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NFL Playoffs: Divisional Round Matchups Set

NFL Playoffs

The 2020 NFL season featured an expanded playoff field, with seven teams making it from each conference for the first time ever.

This created a huge first weekend with six games on the schedule instead of the traditional four.

There were plenty of upsets in Wild Card round weekend, and four Wild Card teams were able to advance to the next round. That has created some interesting matchups for the divisional round of the NFL playoffs in what should be another terrific weekend of football.

There are four games taking place this week, with the two winners in each conference meeting up in the conference championship games in two weeks. Here is a quick look at each of the four matchups set to take place.

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AFC

The Kansas City Chiefs earned the top overall seed in the AFC, which earned them a bye in the Wild Card round. Kansas City will host the Cleveland Browns on Sunday afternoon at Arrowhead Stadium.

The Browns stunned the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday night, scoring 28 points in the first quarter of that win. Cleveland has been dealing with COVID-19, but it did not affect its play in the victory.

Kansas City is the defending Super Bowl champion, and it went 14-2 during the regular season. The Chiefs are always hard to beat at Arrowhead Stadium.

The other matchup in the AFC will be the Buffalo Bills hosting the Baltimore Ravens. Both teams were in action this past weekend, and each team was able to hold on for a win.

Buffalo was able to defeat the Indianapolis Colts thanks to another great performance from quarterback Josh Allen. Baltimore eliminated the Tennessee Titans, as the defense led the way for the Ravens in the game.

The Chiefs are 10-point favorites over the Browns in their matchup, while the Bills are 2.5-point favorites over the Baltimore Ravens on Saturday.

NFC

The NFC saw just one major upset in the Wild Card round, and that should lead to some great matchups in the divisional round. The NFC features three of the best quarterbacks to ever play the game, and two of them are set to square off for the first time in the playoffs.

The Green Bay Packers are the top seed in the NFC, and that earned them a bye in the Wild Card round. Green Bay will now host the Los Angeles Rams in the divisional round after the Rams were able to upset the Seattle Seahawks last Saturday.

Aaron Rodgers and the Packers had the best offense in the NFL during the regular season, and they are always tough to stop at Lambeau Field. The Rams will counter with a dominant defense that is great at getting after the quarterback.

The New Orleans Saints will host the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in a battle of NFC South rivals, and a matchup of future Hall of Fame quarterbacks. Tom Brady (Buccaneers) and Drew Brees (Saints) have never met up in the playoffs, and this will be a highly anticipated matchup.

New Orleans won both of its regular-season matchups with Tampa Bay, and the Saints are slight 2.5-point favorites in this game.

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