#5 Arizona Cardinals @ #4 Carolina Panthers
Bank of American Stadium 4:30pm ESPN
In what may be the most unentertaining playoff game of all time, the Arizona Cardinals, with 3rd string quarterback head into Carolina to take on the 7-8-1 NFC South Champs in the Panthers. Ryan Lindley will make his 3rd start this season having throws more INT (4) than TD (2). The Cardinals have the weapons on offense with Larry Fitzgerald, Michael Floyd, John Brown, and Andre Ellington, but it is up to Lindley to get them the ball.
Cam Newton and the Panthers are on a two game win streak and are getting hot at the right time. Carolina beat the Browns in week 16, 17-13, and then crushed the Falcons 34-3 for the NFC South crown. Cam Newton seems to have that swag back after the car accident and I don’t see the Cards slowing that down anytime soon.
The Panthers are going to put up points, and the Cardinals are not. Take the Panthers!
#6 Baltimore Ravens @ #3 Pittsburgh Steelers
Heinz Field 8:15pm NBC
The Ravens and Steelers split the season series with one win a piece. The Ravens came out victorious in week 2 with a 26-6 victory. In week 9, the Steelers hosted the Ravens and defeated them by 20 points with a 43-23 win. Pittsburgh enters the playoffs on a four game win streak, but enter Saturday’s contest with no Le’Veon Bell as he has been ruled out. Bell fell victim to another cheap shot from the Bengals Reggie Nelson.
Since 200, the Ravens have been underdogs in 14 postseason games. They have won 8 of those games. All 8 of those came on the road. The Ravens have played in Pittsburgh three times when the Ravens were the underdogs. The Steelers are undefeated in those three match ups. The numbers are not on the Ravens side. Big Ben and this team is on a mission. They have a real chance of going into Denver and taking down Manning and the Broncos.
Antonio Brown and Martavis Bryant go off. Steelers win!