After a pretty awful wildcard weekend, the NFL bounced back with one of the great playoff games of all time as the Ravens upset the Broncos at home. That was followed by another exciting matchup between the 49ers and Packers which served as Colin Kapernick's coming out party. The young QB accounted for 4 TDs and set an NFL record for rushing yards in a game by a QB.
Can today's slate of games live up to the standard set yesterday? At 1pm we've got the game most of interest to Eagles fans as the #1 seeded Falcons host the upstart Seahawks. The Eagles angle is of course the job status of Seattle defensive coordinator Gus Bradley. Should Seattle lose today, he'll be free to take a head coaching job on Monday. If not, his candidacy gets pushed back at least another week.
As for the game, there's things working against both teams here. For Seattle, it's their second straight cross country trip, which as professional bettors will tell you is a very bad spot for any team. As for the Falcons, led by the hilariously nicknamed "Matty Ice" have choked three straight seasons and been one and done. Matt Ryan, who is probably better described as "ice cold" has been particularly bad. Can he and the Falcons overcome their playoff butterflies and actually live up to their gaudy regular season record?