2014-15 AFC Playoff Schedule
A wild week 17 in the AFC saw the final playoff spots come down to the 2nd half of games. With the Pittsburg Steelers and Baltimore Ravens both winning, the Houston Texans and San Diego Chargers were left on the outside of the playoffs looking in. Tom Brady and Peyton Manning led the New England Patriots and Denver Broncos to 1st round byes, and look to be on collision course for yet another AFC Championship showdown. But before either of them take the field, we will see 3 teams from the AFC North and the Indianapolis Colts battle it out in the AFC Wild Card Round.
AFC Playoff Matchups
Baltimore Ravens at Pittsburgh Steelers – Median Ticket Price $170
Saturday January 3rd, 2015
One of the most intriguing matchups of the NFL Wild Card Round is the Ravens vs. the Steelers. This game features a battle of Super Bowl winning quarterbacks, as Joe Flacco and Ben Rothlisberger have both taken their team to the NFL’s highest step. The Ravens and Steelers met twice this season already with very different results. The first meeting was all Baltimore. Joe Flacco threw for 2 touchdowns and more importantly, the Ravens defense kept Ben Rothlisberger and the Steelers offense out of the end zone, in route to a 20 point victory. Just a few weeks later, the teams met again, but this time Rothlisberger put forth one of the top offensive performances in the history of the NFL, throwing for an unprecedented 6 touchdowns, leading the Steelers to a 43-23 victory. In both cases, the home team dominated. Whenever teams play 3 times in the same season it is hard to predict the outcome. Beating the same team twice in a single season is incredibly tough to do, especially when both have the history of success as the Ravens and Steelers. The two teams have met in the playoffs on 3 previous occasions, with the Steelers winning all 3.
Cincinnati Bengals at Indianapolis Colts – Median Ticket Price $91
Sunday January 4th, 2015
The Bengals enter the playoffs with one of the most dynamic offenses in the NFL. Quarterback Andy Dalton is having another quality season, and A. J. Green is a defensive coordinators nightmare. The true story of the year for the Bengals offense has been Jeremy Hill. Hill had a breakout year, running for more than 1,100 yards, while averaging more than 5 yards a carry. Despite all of this firepower, the Bengals hit an absolute wall in the Colt defense when the two teams met at Lucas Oil Stadium in October. The Colts shut the Bengals out, holding the Andy Dalton to only 126 yards passing. That Colts defense has only given up more than 30 points 5 times this season. However, those 4 of those 5 games were to top tier offenses still alive in the playoffs and it is unclear if they can replicate that same performance against the Bengals. The Bengals have reached the playoffs 5 times since 2009, but their last NFL Playoffs win dates back to 1990.
AFC Playoff Schedule
AFC Divisional Playoff Schedule
Saturday January 10th, TBD at New England Patriots – 3:35 CST
Sunday January 11th, TBD at Denver Broncos 7:15 CST
AFC Championship Game
Sunday January 18th, TBD at TBD