Seattle, New Orleans, and Minnesota all fell short. It feels like the seven best teams in the NFC made the playoffs.
- San Francisco 49ers
- Dallas Cowboys
- Detroit Lions
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers
- Philadelphia Eagles
- Los Angeles Rams
- Green Bay Packers
Sunday, January 13
Green Bay at Dallas, 1:30 p.m. PT
Los Angeles at Detroit, 5:00 p.m. PT
Monday, January 15
Philadelphia at Tampa Bay, 5:00 p.m. PT
The Cowboys will host the Packers on Sunday. Dallas caught a break by avoiding the Rams in the first round. Dallas had a field goal blocked against Washington in Week 18. Dak Prescott’s team was trailing 10-7 at one point before Sam Howell threw an interception.
After that, Washington never stood a chance. Green Bay isn’t going to turn the ball over on downs and fumble in their first two drives. The Packers are feisty. I wouldn’t count them out.
Matthew Stafford returns to Detroit. The Lions are without Sam LaPorta, which is an enormous loss. The rookie tight end has been a matchup nightmare and a security blanket for Jared Goff. The Rams aren’t stopping Detroit, but Stafford and company won’t have any issues moving the ball themselves. That’ll be the most entertaining game of the weekend.
The Buccaneers have a home game against the Eagles on Monday night. Philadelphia hasn’t been the same since they beat the Chiefs. Their defense is a disaster, and the offense can’t pick up a simple blitz. Jalen Hurts and A.J. Brown left the game on Sunday. Tampa Bay won’t be an easy out, considering it’s a Todd Bowles defense. But Baker Mayfield is also banged up. These teams needed an extra day of rest.
Who do you think the 49ers will face in the divisional round? They’ll play the lowest seed that advances.