Detroit Lions at Green Bay Packers
The Green Bay Packers have the edge in Lambeau Field for sure. Now they have to make it pay. The Detroit Lions have the edge on defense. Now they have to make it pay. Both the Packers and the Lions are headed to the NFL playoffs this season. That’s usual for the Packers under Aaron Rodgers, who is playing like the best quarterback in the NFL right now. Green Bay is undefeated at home in 2014 and Aaron Rodgers is as close to perfection as a quarterback can get.
The Detroit Lions have risen above their late season tendency to fold and have a good shot at winning the NFC North. It was Detroit that turned in a superlative defensive performance back in September and made the Packers offense look average. They can do it again. This time it’s up to the Lions offense to generate points on a hostile field where they have had little success. Can the Lions change their history. This premiere matchup will tell us.
Carolina Panthers at Atlanta Falcons
The Atlanta Falcons and Carolina Panthers ordinarily wouldn’t generate too much press, given their respective records. But this is a game to determine the winner of the NFC South. After watching the Falcons dismantle New Orleans, I have to wonder is this isn’t some kind of sleeper team waiting in the wings.
The Panthers are in position to repeat as NFC South Champions. Cam Newton should play after being injured in an accident. Carolina is 14-3 in December and seems to play their best football late in the season. Certainly these teams aren’t highly rated, but this game could give either one of them a home game and a shocker of a finish.
Arizona Cardinals at San Francisco 49ers
The Arizona Cardinals are the hard luck team of the NFC West. Who knows which quarterback will be under center come game time. The Cardinals however, must win this game and get a loss by Seattle in St. Louis to win the NFC West. That’s a far cry from a few weeks ago when they ruled the division roost.
The 49ers have nothing to gain with a win. Except maybe a possible farewell victory for Harbough. There is a lot riding on this game for Arizona and the 49ers are a proud bunch. This matchup is going to be interesting for no other reason than seeing how the Cardinals make things work before entering the playoffs.
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