It’s not often that the top two seeds in both of the NFL’s conferences all advance to the AFC and NFC Championship Games. Usually, we get at least one road upset of a home favorite; the Green Bay Packers have been on both sides of this equation over the past decade, beating top seeds last year in Dallas and in 2010 in Atlanta but losing in 2011 to the New York Giants.
Overall, only one season since 2004 has seen the four home teams all win in the divisional round — that was in 2015, when Carolina and Seattle advanced in the NFC and New England and Denver won in the AFC.
This year, the NFC’s #1 seed, the Philadelphia Eagles, are underdogs, due primarily to the loss of quarterback Carson Wentz to a torn knee ligament. The Atlanta Falcons are favored by a field goal in Saturday’s Divisional Round opener. Meanwhile, the other three home teams are all favored, with the Patriots giving a whopping 14 points to the Titans.
Will we have an upset of one of the home favorites this weekend? Tune in to find out.
Saturday, January 13th
#6 Atlanta Falcons at #1 Philadelphia Eagles
4:30 PM Eastern Time
Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, PA
Falcons favored by 3 points
#5 Tennessee Titans at #1 New England Patriots
8:00 PM Eastern Time
Gillette Stadium, Foxboro, MA
Patriots favored by 14 points
Sunday, January 14th
#3 Jacksonville Jaguars at #2 Pittsburgh Steelers
1:00 PM Eastern Time
Heinz Field, Pittsburgh, PA
Steelers favored by 7.5 points
#4 New Orleans Saints at #2 Minnesota Vikings
3:30 PM Central Time (4:30 Eastern)
U.S. Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, MN
Vikings favored by 4 points