The only two notable names that could miss this Sunday’s game between the 49ers and Panthers are Steve Smith and Carlos Rogers. While it’s unlikely that Smith will sit, it would not be a surprise to see Rogers not dressed. Regardless of what happens, both teams will be fine, and shouldn’t have to make any major adjustments.
The New Orleans Saints have lost a few players to injured reserve over the course of the season, but right now, they’re looking extremely healthy for those still on the active roster. With all 53 players at practice and some new methods implemented by coach Sean Payton, the Saints are as ready as they’ll ever be.
Andrew Luck showed last week that he takes advantage of just about every single offensive weapon that he has at his disposal, and gets the most out of his players. If one of those key components is missing, the whole machine could come to a screeching halt.
Teams playing in the wild-card round have reached or won the Super Bowl in seven of eight seasons.
With the divisional round of the playoffs this Sunday, fans will see their share of hotly contested battles and heart-stopping games resolved just as time expires. Which team is most likely to pull out a tough win on the road?
Seattle shouldn’t hope to follow the same route to as their previous victory over New Orleans if they want to advance to the NFC title game next week.
Six weeks ago, the New Orleans Saints suffered their worst loss of the season in a game where they were absolutely demolished by the Seattle Seahawks. Immediately afterward, head coach Sean Payton told his players to put the game behind them because they would get another shot. Payton was right as the Saints are meeting the Seahawks again, and there are four big things they need to do, in order to win.
When Panthers Coach Ron Rivera said that he felt the team under the most pressure this week will be San Francisco he was dead wrong. Not only is his team the one that HAS to win this game, if he really believes that the Panthers are playing with house money he is setting his team up for failure.
Being the sixth and final seed in the NFL playoffs usually means you’re a sizable underdog. When it comes to the San Diego Chargers, that holds true a second weekend straight.
The Denver Broncos are arguably the best team in the NFL, but that doesn’t mean they’re going to win this week. In fact, many stats show Peyton Manning and his Broncos are more likely to lose than win, as the No. 1 seed against the No. 6 seeded San Diego Chargers.
The Indianapolis Colts are currently riding high after taking down the Kansas City Chiefs with the second-largest comeback in NFL playoff history. They’ve got to come back to earth though, and prepare for the New England Patriots on the road, and there are a few big things that need to be done for the win.
The Carolina Panthers have not been to the playoffs since 2008. The upcoming game against the San Francisco 49ers will mark just the fifth time in franchise history that the Panthers have been to the playoffs, and that means the team is severely lacking in playoff experience.
The NFL is perhaps the most unpredictable of all sports leagues, and that plays out on nearly an every-week basis.
Up next for the 49ers are the Carolina Panthers. Although the Panthers came to Candlestick earlier this season and beat San Francisco, the 49ers are the better team and have a very good shot at winning their second straight road playoff game.
The New England Patriots still have some injury concerns, but a first-round playoff bye is allowing the team to do some healing.
San Diego took advantage of Andy Dalton’s three turnovers in the second half on Sunday, pulling away to a 27-10 victory that extended the Cincinnati Bengals’ streak of playoff misery to 23 years and counting.
Andrew Luck threw four second-half touchdown passes and scored on a fumble recovery, leading the Indianapolis Colts from a four-TD deficit to an historic 45-44 comeback victory over the Kansas City Chiefs in a wild-card game Saturday.
The San Francisco 49ers are going to get tested by the elements in Green Bay, perhaps more so than they will by the Packers.
The New Orleans Saints are ready to head to Philadelphia, face the Eagles, battle the cold, and forget about their road woes. They are looking healthier than they have this entire season and have an injury list that is extremely short, but there is one big name that sits on it.
Every game this weekend has fascinating plots, from Cincinnati trying to break their playoff futility to the Frozen Tundra earning its sobriquet with a 30-below wind chill expected Sunday.