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NFC DIVISIONAL ROUND PREVIEW/PREDICTIONS

Seattle Seahawks at Atlanta Falcons

  • Time/TV: Saturday 4:35pm, FOX
  • Matchup History: The Seahawks and Falcons met week six at CenturyLink Field in Seattle. Motivated by their incredible “12th Man”, the Seahawks pulled out a 26-24 victory following a controversial no-call on Richard Sherman. These two teams also have a playoff history as Atlanta defeated Seattle 30-28 in the 2012 Divisional Round.
  • Analysis: Since their week six matchup, Atlanta has slowly risen from playoff outsiders to serious contenders. QB Matt Ryan is having an MVP-caliber season and currently leads a Falcons offense that ranks first in total points, averaging a ridiculous 34 points per game. The Falcons young defense has stepped up mightily, fueled by Vic Beasily and his league leading 15.5 sacks. The Seahawks, on the other hand, have trended downward down the stretch of the regular season. Their offensive line has been nonexistent and the team as a whole has been extremely inconsistent. Last week, however, the Seahawks re-energized their running game behind Thomas Rawls and discovered an emerging star in receiver Paul Richardson.
  • Prediction: Given Seattle’s inconsistency, we don’t know which team will show up. Atlanta has been dominant down the stretch and will continue their strong play this week. 28-21 Atlanta 

Green Bay Packers at Dallas Cowboys

  • Time/TV: Sunday 4:40pm, FOX
  • Matchup History: The Packers and Cowboys met in a mid-October regular season game at Lambeau Field this season. Despite playing in a hostile environment, the young Cowboys dominated the Packers, winning 30-16 sending Green Bay’s season into complete free fall. These two teams also met in the 2014 postseason, with Green Bay prevailing 26-21 on a controversial fourth quarter call.
  • Analysis: The Green Bay Packers are the scariest team in football right now. After falling to 4-6 after a blowout loss in late November, Aaron Rodgers and the Pack have rattled off seven straight wins, outscoring opponents 223-125. Aaron Rodgers, an MVP candidate, looks simply unstoppable and has shown no mercy to opposing defenses during this win streak. Defensively, the Packers have tightened up significantly but there are definitely still questions to be answered in the secondary. Meanwhile, Dallas has been simply phenomenal this season, finishing 13-3. Rookies Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott have been near perfect and are playing like seasoned veterans. Running behind one of the greatest offensive lines ever assembled, Elliott has amassed 1631 yards in his rookie campaign, first in the league. Led by experienced veterans such as Jason Witten and Sean Lee, the Cowboys have been very mature and business like on both sides of the ball, making them a clear super bowl favorite.
  • Prediction: For the entire season, the Cowboys have looked damn near impossible to stop. However, sooner or later the reality will hit that Dak and Zeke are still rookies. On the grand stage of the playoffs, I think the veteran Aaron Rodgers and his red-hot Packers will upset the young and inexperienced Cowboys. 28-27 Packers.
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