The NFL playoffs wrapped up its first day of action, with two Wild Card round games in the books. Sunday features two more games before we move on to the Divisional round.The NFL postseason again provides for us 2 days of playoff action. There is the talk of franchises failing, teams that can’t score and teams that score despite using backup quarterbacks. You will see ample of gab about during TV timeouts that you simply have no idea need a single article politics a few days ago. Huzzah!
The Tennessee Titans started the playoffs by digging out of a 18-point hole to come back and beat the Kansas City Chiefs, 22-21. Leading the way was running back Derrick Henry who rumbled to 156 yards on 23 carries.
The Rams host the defending NFC Champion Atlanta Falcons in the first playoff game in Los Angeles at the Los Angeles Coliseum since 1978, and bring along with them the NFL’s highest-scoring offense that boasts an MVP caliber running back in Todd Gurley, and top-10 quarterback Jared Goff. Quarterback Matt Ryan, wide receiver Julio Jones, and the Falcons are playing some of their best football of the season down the stretch, but the Rams are capable of winning in a multitude of ways, and they’ll need to exploit just about all of them on Saturday night.
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Prediction: Rams 30, Falcons 24
NFC Wild Card: Carolina Panthers at New Orleans Saints
Where: Mercedes Benz Superdome
When: 4:40 p.m. Sunday
Drew Brees and the high-powered Saints offense is built to make a Super Bowl run behind rookie running back Alvin Kamara who has rushed for 728 yards and eight touchdowns while adding 81 catches for 826 yards and five more scores while being complemented by bruising veteran Mark Ingram who rushed for 1,124 yards and 12 touchdowns. While Cam Newton is certainly capable of single-handedly taking over a game, the Panthers 65-34 in a pair of regular season losses to the Saints. Expect more of the same Sunday afternoon.
Prediction: Saints 41, Panthers 27
NFC Divisional Playoff: New Orleans Saints at Eagles
Where: Lincoln Financial Field
When: 4:35 on Saturday, Jan. 13
If there is any team that is built to beat the Saints, it’s the Eagles defense. The Eagles finished the regular season with the league’s premier rushing defense, surrendering just 79.2 yards per game. However, Drew Brees’ Super Bowl pedigree and the fact that the Saints’ defense features arguably the game’s premier cornerback in rookie Marshon Lattimore and a cast of playmakers, it’s difficult to envision quarterback Nick Foles giving the Eagles enough offensively and being able to put together enough sustained drives to keep the New Orleans offense at bay.
Prediction: Saints 23, Eagles 16
NFC Divisional Playoff: Los Angeles Rams at Minnesota Vikings
Where: US Bank Stadium
When: 4:40 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 14
The Vikings have the luxury of a bye week and at least one home game as well as a defense that has not allowed more than 19 points in a single game at home all season and only surrendered more than one touchdown once. Additionally, Case Keenum completed 67.6 percent of his passes for 3,547 yards and 22 touchdowns with just 7 interceptions this season. Goff, Gurley and the Rams show plenty of fight, but could struggle to put up enough points against the Vikings’ dominant defense to make it to the NFC Championship Game.