Five Storylines Heading into the Divisional Round

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5. Can the road teams win?

Jan 4, 2014; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) throws a pass against the Philadelphia Eagles during the second half of the 2013 NFC wild card playoff football game at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Three of the four Wild Card teams won on the road last weekend. The 49ers are a one-point favorite at Carolina. The Colts have a tough matchup against New England, but the club has beaten other tough teams (Denver, San Francisco, and Seattle). The Chargers already beat the Broncos in Denver earlier in the year. The Saints go to Seattle – by far, the toughest test given to any road team this weekend. Sean Payton actually had the Seahawks’ logo painted onto the Saints’ practice field to simulate the game as well as possible.

The weather won’t be playing as much of a role as it did last weekend, as the temperatures aren’t expected to reach below the mid-40s. In fact, it’ll be 65 degrees warmer than it was in Green Bay for the 49ers when they go to North Carolina to face the Panthers.

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  • anon76returns

    Why is it so much harder to go to Seattle than to go to Denver? The only difference between the two venues in the past two seasons is one Fail Mary.

    • http://sbpra.com/paulvsuffriti Paul V. Suffriti

      The twelfth player in Seattle is much more effective….deafening. Seattle’s defense plays extremely tough at home…..Denver not so much.

      • anon76returns

        And yet if Wilson’s desperation heave to Tate had been ruled an interception (I’m on the fence about whether or not it was a complete pass), then Denver would have exactly the same record at home over the past 2 years as Seattle. I’m sure the crowd at the C-Link is rowdy. Denver has a different sort of advantage- no matter how good of shape you are in, if you come from sea level to compete at 5000+ feet, it is going to hurt you.