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We take a brief look at Sunday's slate of NFL playoff games, including the afternoon showdown between the Houston Texans and New England Patriots.
The NFL playoffs enter the second weekend, and the number of teams vying for a Super Bowl are dwindling down. Let's take a look at Sunday's Divisional matchups as two teams come off their bye weeks.
The Atlanta Falcons are still looking for Matt Ryan's first playoff win, but they'll have to do it against one of the hottest teams in the league. Russell Wilson is the sole remaining rookie QB starter in the playoffs. Atlanta has allowed the 12th-most rushing yards in the regular season, so look for a steady dose of Marshawn Lynch. On defense, the matchup of the week is Roddy White and Julio Jones against Richard Sherman and Brandon Browner.
Houston is hoping to get past the Divisional round, but not many people expect them to do it this year, as the Patriots are 9.5 favorites and beat up Houston 42-14 in their regular-season matchup. Tom Brady is as sharp as ever, and Rob Gronkowski should be closer to 100 percent after two weeks of rest. Still, the Texans don't figure to go quietly this time around, even in a hostile Foxboro environment.