Saturday, Jan. 11
Pittsburgh at Tennessee, 4:30 pm
Atlanta at Philadelphia, 8:00 pmThe rested Titans have flown under the radar screen all season, and that's just fine with them. Quarterback Steve McNair overcame multiple nagging injuries for an MVP-like performance this year. The Steelers, meanwhile, were outplayed by the Cleveland Browns for three quarters in the wild-card round, but rallied to score 22 points in the fourth quarter during a furious comeback to advance.
Sunday, Jan. 12Michael Vick and the Falcons looked very impressive in a 27-7 win on the road at Green Bay. This week, however, they'll face one of the league's best defenses in Philadelphia. Donovan McNabb returns for the Eagles for the first time since breaking his ankle Nov. 17. Atlanta overcame long odds at hostile and frigid Lambeau Field -- can they do the same at Veterans Stadium?
San Francisco at Tampa Bay, 1:00 pm
N.Y. Jets at Oakland, 4:30 pmSan Francisco is coming off a thrilling 39-38 comeback win over the Giants. The 49ers appear vulnerable on defense, but will be facing a Buccaneers offense that hasn't exactly been a powerhouse this season. The big question mark for Tampa Bay is whether QB Brad Johnson's sore back will be healed enough to enable him to play. The Bucs defense was tops in the league during the regular season, but many believe they need the poised Johnson back in the lineup to have a legitimate chance in the playoffs.
Oakland ended New York's season last year in a first-round playoff game, but the Jets are one of the league's hottest teams right now and have serious momentum on their side. They dimantled the Colts 41-0 in the wild-card round, and are being dubbed by some as this year's Patriots. The AFC West champion Raiders may have something to say about that. They have some momentum of their own, going 7-1 over the second half of the season.