THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL: San Diego Chargers Vs. Denver Broncos @ 5:25 p.m. On CBS2

NFL Playoffs

CHARLOTTE, NC - SEPTEMBER 22: Head coach Ron Rivera walks onto the field against the New York Giants during their game at Bank of America Stadium on September 22, 2013 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Ron Rivera Has It Wrong: Pressure Is On Panthers, Not 49ers

When Panthers Coach Ron Rivera said that he felt the team under the most pressure this week will be San Francisco he was dead wrong. Not only is his team the one that HAS to win this game, if he really believes that the Panthers are playing with house money he is setting his team up for failure.

01/08/2014

CINCINNATI, OH - JANUARY 05: Eddie Royal #11 of the San Diego Chargers flies thru the air during the NFL wild card playoffs game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium on January 5, 2014 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Bolts Look To Defy Odds Two Weekends In A Row

Being the sixth and final seed in the NFL playoffs usually means you’re a sizable underdog. When it comes to the San Diego Chargers, that holds true a second weekend straight.

01/08/2014

HOUSTON, TX - DECEMBER 22: Peyton Manning #18 of the Denver Broncos calls a play during the first half of the game against the Houston Texans at Reliant Stadium on December 22, 2013 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

Odds Against Peyton Manning, Denver Broncos This Week

The Denver Broncos are arguably the best team in the NFL, but that doesn’t mean they’re going to win this week. In fact, many stats show Peyton Manning and his Broncos are more likely to lose than win, as the No. 1 seed against the No. 6 seeded San Diego Chargers.

01/08/2014

FOXBORO, MA - DECEMBER 8: Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots leads the team during a game with the Cleveland Browns at Gillette Stadium on December 8, 2013 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

Colts Have Three Big Keys To Taking Down The Patriots On The Road

The Indianapolis Colts are currently riding high after taking down the Kansas City Chiefs with the second-largest comeback in NFL playoff history. They’ve got to come back to earth though, and prepare for the New England Patriots on the road, and there are a few big things that need to be done for the win.

01/08/2014

CHARLOTTE, NC - DECEMBER 22: Cam Newton #1 of the Carolina Panthers during their game at Bank of America Stadium on December 22, 2013 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Panthers Severely Lacking In Playoff Experience As They Prepare For Niners

The Carolina Panthers have not been to the playoffs since 2008. The upcoming game against the San Francisco 49ers will mark just the fifth time in franchise history that the Panthers have been to the playoffs, and that means the team is severely lacking in playoff experience.

01/08/2014

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - NOVEMBER 10: Frank Gore #21 of the San Francisco 49ers in action against the Carolina Panthers at Candlestick Park on November 10, 2013 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

49ers Want Payback In Rematch With Carolina Panthers

Up next for the 49ers are the Carolina Panthers. Although the Panthers came to Candlestick earlier this season and beat San Francisco, the 49ers are the better team and have a very good shot at winning their second straight road playoff game.

01/07/2014

Peyton Manning #18 of the Denver Broncos in action against the Oakland Raiders at O.co Coliseum on December 29, 2013 in Oakland, California. (credit: Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Chargers Face Familiar Postseason Opponent In Manning

To keep their improbable playoff run going, the San Diego Chargers will have to beat Peyton Manning in January for the third time in seven seasons.

01/06/2014

FOXBORO, MA - DECEMBER 29: Logan Mankins #70 of the New England Patriots leaves the field with an injury during a game with the Buffalo Bills at Gillette Stadium on December 29, 2013 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

Healthier Patriots Look Forward To Meeting Colts In AFC Playoffs

The New England Patriots still have some injury concerns, but a first-round playoff bye is allowing the team to do some healing.

01/06/2014

Tight end Ladarius Green #89 celebrates a third quarter touchdown with running back Ronnie Brown #23 of the San Diego Chargers against the Cincinnati Bengals during a Wild Card Playoff game at Paul Brown Stadium on January 5, 2014 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (credit: Rob Carr/Getty Images)

Both Sixth Seeds Win Wild-Card Games

The Chargers and Saints further proved the old adage for the NFL playoffs: “Just Get In.”

01/05/2014

ST. LOUIS, MO - DECEMBER 15: Pierre Thomas #23 of the New Orleans Saints rushes against the St. Louis Rams in the second quarter at the Edward Jones Dome on December 15, 2013 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Michael Thomas/Getty Images)

Saints Looking Healthy, But One Big Name Mars The Short Injury Report

The New Orleans Saints are ready to head to Philadelphia, face the Eagles, battle the cold, and forget about their road woes. They are looking healthier than they have this entire season and have an injury list that is extremely short, but there is one big name that sits on it.

01/03/2014

Aaron Rodgers (credit: Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

Keidel: From Foles To The Frozen Tundra – Wild Card Weekend

Every game this weekend has fascinating plots, from Cincinnati trying to break their playoff futility to the Frozen Tundra earning its sobriquet with a 30-below wind chill expected Sunday.

01/03/2014

CINCINNATI, OH - DECEMBER 29: Andy Dalton #14 of the Cincinnati Bengals throws a pass during the NFL game against the Baltimore Ravens at Paul Brown Stadium on December 29, 2013 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Bengals Injury Report Very Long, But Hopes Are High For Most To Play

The Cincinnati Bengals had an unexpectedly successful season with an AFC North crown and a trip to the playoffs. Now, they’re facing off with a San Diego Chargers team they beat just a few weeks ago, but they may be facing them without a number of players.

01/03/2014

CINCINNATI, OH - DECEMBER 29: A.J. Green #18 of the Cincinnati Bengals scores a first half touchdown during the game against the Baltimore Ravens at Paul Brown Stadium on December 29, 2013 in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Bengals defeated the Ravens 34-17. (Photo by John Grieshop/Getty Images)

Chargers Hoping For A Surprise In Cincinnati

If you ask many people around the NFL to give you a prediction for this weekend’s San Diego-Cincinnati AFC Wild Card game, most folks would lean towards the Bengals.

01/03/2014

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - DECEMBER 29: Darius Butler #20 of the Indianapolis Colts celebrates a first quarter fumble recovery with Erik Walden #93 while playing then Jacksonville Jaguars at Lucas Oil Stadium on December 29, 2013 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Colts Have Lengthy Injury Report, But Things Don’t Look So Bad

The Indianapolis Colts are heading into the playoffs with a rather lengthy injury report, and there are indeed a number of big names listed on it. The good news is that most of the names are listed simply as precautionary measures and not for serious reasons.

01/03/2014

GREEN BAY, WI - NOVEMBER 24: Clay Matthews #52 of the Green Bay Packers rushes against the Minnesota Vikings at Lambeau Field on November 24, 2013 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The Vikings and the Packers tied 26-26 after overtime.(Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Packers Face Injury Questions On Defense

The Green Bay Packers have had trouble stopping the 49ers in their last two meetings. Now they have to try and beat them in the playoffs while facing injury issues on defense.

01/03/2014

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