The Packers will face the Giants, Falcons or Lions on Jan. 15 in a divisional round playoff game at Lambeau Field. All three teams gave the Packers everything they could handle in regular season games, and lost.
Looking ahead to the divisional round, I expect one of these three teams to again give the Packers a helluva game…and lose.
All three teams present unique challenges for the Packers, but none have enough talent in the secondary to keep the Packers out of the end zone often enough to win.
But before we can focus in on who the Packers will face next week, the wild card round needs to be played. Here is a closer look at those matchups:
Saturday, January 7
AFC: 3:30 PM
Cincinnati at Houston (NBC)
Breakdown: Those of you that are sickened by the lack of defense in modern football should watch this game. Bengals QB Andy Dalton struggled in the second half of the season while the Texans were forced to turn things over to third-string QB T.J. Yates. Yates got the best of Dalton in an earlier matchup, but I think Dalton gets revenge this time around. The Bengals will win and snap the NFL’s longest stretch without a playoff victory (1990, wild-card round).
NFC: 7 PM
Detroit at New Orleans (NBC)