Wildcard weekend wasn’t competitive in the NFC. San Francisco, New York and Dallas controlled their games and won with few scares. The remaining four (the Philadelphia Eagles had a week off) teams have a great shot at getting to both the conference championship and the Super Bowl. Even with an inexperienced Giants team remaining, no team is an easy out. It’s time to analyze which two teams have the best chance of making the next round.
#6 New York Giants v. #1 Philadelphia Eagles
This could be the last division rivalry playoff game we’ll see the rest of the 2022-23 season. Despite a close victory for Philadelphia a week and a half ago, head coach Brian Daboll sat out the offensive starters so they could have a week of rest and analyze their first round opponent better. The move paid off and the Giants look to take down the Eagles in Philadelphia.
The problem for New York could be a fully healthy Jalen Hurts after a bye week. Unlike quarterback Daniel Jones, Hurts did play in week 18 and carved the Giants secondary up with a healing shoulder. The result could be more lopsided since the Eagles starters will play both halves.
Prediction: Eagles win 40-30
#5 Dallas Cowboys v. #2 San Francisco 49ers
One of the best and most prolific NFL rivalries highlights divisional round weekend. The 49ers haven’t lost a game since October and have failed to score 30 points or more once in the past month and a half. The Cowboys have the tools, coaching and talent to make this a hard, grind-out win in San Francisco. Dallas’ main issue is inconsistency and it showed again Monday night in Tampa Bay. The 49ers defense and offensive line will test the Cowboys early on how physical and mean they can get.
Prediction: 49ers win 41-21
NFC Wild-card Weekend Playoff Picks Record: 2-1