The NFL playoff schedule 2013 edition rolls into the second half of the weekend with two more divisional playoffs matchups. Today's live NFL playoff games include the Seattle Seahawks vs. Atlanta Falcons, and the Houston Texans vs. New England Patriots. Both games will be shown live on television and streaming online for select viewers.
A report on Jan. 13 from SeaCoastOnline.com notes that it will be familiar territory for the Atlanta Falcons as they host the Seahawks on Sunday. The team has home-field advantage throughout the NFC playoffs and the top seed overall. However, they have an undesirable trend of first-game postseason exits that they'd like to end today. Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan sports an 0-3 lifetime playoff record and will look for his first win today against rookie quarterback Russell Wilson, who is looking to continue his playoff run.
Wilson said of his expectations to continue the team's winning ways:
"My expectations are very high. That's allowed me to be where I am today. If I listen to everybody who said I can't do it, there's no way I could play in the National Football League, there's no way I'd be starting in the National Football League. There's no way I'd be here today."
The Seahawks have been playing well as of late, but do sport a losing 3-5 record on the road. Meanwhile, the Falcons have been a dominant 7-1 on their home field. Today's game starts at 1 p.m. EST with televised coverage on FOX. Verizon Wireless customers may be able to watch the game live streaming online if they have the appropriate service to do so.
In the second NFL playoff game today, it will be one of last year's Super Bowl teams with the New England Patriots, hosting the Houston Texans. The Texans, much like the Falcons, are another team looking for some playoff success after recent woes. Last season they were without their quarterback Matt Schaub which brought their season to an early end in the playoffs. This season, he's back, but he'll have the tough task of trying to win against Bill Bellichick, Tom Brady and New England.
Of note, the Texans are 6-2 on the road, while the Patriots are 6-2 at home. However, the Patriots were able to defeat the Texans several weeks ago in dominant fashion, 42-10. The Texans have lost three of their last four games now, and will look to try to get the huge win at Foxborough's Gillette Stadium.
Tom Brady appears ready to go as he looks to guide his team to a return to the Super Bowl. If the Pats win today, they'll face an inspired Ravens team next weekend in the AFC championship game. According to ESPN.com, Brady said of the situation today:
"It's as exciting as there is. This is why we work hard. This is why we put the time in: so we can be at our best."
Game time is set for 4:30 p.m. EST with CBS showing the game on national TV. Select Verizon wireless customers may be able to see the game live streaming online via mobile devices.
Roanoke television viewers can watch today's games on CBS affiliate station WDBJ 7, and FOX affiliate station WFXR 8. Also as mentioned above, those customers who have Verizon Wireless may be able to see games live streaming online with the appropriate service and mobile devices.