The NFC Divisional Round playoff games begin on Saturday with a game between the Atlanta Falcons and Philadelphia Eagles. The game will be played at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, and is scheduled to begin at 4:35 PM. ET.
Atlanta Falcons Analysis
The Falcons are the defensing NFC Champions, and despite struggling during the season, showed that experience does matter in the playoffs, and knocked off the Los Angeles Rams on the road last week.
They will be going for their second consecutive road win of the playoffs, hoping to advance to the NFC Championship Game.
The good news for the Falcons and their fans is they have a great opportunity to win this game thanks to the injury to Carson Wentz, who was the leading MVP candidate before getting injured against the Rams during the season.
Without Wentz in the lineup, former starter Nick Foles is tasked with getting the team to the Super Bowl, which will be very tough to do against the Falcons.
Philadelphia Eagles Analysis
The Eagles have the top seed in the NFC, which might be their saving grace in this game. With the crowd expected to be loud as ever, the Eagles can feed off the energy to get the win, but it won’t be easy, especially after seeing the way the Falcons picked apart the Rams last week.
Their defense will be counted on to help keep the Falcons out of the end zone, but their offense will need to step up as well, which means Nick Foles will need to play better than he did against the Dallas Cowboys in their final game of the season.
The Eagles will also rely on their running game to make life a little easier on Foles, but after the way the Falcons shut down Todd Gurley last week, running the ball might not be as easy as it sounds.
Pick and Prediction
The Falcons are favored to win this game by 3 points. The over/under on total points scored is 41.5.
This will be a lot closer than most people expect, but the Falcons should be able to pull off the victory. Take Atlanta -3 and the over in this one.