Colts at Baltimore
Time: 1 p.m today (CBS)
Records: Colts (11-5), Ravens (10-6)
The Skinny: Who has the schematic edge? Colts head coach Chuck Pagano was the Ravens defensive coordinator last season and Ravens offensive coordinator Jim Caldwell was the Colts’ head coach in 2011. The Colts are the feel-good story of the year after Bruce Arians stepped in for the ailing Pagano and led them to nine victories in the final 11 games. They are only the second team in league history to win 11 or more games following a season with two or fewer victories. But they also have 28 players who will be making their first playoff appearance. The Ravens are not exactly on a roll, though. They’ve lost four of their last five games.
Prediction: Ravens, 20-17
Seattle at Washington
Time: 4:30 p.m. Sunday (Fox)
Records: Seahawks (11-5), Redskins (10-6)
The Skinny: This is a matchup of two rookie quarterbacks who rely on two of the top three running backs in the NFC. Robert Griffin III and Russell Wilson are the only rookie QBs in NFL history with a 100+ passer rating in the regular season. The Redskins have won seven in a row, the longest current streak in the NFC, after a 3-6 start. The Seahawks have won their past four games by a combined 170-43. But the Seahawks are not the same team on the road, going just 3-5. And Wilson has thrown nine of his 26 touchdowns and eight of his 10 interceptions on the road.
Prediction: Seahawks, 24-23