NFL Playoff capsules

January 12, 2013 

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San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick warms up before an NFL football game against the Seattle Seahawks, Sunday, Dec. 23, 2012, in Seattle. (AP Photo/John Froschauer)


WHO: Ravens at Broncos

TIME/TV: 4:30 p.m., CBS

LINE: Broncos by 91/2

BUZZ: The Broncos have the NFL’s longest win streak with 11 straight. The AFC’s top seed beat the Ravens in Baltimore, 34-17, a month ago in a game that was 31-3 after three quarters. As good as Denver QB Peyton Manning has been in the regular season, he’s had less success in the playoffs with a 9-10 record (all with Indy). However, he is 7-2 all-time vs. the Ravens with a 103 QB rating, 18 TDs and 5 INTs. Baltimore wants LB Ray Lewis’ “last ride” to continue, but Denver’s defense is better. On offense, Broncos WRs Demaryius Thomas (1,434 yards, 10 TDs) and Eric Decker (1,064 yards, 13 TDs) will be too much to handle. Cue the postgame shot of Manning and Lewis, two of the best players of their era.

THE PICK: Broncos

WHO: Packers at 49ers

TIME/TV: 8 p.m., FOX

LINE: 49ers by 3

BUZZ: These two met in Week 1 as San Francisco traveled to Lambeau and produced an impressive 30-22 win behind a 20-for-26, two-touchdown performance from some guy named Alex Smith, then the 49ers starting QB. A lot has changed since then. Coach Jim Harbaugh made Colin Kaepernick the starter after Smith went down with an injury on Nov. 11. The Niners are 5-2 with Kaepernick under center. After the Packers struggled to a 2-3 start, they have won 10 of their past 12. The Packers continue to get healthier, especially with the return of defensive back Charles Woodson. Key matchup: Can Green Bay’s offensive line keep Aaron Rodgers upright and give him time and space.

THE PICK: Packers


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