Neither the Minnesota Vikings nor the Philadelphia Eagles made the playoffs last year. Their quarterbacks, Case Keenum (right) and Nick Foles, were backups on the Week 1 roster, both rejected starters from the (formerly) terrible Rams. Leaders Mike Zimmer and Doug Pederson have a combined six years of head coaching experience.
A season-opening rematch will determine one participant in the NFC Championship Game with New Orleans and Minnesota set to face each other for the second time. The Vikings beat the Saints 29-19 back in Week 1, but much has changed since then for both teams.
The opening game of the Divisional Round of the NFL playoffs pits the Atlanta Falcons versus the Philadelphia Eagles in a case of the underdog versus the favorite. Or is it the favorite versus the underdog?
The Carolina Panthers and New Orleans Saints are no strangers to each other as NFC South Division rivals, but Sunday’s NFC Wild Card Game in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome will be the first postseason contest between these two teams. The rare third meeting in the same season was set up in part by a pair of losses in Week 17.
The Atlanta Falcons will make the long trip west to face the Los Angeles Rams for a prime-time NFC Wild Card matchup on Saturday. It will mark the first time the Rams have hosted a playoff game inside the famed Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum since the NFC Championship Game on Jan. 7, 1979. It also marks the Rams' first playoff appearance since 2004.
New Orleans controls its own destiny in Sunday afternoon's regular-season finale against Tampa Bay. Beat the Buccaneers on the road and the Saints are NFC South champions and will host Wild Card Weekend. A loss, and New Orleans will need Atlanta to beat Carolina or else the Saints will be the road team next weekend.
Sunday’s NFC South clash between the Carolina Panthers (11-4) and Atlanta Falcons (9-6) looms as large as any game on the Week 17 schedule. That’s because this matchup between division rivals could play a significant role in shaping the final NFC playoff picture.
Two of the NFL’s struggling offenses come together Sunday with an eye toward 2018 when the New York Giants take on the Arizona Cardinals. The Giants and Cardinals, both eliminated from playoff contention, have combined to average 33.9 points per game.