FINAL
LA Clippers 98
Boston 88 FINAL
Washington 101
Orlando 102 FINAL
Charlotte 94
Memphis 103 FINAL
Miami 95
Indiana 110 FINAL
Brooklyn 85
New Orleans 100 FINAL
Chicago 107
Atlanta 90 FINAL
Milwaukee 85
Philadelphia 71 FINAL
Utah 88
New York 129 FINAL
Sacramento 135
Minnesota 97 FINAL
Golden State 110
NY Islanders 3 FINAL(SO)
Buffalo 4
Detroit 3 FINAL(OT)
Ottawa 2
Carolina 1 FINAL
Tampa Bay 2
New Jersey 1 FINAL
NY Rangers 3
Boston 2 FINAL
Columbus 6
Winnipeg 4 FINAL(OT)
Minnesota 3
Washington 3 FINAL
Pittsburgh 0
Dallas 4 FINAL
St. Louis 3
Philadelphia 1 FINAL
Nashville 4
Anaheim 1 FINAL(SO)
Arizona 2
Chicago 5 FINAL
Colorado 2
Edmonton 1 FINAL
Calgary 4
San Jose 1 FINAL
Los Angeles 3
Indiana 87 FINAL
Georgetown 91
Maine 43 FINAL
Seton Hall 72
UNC-Wilmington 82 FINAL
Minnesota 108
Georgia State 61 FINAL
Green Bay 78
Jacksonville St 61 FINAL
Jacksonville 75
Kentucky 58 FINAL
Louisville 50
Northern Ky 55 FINAL
Northwestern 76
UAB 58 FINAL
North Carolina 89
IUPUI 55 FINAL
Pepperdine 53
Santa Clara 60 FINAL
St Marys-CA 73
Oakland 56 FINAL
Maryland 72
Gonzaga 87 FINAL
BYU 80
Mercer 77 FINAL
Georgia 86
San Francisco 77 FINAL
Pacific 71
Wright State 55 FINAL
Ohio State 100
Presbyterian 65 FINAL
Virginia Tech 87
Brescia 42 FINAL
Western Ky 89
Tennessee St 46 FINAL
Tennessee 67
Kennesaw St 45 FINAL
Illinois 93
Colorado State 58 FINAL
New Mexico St 57
Portland 61 FINAL
San Diego 58
Wayland Baptist 63 FINAL
Utah State 75
Bristol University 59 FINAL
Weber State 109
Sacramento St 74 FINAL
Utah Valley U 49
Southern Utah 45 FINAL
UNLV 79
SD Christian 50 FINAL
San Diego St 72
Illinois 18 FINAL
Louisiana Tech 35
Rutgers 40 FINAL
North Carolina 21
NC State 34 FINAL
UCF 27
Cincinnati 17 FINAL
Virginia Tech 33
(15) Arizona State 36 FINAL
Duke 31
Miami-Florida 21 FINAL
So Carolina 24
Boston College 30 FINAL
Penn State 31
(25) Nebraska 42 FINAL
(24) USC 45
Texas A&M 12/29/14 1:00 PM
West Virginia
Oklahoma 12/29/14 4:30 PM
(18) Clemson
Arkansas 12/29/14 8:00 PM
Texas
Notre Dame 12/30/14 2:00 PM
(22) LSU
(13) Georgia 12/30/14 5:45 PM
(20) Louisville
Maryland 12/30/14 9:00 PM
Stanford
(9) Ole Miss 12/31/14 11:30 AM
(6) TCU
(21) Boise State 12/31/14 3:00 PM
(12) Arizona
(8) Miss State 12/31/14 7:00 PM
(10) Georgia Tech
(19) Auburn 1/1/15 11:00 AM
(17) Wisconsin
(7) Michigan State 1/1/15 11:30 AM
(4) Baylor
(16) Missouri 1/1/15 12:00 PM
Minnesota
(2) Florida State 1/1/15 4:00 PM
(3) Oregon
(5) Ohio State 1/1/15 7:30 PM
(1) Alabama
Houston 1/2/15 11:00 AM
Pittsburgh
Iowa 1/2/15 2:20 PM
Tennessee
(11) Kansas State 1/2/15 5:45 PM
(14) UCLA
Washington 1/2/15 9:15 PM
Oklahoma State
East Carolina 1/3/15 11:00 AM
Florida
SMU 45 FINAL
(2) Connecticut 96
UCF 64 FINAL
Houston 50
BYU 62 FINAL
Gonzaga 78
Pacific 92 FINAL
San Francisco 54
St Marys-CA 62 FINAL
Santa Clara 61
San Diego 87 FINAL
Portland 65

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