When: January 13th, 4:35 p.m. ET
Where: Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
The NFC Divisional Round
The Atlanta Falcons are back after dismantling the Los Angeles Rams in the in the NFL Wild Card round and now travel to Philadelphia for a showdown with the top-seeded Eagles. Despite barely sneaking into the playoffs, the Falcons come to Philly as favorites thanks to MVP frontrunner Carson Wentz’s devastating ACL injury. The Eagles are the first one seed to be an underdog to the six seed in NFL history.
Matt Ryan struggled in his last outing at Lincoln Financial Field, but with backup Nick Foles under center for the Eagles, the Falcons have the advantage at quarterback. These two squads square off this Saturday at 4:35pm ET on NBC, which means plenty of options for cord cutters (see listings below).
The Eagles were enjoying their best season in a decade. This was before Carson Wentz tore his ACL sprinting to the end zone against the Rams in Week 14. They still clinched home-field advantage in the NFC with a 13-3 record, but Nick Foles bogged the offense down considerably. Wentz had thrown for 33 touchdowns and fans and analysts alike marveled at his Houdini-like escapes from pressure. Despite missing the final three games, Wentz still finished second in touchdown passes and his third down passer rating was the highest in NFL history. In his place, Nick Foles’ stats weren’t pretty. He threw four touchdowns against the Giants, but struggled against the Raiders and Cowboys, going 23 of 49 for 202 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions. Needless to say, the Eagles miss Wentz’s dynamic playmaking.
Meanwhile, the Falcons are getting their offensive mojo back at the best possible time. Using running backs Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman in tandem, the Falcons ran an offense with near perfect balance against the Rams. Freeman received 18 carries, Coleman got 14, and quarterback Matt Ryan attempted only 30 passes. The Falcons bludgeoned the undersized Rams defense with five different drives of 8 or more plays, holding the ball for almost 38 minutes. While this strategy was effective in Los Angeles, the Eagles defense might make it difficult to pull off a second time.
The Eagles survived injuries to Jason Peters, Jordan Hicks, and Darren Sproles, but losing Wentz means the defense needs to step up in a big way. Philadelphia was best in the NFL against the run and held their final two opponents to a combined 16 points. Led by All-Pro tackle Fletcher Cox and the underrated Brandon Graham, the Eagles’ defensive line will have more talented than any other unit on the field Saturday and they’ll be tasked with stopping the Falcons revived rushing attack.. On offense, the Eagles will lean on running back Jay Ajayi to take the heat off Nick Foles, but Foles can’t play as poorly as he did in Weeks 16 and 17 and expect to walk off a winner.
How To Watch The Atlanta Falcons vs. The Philadelphia Eagles Without Cable
Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth will call the game on NBC, which means streamers should have no trouble finding it (or using an antenna).
DirecTV NOW offers NBC as a part of all of their packages, including the base “Live A Little” package. You get 60 channels for $35/month with the option to add movie channels for an additional $5 to $8 per month.
If you want to sample it before subscribing, they offer a FREE TRIAL.
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Sling TV offers a 7-Day Free Trial for anyone who wants to try it out.
Hulu With Live TV costs $39.99/month for over 50 channels including network stations like NBC, ABC, CBS, and FOX. You also get access to the full Hulu on demand library. They offer a free trial.
fuboTV is a service that was originally created for soccer fans who wanted to watch games that were normally unavailable to people in the U.S. Over time they’ve vastly expanded their channel selection to include options for everyone. Channels range from E!, to the Food Network, to HGTV. Give it a try.
The “Premier” package contains over 70 channels for $39.99/month. The first 2 months are $19.99/month. Try a 7-Day Free Trial if you want to see for your self.
“Access” package $39.99/month 5-Day Free Trial. You get over 45 channels including NBC. In addition to this you can add the Sports Pack at an extra $10/month.
NFL Game Pass
NFL Game Pass lets you replay every game of the NFL season with full broadcast replays. If you don’t have a lot of time you can watch, condensed games in about 45 minutes.
You also get access to original content including previous seasons of Hard Knocks, A Football Life, and Sound FX.
NFL game pass is supported across many devices including XBox One, Apply TV, PS4, Roku, Amazon Fire TV, and AndroidTV.
Don’t miss out on this massive display of football artistry.
The game is on Saturday January 13th at 4:35pm ET on NBC.