It’s rematch time in the NFC Divisional Round of the playoffs as the Seattle Seahawks will head to the Georgia Dome to take on the Atlanta Falcons. These two clubs met earlier this season back in Week 6 at CenturyLink Field with the Seahawks winning a 26-24 thriller.
The Giants’ playoff path, starting Sunday against the Packers carries with it a bit of déjà vu. During their last two Super Bowl runs, in 2007 and ’11, they entered as one of the NFC’s bottom three seeds. Multiple road wins were needed to advance before meeting the top-seeded, heavily-favored Patriots for the Lombardi Trophy.
The Seattle Seahawks secured their fifth straight season of 10 or more regular-season wins with a 25-23 victory over the San Francisco 49ers last Sunday. This puts Seattle in elite company with Green Bay and New England as the only two other NFL franchises to achieve the same status.
The Redskins may not have won back-to-back NFC titles, but few scenarios shape up better than Sunday’s tilt against the Giants. Their opponent, locked into the No. 5 seed in the NFC bracket has nothing to play for.
Despite the Saints’ two-game winning streak, their slim hopes for a wild card spot died before last week’s kickoff of their eventual home victory over Tampa Bay. Instead, New Orleans will spend the first day of 2017 trying to deny its archrivals a bye in the first round of the postseason. The Saints also can finish at .500 with a win in Atlanta.
Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford returns to the metroplex he grew up in for a “Monday Night Football” clash with the Dallas Cowboys that will have an impact on the postseason picture for the visitors and could serve as a nice preview of what’s to come in January for both sides.
Back in Week 2, Minnesota defeated Green Bay 17-14 in the first game played in brand-new U.S. Bank Stadium. That victory was part of the Vikings’ impressive 5-0 start and gave them an early two-game lead over the Packers.