The AFC Playoffs standings and schedule are set heading into next weekend and the Denver Broncos will be playing against the San Diego Chargers at home on Sunday and before that the New England Patriots will host the Indianapolis Colts at Gillette Stadium and the second round divisional matchups has top flight quarterbacks in Peyton Manning, Philip Rivers, Tom Brady and Andrew Luck in action.
The first game of the weekend will be the Seattle Seahawks hosting the New Orleans Saints at CenturyLink Field on Saturday and that game will be on FOX starting up at 4:35 pm and after that will be the first AFC matchup, with the New England Patriots hosting the Indianapolis Colts at 8:15 pm ET on CBS and that game will be at Gillette Stadium. Tom Brady is looking to get back to the Super Bowl for the first time since losing to the Giants, while Andrew Luck is in the playoffs for the second year in a row and he pulled off the second greatest comeback in the playoffs with a 28-point rally to defeat the Kansas City Chiefs on Saturday and now he has a showdown coming with Brady and the Pats.
The Denver Broncos are hosting the San Diego Chargers for the second time in a matter of weeks and it will be the third time that the two teams have played and the last game saw the Chargers come into Denver and win on Thursday night football in Week 15 and now they will have another chance to do it. The Broncos are looking to get past their first playoff game after being upset by the Ravens last season and now Peyton Manning will face off against Philip Rivers for the chance to get into the AFC championship game. Manning has the potential to face two teams he has played to and lost to this year in his old team the Colts or against the Patriots, who would have to travel on the road after hosting the game in the regular season.
The Colts pulled off an amazing comeback against the Chiefs and now Andrew Luck will face off against Tom Brady and the Patriots and on the NFC side of things, the Saints shook the big monkey off their backs by getting a road playoff win and it came on a last second field goal as time expired in Philadelphia and they now will face the Seattle Seahawks on the road after previously playing there and losing during the regular season. The other game in the NFC will be between the Carolina Panthers against either the Green Bay Packers or the San Francisco 49ers and that could be a great matchup as Cam Newton makes his playoffs debut.
AFC playoffs schedule:
Saturday, January 11
Indianapolis Colts vs. New England Patriots, Gillette Stadium, CBS, 8:15 pm
Sunday, January 12
San Diego Chargers vs. Denver Broncos, Sports Authority Field at Mile High, CBS, 4:40 pm