Seahawks to soar
Sky Bet preview the divisional round on the road to the Super Bowl
By Andrew Scurr. Last Updated: 11/01/13 5:11pm
Close encounters: Seattle Seahawks face a tight match up at Atlanta
The top seeds join the road to the Super Bowl this weekend in the divisional round and Sky Bet preview all the action, which is live on Sky Sports HD.
Seattle were the big movers in the Super Bowl market during Wildcard Weekend as they were cut from 12/1 to 15/2 to lift the Vince Lombardi Trophy after victory in Washington.
NFC number one seeds Atlanta host the Seahawks on Sunday, before Houston return to New England for a rematch of their Monday Night Football clash from Week 14.
On Saturday, Super Bowl favourites Denver welcome Ray Lewis' Ravens to Mile High and Green Bay travel to San Francisco for a place in the NFC Championship Game.
Baltimore (7/2) at Denver (1/5)
Baltimore's reward for their Wildcard victory over Indianapolis is a trip to Denver, where they are 9.5 point underdogs to advance.
The Broncos are currently riding an 11-game winning streak, lifting them to the AFC's number one seed, and if they extend that run to a dozen on Saturday they know they will host either New England or Houston for a place in the Super Bowl, which they are currently 11/4 favourites to win.
Lewis and the Ravens have not defeated a Peyton Manning-led team since 2001 but a narrow upset win by 1-6 points is available at 13/2.
Green Bay (5/4) at San Francisco (4/6)
A cracker at Candlestick is on the cards on Saturday night when the 49ers host the Packers, with the odds-makers separating them by just a field goal.
This won't be the first time these two sides have met this season, after San Francisco's 30-22 win in Week 1. However, Alex Smith was San Francisco's starting quarterback on the opening Sunday of the campaign, now it's Colin Kaepernick.
Kaepernick is 4/1 to lead the Niners to another 7-12 point victory, while Green Bay are 5/4 in the match result market to return home with the win.
Seattle (6/5) at Atlanta (5/7)
Despite this being a match-up of the top-seeded Falcons and the number five seeds in Seattle, the odds suggest the closest contest of the divisional round.
After knocking off the Redskins on the road last weekend, the Seahawks head to the Georgia Dome to face an Atlanta side who, despite their 13-3 record, have failed to impress the neutrals and drifted in the Super Bowl odds following their Week 17 defeat at home to Tampa Bay.
However, quarterback Matt Ryan has never lost back-to-back home games so the 5/7 for an Atlanta win seems a good bet, while Seattle to win by less than a touchdown is 4/1.
Houston (100/30) at New England (2/9)
The final game of the divisional round is another rematch from the regular season, when the Patriots ran out 42-14 winners on Monday Night Football in December.
New England were also missing their biggest red-zone threat in Rob Gronkowski back in Week 14, but he made a scoring return in the regular season finale against Miami. The Pro Bowl Tight End is 13/2 to score the first touchdown against the Texans.
Houston are 100/30 to book their place in the AFC Championship Game, while New England -9.5 points is 10/11 and a win for the Pats by 13-18 points is a 7/2 shot.