NFL Playoffs: Your Guide to Division Title Weekend

By Jake Simpson

The best divisional games in NFL history are remembered not by their final scores but by their monikers: The Tuck Rule Game, The Mistake by the Lake, The Immaculate Reception. But what about the best divisional round in history? There's no consensus for "Best Year Ever" of the NFL's quarterfinal round, no slate that stands out like the conference championship round of the 1990 season (epic game + epic blowout = great round).

That could change this weekend, when a murderer's row of games offers the promise of a historically good divisional round. The AFC alone has two bitter rivalry games featuring arguably the four best teams in all of football in Jets-Pats and Ravens-Steelers, while the NFC features the ultimate Cinderella in the 8-9 Seahawks (yes, even after their shocking wild-card round upset of the Saints they still have a losing record).

Let's do it (all times Eastern, spreads noted by favorite):

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