NFL divisional-round preview: What to watch for Sunday

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With wins Sunday, New England and Arizona advanced to the conference championship games. NFL Nation reporters look ahead to Sunday's matchups.

Sunday's games

Seattle Seahawks: There's no downplaying what running back Marshawn Lynch has meant to the Seahawks in their recent run of success. According to ESPN Stats & Information research, he needs 83 yards to become just the seventh player in NFL history with 1,000 rushing yards in the postseason. Barring a change of heart -- Lynch can be unpredictable -- he is expected to start and play an important role against the Panthers. -- Sheil Kapadia

Carolina Panthers: Wide receiver Ted Ginn Jr. (knee) was held out of Friday's practice because doctors recommended he rest. But Ginn said he plans to play Sunday, which means the Panthers will be at full strength offensively against Seattle. That's good news for quarterback Cam Newton and an offense that led the league in scoring (31.2 points per game) this season. The Panthers will need all their weapons against a Seattle defense ranked second in the league. -- David Newton

Pittsburgh Steelers: Things are a bit of a mess for the Steelers. That win over the Broncos in Week 15 seems like years ago. The Steelers' best playmaker (Antonio Brown) and best scorer (DeAngelo Williams, 11 touchdowns) are both out. Their franchise quarterback (Ben Roethlisberger) has barely managed a few passes this week with that injured shoulder. But the Steelers still like their chances with a stout offensive line and an opportunistic defense playing its best football. Pittsburgh feels it can run the ball on anybody. Yes, most players are optimistic that Roethlisberger will be back. "He always gives you a chance," wide receiver Sammie Coates said. Will Roethlisberger have enough playmakers to make this work? It's hardly a guarantee. Winning in Denver with this depleted offense would be an all-timer, and that's saying something for this storied franchise. -- Jeremy Fowler

Denver Broncos: With quarterback Brock Osweiler returning to practice Friday and scheduled to be in uniform Sunday against the Steelers, the Broncos will have every player on the roster available. Osweiler is set to be the No. 2 quarterback behind Peyton Manning. Defensively, cornerback Chris Harris Jr., safety T.J. Ward and outside linebacker DeMarcus Ware all practiced fully and will be in the lineup. This Broncos team is the healthiest it has been in weeks. -- Jeff Legwold

Saturday's games

New England beat Kansas City 27-20 to advance to the AFC title game. Here's a look at a few of our stories from the game:

The Cardinals downed the Packers 26-20 in overtime, after an Aaron Rodgers Hail Mary to tie the game as regulation expired. Here's a look at a few of our stories from the game: