After one wild first round of postseason play, the AFC and NFC divisional round matchups are set. The NFL’s Wild Card weekend showcased three games with underdog road team victories that ushered in plenty of great rematches scheduled in the second round of playoffs. In the AFC, Andy Dalton heinously crashed the Bengals’ victory train at home, while a failed Kansas City defense allowed a historic comeback win; the NFC Wild Card round ended the hopeful Philadelphia Eagles playoff dreams and saw the inability of Green Bay to stomp out a California team on a frostbitten day. Now that we’ve weeded out playoff pretenders from true contenders, let’s get on with the best of the NFC and AFC with this season’s four divisional round games!
AFC Divisional Round Tickets—Ticket Prices
Avg. Price: $363
The San Diego Chargers took advantage of numerous mistakes by a sorry Cincinnati Bengals team, for an on-the-road victory advancing them to the AFC divisional round. Thus far, the Chargers have flown under the radar, but have now handed the Bengals, Kansas City—and their upcoming opponents, the top seeded Denver Broncos—their first losses at home. When the two teams met earlier this year, San Diego executed a 27-20 victory and were the first to show the kinks in the Manning machine, so tread carefully Broncos fans: there’s a reason why Philip Rivers and company have made it this far. Still, Wes Welker will be back in full form with the rest of Denver’s offensive weapons hoping to smoke the Chargers in their quest for revenge, as Manning is doubly determined: looking to improve his unexceptional 9-11 playoff record. The get-in price is $118 for what’s sure to be one of the most exciting rematches of the weekend, kicking off Sunday at Mile High.
Watch out Brady, there’s a new comeback kid in town. Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts showed poise and maturity in the first Wild Card match of the season, shredding a 28-point deficit against Kansas City to execute the second largest rally in NFL playoff history. Though Saturday’s game was remarkable, Tom Brady did hand Luck one of the worst defeats of his young career last season, so when facing the Patriots this Sunday—especially fresh off their bye—Indianapolis should be weary of performing a characteristic late start. Can New England stomp out Indianapolis to advance them to yet another AFC Conference game, so we may potentially re-live the Peyton Manning-Tom Brady rivalry? First get your tickets to the most affordable divisional round game: a young buck vs. seasoned veteran showdown, just $254 on average and $113 to get into Gillette Stadium.
NFC Divisional Round Tickets—Ticket Prices
Avg. Price: $413
The San Francisco 49ers are perhaps the hottest team in the playoff picture right now, with their 7th consecutive victory coming on the road against the Green Bay Packers amid sub-degree weather in hostile territory. San Francisco will ride the momentum into Bank of America Stadium to take on the Carolina Panthers for what’s shaping up to be the hottest game of the divisional round: a Sunday showdown between two parallel teams. When Cam Newton faced Colin Kaepernick in the regular season, their similar duel-threat quarterback styles and unyielding linebackers resulted in a gritty 10-9 Panthers victory at Candlestick Park. You can pay just $104 to get into the priciest game of the week, and see if Carolina’s #2 ranked defense can stop the Niners again, but not if Kaepernick has anything to say about it. The 49ers QB did send the Panthers a warning after advancing: “We owe them.” Don’t miss the best defensive rematch the playoffs has to offer this weekend and see if Niners can pay back the Panthers in full!
Avg. Price: $361
The New Orleans Saints won their most important game of the season, with a Wild Card win on the road over the Philadelphia Eagles to advance to the NFC divisional round. Sean Payton and company cut it close, squeaking by with a 26-24 victory, but this time, at the scariest stadium in the league that’s home to the top-seeded NFC team, the Saints will need to bring their best game yet. When the Seahawks and Saints met last, Seattle doled out a 34-7 whooping, so naturally, heading into the Saturday’s game, the home team is greatly favored. But, even with Seattle well rested from their bye, in playoffs anything is possible—especially with a veteran quarterback primed for revenge. Can the experienced Drew Brees connect with giant tight end Jimmy Graham to overcome their regular season rout, or will Russell Wilson and his Legion of Boom secondary call easy pickins’ on their visitors? The second game this Saturday is just $85 to get-in, the cheapest tickets you’ll find this round!
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