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Sunday, Jan. 13

Seattle at Atlanta, 1 p.m. The Seahawks (12-5) have won six in a row, erased its reputation as a road flop with three straight away victories - including last week at Washington. Meanwhile, the Falcons (13-3) are the NFC's top seed but are 0-3 in the postseason under coach Mike Smith and with Matt Ryan at quarterback.

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Houston at New England, 4:30 p.m. The Texans (13-4) return to Foxborough, where their late-season spiral began with a 42-14 rout by the Patriots. They then lost twice more in the final three games. This is only the fourth postseason game in the Texans' 11-season NFL history, while Tom Brady would surpass Joe Montana for most postseason victories by a quarterback if he can lead the Patriots (12-4) to a win.

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STARS

Passing

-Joe Flacco, Ravens, threw a game-tying touchdown to Jacoby Jones with 31 seconds left in regulation, helping send it into overtime and Baltimore beat Denver in the second extra period, 38-35. He finished with 331 yards and three scores.

-Colin Kaepernick, 49ers, rushed for a quarterback playoff-record 181 yards and two touchdowns and threw two scoring passes in San Francisco's 45-31 win over Green Bay.

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Rushing

-Ray Rice, Ravens, ran for 131 yards and a score on 30 carries as Baltimore topped Denver 38-35 in overtime.

-Frank Gore, 49ers, had 119 yards rushing and a TD on 23 carries to help San Francisco beat Green Bay 45-31.

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Receiving

-Michael Crabtree, 49ers, had nine catches for 119 yards and two TDs in San Francisco's 45-31 win over Green Bay.

-Torrey Smith, Ravens, caught two touchdown passes in Baltimore's 38-35 win over Denver in two overtimes.

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Special Teams

-Trindon Holliday, Broncos, scored on a 90-yard punt return the first time Denver touched the ball in a 38-35 loss in two overtimes against Baltimore, and returned the second-half kickoff 104 yards to become the first player to score on a kick and punt return in the same playoff game. Both were playoff records for longest returns, as was the 248 total return yards he had.

-Justin Tucker, Ravens, kicked a 47-yard field goal 1:42 into the second overtime to give Baltimore a 38-35 victory over Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos.

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Defense

-Corey Graham, Ravens, intercepted Peyton Manning twice in Baltimore's 38-35 victory over Denver. Graham returned the first one 39 yards for a touchdown. His second was in overtime and helped set up the winning field goal.

-Sam Shields, Packers, returned an interception 52 yards for a score in Green Bay's 45-31 loss to San Francisco.

-Ray Lewis, Ravens, led Baltimore with 17 tackles in a 38-35 win over Denver in two overtimes.

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STREAKS & STATS

San Francisco had 579 total yards with 323 on the ground, scoring its third-most points in the franchise's storied playoff history, topping Green Bay 45-31 on Saturday night. ... Baltimore's 38-35 victory over Denver in two overtimes - nearly 77 minutes of elapsed playing time - was the longest NFL game since Cleveland beat the New York Jets 23-20 in 1987. ... The Broncos fell to 13-4 at home lifetime in the playoffs. ... Peyton Manning tied Dan Marino for fourth-most touchdowns in postseason history. He also matched Brett Favre for most career playoff losses, with 11. ... San Francisco advanced to back-to-back NFC title games for the first time since reaching three in a row following the 1992-94 seasons, with 1994 its last trip to the Super Bowl.

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SAN FRANCISCO SCRAMBLER

Colin Kaepernick rushed for a quarterback playoff-record 181 yards and two touchdowns and threw two scoring passes to Michael Crabtree in San Francisco's 45-31 win over Green Bay. He ran for scores of 20 and 56 yards on the way to topping the rushing mark of 119 yards set by Michael Vick in 2005 against St. Louis. Kaepernick also joined Jay Cutler in 2011 and Otto Graham in both 1954 and `55 as the only players with two rushing and two passing touchdowns in a playoff game.

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MANNING'S MISTAKE

On Denver's second possession of overtime, Peyton Manning stopped and threw across his body to the middle of the field - and into the arms of Ravens cornerback Corey Graham at Denver's 45. Baltimore (12-6) ran five plays and gained 16 yards before Justin Tucker sailed his winning kick down the middle for a 38-35 victory.

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CHILLED OUT

The wind chill at kickoff in Denver for Baltimore's 38-35 victory in two overtimes Saturday was 2 degrees, and Peyton Manning, wearing an orange-and-gray glove to get more feel in the icy weather, fell to 0-4 lifetime in playoff games when the temperature is 40 or less. He finished 28 for 43 for 290 yards and accounted for all three Denver turnovers.

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SPEAKING

``It was one of those miraculous plays. I don't think it'll ever be forgotten.'' - Baltimore's Corey Graham on Joe Flacco's tying 70-yard TD pass to Jacoby Jones with 31 seconds left in the Ravens' 38-35 win in two overtimes over the Denver Broncos.

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``Thanks for bearing witness to one of the greatest football games you're ever going to see. That football game did football proud.'' - Baltimore coach John Harbaugh after the Ravens' 38-35 win in two overtimes over the Denver Broncos.

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``I didn't know how fast he was. Coming in, I really never paid attention to it. But he is fast.'' - Green Bay defensive back Charles Woodson on San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who rushed for a quarterback playoff-record 181 yards and two touchdowns and threw two scoring passes in the 49ers' 45-31 win.

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Best case, worst case scenario for WR Steve Smith Sr.

Best case, worst case scenario for WR Steve Smith Sr.

Clifton Brown and Bo Smolka are taking turns putting 25 key Ravens under the microscope leading up to veterans reporting to training camp. They’ll speculate on a best-case, worst-case scenario for at least one player every day, concluding with quarterback Joe Flacco on July 25.

UNDER THE MICROSCOPE: Steve Smith Sr., 37-year-old wide receiver

Best-case scenario for Smith:

He enjoys a typical 1,000-yard season, and he remains the Ravens’ top receiver.

Why it could happen:

It’s dangerous to bet against Smith making a full recovery from Achilles surgery, even in the twilight of his career. Few athletes perform with more of a chip on their shoulder than Smith, who is always driven to prove doubters wrong. He’s a technician at route running, he studies film diligently, and he’s a master at using his body and hands to ward off defenders. Smith never relied on pure speed to be a top receiver. So even if he’s a tad less explosive, Smith has the talent to end his career playing at a high level.

Worst-case scenario for Smith:

Smith’s body betrays him, and the Ravens’ depth at wide receiver reduces his playing time and role.

Why it could happen:

Father Time is undefeated, and may finally be calling for Smith. The older an athlete gets, the harder it gets to recover from injuries. With their deep group of tight ends, and the addition of wide receivers Mike Wallace and rookie Chris Moore, the Ravens may not be as dependent on Smith as they have been. Even if Smith is healthy, his role in the offense might be less prominent.

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Flacco has same MVP odds as Winston and Mariota

Flacco has same MVP odds as Winston and Mariota

Joe Flacco has been a Super Bowl MVP and has won 10 playoff games. Marcus Mariota and Jameis Winston have played one NFL season.

However, all three of those quarterbacks have been given the same odds (100/1) of winning next season’s MVP award by sportsbook Bovada.lv.

People who think Flacco is an elite quarterback may view that as disrespect. But the Bovada.lv odds throw even more shade at Flacco.

Sixteen quarterbacks are given a better chance of winning the MVP award in 2016 than Flacco. Some of the names you would expect, like Aaron Rodgers, who is the favorite at 4/1, followed by Ben Roethlisberger (7/1), Cam Newton (15/2), Russell Wilson (8/1), and Tom Brady (9/1).

But do Blake Bortles (66/1) of the Jaguars or Brock Osweiler of the Texans (66/1) really have a better chance of winning the MVP than Flacco? According to Bovada.lv they do. That’s also an indication that not much is expected from the Ravens overall after their 5-11 season. The better your team does, the better your chances of winning the MVP.

Newton won the MVP last year starting at 50/1 odds. So if you believe in Flacco and the Ravens, those 100/1 MVP odds for Flacco may look like an enticing play.

RELATED: Can Dumervil lead a rebirth of Ravens's pass rush?

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Ravens under the Microscope: Best case, worst case for DE Elvis Dumervil

Ravens under the Microscope: Best case, worst case for DE Elvis Dumervil

As we countdown to training camp, Clifton Brown and Bo Smolka will take turns putting 25 key Ravens under the microscope this month.

They’ll speculate on a best-case, worst-case scenario for at least one player every day. They’ll begin with players looking to carve out a role, or a roster spot. They’ll end with the Ravens’ most important players, concluding with quarterback Joe Flacco on July 25. 

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UNDER THE MICROSCOPE: Elvis Dumervil, 32-year-old linebacker

Best-case scenario:

Dumervil is among the NFL’s sack leaders and spearheads a rebirth of the Ravens’ pass rush.

Why it could happen: 

Dumervil equaled his career high with 17 sacks as recently as 2014. He keeps himself in great shape, and says he feels great after offseason foot surgery. If Terrell Suggs returns healthy, Dumervil won’t have to face as many double-teams, or play as many snaps. Dumervil looks at last season’s results as unacceptable – just six sacks for him, and just five wins for the Ravens. He’s motivated to double both totals – at least.

Worst-case scenario:

Dumervil is no longer an elite pass rusher

Why it could happen:

Dumervil entered the league in 2006, and at some point the wear and tear will start to show. If young pass rushers like Za’Darius Smith, Kamalei Correa, and Branson Kaufusi  are effective, Dumervil could see his role diminish as the season wears on.

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