Just like on the AFC side of the playoffs, the Wild Card match ups in the NFC both ended up being quite one-sided as well. The Seahawks gave the Lions no shot on Saturday night with a 26-6 win, holding Stafford and Co. out of the end zone. On Sunday the Packers went down 6-0 to the Giants early and Jordy Nelson left the game and did nt=ot return, then MVP-candidate Aaron Rodgers did what he's been doing - domination! The Packers went on to outscore the G-Men 38-7 the rest of the game and won in Lambeau by 25. So who's going where?
The Seattle Seahawks will travel across the country to face the Atlanta Falcons on Saturday January 14th at 4:35pm on FOX in the Battle of the Birds.
The Dallas Cowboys will host the Packers on Sunday at 4:40pm, also on FOX.
The Cowboys and Packers met earlier this year. Back in week 6 at Lambeau field the Boys beat the Cheeseheads 30-16 behind the rookie duo of Dak and Zeke. Prescott threw for 3 touchdowns to go along with his 247 yards (plus his first pick of the year and his career) while Elliott picked up 157 yards on the ground and 174 from scrimmage. The Packers weren't the same team they are now offensively. Rodgers is leading the hottest offense in the league and even without Jordy Nelson on the field against the Giants, the hottest defense in the league, A-Rodg was able to lead the Pack to 38 points.
The Seahawks and Falcons met in 2016 as well. Atlanta traveled to Seattle the same week Dallas and Green Bay got together. The Seahawks pulled out a tight victory, 26-24, with Christine Michael (no longer with the team) scoring twice while Russell Wilson failed to produce any touchdown for his team. The Falcons were shut down in the run game but Matt Ryan, another MVP-candidate like Rodgers, threw for 335 yards and 3 scores in front of the 12's - the most yards by an opposing QB in Seattle since Big Ben went for 456 in week 12 of 2015. While the Falcons offense remains one of the best units in the NFL this year, that defense has taken steps forward. On the other side, the Seahawks still boast one of the best D's in the league while the Wilson-to-Baldwin show has gotten stronger as has Wilson's legs.
We are in for two phenomenal divisional NFC match ups. Both teams know each other from earlier, but all four squads have improved where they needed to to enter the playoffs as some the hottest teams in the NFL. No matter who wins, we are in for one hell of a NFC Championship game!