Vols In NFL - Divisional Playoffs

This weekend, seven more NFL Vols will be in action, all taking part in the AFC Divisional Playoffs.

Baltimore Ravens vs. Denver Broncos Game Center
After a 24-9 win over Indy last weekend, Morgan Cox and the Baltimore Ravens will head across the country to face the AFC's No. 1 seed, the Denver Broncos. The Broncos, who finished the season with a 13-3 record, boast four NFL Vols on their roster, Robert Ayers, Britton Colquitt, Malik Jackson and Peyton Manning.

The game will be the first game of the weekend and will take place Saturday, Janurary 12 at 4:30 p.m. on CBS.

The two teams will go head-to-head for the second time this season after meeting in Week 15, a 34-17 victory for the Broncos.

NFL News: Divisional Round: Baltimore Ravens at Denver Broncos
NFL News: Baltimore Ravens will keep it close vs. Denver Broncos
NOLA.com: Baltimore Ravens at Denver Broncos: Five players to watch
Yahoo! Sports: Broncos enjoy having real deal behind center with Peyton Manning heading to playoffs
Newsday: Peyton Manning has made an amazing comeback
NFL News: Peyton Manning 0-3 in playoff tilts below 40 degrees
BaltimoreRavens.com: Ray Lewis vs. Peyton Manning One Last Time
DenverBroncos.com: Colquitt Nets Another Record


Green Bay Packers vs. San Francisco 49ers Game Center
Parys Haralson's 49ers, the No. 2 seed in the NFC will take on Green Bay Saturday, Janurary 12th at 8 p.m. on FOX. Haralson has been out all season with a torn triceps.

Seattle Seahawks vs. Atlanta Falcons Game Center
There are no NFL Vols in this game, but the Seahawks head to No. 1 seed Atlanta in the first game on Sunday, January 13th at 1 p.m. on FOX.

Houston Texans vs. New England Patriots Game Center
The final game of the weekend will pit NFL Vols Arian Foster and Jerod Mayo head-to-head as the Houston Texans take on the New England Patriots at 4:30 p.m. at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough at 4:30 p.m. on CBS.

The last time these two teams met was on Monday Night Football during Week 14, and Mayo and the Patriots came away the victory with a 28 point, 42-14 win.

Foster and the Texans advanced to the Divisional Playoffs with a 19-13 victory over the Bengals in which the NFL Vol became the first player to run for 100 yards in each of his first three playoff games in NFL history. The VFL gained 140 rushing yards on 32 carries with a touchdown. He also also had eight catches for 34 yards to gain 174 total yards.

His 425 yards gained on the ground in his first three playoff games was also an NFL record.

Mayo finished the regular season as the AFC leader in tackles and for a few weeks was the NFL's leading tackler. The NFL Vol, who played and started all 16 games at middle linebacker for the Patriots, also went over the century mark for the fourth time in his five year NFL career and finished with a team and AFC-leading 147 tackles. He ranks fourth in the NFL.

Mayo also tacked on three sacks, three passes defended, four forced fumbles (a career-high after tallying four through his first four seasons) and an interception during the regular season. Mayo is hailed as the quarterback of the Patriots defense and has led the team to its fourth-straight AFC East divisional championship and fourth-straight playoff appearance in his five seasons with the Patriots.

Patriots.com: Jerod Mayo Press Conference Transcript
Daily Press: Jerod Mayo spicing up Patriots' D
Boston Herald: Texans rave about Arian Foster's skills
MassLive.com: Patriots already know the drill: Stop Arian Foster, stop the Texans
Yahoo! Sports: Arian Foster turns columnist's anti-Texans jabs into his own Twitter avatar
Houston Chronicle: Ex-teammates Arian Foster, Patriots' Jerod Mayo meet again

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