The Denver Broncos, should they advance to the Super Bowl, have the possibility of facing one of three of its former Super Bowl opponents. The Broncos lost the big one to the New York Giants in 1987 and to the San Francisco 49ers in 1990 before defeating the Green Bay Packers in Super Bowl XXXII in 1998.
On Saturday that group of three teams will be whittled down by at least one team and possibly by two. The New Orleans Saints are road favorites against the No. 2 NFC seed 49ers while the Packers are favored to defeat the Giants at Lambeau Field.
But none of these possible narratives mean much if the Broncos are unable to defeat the New England Patriots. That appears to requite another miracle for the Broncos to pull off as they are two-touchdown underdogs.
The other game on tap for the weekend involves the Houston Texans visiting the Baltimore Ravens. The Texans picked up its first-ever playoff win last week and will look for its first road playoff victory.
Here is the weekend's 2012 NFL Playoffs schedule:
Saints vs. 49ers, Saturday, Jan. 14, 2012 - 2:30 p.m. MT, FOX
Broncos vs. Patriots, Saturday, Jan. 14, 2012 - 6:00 p.m. MT, CBS
Texans vs. Ravens, Sunday, Jan. 15, 2012 - 11:00 a.m. MT, CBS
Giants vs. Packers, Sunday, Jan. 15, 2012 - 2:30 p.m. MT, FOX
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