Denver goes into Saturday's NFL playoff game against Jacksonville with some obvious advantages.

The Broncos are playing at home and their offense is led by John Elway, who threw a career-high 27 touchdown passes this season, and Terrell Davis, who led the AFC in rushing with 1,750 yards.So why are they a little wary?

Well, for one thing Denver never thought it would be in a wild card game after beginning the season with six straight victories. They looked almost ordinary after that, going 6-4 in their final 10 games.

For another, Davis sat out last week's game with a slightly separated shoulder. And Elway, for all his TDs, was only fourth in the AFC passing statistics.

Then there is last year.

This is a rematch of last season's divisional playoff game when Jacksonville, in only its second year in the league, upset Denver 30-27. Don't think the Broncos have forgotten that game.

In this weekend's other playoff games, Minnesota is at the New York Giants Saturday, while Miami plays at New England and Detroit is at Tampa Bay Sunday.

JAGUARS AT BRONCOS: Both teams come in with twin 1,000-yard receivers - Rod Smith and Shannon Sharpe for the Broncos, Jimmy Smith and Keenan McCardell for the Jaguars.

Davis' ground game gave Denver the perfect accompaniment to Elway's arm and the Broncos led the NFL in total offense. Jacksonville's Mark Brunell came back from a preseason injury to share the AFC top passer rating with Oakland's Jeff George, throwing for 18 TDs and only seven interceptions.

Despite the memory of last year's disappointment, Denver flourishes at Mile High Stadium. That loss is the only one the Broncos have had at home in the past two seasons.

VIKINGS AT GIANTS: New York never has lost a wild-card game, with four wins, including a 17-10 victory over Minnesota at Giants Stadium in 1994. This time, the Giants face old nemesis Randall Cunningham, who came back after a year off and threw four TD passes in last week's must-win against Indianapolis.

Minnesota has one of the NFL's most anonymous stars in running back Robert Smith, who set club records with 1,266 yards and six 100-yard games. But he faces a defense that was No. 3 in the NFL against the rush. The Vikings' Cris Carter had his fifth straight 1,000-yard receiving season and led the league with 13 TD catches. His 89 career TD catches is fourth best all-time.

On defense, the Vikings' John Randle became the first defensive tackle to lead the league in sacks, recording 151/2. Defensive end Michael Strahan led the Giants with 14.

DOLPHINS AT PATRIOTS: If you think you've seen this game before, you have. Last Monday night, the same teams played, with New England winning 14-12 to earn the home field for the playoff opener.

New England welcomes back running back Curtis Martin, who has missed three games with a shoulder injury. Wide receiver Terry Glenn, nursing a bad hamstring, is questionable for the game.

The Dolphins have two impressive playoff streaks going. Dan Marino has thrown a TD pass in an NFL record 13 straight playoff games and coach Jimmy Johnson has won his last six playoff games. The Patriots, however, have won four of the last five against Miami and the Dolphins haven't won a road playoff game since their perfect season of 1972.

LIONS AT BUCCANEERS: In his 2,000-yard season, Detroit's Barry Sanders faced Tampa Bay twice. The first time, the Bucs held him to 20 yards. The second time, he ripped off 215 with touchdown runs of 80 and 82 yards.

Sanders' 2,053 yards was second best in NFL history and he has gained 100-plus yards in a record 14 straight games. He is not the Lions' only weapon. though. Wide receiver Herman Moore tied for the NFL lead with 104 receptions and joined San Francisco's Jerry Rice as the only players in league history with three straight 100-catch seasons.

Tampa Bay, which is sending seven players to the Pro Bowl, has a Sanders clone in undersize running back Warrick Dunn, who was the Offensive Rookie of the Year with 978 yards rushing. Bucs' quarterback Trent Dilfer was second in the NFC with a club-record 21 TD passes.