By Samihan Dani and Neil Bhardwaja
The playoffs have come down to the final eight including five Superbowl winning quarterbacks. Last weekend in the wild card round, the Steelers, Bengals, Cardinals, and Lions lost.
Baltimore Ravens at New England Patriots
The Ravens defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers last week 30-17 in the wild card round. These two teams have a lot of history over the recent years and have faced off in the 2011 and 2012 AFC championship, so this will be a huge rematch. Raven’s quarterback Joe Flacco is a postseason machine with having a 13-0 touchdown to interception in his last 5 postseason games. The Patriots are No.1 seed in the AFC and had a bye week in the first round. The Pats won 10 out of 11 games before resting their starters in the last game against Buffalo.
Indianapolis Colts at Denver Broncos
The Colts defeated the struggling Bengals 26-10 in the wild card round. Andrew Luck is coming off his best game of the season with 376 yards, 1 touchdown, no interceptions, and 70.5% completion rate. In the last 5 games of the season Manning only had 5 touchdown passes and 233.8 YPG (yards per game). Though Manning has has arm strength issues in the second half of the season, the Broncos still have a dependable running back duo with C.J. Anderson and Ronnie Hillman. The Colts need to get off to a better start than they did in the season opener. They trailed be 21 at Halftime and finished the game 21-34.
Dallas Cowboys and Green Bay Packers
The Cowboys defeated the Lions in an amazing game with a close score 24-20 with an outstanding 10 points to win it in the 4th quarter. Dez Bryant is doing an incredible job at receiver this season, with 1320 yards and 16 touchdowns, keeping the cowboys strong. Tony Romo is playing solid with 34 touchdown passes and 3705 yards. The Green Bay Packers have an amazing quarterback, Aaron Rodgers, who has had better stats than Romo, with 38 touchdown passes and 4381 yards. Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb, Packers receivers, had a combined result of 2806 yards. The Packers will have to step up their defense to ensure an easy victory.
Carolina Panthers at Seattle Seahawks The Carolina Panthers got lucky to achieve a wild card into the play offs but they are going up against a strong opponent, the Seahawks.They have an outstanding quarterback, Cam Newton, who’s a really catalyst to the team. He has some great stats with 18 touchdown passes and 3127 yards. But the Seattle Seahawks have had solid gameplay and they won the SuperBowl last season. Russell Wilson, the Seahawks quarterback, has had some incredible gameplay with 20 tuchdowns and 3705 yards. The Seahawks also have a fantastic running back, Marshawn Lynch. He has stepped up his game this season with 1306 yards and 13 touchdowns.