NFC Divisional Round Preview – A Fight To The Finish

Ab Stanley

This leg of the NFC playoffs should  look like an arm wrestling match. Which one of these teams can exert their power and force their will over the opposition? All four teams come in with a legit shot at winning the Super Bowl, but who will come out on top?

 

New York Giants vs. Philadelphia Eagles – Saturday, 8:15 PM EST

The Giants and Eagles will play for the third time this season, with New York looking for its first win of the series. Philadelphia is well rested coming off of their bye week, while the amped up Giants are riding high off of their win last week.

The Eagles have the weapons on both sides of the football to be a dominant playoff team. They’re explosive with their rushing attack and they’ve hit on some big plays in the passing game.

The New York Giants didn’t have the greatest ending to their regular season, but their postseason has started off with a bang. Can Daniel Jones keep winning these road playoff games and lead his team to the Super Bowl?

X-Factor:

New York: Kayvon Thibodeaux – Defensive End 

The rookie was brought in to be special in these type of games. He needs to get his hands on Jalen Hurts a few times and make his presence felt as much as he can in this game.

Philadelphia: Jalen Hurts – Quarterback

This is the second playoff game of Hurts’s career and his first one didn’t look so great. He needs to prove this year wasn’t a fluke and he can win in the playoffs.

Prediction: Philadelphia wins, 27-21. The Giants should make it interesting, but I’ll take Philadelphia to hold on in a close one.

 

Dallas Cowboys vs.  San Francisco 49ers – Sunday, 6:30 PM EST

When the 49ers and Cowboys play, memories of football’s past start to creep into our minds. Who could forget their classic battles of the 90s, chock full of hall of fame players and historic plays? This year’s version of the two teams have not disappointed so far in the playoffs.

Dallas is coming off of their best playoff win in years, doing a great job on both sides of the football. Can they score points on the 49ers’ defense, while simultaneously staggering San Francisco’s offense? They’ll need both sides of the ball again this week, because it seems like the 49ers do everything well.

San Francisco hasn’t been defeated since the day before Halloween (four holidays ago) and only one of those victories were close. They have a menacing style of physical play where they’ll eventually tire you out. Can they impose their will yet again this week or have they met their match with the Cowboys?

X-Factor:

San Francisco: Charvarius Ward – Cornerback

Ward didn’t look all that sharp last week and his assignment this week will most likely be Cowboys’ wide receiver Ceedee Lamb. If Ward can neutralize his targets, that will make scoring points much more difficult for Dallas.

Dallas: Micah Parsons – Defensive End

Parsons has to be the best player in the field for Dallas, more so than anybody on their offense. His disruption up front will set the tone for Dallas’s defense and drawing double teams will open up room for other defenders.

Prediction: 49ers win, 31-27. This will be a game that will probably have more points than everyone expects. San Francisco just has more firepower.

Ab Stanley

Atlanta, GA

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