It could be argued that no position has changed more in the NFL’s history than the tight end. Once primarily a sixth offensive lineman who would catch the occasional pass, tight ends have become key cogs on offense.
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 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.
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.
The Atlanta Falcons will make their first road trip in almost a month to take on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in an all-important NFC South matchup that could have serious division and playoff implications. This will mark the second meeting between these teams in the last three weeks.
With just four games left in the regular season, New Orleans is two games up on Atlanta for first place in the NFC South. The Saints (9-3) finished off a season sweep of the Panthers with a 31-21 win at home last Sunday, while the Falcons (7-5) were held without a touchdown in a 14-9 home loss to Minnesota.
Week 11 in the NFL concludes with a “Monday Night Football” pairing of teams that are at a crossroads due to a combination of key injuries and a Super Bowl hangover as the Seattle Seahawks (6-3) host the Atlanta Falcons (5-4) at CenturyLink Field.
Sunday’s game between Dallas and Atlanta pits a pair of teams that entered the season with Super Bowl aspirations arriving at a crossroads as they prepare to embark on the second half of their schedules.
Since an ugly overtime loss to Chicago, Pittsburgh has won three of four. Meanwhile, Detroit has lost three of four since a 2–0 start. That doesn’t bode well for the home team when the Steelers and Lions meet Sunday night at Ford Field.