Eight top teams. Four great games. Catch the Divisional Round of the 2017 NFL playoffs this weekend beginning Saturday, January 14, at 4:35 p.m. EST.
A brief recap: Last week’s Wild Card Round of the NFL playoffs saw the Houston Texans emerge victorious over the Oakland Raiders (27-14), the Seattle Seahawks score an easy victory (26-6) over the Detroit Lions, the Pittsburgh Steelers win 30-12 against the Miami Dolphins, and the Green Bay Packers win a surprising victory against the New York Giants (38-13)– allowing all four to secure places in the Divisional Round of the playoffs.
This weekend’s matchups will therefore feature eight of the league’s top teams and determine which four advance to the American Football Conference (AFC) and National Football Conference (NFC) Championship games next weekend.
On Saturday, the Seahawks take on the Atlanta Falcons at 4:35 p.m. EST for a spot in the NFC championship game and the Texans face the New England Patriots at 8:15 p.m. EST for the chance to compete for the AFC title.
The Falcons are the favorites to win, but considering their close meeting with the Seahawks back in October (24-26), a victory is no guarantee. Yet, with Atlanta boasting a league MVP favorite (Matt Ryan) and Seattle’s missing defensive all-star Earl Thomas, the odds are not in the Seahawks’ favor.
As for the Texans-Patriots game, the odds are much clearer. As 16-point underdogs, a Houston victory has basically been ruled out by those with money on the game– in fact, it’s the largest playoff point spread in nearly two decades.
And don’t forget about Sunday’s matchups: First, the Steelers will take on the Kansas City Chiefs at 1:05 p.m. EST, followed by the Packers–Cowboys game at 4:40 p.m. EST.
Sunday will be the second time in three years that Dallas and Green Bay have met in the Divisional Round and the Cowboys are currently the favorites to win, despite the Packers’ current winning streak. While Green Bay did fall to Dallas 30-16 in Week 6 of the regular season, thanks to a 25-point win over the Giants last week to continue a seven-consecutive-game winning streak, a Cowboy victory is in no way assured.
The Steelers–Chiefs game will also be a major rematch, considering Kansas City’s embarassing 14-43 loss to Pittsburgh back in Week 4. The Chiefs will be ready for redemption on Sunday and in a position to win big, having only lost two games since their loss to the Steelers.
“This team understands how far we’ve come from that game,’’ Chiefs’ quarterback Alex Smith said in anticipation of Sunday’s game. “For us, we’re certainly not the same team.” We’ll see if that outlook translates on the field.
This weekend will be jam-packed with rematches, rivalries, and high-stakes games. Don’t miss it.
And don’t forget: The action continues next weekend: On Sunday, January 22, both the NFC and AFC Championship games will take place, determining the 2017 Super Bowl LI rivalry.
Here’s how to catch all the action live streaming.
How to Watch the 2017 NFL Playoffs: Divisional Round
The Divisional Round playoffs games will take place on Saturday, January 14 beginning at 4:35 p.m. EST. The games on Sunday, January 15 begin at 1:05 p.m. EST.
Those without a cable login can find a guide to other live streaming options on Cut Cable Today.
To see all the matchups for the 2017 NFL Playoffs, here’s the full schedule.
Saturday, January 14
(3) Seattle Seahawks at (2) Atlanta Falcons at 4:35 p.m. EST
(4) Houston Texans at (1) New England Patriots at 8:15 p.m. EST
Sunday, January 15
(4) Green Bay Packers at (1) Dallas Cowboys at 4:40 p.m. EST
(1) Pittsburgh Steelers at (2) Kansas City Chiefs at 8:20 p.m. EST (pushed back due to inclement weather)
NFC and AFC Championship Games
Sunday, January 22
NFC v. NFC at 3:05 p.m. EST
AFC v. AFC at 6:40 p.m. EST
Super Bowl LI
Sunday, February 5
AFC champion v. NFC champion at 6:30 p.m. EST