Wild Card Weekend is officially over, and what a wild weekend it was. Quarterback Deshaun Watson led the Houston Texans to an incredible comeback from a 16-0 deficit. Two of the six seeds—the Minnesota Vikings and Tennessee Titans—pulled off massive upsets against two Super Bowl favorites in the New Orleans Saints and New England Patriots. And finally, the Seattle Seahawks were able to go on the road and beat the Philadelphia Eagles in a true nail-biter.
Of an initial 32-team pool, only eight teams remain on their quest for the Super Bowl—including the Minnesota Vikings, San Francisco 49ers, Tennessee Titans, Baltimore Ravens, Houston Texans, Kansas City Chiefs, Seattle Seahawks, and Green Bay Packers. Here’s a preview and viewing details for the Divisional Round coming up this weekend, for the conference finals and the Super Bowl.
Saturday, Jan. 11, 2020
Minnesota Vikings (No. 6) @ San Francisco 49ers (No. 1) – 1:35 p.m. PST
As previously stated, the Vikes pulled off a huge overtime upset in New Orleans this past Sunday, and they will now head back out on the road to California and compete against the NFC’s regular season champs: the San Francisco 49ers. Both of these teams are shockingly similar—they have elite running games, capable quarterbacks, stingy defenses, and fantastic coaching. Don’t be surprised if this game again lasts beyond four quarters.
- TV: NBC
- Stream: NBC Sports App
Tennessee Titans (No. 6) @ Baltimore Ravens (No. 1) – 4:15 p.m. PST
The Titans were able to knock off the defending Super Bowl champions last Sunday, and they now face an even bigger challenge in quarterback Lamar Jackson and the Baltimore Ravens. To have a chance at another upset, the Titans will need another huge game from star running back Derrick Henry—who exploded for 204 total yards and a touchdown against the Pats. However, effective offense and relentless defense will both be necessary against the Ravens, led by MVP-favorite Lamar Jackson, as the team has not lost a game since late September.
- TV: CBS
Sunday, Jan. 12, 2020
Houston Texans (No. 4) @ Kansas City Chiefs (No. 2) – 12:05 p.m. PST
This game is looking to be the first of many potential playoff shootouts between two quarterback sensations from the 2017 draft class—the Texans’ Deshaun Watson and the Chiefs’ Patrick Mahomes. Despite the incredible comeback from Watson and the Texans against Buffalo on Saturday, the fact remains that Houston has been shut out in the first half of their past two playoff games. A faster offensive start will be necessary to keep up with defending MVP Patrick Mahomes and the high powered Chiefs offense.
- TV: CBS
Seattle Seahawks (No. 5) @ Green Bay Packers (No. 2) – 3:40 p.m. PST
There’s no doubt this matchup has some history. The Russell Wilson era in Seattle and the Aaron Rodgers era in Green Bay have brought a couple of unforgettable matchups in recent years. One of which being the infamous “Fail Mary” game that ultimately ended the 2012 NFL referee lockout in the regular season, and another being the epic overtime ending when Seattle made it to the Super Bowl after an onside kick in the final minutes of the 2014 NFC Conference Final. However, the main story here will be the matchup between two of the best quarterbacks the game has seen in the past decade. This surely has the makings of an instant classic.
CONFERENCE FINALS, Sunday, Jan. 19, 2020
AFC: Championship game – 12:05 p.m. PST
- TV: CBS
NFC: Championship game – 3:40 p.m. PST
SUPERBOWL (LIV), Sunday, Feb. 2, 2020
NFC Champion vs. AFC champion in Miami – 3:30 p.m. PST
By Garrett Seymour, TDS Communications Intern