2017 NFL Playoffs Wildcard Round, NFC

2017 NFL Playoffs: Wildcard Round, NFC

The 2017 NFL playoffs are set and the road to Super Bowl LI in Houston is on.

The 2016-17 NFL playoff bracket features 12 teams from the AFC and NFC vying for a Super Bowl LI berth. The six teams that earned byes in the AFC playoffs are the New England Patriots, Kansas City Chiefs, Pittsburgh Steelers, Houston Texans, Oakland Raiders and Miami Dolphins. The four teams receiving byes in the NFC playoffs are the Dallas Cowboys, Atlanta Falcons, Seattle Seahawks and Green Bay Packers.

This year’s NFL playoffs started with Wildcard Weekend on Saturday and Sunday. The teams that emerged victorious were the Texans (defeated the Raiders 27-14), Lions (defeated the Seahawks 26-6), Dolphins (defeated the Steelers 30-12) and Giants (defeated the Packers 38-13).

Next up for those four Wildcard Weekend winners are Divisional Playoff games on Saturday and Sunday at 4:35 p.m. ET and 8:15 p.m. ET on CBS and FOX respectively. The Texans will face off against the Patriots in Foxborough, Mass., while the Giants will play at Green Bay in Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisc

The 2017 NFL Playoffs are officially upon us.

The Wildcard Round has come and gone and now the teams that won their respective games will be moving forward to the next stage of the playoffs. The 2016 – 2017 NFL season is almost over, but there are still some big games to be played before we know who will be going to Super Bowl 51. There’s still a lot of football left to be played and it all starts with the Divisional Round of the NFL Playoffs.

The Wildcard Round of the 2017 NFL Playoffs will begin on Saturday, January 7th, 2017. The four games that will be played in the first round of the playoffs are:

Oakland Raiders (12-4) at Houston Texans (9-7) – 4:35 PM ET

Detroit Lions (9-7) at Seattle Seahawks (10-5-1) – 8:15 PM ET

Miami Dolphins (10-6) at Pittsburgh Steelers (11-5) – 1:05 PM ET

New York Giants (11-5) at Green Bay Packers (10-6) – 4:40 PM ET

The top two seeds in each conference have a bye this week and will await the winners of this weekend’s games. In the NFC, the Dallas Cowboys and Atlanta Falcons have byes, while in the AFC, it is the New England Patriots and Kansas City Chiefs.

The first round of the 2017 NFL Playoffs should be a fun one, as all four matchups feature great quarterbacks and should come down to the wire. As always, the matchups, times and television information can be found below.

Saturday, January 7th

AFC

Oakland Raiders (6) at Houston Texans (3), 4:35 PM ET

This game features two teams that were supposed to be much better than they were this season, but the Raiders are somehow still in it with Derek Carr back under center. Connor Cook will start for Oakland due to Matt McGloin’s injury. The Raiders will have their hands full with Houston’s defense and Jadeveon Clowney/J.J. Watt duo up front, but they have a solid chance if they can get Amari Cooper going against Houston’s secondary. Brock Osweiler has been absolutely brutal this season, but Houston’s defense may be just good enough to get them through this game.

NFC

Detroit Lions (6) at Seattle Seahawks (3), 8:15 PM ET**

These two teams played a crazy game earlier in the year that ended with Seattle winning on a last-second touchdown from Russell Wilson to Luke Willson with Thomas Rawls in the backfield. This time around,

The NFL Playoffs are now upon us. The Wildcard round has come and gone, and the Divisional round is only a few days away. Four teams remain for the NFC Championship game. Who will win?

The New England Patriots are not likely to win it all this year. In fact, they may not even be able to make the playoffs. After a disappointing loss in the AFC Championship game last year, New England is looking to make sure that their playoff hopes do not take another hit this season. New England will play the Indianapolis Colts in the first round of the playoffs on Saturday night.

The Patriots are currently ranked as the top seed in the AFC and have already clinched their spot in the AFC Championship Game. However, they still need to beat the Indianapolis Colts on Saturday night to keep them from clinching their spot as well. It is possible that if New England does not win its final two games, then Indianapolis could clinch its spot with a win over Cleveland on Sunday night.

If New England does lose its final two games, it is likely that they will be eliminated from playoff contention entirely and would have to hope that Indianapolis loses one of its final two games to clinch its spot as well.

NFL Standings

The NFL season is getting closer to the end. The regular season has come to an end and the NFL playoffs are about to start. There are now only four weeks left until the Super Bowl, so who is going to win it all? I have made a prediction on how the NFL playoffs will turn out this year.

NFL Playoffs Predictions

NFC Divisional Round

NFC Championship Game

NFC Wildcard Round

AFC Divisional Round

AFC Championship Game

AFC Wildcard Round

The team that I think will win it all this year is the New England Patriots. They have won the last three Super Bowls and I expect them to win it again this year. Tom Brady, who will play in his 9th Super Bowl in his career, seems unstoppable right now. He has been playing at a high level this season and will continue to do so throughout the playoffs. New England has a tough schedule, but if they can stay healthy they should be able to make it back to another Super Bowl. New England is my pick to win it all again this year.

1. (6) Atlanta Falcons 26

Saturday, 4:35 p.m. ET

2. (3) Los Angeles Rams 13

Saturday, 8:15 p.m. ET

3. (5) Carolina Panthers 31

Sunday, 1:05 p.m. ET

4. (4) New Orleans Saints 26

Sunday, 4:40 p.m. ET

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