The first round of the NFL playoffs took place this weekend, and unfortunately for everyone besides the home teams, the games wound up not being super close.
All four home teams won, and the closest game was a 13-point win by the Texans. That’s right: that was the closest final score. The Texans defeated the Raiders 27-14, the Steelers defeated the Dolphins 30-12, the Seahawks defeated the Lions 26-6, and the Packers defeated the Giants 38-13. So the home teams/division champs all won, and that will set up the divisional round games this upcoming weekend.
Here’s the playoff schedule for the upcoming weekend:
Saturday, January 14
Seattle Seahawks (10-5-1, 3 seed) at Atlanta Falcons (11-5, 2 seed) - 4:35 p.m. ET, FOX
Houston Texans (9-7, 4 seed) at New England Patriots (14-2, 1 seed) - 8:15 p.m. ET, CBS
Sunday, January 15
Pittsburgh Steelers (11-5, 3 seed) at Kansas City Chiefs (12-4, 2 seed) - 1:05 p.m. ET, NBC
Green Bay Packers (10-6, 4 seed) at Dallas Cowboys (13-3, 1 seed) - 4:40 p.m. ET, FOX
There are some good matchups on the schedule (not neccessarily including the Texans at the Patriots...), and hopefully they wind up being more competitive than the wild card games were.