The Divisional Round of the 2017 NFL playoffs is set and all four games feature rematches from games that occurred during the 2016 NFL regular season.
The first game of the divisional round features the Atlanta Falcons hosting the Seattle Seahawks. The two teams played in Week 6 and the Seahawks won by two after a controversial non-pass interference call on Julio Jones that could have helped the Falcons win the game. The Seahawks won 26-24 but both teams are much different now. The Falcons have only gotten better while the Seahawks have lost a few key players on their defense. Falcons coach Dan Quinn won Super Bowl XLVIII as the Seahawks' defensive coordinator just three years ago and now will be hoping his new team can inch closer to the Super Bowl by knocking out his former team.
The second game of the weekend will feature the Patriots hosting the Texans in New England. The Patriots shutout the Texans, 27-0 in an embarrassing game for Texans head coach Bill O’Brien back in Week 3, with rookie Jacoby Brissett playing quarterback for the Patriots. Brissett completed 11 of 19 passes for 103 yards in the game and had a rushing touchdown. The rushing offense mostly led the way during Tom Brady's suspension as LeGarrette Blount rushed for 105 yards and 2 touchdowns in the game. The Texans’ offense has a lot of issues, currently led (again) by Brock Osweiler, but their defense has transformed into the league’s best this season.
On Sunday, the first game of the day is the Chiefs hosting the Steelers. The Steelers beat up the Dolphins on Sunday to advance to the divisional round and now will take on the No. 2 seed in Kansas City. The Steelers completely buried the Chiefs back in Week 4, 43-14. After that game, the Chiefs bounced back and never looked like that defeated team again during the 2016 season. The Chiefs will surely be looking for revenge when the Steelers come to town.
The final game of the divisional round sees the Dallas Cowboys hosting the Green Bay Packers. The Packers lost a few key players to injuries in their win over the Giants including Jordy Nelson and Ty Montgomery. They’ll need to hope their offensive stars get better very quickly. The Packers and Cowboys faced each other in Week 6 one week after the Cowboys demolished the Bengals. They did the same to the Packers, beating Green Bay 30-16 at home. This game will again be in Dallas, but the Packers have come a long way since that matchup and have now won seven games in a row.
Divisional Round Schedule
Saturday, Jan. 14
Atlanta Falcons vs Seattle Seahawks, 4:35 p.m., FOX
New England Patriots vs Houston, 8:15 p.m., CBS
Sunday, Jan. 15
Kansas City Chiefs vs Pittsburgh, 1:05 p.m., NBC
Dallas Cowboys vs Green Bay, 4:40 p.m., FOX
Championship Round Schedule
Sunday, Jan. 22
NFC Championship, 3:05 p.m., FOX
AFC Championship, 6:40 p.m., CBS
Super Bowl 51
Sunday, Feb. 5
AFC champion vs. NFC champion, 6:30 p.m., FOX