The divisional round of the 2017 NFL playoffs kicks off this afternoon. Here is all the information you need to watch, listen to, or wager on Saturday’s games.
Seattle Seahawks (11-5-1) at Atlanta Falcons (11-5)
When: Saturday, Jan. 14
Game time: 4:35 p.m. ET
Where: Georgia Dome (Atlanta, Ga.)
TV: FOX (Kevin Burkhardt, John Lynch, Pam Oliver, Peter Schrager)
Radio: Westwood One — Kevin Kugler, James Lofton, Derek Rackley (Field reporter); SIRIUS: 88 (WW1), 81 (Sea), 82 (Atl). XM: 88 (WW1), 225 (Sea), 82 (Atl).
Odds: Falcons -4
SB Nation blogs: Seahawks (Field Gulls) | Falcons (The Falcoholic)
Atlanta, led by quarterback Matt Ryan and wide receiver Julio Jones, has the league’s highest-scoring offense. The Falcons average 33.8 points per game. Sorry, Giants fans. I know that hurts after watching the Giants fail to score 30 points in a single game all season.
Seattle finished the season third in the league defensively in points allowed per game (18.1) and fifth in yardage (318.7 yards per game).
The Seahawks are in the playoffs for the fifth straight season, while the Falcons are in the postseason for the first time since 2012. Seattle advanced from the wild-card round with a convincing 26-6 victory last week over the Detroit Lions.
Houston Texans (10-7) at New England Patriots (14-2)
When: Saturday, Jan. 14
Game time: 8:15 p.m.
Where: Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, Mass.
TV: CBS (Jim Nantz, Phil Simms, Tracy Wolfson, Jay Feely)
Radio: SIRIUS — 88 (Westwood One), 81 (Hou), 82 (NE). XM — 88 (Westwood One), 225 (Hou), 82 (NE).
Odds: Patriots -15
SB Nation blogs: Texans (Battle Red Blog) | Patriots (Pats Pulpit)
The AFC East champion Patriots are an overwhelming 15-point favorite over the AFC South champion Texans. That probably has a lot to do with New England having Tom Brady at quarterback while Houston has Brock Osweiler.
Houston advanced to the Divisional round with a 27-14 win over Oakland last week. The Texans, who led the NFL in total defense (301.3 yards per game) during the regular season, limited the Raiders to 203 total net yards. Oakland, though, was quarterbacked by rookie Connor Cook, making his first NFL start after injuries to Derek Carr and Matt McGloin.
New England won its eighth consecutive division title, the longest streak in NFL history. The Patriots are the only team in NFL history to win 13 division titles in a 14-year span. Brady has 22 career playoff wins, the most in NFL history. Brady is also the NFL postseason leader in career completions (738), attempts (1,183), passing yards (7,957) and touchdown passes (56).