The first weekend of the NFL Playoffs was, to put it kindly, not great. None of the four games was decided by less than 13 points. And only the Giants-Packers game could be described as even remotely compelling. (And even its outcome was not really in doubt by the start of the fourth quarter.)
We’ll see if this weekend’s slate is any better. The action begins Saturday afternoon in Atlanta, where the NFC South-winning Atlanta Falcons host the NFC West champion Seattle Seahawks.
The Falcons got the first round bye by virtue of their 11-5 record, which they achieved by winning four straight to close out the regular season. Atlanta will go as far as their offense takes them in this postseason. They averaged a league-leading 33.8 points per game, led by gunslinging quarterback Matt Ryan — who threw for just under 5,000 yards and 38 touchdowns in the regular season. It’s a good thing for them that their offense is so prolific because their defense can only be considered subpar. Only five teams allowed more points per game than the Falcons at 25.4.
Seattle enters off of a solid, if not spectacular 26-6 victory over Detroit in the wild card round. Seattle’s receiving corps had a few spectacular catches to help propel them to the victory. But the Seahawks, who lost out on the No. 2 seed thanks to three losses in their last six games, now have to leave the friendly confines of CenturyLink Field and travel across the country to the Georgia Dome (which may be hosting its final NFL game).
This is a rematch of a regular season contest, which the Seahawks won 26-24 on a controversial pass interference non-call. But that one was in Seattle. This one is in Atlanta. It should be a good one.
Kickoff is at 4:35 p.m. ET. The game will air on FOX. Kevin Burkhardt and John Lynch have the call. The action can be streamed free with a cable subscription on pc, cell phone, or tablet via Fox Sports Go — which can be found here. The Fox Sports Go app can be downloaded via the iTunes store, the Google Play store, and the Windows store.