Our morning NFL playoff schedule game thread is filling up and I thought it was time to open up a new one for this afternoon's Eagles-Packers wild card round matchup. The Baltimore Ravens just completed their demolition of the Kansas City Chiefs, winning 30-7. I felt the Ravens would win but I really expected a much more competitive game. Joe Flacco had a very impressive performance, but it was the traditionally stout Ravens defense that really decimated the Kansas City Chiefs. Jamaal Charles managed a long 41-yard touchdown run, but that was really the extent of the offense. Matt Cassel threw three interceptions and the Chiefs lost a pair of interceptions. When you get destroyed in the turnover battle, odds are not good that you'll win.
Now we get to watch the Philadelphia Eagles host the Green Bay Packers in the final game of this first weekend of NFL playoff football. If the Eagles win, they would travel to Chicago while the Seahawks would travel to Atlanta. You have to imagine the NFL is absolutely salivating at the possibility of an Eagles-Falcons NFC championship game featuring the return of Michael Vick to Atlanta as a starting QB. He played against Atlanta at the Georgia Dome in 2009, but was a backup to Donovan McNabb. He had a strong performance, netting two touchdowns, but he touched the ball six total times. Barring injury, this time around he'd be introduced with the starters.
While I assume things will be on the up and up, don't be surprised if Dick Bavetta and Bennett Salvatore have been loaned out to the NFL by the NBA. It's a ratings dream and if this were the NBA, the commissioner would be doing whatever is necessary to make it happen!