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NFL PLAYOFFS ARE HERE
The Playoffs are here aka it’s Wildcard Weekend aka let’s go. So the top two seeded teams in each conference (The Chiefs and the Patriots for the AFC, Saints and Rams for the NFC) get a little bye this weekend while the teams that creeped into the playoffs duke it out. Here’s what you can expect from each matchup:
- Colts vs. Texans – Nothing like a little AFC South divisional rivalry spilling over into the post-season. So the Texans and Colts both were terrible at the beginning of the season. Started out 0-3 and 1-5 respectively. Then the Texans went on a nine-game win streak while the Colts quietly climbed the ranks to a 10-6 finish to the season. These two have already played twice this season with each team getting a victory. So this is a fantastic matchup to get things going.
- Seahawks vs. Cowboys – Dallas won the NFC East after winning seven of their final eight games. Then there’s the Seahawks who finally got it together around Week 11. They beat the Chiefs (are they good or something?), so they are in a solid spot heading into tomorrow’s game. The last time these two met in the playoffs was 2006 when Tony Romo famously botched holding the football for a field goal attempt. Good times.
- Chargers vs. Ravens – This is an interesting one because if the Chargers had beaten the Ravens during Week 16, they probably would have gotten the bye and would be watching the Chiefs play in this game this weekend. HOWEVAH, the Chargers are hopefully going to have a healthy Melvin Gordon and Austin Ekeler to add some major firepower to their offense. But the Ravens won’t be scared of that: their defense is crushing right now, and they have major momentum coming off six wins in their last seven games. We are having FUN.
- Eagles vs. Bears – The Eagles scratched and clawed their way into the playoffs. It was weird and impressive. Meanwhile the Bears have been the defensive story of the year. The Bears beat the Vikings last week, and that Vikings loss put the Eagles in the post-season. Lots of gratitude from Philly to Minnesota right now. Another fun storyline is we will have a brother v. brother situation. Chris and Kyle Long play for the Eagles and Bears respectively. When Kyle was asked about this, he said, “We’re not related.” Fantastic stance. Mom should be loving this one.
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