2014-15 NFC Playoff Schedule

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With the final week of the NFL Regular season behind us, we now have our first glimpse of the playoff picture in the NFC. Wins in week 17 gave the Green Bay Packers, Seattle Seahawks, and Carolina Panthers division titles, while losses pushed the Detroit Lions into a Wild Card spot and sent the Atlanta Falcons home for the season. Here is a look at the upcoming NFC Wild Card Matchups this post season.

NFC Playoff Matchups

Detroit Lions at Dallas Cowboys – Median Ticket Price $194
1/4/2015 at AT&T Stadium 3:40 CST

The Dallas Cowboys have had something of a renaissance season. Behind a revamped offensive line, the Cowboys went 8-0 on the road and Demarco Murray, Tony Romo, and Dez Bryant all set Cowboys records for Rushing, Receiving, and Passing. After finally putting together a good December, the Cowboys enter the NFL Playoffs as one of the league’s most dangerous teams. Defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli has put forth maybe the best coaching job of his career, and has turned an injury plagued, confidence lacking Cowboys defense, into a unit capable of making big stops in big moments. The Detroit Lions finished the season on a slightly disappointing note, losing to the Green Bay Packers to lose the NFC North Division. But the Lions have one of the top defensive lines in the NFL and the matchup between them and the Cowboys O-Line will probably be the deciding factor in the game. The Lions receiver duo of Golden Tate and Calvin Johnson has been practically unstoppable and both should have big games against a suspect Cowboys secondary. The last time these two teams met? A thrilling 31-30 Lions victory at AT&T Stadium.

Arizona Cardinals at Carolina Panthers – Median Ticket Price $125
1/3/2015 at Bank of America Stadium 3:20 CST

The matchup between the Arizona Cardinals and Carolina Panthers is one of the most unique this playoffs. The Cardinals were the best team in the NFC through the first 11 weeks of the NFL Season. But injuries to quarterbacks Carson Palmer, and Drew Stanton hurt the Cardinals, and Arizona went 2 – 4 over their final 6 games. Despite this slide, Arizona still finished the season 11-5 has a defense that held opponents to under 20 points 10 times this season. The Cardinals will rely heavily on that defense if they are going to win on the road in the NFC Wild Card round. The Carolina Panthers had a polar opposite season to the Cardinals. After losing 6 games in a row from week 7 to week 13, the Panthers rattled off 4 straight victories, including a 34-3 drubbing of the Atlanta Falcons to win the NFC South. Still, the Panthers are the only team in the NFL Playoffs to have a losing record, a fact that will certainly have the Panthers entering the game with something to prove. The matchup between Cam Newton and the stellar Arizona Cardinals defense will be the story line of the game.

NFC Playoff Schedule

NFC Divisional Playoff Round Schedule:
Saturday January 10th, TBD at Seattle Seahawks – 7:15 CST
Sunday January 11th, TBD at Green Bay Packers – 12:05 CST

NFC Championship Game Schedule:
Sunday January 18th TBD at TBD

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