The AFC playoffs turned into a best-case scenario for fans of the Patriots, Jets, Ravens and Steelers.
Not only will the AFC divisional round feature teams meeting for the third time this season in both games (both splitting the previous two matchups), it will be the first time in NFL history that both divisional playoff games in a conference will feature teams from the same division.
The games will be oozing with sub-plots.
Moments after the 30-7 win over the Chiefs, much of the questioning from the Ravens’ postgame locker room was focused on the Steelers. The Ravens defeated the Steelers 17-14 in Week 4, but lost 13-10 in Week 13.
“It’s fitting that it’s the Steelers,” Joe Flacco said.
“We love going to Pittsburgh,” said Todd Heap, smiling.
“No, we’d be happy to see them out of it,” opined coach John Harbaugh. “But it seems like it’s poetic justice.”
Terrell Suggs added his perspective to the rivalry talk.
“I think everybody wanted to see these matchups, because both teams split during the regular season,” Suggs said. “This is Armageddon for all four teams. There can only be one winner at the end.
“It’s personal between the two cities, Baltimore and Pittsburgh. It shouldn’t surprise you that these two teams are at their throats. This is the NFL at it’s best. It’s what the world wanted to see.”