On Saturday January 3rd, 2015 the NFL resumes as the 2015 Playoffs kick off with two great clashes of the NFC and AFC Conferences respectively. Carolina Panthers will be hosting the first game of the day at Bank of America Stadium as the favorites to win the game. Panthers coach Ron Rivera told the Associated Press that running back DeAngelo Williams looks “ready to roll” for Saturday’s playoff game against the Cardinals. Williams has missed four straight games with a broken bone in his hand.
The Panthers became the first team to earn back-to-back NFC South titles and will host the Cardinals on Saturday in a wild-card playoff game.Carolina (7-8-1) is the second team with a losing record to reach the postseason. The 2010 Seattle Seahawks captured the West despite going 7-9 and won a home playoff game over New Orleans. Carolina has yielded 43 points over the last four weeks, with only Seattle giving up fewer (33).
These games are the first four in which safety Tre Boston and cornerback Bene Benwikere – rookies drafted in the fourth and fifth round, respectively – have started together.
”We were trying to find answers as a coaching staff, the right combination of guys – and we found it,” coach Ron Rivera said. source: cbssports.com
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These are the most updated betting odds on this game:
Arizona Cardinals +6.5 38o
Carolina Panthers -6.5 38u
Later on, at Heinz Field Stadium AFC Conference Pittsburgh Steelers await Baltimore Ravens. The fierce rivalry between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Ravens has taken to the postseason on three previous occasions. All three matchups took place in Pittsburgh, and all ended with a Steelers victory.
The Ravens did not control their own destiny heading into the final week of the regular season, but took care of business with a 20-10 victory over Cleveland and benefited from San Diego’s loss to Kansas City. The combination secured Baltimore’s sixth postseason berth in seven seasons and first since its Super Bowl title following the 2012 season.
Yet, a key piece – Le’Veon Bell – may be absent on Sunday. Bell amassed 11 touchdowns and 2,215 yards from scrimmage, contributing to Pittsburgh’s franchise-record 6,749 total yards this season, but he suffered a hyperextended knee in Pittsburgh’s AFC North-clinching 27-17 victory over Cincinnati in Week 17.
“I feel really good,” Bell said. “I didn’t expect to be feeling this well this early. But I am, so I’m just going to take it day by day and see where it goes.”
Pittsburgh is favorite to win this game at -3 45u while Baltimore stands at +3 45o
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