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Eight teams remain in the hunt for the Super Bowl

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Matchup Storyline Did you know?
Series: Tied at 9-9, including 1-1 in the playoffs.
Streaks: The Ravens have won five of the last seven games against the Titans, but Tennessee beat Baltimore 13-10 in Week 5 this season. The Titans also won the last playoff meeting, 20-17 on Jan. 3, 2004 in Baltimore.
The well-rested Titans have home-field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs and hope that pays off against the defensive-minded Ravens. Tennessee QB Kerry Collins again will have his hands full, but last time against Baltimore, he lead a 10-point, fourth-quarter comeback, bolstering his confidence. The Ravens' Joe Flacco can become the first rookie QB to win two playoff games. ... Baltimore has averaged 155.1 rushing yards in its last 12 games. ... Ravens WR Derrick Mason spent eight seasons (1997-2004) with the Oilers/Titans and ranks fifth in franchise history with 453 receptions. ... The Titans went 4-1 against playoff teams during the regular season. ... Tennessee is 8-1 when RB LenDale White rushes for at least 90 yards. ... Titans S Michael Griffin tied for second in the NFL with a career-high seven interceptions, two behind the Ravens' Ed Reed.

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8:15 p.m. ET, Saturday (FOX) NFC Divisional Playoff: Arizona at Carolina
Matchup Storyline Did you know?
Series: Panthers lead 6-2.
Streaks: The Panthers have won the last five meetings with the Cardinals, including a 27-23 home victory in Week 8 this season. The teams have never met in the playoffs.
After winning their first home playoff game since 1947 last week, the Cardinals hit the road for a rematch with the Panthers, who bring a well-balanced offense and a pressure defense. Kurt Warner needs to stay upright for Arizona to reach its first NFC Championship Game. The Cardinals have scored 30 or more points in 13 of their past 25 games under head coach Ken Whisenhunt. ... When Warner throws 15 or more passes and has a passer rating of more than 100.0, his teams are 36-3. Warner also has a 6-2 playoff record. ... Arizona RB Edgerrin James has five rushing touchdowns in his past six playoff games. ... The Panthers are 3-0 in divisional playoff games. ... When QB Jake Delhomme has a passer rating greater than 110.0, Carolina is 17-1. ... Panthers RB DeAngelo Williams had six touchdown runs of 30 yards or more, tied with Hall of Famer Jim Brown for second-most in NFL history.

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Matchup Storyline Did you know?
Series: Giants lead 81-68-2, including 2-1 in the playoffs.
Streaks: The Giants have won three of the past four regular-season meetings, but the Eagles took the last game, 20-14, in Week 14 this season. Philadelphia also won the last playoff meeting, 23-20, in the wild-card round of the 2006 season.
The NFC East rivals meet for the third time this season, so there won't be any secrets. The Eagles are rolling, having won five of their last six games, but the Giants have the confidence that comes with being the defending Super Bowl champions and owning the NFC's No. 1 seed. Under head coach Andy Reid, the Eagles have advanced to the divisional round seven times in 10 seasons, more than any team in that span. ... Philadelpia QB Donovan McNabb has a team-record eight playoff wins. ... Eagles CB Asante Samuel has played in 15 playoff games, and his teams are 12-3, including two Super Bowl wins (both with the Patriots). His 202 interception-return yards are the most in NFL playoff history. ... The Giants make their 30th playoff appearance, an NFL-best. ... New York QB Eli Manning has won 26 of his past 34 starts, including the playoffs. ... Giants K John Carney is 9 of 10 on field-goal attempts in the playoffs.

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Matchup Storyline Did you know?
Series: Steelers 20-8.
Streaks: The Steelers have won six of the past seven meetings, including an 11-10 home victory in Week 11 this season, but the Chargers have won both playoff matchups (1982, 1994).
After earning their way into the playoffs with a late-season rally, the Chargers are making the most of the opportunity. QB Philip Rivers has played well, but RB LaDainian Tomlinson's injury trouble couldn't come at a worse time. Pittsburgh leads the league in overall defense and should be tough to crack. Rivers has passed for 1,271 yards and 11 touchdowns with just two interceptions during the Chargers' five-game winning streak, including the playoffs. ... San Diego RB Darren Sproles' 328 total yards (105 rushing, 45 receiving, 72 punt return, 106 kickoff return) last week against Indianapolis were the third-most in NFL playoff history. ... Chargers P Mike Scifres set an NFL playoff record with six punts inside the 20-yard line last week. ... Steelers WR Hines Ward is second among active players with 896 receiving yards in playoff games (Colts WR Reggie Wayne is first with 963). ... Pittsburgh LB James Harrison, who set a franchise record with 16 sacks this season, has two interceptions in his past three games against San Diego.

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