NFC Divisional Match-ups
Los Angeles Rams
Head Coach: Sean McVay
Key Players: Todd Gurley & Aaron Donald
Head Coach: Jason Garrett
Key Players: Dak Prescott & Ezekiel Elliot
A huge match-up between two offensive powerhouses in the NFL, the brilliance of McVay’s offensive mind has allowed the Rams to dominate. Todd Gurley running back for the Los Angeles Rams most of the season which allowed them to be the last unbeaten team in the NFL up until week 9. The defense struggled for most parts of the season, but they have quickly turned it around after key defensive player Aqib Talib returned to the Rams secondary.
McVay has already admitted the match-up is going to be very tough against Garretts Cowboys who started the season very averagely but pulled together towards the end of the season and relied on workhorse running back Ezekiel Elliot and star quarterback Dak Prescott to pull them into the playoffs.
A tough wildcard game against the Seahawks allowed us to see how good the cowboys really are, by beating a stubborn Seahawks team that had looked in much better form towards the end of the regular season. The key battle will be who has the better game Todd Gurley for the Rams or Elliot for the Cowboys, both running backs are instrumental to how their teams perform, and they will both be relied on for this huge divisional playoff game.
Head Coach: Sean Payton
Key Players: Drew Brees & Michael Thomas
Head Coach: Doug Pederson
Key Players: Nick Foles & Zach Ertz
The number 1 seed in the NFC faces the defending Superbowl champions. The Saints started the year with a shock loss to Tampa Bay but from then they dominated nearly every opponent on their way to becoming the best team in the NFC. With homefield advantage throughout the play-offs it makes Sean Payton’s team very strong favorites to reach the Superbowl. Drew Brees is playing at an MVP level and the last time the Saints were playing this well they won it all, this time however they have a few extra pieces on offence that make them so powerful at moving the ball.
The defending Superbowl champions the Philadelphia Eagles are led by Nick Foles again in the postseason after an injury late in the regular season to starting quarterback Carson Wentz. After a lucky win against the Chicago Bears in their wild card match-up, Eagles fans must feel confident that Nick Foles can lead them to glory again.
They played well against the bears but maybe should have lost after a game winning field goal was missed by Bears kicker Cody Parkey after he managed to hit the upright twice on its way to missing. Nick Foles has already said that they got lucky and they need to improve if they are going to stand any chance of beating the number one seed in the NFC.
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