Divisional playoff weekend, which many believe to be the greatest of the NFL season, kicks off Saturday afternoon in Philadelphia — where the top-seeded Philadelphia Eagles play host to the sixth-seeded Atlanta Falcons at Lincoln Financial Field.
The Eagles are in the unprecedented position of being a home underdog in their first playoff game as the No. 1 seed. But that’s entirely justifiable — given star second-year quarterback Carson Wentz is done for the year thanks to a devastating late-season ACL injury. Without him, the Eagles have turned their offense over to backup Nick Foles — and it has sputtered. The Philadelphia defense will have to step up and somehow contain a loaded Atlanta offense if Philly is to have a chance.
It’s been a strange season for the defending NFC champion Falcons. So close to a Super Bowl victory last year, the devastating loss appears to have had a carryover effect for Atlanta, as they’ve underachieved all season. But after a Wild Card round win in Los Angeles, the Falcons are just two wins away from getting back to the big game. The talent is all there for Atlanta. Now, can they hit their stride at the right time?
Coverage begins at 4:30 p.m. on NBC. Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth have the call. The action will be streamed live on the NBC Sports website, and can also be streamed on mobile devices via the NBC Sports app. The app can be downloaded via Apple’s iTunes Store and the Google Play Store. A cable subscription is required for the free stream.
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