Looking specifically at the NFC, we have a second straight week with a Minnesota Vikings and Green Bay Packers game, and after the nail bitter they played in the season finale last weekend I don’t think anyone is upset with that. The second Wild Card game in the NFC will be Sunday afternoon when the Seattle Seahawks travel to the nation’s capitol to face the NFC East division champion Washington Redskins.
This game is very interesting as it will be the second straight week these teams play each other and the third time they have played each other this season. The Packers won the first game in this season series 23-14 in Green Bay. The Vikings won last weekend against the Packers at home in a thriller 37-34 to gain a spot in the playoffs. The game will be played Saturday at 8:00 under the lights at Lambeau Field. The Packers, who are traditionally dominant in the playoffs at home, have won just 2 playoff games in their last 6 at Lambeau. Green Bay had previously won their first 13 home playoff games in franchise history. The Vikings will be relying on their MVP of the season, Adrian Peterson to continue his impressive play against Green Bay to help them attempt an upset of the Division Champion Packers. Peterson has rushed for 409 yards in the Vikings two games against the Packers this season, including 230 after contact, which is nearly 200 more than any other player had against the Packers this season, according to Elias Sports Bureau. As we all know, anything can happen in the playoffs, especially among division opponents, but I think Aaron Rodgers helps the Packers return to dominant form at home in the playoffs, despite Adrian Peterson having a great game. The Packers beat the Vikings in a close game at Lambeau.
Final Score Prediction: Green Bay 24- Minnesota 17
The second Wild Card game in the NFC showcases two rookie quarterbacks trying to carry their impressive first year performances into the playoffs. The Redskins are riding high after beating their rivals, the Dallas Cowboys last Sunday night to capture the NFC East crown for the first time since the Clinton administration. After starting the season 3-6, the team won seven straight games to finish 10-6, thanks in most part to dominant play by rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III. Seattle, being led by rookie quarterback Russell Wilson, also ended the season on a winning streak, winning their final five games of the season to earn a wild card spot in the playoffs. Unlike the first Wild Card matchup between Minnesota and Green Bay, the Seahawks and Redskins did not play each other this year, they did however play in 2011 when the Redskins blew a 17-7 lead with 10 minutes left, allowing the Seahawks to score 16 unanswered points against Rex Grossman and Washington to win. The key to this game will be if these sensational rookie quarterbacks can keep up their impressive play to lead their team to a first round victory. The Seahwaks are 3-5 on the road this season, while being 8-0 at home. The Redskins have the advantage of playing at home after winning the division and are 5-3 at home this season. As much as it pains me as an Eagles fan, I have to pick the Redskins in this one. I’ll be pulling for the Seahawks, but all the factors point Washington’s way.
Final Score Prediction: Washington 27-24