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NFC Wildcard Weekend Preview

Jan 8, 2023; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts (1) hands the ball off to running back Kenneth Gainwell (14) against the New York Giants during the fourth quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts (1) hands the ball off to running back Kenneth Gainwell (14) against the New York Giants during the fourth quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

Just like the AFC, the NFC has rematches from teams that all played each other this year. Who will be victorious in the NFC side of super wildcard weekend?

Eagles

Eagles get the bye, and it is much needed. After an awesome season at the beginning, the last four weeks were rough on them due to injury. This will be a huge week off for them, as it allows time for Jalen Hurts and the others to heal. All games will go through Philly as of right now, and that will be a tough place to play. The Eagles are looking to get some rest this week along with scouting out who they will be playing next round.

Seahawks vs 49ers

Coming into this game off an OT win against the Rams, the Seahawks were a big surprise to make it this far. Geno Smith has done well commanding this offense, and this unit has shown flashes all year of what they can do. The rookie play has been sensational for the Seahawks, as Kenneth Walker and Tariq Woolen are upcoming great, maybe even superstar players. With all of that being said, this team has a tough matchup. The defense for the Seahawks have been shaky all year, and the offense is coming in off a game where they couldn’t score that well. With that being said, they are gonna need a lot to go their way if they want to beat this Super Bowl caliber 49ers team.

Speaking of, this 49ers team has had a wild season. They lost two  quarterbacks and somehow got better every time. Brock Purdy has stepped in and become a really good quarterback for this team. With him in, George Kittle has seemed to have new life in him again, as he is playing very well. Christian McCaffrey is also a huge weapon for them, as since the trade he has become a monster. This team has star after star after star, and that goes along with the defense.

The defense has been one of if not the best in football. They have a lot of hunger hunters out there on defense, and they love the opportunity to shut down any opponent. This team is a Super Bowl favorite in the NFC for good reason. They are 10 point favorites coming into Saturday, and they look to beat the Seahawks for a third time this season.

Giants vs Vikings

This game feels like it has the most upset potential. Last time these two played, it took a 61 yard field goal from Greg Joseph to put the Giants away. Now with a rematch, both teams look to capitalize on amazing seasons. For the Giants, they came into the playoffs for the first time since 2016 thanks to head coach Brian Daboll. He has completely  turned around this Giants team, and even has given Daniel Jones a chance to stay with the Giants.

With no real weapons other than Saquon Barkley on offense, this team just fights and scraps its way to victories. Another coach that has done amazing is DC Wink Martindale. With an average defense when it comes to the roster sheet, he made this defense into one to be feared. While they may not be the best , they are very scrappy and make you earn it throughout the game. This Giants team seems to be on the turnaround, and an upset of the Vikings would do wonders.

As for the Vikings, they come in as division champs after a beyond wild season. They won 11 one score games and had the worst point differential of any team with a record like theirs ever. This team has had moments through the season making you question their legitimacy, then they would just win. The offense is full of stars and weapons, and the defense has become above average to good. This game smells of a potential upset, and it should be a very exciting watch to see which playoff cursed team can shake off the curse in this Sunday NFC wildcard matchup.

Cowboys vs Bucs

For the Monday night game on the NFC side of the wildcard,this might be one of the more confusing games.. With two teams that no one wants to trust, one of these teams are gonna have to win. The Cowboys limp into the playoffs after a tough loss to the Commanders. Dak Prescott looked bad that game, and that is what has everyone scared. This team goes as far as Dak goes, and he has shown he can be shaky in big games. On the other side of the coin, he has shown that he can be good and lead this team to big wins.

The defense for the Cowboys is gonna have to hold strong. If the offense has a bad day, the defense has usually done a good job about helping them out. This is a huge game for the Cowboys. Michael Irvin said the Cowboys wanted the Bucs, and that’s who they got. They have a real shot to win this game, but they can’t do anything to hurt themselves. 

The Buccaneers come in off Tom Brady’s first losing season ever. In a season where a lot went wrong for the Bucs, he was at the front of the ship himself. However, due to the division not being the best this year, Tom Brady played good enough to get his team in. He is one of the most decorated playoff quarterbacks ever, and he will need a good three to four game stretch to help his team win. Defensively, the Bucs have been beyond hit and miss this season.

The defense has been good, but other games they just don’t seem like themselves. A fog has been rolling with this Buccaneers ship and crew, but now they are in the playoffs. Everyone is at 0-0, so it’s anyone’s game to win. This game could go either way, but it’s hard to pick against Brady. This game on Monday night could go either way, and there is a big what if looming over the Bucs if they lose. This is a big game for both sides, and a loss for either side will mean more than just questions, it could lead to huge changes on these teams in the offseason.

It’s the NFL playoffs baby, anything can happen.

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