Road teams dominated Wild Card Weekend but the top seeds in each conference are set to enter the fray for the Divisional Round of the NFLplayoffs. These are the teams that earned an opening bye with their stellar play during the regular season and have no intention of being one-and-done this postseason.
Both No. 1 seeds will be in action on Saturday as San Francisco hosts Minnesota and Baltimore welcomes Tennessee. The Vikings and Titans are both flying high after their wins over the Saints and Patriots, respectively, but stiffer challenges await them this round.
On Sunday, Houston takes on Kansas City while Seattle faces Green Bay. The Texans beat the Chiefs in Arrowhead earlier this season, winning 31-24 back in Week 6. Houston put up 472 total yards of offense in that game and won despite three turnovers. Patrick Mahomes threw for three touchdowns in the loss but he also turned the ball over twice. Kansas City's defense has shown tremendous improvement since that game and the Texans will need to find a way to move the ball and put some points on the scoreboard to keep up with the Chiefs' explosive offense.
While it's not easy playing the Packers in Lambeau Field, Russell Wilson did beat them in his only previous playoff encounter, a 28-22 overtime home victory in the NFC Championship Game in 2015. Wilson had four interceptions in that game, but he did throw the game-winning TD pass to Jermaine Kearse in overtime. He also got help from his running game as Marshawn Lynch went for 157 yards and a score. Can Lynch turn back the clock on Sunday?
So which teams will advance to the conference championship games next week? Athlon's own Rob Doster (@AthlonDoster) and Mark Ross (@AthlonMark), along with AthlonSports.com contributor Bryan Fischer (@BryanDFischer), predict the winners for every game this week:
NFL Divisional Round Predictions
Wild Card Round
*Detroit vs. Arizona in Week 1 ended in a tie.