We’ve reached the second day of the NFL’s divisional round of the playoffs, and yesterday the Atlanta Falcons and New England Patriots both notched victories to advance to the conference championship games. Today, we’ll find out the other two teams who will continue their season and advance.
Both games today figure to be very good, which should be a welcome change from a number of the playoff games so far this year. These two games today are marquee matchups, however, so it should be fun. Here’s a look at the day’s schedule
Green Bay Packers (10-6) at Dallas Cowboys (13-3) - 4:40 p.m. ET, FOX
This game features the best team in the NFC (the Cowboys) against the hottest team in the NFC (the Packers). Since a four-game losing streak (that included a loss to the Colts), the Packers have won seven in a row, including a victory last week over the Giants. Aaron Rodgers is playing as well as any quarterback in the league recently, and that presents a tough test for the Cowboys - who have been terrific all season but who haven’t played a meaningful game in weeks. It’s that classic matchup of a hot team facing a team that’s coming off of a bye, so Dak Prescott, Ezekiel Elliott, and the rest of the Cowboys will need to step up. It should be a fantastic game, and I’ll actually go with an upset pick and take the Packers in this one.
Colts against these teams this year: 1-0
Pittsburgh Steelers (11-5) at Kansas City Chiefs (12-4) - 8:20 p.m. ET, NBC
This game was originally scheduled for early afternoon but due to inclement weather in Kansas City the NFL pushed it back to 8:20. It should be a terrific game regardless of the time slot, though, as the Chiefs have a good, well-rounded team and the Steelers have one of the best offenses in the NFL. Ben Roethlisberger, Le’Veon Bell, and Antonio Brown are the best trio in the league, so Kansas City will have a tough time stopping them. That puts the pressure on the Chiefs to be able to score some points too, and they’ll likely need a spark somewhere - such as from Tyreek Hill - to win this one. That’s very possible, but I’ll take the road team in this one too in the Steelers.
Colts against these teams this year: 0-2
Whatever happens, most of all we’re just hoping for good games today - and on paper, both of them look to be just that. So here’s an open thread for you to discuss the day’s games, if you wish.