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Ravens to face Bills in Divisional Round next Saturday night

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It looked dicey for a few moments, but by virtue of the Browns’ win over the Steelers in Pittsburgh, the Ravens will officially play the Bills in next week’s AFC Divisional Round of the playoffs. Kickoff will be on Saturday night at 8:15 and will be shown on NBC. 

The No. 1 seed Chiefs will host the No. 6 seed Browns elsewhere in the AFC. The Ravens will be Browns fans next week, as there’s a slim chance of a home game in Baltimore in the AFC Championship Game if the Ravens and Browns both pull upset wins next week. 

The Ravens-Bills will follow the Rams-Packers, which kicks off at 4:35 that afternoon.

The two played last year in Buffalo when the Ravens beat the Bills 24-17, as the defense came up big on a last final drive. Baltimore is 6-3 all time against Buffalo and has won the last three games and four of the last five. 

Buffalo has been a different team this year, though, with a second-ranked offense (31.3 points per game) led by MVP candidate and Pro Bowl quarterback Josh Allen. This year, Allen threw for 4,544 yards, 37 touchdowns and 10 interceptions as the Bills finished with a 13-3 record. Aided by receiver Stefon Diggs, who had 127 catches for 1,535 yards this year, the Bills’ offense has taken flight when they needed it to. The Bills are coming off a 27-24 win over the No. 7 Colts in the Wild Card Round.

The Ravens are coming off a hard fought 20-13 win over the Titans where they dominated at the line of scrimmage and made life miserable for running back Derrick Henry and the offensive line. If the Ravens put forth the same effort next week, Allen will be in for a tough time against the Ravens’ defensive front. But the Ravens’ defense will be in for just as big of a battle, too.

 

A win over the Bills would advance the Ravens to the AFC Championship Game for the first time since 2013, when they beat the Patriots en route to a Super Bowl win over the 49ers. The Bills are looking for their first conference championship appearance since 1994, when Allen was still two years away from being born. 

The early forecast for Saturday night in Buffalo? 28 degrees with 13 MPH winds and a 30 percent chance of snow. There is a 40 percent chance of snow earlier in the day.