NFL Wildcard Weekend Preview January 6th, 7th 2018
The road to Super Bowl LII continues this weekend, as four more sides try to reach the quarter-finals.
Rams Vs Atlanta Falcons
The Los Angeles Rams welcome the Atlanta Falcons to the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, with both sides playing for the right to face the Minnesota Vikings in the next stage.
The Rams won the NFC West Division, which saw them finish third in the National Football League, whilst the Falcons, runners-up last year, edged through despite only finishing third in the NFC South Division, and sixth in the National League. The Rams will be favourites and confident to progress.
New Orleans Vs Carolina Panthers
The New Orleans Saints host the Carolina Panthers at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, with the Philadelphia Eagles waiting to face the winner in the next round.
The Saints were crowned the NFC South Division champions, despite finishing with the same record as the Panthers. However, the Saints, Super Bowl winners in 2010, won both fixtures between the sides in the normal season, and could have that psychological edge to squeeze past the Panthers again.
Jacksonville Jaguars Vs Buffalo Bills
The Jacksonville Jaguars face the Buffalo Bills at EverBank Field, with the winner playing the Pittsburgh Steelers in the quarter-finals. The Jaguars won the AFC South Division, to finish third in the American Football League, whilst the Bills finished second in the AFC East Division, but down in eighth in the American League. Jacksonville won 10 of their regular season games, losing six times, whilst the Bills won nine and lost seven. The Jaguars tight defence can see them through to face the Steelers.
Kansas City Chiefs Vs Tennessee Titans
The Kansas City Chiefs welcome the Tennessee Titans to Arrowhead Stadium, as they play for the opportunity to face current Super Bowl champions, the New England Patriots next. The Chiefs won the AFC West Division to finish fourth in the American Football League, one place above the Titans who finished second in the AFC South Division.
Kansas comfortably beat Tennessee 30-6 in a pre-season fixture back in September, and won 10 of their regular season games. The Titans won nine, but lost seven of their games and could be susceptible to the Chiefs strong offensive play.