The 2014 NFL playoffs live stream and televised games for the Divisional round begin on Saturday, Jan. 11 with an NFC matchup featuring one of the top teams in the league and another that has been surging. The upset-minded New Orleans Saints will be on the road once again in search of a playoff win behind Drew Brees, but will have a tougher task as they play the No.1 seed in the NFC, the Seattle Seahawks. The latest televised and live stream NFL playoffs game on Saturday’s schedule will be presented by various FOX sources.
According to a Jan. 10 SB Nation report, Saints running back Pierre Thomas has returned to practice for New Orleans as of Thursday, but it’s unclear if he’ll be good to go for Saturday’s game. Obviously having Thomas back in the lineup would be a huge boost for Drew Brees and company, taking some of the pressure of the passing game. Thomas was sidelined with a chest injury in Week 17. If he’s unable to go, the Saints will once again rely on a combo of Darren Sproles, Mark Ingram and Khiry Robinson on the ground. The trio compiled 185 yards against the Eagles in the Saints’ Wild Card game victory in Philadelphia.
Today’s game takes place at CenturyLink Field in Seattle, which is one of the toughest road environments to play in. It makes for the first 2014 playoff appearance for Russell Wilson and the No.1 seed Seahawks, after their first round bye. In last year’s postseason, Seattle was edged out 30 to 28 by the Atlanta Falcons, who advanced to the NFC Championship game. However, a win today puts Wilson and his squad one win away from a Super Bowl trip.
The Seahawks are currently ranked as a top ten defensive team, ranking first in opponents’ passing yards as they hold the opposition to just 172 yards per game, and seventh in rushing defense, holding opponents to 101.6 yards per game. Add to that the fact that they rank fourth in rushing themselves with 136.8 yards per game. Credit Marshawn Lynch who has 1,257 yards and 12 touchdowns this season on 301 attempts, as well as the skills of Russell Wilson on the ground. The young superstar QB has added 539 yards and a touchdown of his own on 96 attempts.
New Orleans enters this game with impressive rankings of their own when it comes to their passing offense and defense. The Saints hold teams to just 194.1 passing yards per game on average, good for second overall in the NFL. The team is also second in the NFL for passing with 307.4 yards per game thanks to Drew Brees. Brees has had a season of redemption with coach Sean Payton back on the sidelines, and is right up there among the top quarterbacks with Peyton Manning. For the past season, Drew has completed 446-of-650 passes for 5,162 yards and 39 touchdowns. His completion rate is 68.6%, while his rating is 104.7, which is sixth best among quarterbacks. Others above him include the amazing Nick Foles for the Eagles, San Diego’s Philip Rivers and Aaron Rodgers of the Packers.
Today’s favorites will be the tough home team, the Seattle Seahawks, and it seems justified based on their defensive skills compared to those of the Saints. The Seahawks first opened as 7 1/2-point favorites and have since risen to as high as 8 1/2 or 9-point favorites. The over/under points total for the game is set around 44 1/2 after first opening at 48 1/2. Weather is expected to be cloudy with a 90% chance of rain and a temperature around 48 at kickoff. There is also a slight chance for thunderstorms at today’s game in Seattle.
Saturday’s NFL Playoffs game featuring the Saints vs. Seahawks has a start time scheduled for 4:35 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. This game will be televised for football fans on FOX in standard and hi-definition. In addition, the game will be live streaming online for viewers with access to FOX Sports Go. This service is available for those who can log into it with their cable or satellite provider login information. See more info here for how to watch today’s game online.