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2013 NFL playoff bracket: Ravens advance to play Broncos in divisional round

The Ravens punched their ticket to Denver by beating the Colts at home - and now they get Peyton Manning at Mile High

Patrick Smith

The Ravens slipped into the playoffs quietly, but with one more Ray Lewis dance, Baltimore bashed their way past the Colts on Sunday and moved into the second round.

But even though eliminating Andrew Luck proved quite easy for the Ravens, it won't be as easy to knock out the man he was drafted to replace - Peyton Manning.

The Broncos are riding an 11-game win streak and appear to be the AFC's early favorite to advance to the Super Bowl, and, what's more, they trashed the Ravens in Baltimore just a few weeks ago, whipping them 34-17 in week 15.

The NFC picture isn't yet clear - the Seahawks and Redskins still have to square off this afternoon - but the winner will advance to play the Falcons in Atlanta.

The Falcons did already beat the Redskins this season - and knocked Robert Griffin III out of the game - all the way back in week four, but the Dirty Birds didn't play the red-hot Seahawks this year.

So next weeks showdowns look like this: Seahawks/Redskins vs Falcons, Packers vs 49ers, Ravens vs Broncos and Texans vs Patriots.

Not a bad slate at all.

Photographs by coka_koehler used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.