The Falcons and Seattle Seahawks will meet in Week 4 in the NFL’s NFC Championship Game, with a scorecard posted to NFL.com ahead of kickoff that shows just how close this contest will be.
With the Falcons playing their second game in two days, we thought we’d take a look at the biggest storylines from this week’s slate of games, as well as take a quick look at what to expect from the Falcons, Seahawks and Packers.
This will be the first game of the season between the two teams, and it’s expected to be a highly competitive contest.
Both teams have plenty of talented young receivers, including the likes of Julio Jones, Mohamed Sanu, Mohamed Massaquoi, Tevin Coleman, Roddy White and Paul Richardson.
Atlanta has been on a tear since Green Bay traded up in the second round of the draft to select Jones in the first round, while Seattle has been without one of its top running backs, Eddie Lacy, for the first two weeks of the campaign.
The Falcons have the benefit of being playing in the NFC Championship, but Atlanta’s playoff chances are in doubt.
The Falcons have yet to win a playoff game, but they have played in five games this season.
That makes it a fairly good team to go against, especially in the Super Bowl.
The Seahawks, meanwhile, have had some ups and downs since they lost star quarterback Russell Wilson to a season-ending injury in Week 1.
The offense is still one of the best in the league, but the defense has struggled to keep up with Seattle’s explosive offense.
Seattle will look to bounce back in the rematch this week, with the Falcons leading the league in rushing.
The Packers are still looking for their first win over the Falcons in a rivalry game since Week 6 of the 2017 season.
This one will be a rematch of the first meeting between the teams, a 35-27 defeat that saw Aaron Rodgers throw a pair of touchdown passes in the third quarter.
Rodgers will return to action this week after missing the previous game due to the birth of his second child.
The NFC Championship game will be one of two games in Week 5 that will see the Green Bay offense versus the Atlanta defense.
The Packers are looking to bounce right back after losing quarterback Aaron Rodgers to a career-ending ACL injury in the season opener.
Aaron Rodgers is expected to return to play this week against the Falcons.
The game will take place in Atlanta on Sunday.
The other matchup of note is the NFC East showdown between the New York Giants and New York Jets.
Both franchises will be looking to move up to the NFC North for the second consecutive season, as they are both looking to make their first playoff appearances since the 2017 campaign.
Both teams are coming off of back-to-back wins, which were the first in franchise history.
The Giants and Jets have both had an excellent season, and they’ll be looking for revenge on the Falcons this week.
Both have struggled to score points this season, with New York averaging just 3.4 points per game while Atlanta is averaging 6.0.
The two teams will meet again in Week 6, with both teams expected to win their respective games.
The Green Bay Packers vs. New York’s Jets will be televised on NBC Sports Network, with primetime coverage starting at 8 p.m.
ET on Sunday, December 15.
The full schedule will be available at NFL.ca/livewire.