Day 2 of Wildcard week is here. We have four great teams fighting to advance to the divisional round playing on Sunday. Check out what you need to know about the games and how to tune in.
Use this post as your live thread throughout both games
Minnesota Vikings (10-6) at New Orleans Saints (13-3)
Game time: 1:05 p.m. ET
Where: Mercedes-Benz Superdome
Referee: Carl Cheffers
TV Channel: Fox
Livestream: foxsports.com | the Fox Sports App
Announcers: Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Erin Andrews, Chris Myers
Radio: Westwood One: Kevin Kugler, Jason Taylor, Scott Kaplan | SIRIUS: 226 (Min), 225 (NO) | XM: 226 (Min), 225 (NO)
Odds: Saints -7.5
SB Nation websites: Vikings: Daily Norseman | Saints: Canal Street Chronicles
Can Kirk Cousins and the Vikings win in a big game? Minnesota was one of the most dominant teams in 2019, but struggled significantly in primetime, and more notably on Monday Night Football. Their most recent MNF football loss to the Green Bay Packers started a current two game skid. Most recently they lost to the Chicago Bears with most of their starters resting for the playoffs.
The Saints current reign of dominance in the NFC South continues with their third straight 11-plus win season. Future Hall of Fame quarterback Drew Brees and All-Pro receiver Michael Thomas lead an explosive offense for the Saints. Hopefully, the last time these two teams played in the playoffs doesn’t haunt New Orleans. Back in 2018, the Vikings stunned the Saints 29-24 with the “Minneapolis Miracle” on the final play of the game.
Seattle Seahawks (11-5) at Philadelphia Eagles (9-7)
Game time: 4:40 p.m. ET
Where: Lincoln Financial Field
Referee: Shawn Smith
TV Channel: NBC
Livestream: NBCSports.com/live | the NBC Sports App
Announcers: Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth, Michele Tafoya
Radio: Westwood One: Kevin Harlan, Ross Tucker | SIRIUS: 82 (Sea), 83 (Phi) | XM: 226 (Sea), 225 (Phi)
Odds: Seahawks -2
SB Nation websites: Seahawks: Field Gulls | Eagles: Bleeding Green Nation
It’s been back-to-back seasons for the Seahawks earning playoff trips. This season they barely lost the NFC West title to the San Francisco 49ers. A heartbreaking 26-21 loss forces them to play during the Wildcard round. The Seahawks are riding the success of their MVP candidate quarterback Russell Wilson.
The Eagles barely snuck their way in to the playoffs, having the worst record of all playoff teams. They defeated the Dallas Cowboys in Week 16 to position themselves to win the NFC East in Week 17. They easily handled the Giants 34-17 to officially clinch the division. Now they’re back in the playoffs for the third straight year, despite dealing with significant injuries once again. They currently boast the third best run defense in the league thanks to studs like Fletcher Cox and Brandon Graham.