NFL Divisional Playoff Games: Five stats you need to know about each game this weekend

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Winners of the four NFL playoff games this coming weekend will face off on Sunday January 20 to see who goes to the Super Bowl. Here’s a look at a few stats that may help decide who has the advantage in this weekend’s four contests.

Baltimore vs. Denver (Saturday)
1. The Ravens lead the all-time series, 6-4, although Denver has won three of the last four.
2. The Broncos are 3-1 in games at home against the Ravens.
3. Baltimore won the only playoff game between the two franchises, 21-3, in Baltimore in 2000.
4. The Ravens are 11-7 all-time in post-season games. They have won six of their last 10 playoff games. They have a 7-5 record in road playoff contests.
5. Denver has a 18-16 playoff record. They have lost five of their last seven playoff games. They are 13-3 in home playoff games in their history.

Green Bay vs. San Francisco (Saturday)
1. Green Bay leads the all-time series with the 49ers, 34-27-1, and they have won four of five against San Francisco in the playoffs.
2. The Packers have won 13 of the last 15 games against the 49ers, and they have scored 20 or more points in 17 straight games against the 49ers.
3. The 49ers are 1-6 in the last seven games versus the Packers in games in San Francisco.
4. The Packers are 28-16 in playoff games. They are 8-7 since 2000. They are 9-11 in road playoff games, but have won three of the last four playoff games on the road.
5. San Francisco has a 27-19 playoff record. They are 2-3 since 2000. The 49ers are 20-9 in home playoff games and have won five of their last seven playoff games as the home team.

Seattle vs. Atlanta (Sunday)
1. The Seahawks lead the all-time series against the Falcons, 8-5. This is the first meeting of the two franchises in the playoffs.
2. Atlanta has won three straight against Seattle, scoring 108 points in those three contests.
3. The Falcons have won only two of the last six games as the home team against Seattle; five of the last six games played between the two teams have been decided by six points or less.
4. Seattle has won nine of the 20 playoff games in their history. They have won six of their last 10 post-season contests. They are 2-8 on the road in the playoffs, having won their second road playoff game last weekend in Washington.
5. The Falcons are only 6-11 in playoff games. They have lost four straight playoff games. They are 3-2 as the home team in playoff games.

Houston vs. New England (Sunday)
1. This is only the fifth time these two franchises have faced each other. The Patriots hold a 3-1 advantage. This is their first playoff meeting.
2. New England is 2-0 in home games against the Texans. The Pats have scored 132 points in the four games against Houston.
3. In the two games where New England was the home team, they defeated Houston by 33 and 28 points.
4. Houston has a 2-1 record in the playoffs. They are 0-1 as a road playoff team.
5. The Patriots are 23-16 in playoff games; they are 16-6 in the playoffs since 2000. They are 13-3 as the home team in the playoffs.

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