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NFC and AFC Divisional Playoff Match-ups Set

broncos vs PatriotsThe NFL Wildcard Weekend is over and we have our matchups for both the NFC and AFC Divisional playoff games.  In the NFC the New Orleans Saints beat up on the Detroit Lions and will move on to San Francisco to face the 49ers.  The NY Giants of football also came up big and defeated the Atlanta Falcons.  The Giants will have the daunting task of playing Aaron Rodgers and the Packers at Lambeau Field in Green Bay Wisconsin.

In the AFC the Houston Texans looked impressive in their victory over the Cincinnati Bengals.  The Texans will go on to face the Ravens at MT Bank Stadium in Baltimore Maryland.  Perhaps the most exciting game this weekend was between the Denver Broncos and Pittsburgh Steelers.  This epic game went into overtime before Tim Tebow once again willed the Denver Broncos to victory.  The Broncos will move on to face the Patriots at Gillette Stadium in Boston Massachusetts.

The complete 2012 NFC Playoff Bracket is below:

NFC Wildcard Matchups

NFC Divisional Playoffs

Championship

#1 Green Bay Packers (15-1)

BYE

#2 San Francisco 49ers (13-3)

#1 Green Bay Packers (15-1)

 

BYE

vs #4 NY Giants

TBD vs TBD

#3 New Orleans Saints (13-3)  vs

 

#6 Detroit Lions (10-6)

#2 San Francisco 49ers (13-3)

vs #3 New Orleans Saints

#4 New York Giants (9-7) vs

   

#5 Atlanta Falcons (10-6)

The complete 2012 AFC Playoff Bracket is below:

AFC Wildcard Matchups

AFC Divisional Playoffs

Championship

#1 New England Patriots (13-3)

BYE

#2 Baltimore Ravens (11-4)

#1 New England Patriots (13-3)

 

BYE

vs #4 Denver Broncos

TBD vs TBD

#3 Houston Texans (10-6) vs


#6 Cincinnati Bengals (9-7)

#2 Baltimore Ravens (11-4)

 
 

vs #3 Houston Texans

#4 Denver Broncos (9-7) vs

#5 Pittsburgh Steelers

Top Events Week 2, 2012

BCS-Championship-LSU-vs-AlabamaWell, after a bit of a Holiday break we are back to breaking down our top events this week.  Since, often times the ‘weekend’ misses out on some big events that happen during the week we will be going with a slightly new format and will move the post to Mondays starting next week.  Mondays’ posts will cover the upcoming events that will take place during the week (Tuesday – Monday).  For those of you unfamiliar with our top 10 lists, we analyze data from our partner website Tickifieds to rank events by using a combination of page views, search queries, and unique visitors.  So with this weeks edition of Top Events we will be looking at the 2nd week of January 2012 and will include all events from Tuesday January 2nd through Monday January 9th.

Top Events 2012 Week 2 (1/2/2012 to 1/9/2012)

1. BCS National Championship 1/9/2012

No surprise the highly anticipated rematch between the LSU Tigers and Alabama Crimson Tide with a National Championship on the line comes in at #1.  This game will feature multiple future NFL players in what is expected to be a great game between two college football power houses

2. Cotton Bowl 1/6/2012

The Cotton Bowl comes in at #2 and is the only other bowl game featuring two top 10 teams in the Arkansas Razorbacks and Kansas State Wildcats.  Ticket demand for this game has been extremely strong with only the BCS Championship outranking it this bowl season.

3. Denver Broncos vs Pittsburgh Steelers AFC Wildcard Game 1/8/2012

The Denver Broncos are in the playoffs for the first time since 2005.  The polarizing Tim Tebow has raised the interest level in Broncos football considerably since taking over the quarterbacking duties.  Not only is the Broncos season on the line but also the future for the Broncos at the QB spot.  A Broncos loss and many speculate that GM John Elway will looking in another direction.

4.  AMA Supercross in Anaheim 1/7/2012

Apparently Supercross is still popular with the Generator X’ers out there.  The event in Anaheim is the AN FIM World Championship- the Super Bowl of Supercross.

5.  Houston Texans vs Cincinnati Bengals AFC Wildcard Game 1/7/2012

The Houston Texans are in the playoffs for the first time in franchise history.  As such fans are excited and actively seeking out tickets.  The only question is who is going to play QB after rookie T.J. Yates went down with a shoulder injury in the season finale.

6.  Boston Bruins vs Vancouver Canucks 1/7/2012

Hockey is always big in Vancouver and when you bring in the defending Stanley Cup Champions back to play against the team they played in the finals you have the makings of an epic rematch.

7.  Indiana Hoosiers vs Michigan Wolverines Basketball 1/5/2012

The legendary IU basketball program is back after taking down #1 Kentucky and #2 Ohio State in recent weeks.  This week they have a hugh Big 10 matchup with the #16 ranked Michigan Wolverines.

8.  New Orleans Saints vs Detroit Lions NFC Wildcard Game  1/7/2012

The Saints have looked impressive of late and will be looking to get back to the Super Bowl following Drew Brees record breaking season.  It all starts with the NFC Wildcard game against the Detroit Lions.

9.  NY Giants vs Atlanta Falcons NFC Wildcard Game 1/8/2012

The Giants squeaked into the NFC playoffs but have a favorable matchup against an unimpressive Atlanta Falcons team.  New York football fans love their Giants and Eli Manning and company could just keep their Super Bowl hopes alive even if just for 1 more week.

10.  Georgia Tech vs Duke Basketball 1/7/2012

College basketball is always pretty big in the Atlanta area.  Since none of the Georgia schools are looking all that good it seems fans are excited to see the the #5 Duke Blue Devils invade Philips Arena

Update 2012 NFC Playoff Bracket

2012 NY Giants PlayoffsThe 2012 NFL regular season has come to a close and the playoff matchups are all finalized.  The NFC side of the playoff bracket came down to the final game of the season as the New York Giants defeated the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday night footbal.  With the win the NY Football Giants are headed to the playoffs as the NFC East Champions.  As such, the G-Men will be the #4 seed and will host the Atlanta Falcons at MetLife Stadium (formerly known as the New Meadowlands).

At the top of the Bracket both the San Francisco 49ers and New Orleans Saints were victorious.  That means the 49ers get the #2 seed and a first round by over the Saints despite the fact they both finished the season with an impressive 13-3 record.  The 49ers win the tie-breaker with a better NFC record (10-2 vs 9-3).  The Saints will play the #6 seeded Detroit Lions at the newly renamed Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans next weekend.

The complete 2012 NFC Playoff Bracket is below:

NFC Wildcard Matchups

NFC Divisional Playoffs

Championship

#1 Green Bay Packers (15-1)

BYE

#2 San Francisco 49ers (13-3)

#1 Green Bay Packers (15-1)

BYE

vs lowest seeded wildcard winner

TBD vs TBD

#3 New Orleans Saints (13-3)  vs

 

#6 Detroit Lions (10-6)

#2 San Francisco 49ers (13-3)

vs highest seeded wildcard winner

#4 New York Giants (9-7) vs

   

#5 Atlanta Falcons (10-6)

2012 NFL Playoff Matchups to be Decided Sunday

One of the biggest sales days for NFL tickets is on the final Sunday of the regular season as the playoff teams and their match-ups will be decided.  Without the seedings for the 2012 NFL playoff set in stone, fans are reluctant to buy tickets for games that might not take place (even though refunds are typically given).  However, marketing professionals of event tickets would be wise to start promoting playoff tickets as soon as possible.  Although the rush of fans trying to secure tickets doesn’t happen until after the action has commenced, the search engines are already out crawling and ranking webpages for keywords that have yet to gain popularity.  You can be one step ahead of the competition if you start targeting these keywords and building links ahead of time.

The easiest way to stay ahead of the competition is to know your playoff scenarios and tie-breaker rules.  To save you some time we have provided you with the latest information on where the teams stack up for the 2012 NFL Playoffs

AFC Playoffs

Teams that are in:  New England Patriots, Baltimore Ravens, Houston Texans, and Pittsburgh Steelers

Teams still alive: Denver Broncos, Cincinnati Bengals, Oakland Raiders, Tennessee Titans, and the NY Jets.

Team Notes:

New England Patriots (12-3) – Will have at least 1 home playoff game as they have clinched a 1st round bye. Can clinch home field advantage in the AFC Championship game with a win over buffalo.  
 
Baltimore Ravens (11-4) – The Ravens need a win to secure a 1st round bye and home field advantage.  If they lose they will be a Wildcard team and not get a home game (at least in round 1).
 
Pittsburgh Steelers (11-4) – They need a win this week and a Ravens loss to secure a home playoff game.  If that doesn’t happen they will be a Wildcard team and play on the road.
 
Houston Texans (10-5) – Will have at least 1 home playoff game as the AFC South Champs.  A win in week 17 team will help secure home field for a possible second round match-up.
 
Denver Broncos (8-7) – Will win the AFC West and get a 1st round home game if they win or Oakland loses on Sunday.
 
Oakland Raiders (8-7) – Could get a home game with a win on Sunday and a Denver loss.  Otherwise, they will have to hope for a wildcard berth if both the Bengals and Titans lose.
 
Cincinnati Bengals (9-6), Tennessee Titans (8-7) and New York Jets (8-7) – The Bengals control their own destiny.  A win and they are in.  If not, the Raiders, Titans and Jets have an opportunity to sneak in.  None of these teams can get a home game.
 

NFC Playoffs

Teams that are in: Green Bay Packers, San Francisco 49ers, New Orleans Saints, Detroit Lions, Atlanta Falcons

Teams still alive: New York Giants, Dallas Cowboys

Team Notes:

Green Bay Packers  (14-1) – Have a bye in the 1st round but have clinched home field advantage through the NFC Championship game.  
 
San Francisco 49ers (12-3) – The 49ers need a win (or a Saints loss) to secure a 1st round bye.  Regardless, they will have home field advantage in the first round.  
 
New Orleans Saints (12-3) – They need a win this week and a 49ers loss to secure a 1st round bye.  If that doesn’t happen they will still have home field advantage in round 1.
 
Detroit Lions (10-5) and Atlanta Falcons (9-6) – Both teams are locked in as wildcard teams and will not have a home game unless they meet in the NFC Championship game.
 
New York Giants (8-7) and Dallas Cowboys (8-7) – These two teams are playing each other on Sunday and will determine who’s in and who’s out.  The winner goes to the playoffs as the NFC East Champs with a 1st round home game… the loser goes home.  A true do or die game between these two rivals.
 

No matter what happens on Sunday ticket sales are expected to be big following the games.      If you are looking to buy or sell tickets to the NFL playoffs be sure to check out Tickifieds!

 

NFL Playoff Picture (Week 10)

Jim-harbaugh-49ersJust past the midway point, the 2011-12 NFL Playoff picture is becoming to be a bit more clear.  Outside of the undefeated Super Bowl Champion Green Bay Packers, no teams are separating themselves from the pack (no pun intended). In the NFC, the San Francisco 49ers are 2nd best record wise at 7-1 but many football analysts still aren’t true believers in Jim Harbaugh’s squad.  They have only 1 quality win (over Detroit 25-19) and lost to a rather mediocre Dallas Cowboys team.  The Niners will face a big test this Sunday against the 6-2 NY Giants.  The Chicago Bears (5-3) and New Orleans Saints (6-3) have also played well at times but will need to show they can consistently win.  With little chance of catching the packers, the Bears have a huge game against the NFC North rival Lions.

In the AFC, the surprising Cincinnati Bengals (6-2) and Houston Texans (6-3) find themselves atop the division standings.  The New England Patriots are right there sitting at 6-3 but their defensive has come into question and Tom Brady has not looked himself the past few weeks.  Bill Belichick will look to get the Pats back on course this week against the Jets.  The opposite can be said of traditional AFC powerhouses the Pittsburgh Steelers (6-3) and Baltimore Ravens (6-2).  Both have looked better of late after starting off the season slow but the NY Jets and Buffalo Bills are ready to overtake them should they slip up.

In a league full or parity, we find a large group of teams bunched around the .500 mark.   The second half of the season looms large as many teams will be jockeying for a playoff spot.   If the season were to end today, here is who would be and who would be out of the 2012 NFL Playoffs.

AFC Playoff Race

Seed Team Division Record
1
Cincinnati
North 6-2-0
2
Houston
South 6-3-0
3
New England
East 5-3-0
4
Oakland
West 5-4-0
5
Baltimore
North 6-2-0
6
Pittsburgh
North 6-3-0
Outside Looking In…
7
N.Y. Jets
East 5-3-0
8
Buffalo
East 5-3-0

NFC Playoff Race

Seed Team Division Record
1
Green Bay
North 8-0-0
2
San Francisco
West 7-1-0
3
N.Y. Giants
East 6-2-0
4
New Orleans
South 6-3-0
5
Detroit
North 6-2-0
6
Chicago
North 5-3-0
Outside Looking In…
7
Atlanta
South 5-3-0
8
Dallas
East 4-4-0
9
Tampa Bay
South 4-4-0