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First look at next week's NFL playoff matchups

Chargers host the Jets on Sunday afternoon in the weekend's final game.

January 11, 2010

Divisional matchups

ARIZONA AT NEW ORLEANS

Saturday, 1:30 p.m. PST, Channel 11 The Cardinals are riding high after a 51-45 overtime victory over Green Bay, but can they avoid a letdown when they play six days later? The Saints have certainly seen a drop in performance. They closed the season with three consecutive losses after a team-record 13-0 start. Can Drew Brees rally his team for the playoffs?

BALTIMORE AT INDIANAPOLIS

Saturday, 5:15 p.m. PST, Channel 2 These teams squared off earlier this season in Baltimore, and the Colts hung on to win, 17-15. Even with quarterback Joe Flacco out of sync Sunday, the Ravens dominated the Patriots in New England. Now, they'll try to give MVP Peyton Manning the same type of treatment they gave Tom Brady, who was forced into four turnovers.

DALLAS AT MINNESOTA

Sunday, 10 a.m. PST, Channel 11 Brett Favre faces the frightening front wall of the suddenly scorching Cowboys, a pass rush led by outside linebackers DeMarcus Ware and Anthony Spencer. Tony Romo is playing remarkably well, putting behind him his late-season struggles of the past. Are these the Vikings who lost to Carolina and Chicago in consecutive December weeks, or the team that pulverized the New York Giants in its finale?

NEW YORK JETS AT SAN DIEGO

Sunday, 1:30 p.m., Channel 2 It's the hottest team in the East versus the hottest in the West. The Chargers, led by quarterback Philip Rivers, have won 11 in a row and their fourth consecutive AFC West title. They take on the Jets, who have a ferocious defense and a rookie quarterback in Mark Sanchez, who proved in the first round he can get the job done.

-- Sam Farmer

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