One game is a rematch. The other might feel like one _ at least to one of the teams.
The Houston Texans are heading back to New England, where their season began to unravel.
More rematches ahead.
Ron Rivera will return as coach of the Carolina Panthers next season following his team's strong finish.
Peyton Manning and his Broncos are closing in on the playoffs as the top team in the AP Pro32 NFL power rankings.
The Atlanta Falcons wanted to make a statement.
Andy Reid got such a hearty hug on the sideline from Howard Mudd that the 70-year-old assistant with the artificial hip actually lifted the burly head coach off his feet.
Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy promised "payback" and "punishment" for the Atlanta Falcons last week, and he and his Carolina teammates delivered on Sunday.
An NFL version of No. 1 vs. No. 2 is set for Monday night when the Houston Texans visit the New England Patriots.