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January 15, 2011 by staff 

Nfl Schedule, (CP) – BALTIMORE (13-4) at Pittsburgh (12-4)

Saturday 16:30 CBS

Opening line – Pittsburgh by 3 1 / 2

RECORD VS. SPREAD – Baltimore, 9-8, 9-6-1 Pittsburgh

Series of recordings – Lead Steelers 20-12

LAST MEETING – Steelers beat Ravens 13-10, December 5, 2010

LAST WEEK – Ravens beat Chiefs 30-7, bye Steelers

GENERAL (22), RUSH (14), PASS (20) – INFRINGEMENT RAVENS

GENERAL (10), RUSH (5), PASS (21) – RAVENS DEFENSE

GENERAL (14), RUSH (11), PASS (14) – INFRINGEMENT STEELERS

GENERAL (2), RUSH (1), PASS (12) – STEELERS DEFENSE

Striations, STATS AND NOTES – On the basis of winning percentage, the Ravens (9-5, 0643) and Steelers (31-10, 0620) own two main documents NFL playoffs. Baltimore is 7-3 in playoff road games. Steelers are 18-8 at home, 5-3 since 2001. Pittsburgh is 7-1 in the playoffs since 2005 with a loss of only Jacksonville, wild card round in 2007. … Steelers, Ravens tied AFC North title, but Pittsburgh won tiebreaker with the better division record. … All but one of the last seven games Ravens-Steelers was decided by 4 points or less. … Pittsburgh is 2-0 against the Ravens in postseason, winning in 2001 and 2008 seasons. Pittsburgh beat Baltimore 23-14 in a match of the AFC championship two seasons ago before beating Arizona 27-23 in the Super Bowl. … Or Ravens or Steelers have the best running back 100 yards over the last 14-playoff games. Washington (17 games) has the longest ongoing series. Steelers allowed an average of 62.8 yards per game this season, third lowest since 1970 merger of the NFL. … Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger is 8-2 in season’s end. Ravens Joe Flacco is the first QB to start and win playoff game in each of the first three seasons. … Ravens coach John Harbaugh is 2-5 against Pittsburgh, but he and Barry Switzer are only two head coaches in the NFL to win playoff games in each of the first three seasons. … Ravens RB Ray Rice averaged 128.3 yards rushing and receiving in his last three-playoff games. RB Rice is in the 50 games to run for at least 100 yards against Pittsburgh. He gained 141 yards in 23-20 losses to the Ravens at Heinz Field December 27, 2009. … Ravens RB Willis McGahee has four touchdowns rushing in his last four-playoff games. … Baltimore has 29 interceptions in the game post-season 14, including three against Kansas City. … By winning, the Steelers in a close victory Cowboys (33 wins) for most in the post-season. Dallas appeared in 57 playoff games, Pittsburgh 51. Pittsburgh cannot access the games of the 15th conference title, surpassing Dallas (14) for the most since 1970. … Steelers are 8-0 in playoff series against division opponents since 1970 ger Wed Their only loss was comparable in 1947, when they were beaten by Philadelphia in a playoff game in the Eastern Conference for the Right to advance NFL title game. … Steelers WR Hines Ward needs an outlet to overcome Thurman Thomas (76 catches) for the fifth most receptions playoffs. … Steelers LB LaMarr Woodley has eight sacks in four playoff games.

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GREEN BAY (11-6) at Atlanta (13-3)

Saturday, 20 am, FOX

Opening line – Atlanta by 1 1 / 2

RECORD VS. Green Bay 10-7, 11-5 Atlanta – SPREAD

SERIES RECORD – Tied 13-13

LAST MEETING – Falcons beat Packers 20-17, November 28, 2010

LAST WEEK – Packers beat Eagles 21-16; bye Falcons

INFRINGEMENT PACKERS – GENERAL (9), RUSH (24), PASS (5)

PACKERS DEFENSE – OVERALL (5), RUSH (18), PASS (5)

INFRINGEMENT Falcons – GENERAL (16), RUSH (12), PASS (15)

Falcons DEFENSE – OVERALL (16), RUSH (10), PASS (22)

Striations, STATS AND NOTES – Packers come off playoff road win since their first victory against San Francisco 49ers in 1997 NFC championship. … Green Bay is 4-5 in Round of playoffs division, Atlanta is 2-4. … Falcons beat Packers 20-17 in the regular season on goal by Matt Bryant field from 47 yards with nine seconds remaining. … Green Bay’s third best winning percentage in the league post-season with 26-16 record (0619). By comparison, Atlanta is 6-9 playoff marks, but Falcons are 3-1 at home. … Falcons went 7-1 at the Georgia Dome during the regular season, losing only against New Orleans 17-14 next week before last. Since the beginning of the 2008 season, Atlanta has best mark at home in the NFC (20-4) and trails only New England (21-3) in general. … Atlanta-field advantage in NFC playoffs for only the second time in team history. It was first held in 1980, when Falcons lost 30-27 to Dallas at the old Atlanta Fulton County Stadium in divisional round. … Will third playoff meeting between the Packers and Falcons. During the 2002 season, Atlanta became the first road team to beat Packers post-season at Lambeau Field, winning 27-7 behind Michael Vick and stifling defense. Green Bay won 37-20 wild-card confrontations in 1995. … Green Bay six losses this season were by a combined 20 points. The average margin of 3.33 is the lowest in the NFL. … Atlanta WR Roddy White led the NFL with his best catch-115. He ranked second with 1,389 yards, trailing Denver Brandon Lloyd (1,448). … Packers have never attended by more than seven points in a game this season. … Falcons were the least penalized team in the league, noted that 3.6 times per game. Green Bay finished third at 4.7. … The two teams also ranked among the top 10 in turnover margin, with Packers Atlanta fourth and ninth. … Green Bay had three receivers catch at least 50 for the first time in their history: Greg Jennings (76) Donald Driver (51) and James Jones (50). … Falcons will have to deal with the player who was not a factor in their first meeting. RB James Starks ran for 123 yards in wild-card victory over Philadelphia, more than it had during the entire regular season. … Packers QB Aaron Rodgers has spent seven touchdowns in the first two career playoff games, an NFL record. Five SBC had previously shared the mark with six. … Falcons QB Matt Ryan has a 20-2 career record as a starter at the Georgia Dome. … Green Bay has allowed just 15 points per game during the regular season, second in the league behind Pittsburgh (14.5). In five of the last nine games, Packers allowed seven points or less.

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SEATTLE (8-9) AT CHICAGO (11-5)

Sunday, 13 am, FOX

Opening line – Chicago by 9 1 / 2

RECORD VS. SPREAD – Seattle 8-9-0, 9-6-1 Chicago

Series of recordings – Seahawks lead 8-5

LAST MEETING – Bears beat Seahawks 23-20, October 17, 2010

LAST WEEK – Seahawks beat New Orleans 41-36; bye Bears

GENERAL (28), RUSH (31), PASS (19) – INFRINGEMENT SEAHAWKS

GENERAL (27), RUSH (21), PASS (27) – SEAHAWKS DEFENSE

INFRINGEMENT BEAR – GENERAL (30), RUSH (22), PASS (28)

BEARS DEFENSE – OVERALL (9), RUSH (2), PASS (20)

Striations, STATS AND NOTES – Matt Hasselbeck threw for 242 yards and touchdown in the first meeting, Mike Williams had 10 catches and 123 yards and the defense sacked Jay Cutler of Seattle six times. Seattle stood bye and had made several major trends that have led to the game, receiver Deion Branch trade of New England and the acquisition of Marshawn Lynch in Buffalo. Cutler, who was 17, 39, declined to pass 47 times in that game while you spend only 12 times. … Bears beat Seahawks 27-24 in overtime in the playoff game of the division on how the Super Bowl four years ago, winning goal Robbie Gould field of 49 yards. Chicago Rex Grossman threw for 282 yards in that game. … Only 21 of the 53 players on the Seahawks active roster were with the team last season. … Lynch’s tackle-breaking 67-yard run last week caused a seismic event to be recorded by sensors outside Qwest Field. … Hasselbeck threw four touchdown passes last week. Three-time Pro Bowler is 5-5 in the early post-season 10 in Seattle. … Bears have a better record on the road (6-2) at home (5-3) regular season. … Bears in the playoffs for the 25th time and third in seven seasons under the guidance of Lovie Smith. Chicago is 16-17 at the end of the season, including 11-7 at home. … Offense had 258 rushing attempts and 276 pass plays (attempts more bags) during the last nine regular season games. … Bears defense held offenses to 256 points (16 ppg), fourth-less NFL. Chicago has allowed 14 passing TDs, the second fewest in the NFL. … The Bears had 35 takeaways, tied for third in the league. … Cutler threw for 3,274 yards, the third in their history, and became the first Bears QB to throw for 3,000 in seasons back-to-back. … RB Matt Forte ran for 717 yards last nine games while averaging 4.9 per carry, eighth in the league during that period. Forte finished with 1,069 rushing yards and 547 receiving, joining Walter Payton as only Bears with 1,000 yards rushing and 500 receiving in the same season. He also had three touchdowns receiving, tied for most among NFL running backs this season. … Devin Hester set the NFL record with his statement of career a kick 14th TD, and Eric Metcalf tied the record with his 10th TD punt return. His average of 17.1 yards on punt returns was the best ever among those who are 30 or more in a season.

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New York Jets (12-5) AT NEW ENGLAND (14-2)

Sunday, 4:30 p.m., CBS

Opening line – New England 8 1 / 2

RECORD VS. SPREAD – New York 10-7, 11-5 New England

SERIES RECORD – Tied 51-51-1

LAST MEETING – Patriots beat Jets 45-3, December 6, 2010

LAST WEEK – Jets beat Colts 17-16; Patriots bye

BREACH OF JETS – GENERAL (11), RUSH (4), PASS (22)

JETS DEFENSE – OVERALL (3), RUSH (3), PASS (6)

INFRINGEMENT PATRIOTS – Overall (8), RUSH (9), PASS (11)

PATRIOTS DEFENSE – OVERALL (25), RUSH (11), PASS (30)

Striations, STATS AND NOTES – fierce rivals split the season series with both winning at home, with the Jets 28-14 victory on Sept. 19 and with the Patriots 45-3 victory on Dec. 6. … Tom Brady is 14-4 against the Jets, including 1-0 in playoffs. … Since 2000, the Jets’ five victories in Foxborough Patriots are the most by an opponent during this period. … Jets will set franchise record for road victories in a season with their eighth defeat if Patriots. They are tied with the team last year, which had won seven away from home on the road to the championship game of the AFC. … In the post-season games four sub Rex Ryan, Jets averaged 148.8 yards rushing. Shona Greene has 374 meters of these games, already ranks third in franchise post-season history in only his second NFL season. … QB Mark Sanchez is 3-1 late in the season with 4 TDs and 3 interceptions and 83.2 QB rating. If strong second half against Indianapolis, a leader on the Jets coaching victory with less than minute, completing all three of his passes for 45 yards. Said his sore right shoulder, which had been bothering him since last month, the best he has felt in three or four weeks. … K Nick Folk FG kicks of 32 yards to beat Colts as time expired. … RB LaDainian Tomlinson has struggled in the playoffs especially in career, but was outstanding in the first game post-season Jets while rushing for 82 yards and two touchdowns and caught four passes for 17 yards vs. Colts. … RT Damien Woody was placed on season-ending IR earlier this week after suffering left Achilles tendon injury in the Colts victory on Saturday. He will be replaced by veteran backup Wayne Hunter. … DE Shaun Ellis to extend his franchise record for most games played post-season with his 11th on Sunday. … CB Darrelle Revis come off impressive performance vs. Colts in which he held Reggie Wayne to a catch of 1 yard. … LB Jason Taylor is NFL career active leader in sacks, but failed to bring down a QB in the post-season games in seven years. … P Steve Weatherford tied the NFL record by placing 42 punts inside the 20-yard line during the regular season. … Patriot’s layoffs p for the 12th time in 17 seasons Robert Kraft as the owner. … They led the NFL in scoring with 32.4 points per game and tied the NFL record by scoring own at least 30 points in eight consecutive games, capped by winning 38-7 in the final in Miami. … Brady has won NFL-record 28 straight home starts during the regular season but lost the last game of the playoffs it, 33-14 in the first round last season. Brady threw three interceptions in that game against the Ravens, but this season he threw only four interceptions and 36 touchdowns. … Danny Woodhead, cut by Jets after first game, ran for 547 yards and five touchdowns and caught 34 passes for 1 TD for the Patriots. … With 86 catches, 432 Wes Welker has the last four seasons, most in the NFL. … Patriot’s rookie CB Devin McCourty, first-round pick from Rutgers, tied for second in the NFL with 7 interceptions. … Shayne Graham K has made all 12 of his FG attempts in eight games since he took when Stephen Gostkowski went on the disabled list with a hamstring injury. … Patriots are 11-2 in playoff games at home. Loss ravens beat 11 games winning streak in Foxborough. … Patriots committed 10 turnovers, least in the NFL since he went to the 16-game schedule 1978.

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