The first round of the 2017 NFL Playoffs is complete, with the Houston Texans, Pittsburgh Steelers, Seattle Seahawks, and Green Bay Packers all moving on. Here is the schedule for next week's divisional round games:
Saturday, Jan. 14
(3) Seattle Seahawks vs. (2) Atlanta Falcons, 4:35 p.m. ET, FOX
(4) Houston Texans vs. (1) New England Patriots, 8:15 p.m. ET, CBS
Sunday, Jan. 15
(4) Pittsburgh Steelers vs. (2) Kansas City Chiefs, 1:05 p.m. ET, NBC
(4) Green Bay Packers vs. (1) Dallas Cowboys, 4:40 p.m. ET, FOX
Quick Look at the Playoff Games
- The teams with replacement or injured quarterbacks — Miami, Oakland, and Detroit — weren’t able to advance. The Texans could have been classified as having a replacement quarterback, but Brock Osweiler was their starter most of the year and surprisingly delivered as he found a rhythm with DeAndre Hopkins.
- The Steelers’ big-play ability with Antonio Brown and Le’Veon Bell, coupled with a ruthless hitting defense, makes them a scary team this postseason. The highly efficient Chiefs will be ready for the heat, but it’ll be the closest game in the AFC this weekend, despite Pittsburgh blowing them out 43-14 earlier this year. The Patriots might as well be having another bye week with their game against the Texans. New England beat them 27-0 earlier this year.
- After a sluggish first quarter, Aaron Rodgers delivered some magic again against the Giants, including a Hail Mary to end the first half. He was the first quarterback to get his team over 30 points against that defense all season. Although we won’t get the Giants vs. Cowboys 3.0, Green Bay is a scarier team for Dallas because they can out-shoot anyone. Dallas is such a good run blocking team, though, that they can control the clock and keep the ball out of Rodgers’ hands.
- The Seahawks vs. Falcons should be a fun match-up too. The Falcons have been waiting a long time for a deep playoff run under Matt Ryan, and now they’ve finally got an offense that has been getting the job done the entire stretch of the season.
- All of the home teams won this week. Will next week’s home teams have the same advantage, or will the teams that just played have the momentum they need to pull off some road upsets?
Live look at the Giants season pic.twitter.com/eaeiJLDixl— Pardon My Take (@PardonMyTake) January 9, 2017