Three of the four NFL divisional playoff matchups are now set in stone. The Seattle Seahawks and the New Orleans Saints play next Saturday afternoon, with the New England Patriots hosting the Indianapolis Colts in the nightcap. Late next Sunday afternoon, the Denver Broncos will host today's early winner, the San Diego Chargers, who just wrapped up a 27-10 road win in Cincinnati.
That leaves just one bye-week team awaiting a divisional-round opponent: the Carolina Panthers, who will host the winner of the Green Bay Packers and the San Francisco 49ers in next Sunday's early game. The Packers and Niners are your last game of wild card weekend, playing in a frozen stadium that is Lambeau Field.
Way back on September 8, in Week 1 played in balmy San Francisco, the 49ers beat the Packers at home, 34-28, in one of the best opening-day matchups of the 2013 season. One had a feeling at the time that the two teams would see each other again down the line, and that has come to fruition - thanks in large part to Aaron Rodgers returning from a collarbone just in time to help Green Bay, 8-7-1, eke into the playoffs as NFC North champions. San Francisco, meanwhile, has morphed from a 6-4 disappointment into a 12-4 wild card team that has won six straight games and looks a lot like the 49ers team that waltzed into the Super Bowl a year ago.
This should be a good one. Who do you think wins, Bills fans?