The 2014 NFL playoffs live stream and televised games kick off on Saturday, Jan. 4 with a wild card game from the AFC and NFC. While the Chiefs and Colts meet in the first game of the two, the nightcap of the day's doubleheader will feature the New Orleans Saints visiting the Philadelphia Eagles. Both teams are looking for a big win to advance forward into next weekend's divisional round of the NFC. The latest televised and live stream NFL playoffs game will be presented for fans on TV or online courtesy of the NBC sports networks.
A report from NJ.com on Jan. 4 notes that today's NFC Wild Card matchup will take place at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia. All-time, the Eagles are 16-12 in their meetings against the Saints, but they've lost four of their last five matchups to New Orleans. However, it's important to note that Saints quarterback Drew Brees is 0-3 all-time on the road during the postseason. With a 3-5 road record this season, many believe that Brees and the Saints will falter in Philly as well, to continue that unfortunate trend for New Orleans.
Brees has been among the exceptional quarterbacks in the league this season, when it comes to stats. He racked up 5,162 yards and 39 touchdowns on 446 completed passes out of 650. Jimmy Graham has been Brees' top receiver, hauling in 86 catches for 1,215 yards and 16 touchdowns. Those two in particular, along with several other receiving targets that Brees throws to for the Saints, have helped the Saints achieve the second best passing offense in the league, with an average of 307.4 yards per game. They also rank second in terms of their pass defense, holding opponents to just 194.1 yards per game, on average.
Philadelphia, who has a 4-4 home record this season, will look to their top running back LeSean McCoy to carry the ball today for the offense. McCoy, with his 1,607 yards and 9 touchdowns on 314 attempts, has helped the Eagles rank first overall in rushing yards with 160.4 per game this past season. However, Philadelphia is a top ten passing team as well, averaging 256.9 yards per game. Nick Foles has worked out great in place of Michael Vick this season, and with his 203-of-317 completed passes, has compiled 2,891 yards and 27 touchdowns for the regular season.
The former Virginia Tech star Michael Vick played some of the season had been competing with Foles for the starting QB gig at the start of the season, but a hamstring injury caused Foles to get more time on the field. Rookie Matt Barkley was also experimented with a bit at the start of the season, but injury issues hampered him, just like Vick. That left Foles as "the man" in Philly, who now has a shot at guiding his team to the next round, a divisional game against the Carolina Panthers.
The Philadelphia Eagles are tonight's home favorites, first opening as 2 1/2-point favorites and since settling at 3 points or so at various sports books. Today's points total for the game is set at 55 points for the over/under bets. Weather expectations are that tonight's game will be quite chilly with a kickoff temperature around 28 degrees, with a windchill of 22 under partly cloudy skies.
Saturday night's NFL game featuring the Saints vs. Eagles game has a scheduled start time of 8:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. This game will be televised in hi-definition for cable and satellite viewers on NBC affiliate stations around the U.S. including WSLS 10 in Roanoke. In addition, the game will be live streaming online through the NBC Sports Live Extra website. Fans can access multiple camera angles and interactive features through the online video portal, starting at 8 p.m. EST at the site here.