It’s wild-card weekend in the NFL(nfl championship rings) and that brings us a clash down in the Lone Star State. The Seattle Seahawks are on the road as they travel to face the Dallas Cowboys Saturday night: the winner advances to the divisional round while the loser sees their season come to an end. Seattle closed their season with a 27-24 win at home over Arizona Sunday afternoon. Dallas rallied for a 36-35 win on the road over the Giants Sunday in their regular season finale. The Cowboys own a 10-8 edge in the all-time regular season(cheap championship rings) series though Seattle won the matchup this season, prevailing 24-13 at home on September 23. The Seahawks took the lone playoff matchup between the teams, prevailing 21-20 at home on January 6, 2007.
Seattle Seahawks Review:
Seattle(Seattle Seahawks championship rings) closed the regular season with two straight wins and victories in six of their last seven contests as they outlasted Arizona at home. The Seahawks now go on the road looking to build off that momentum as the playoffs begin. Seattle’s commitment to the ground game helped spark their success as the team overcame a slew of injuries on the offensive line and throughout their lineup. It added up to a return to the postseason for the Seahawks. The question remains as to whether they can have that kind of success on the road as they tend to at home.
The Seahawks had a tougher time than expected at home against a 3-12 Arizona team in their regular season finale. Seattle ended up winning the game on a Sebastian Janikowski 33 yard field goal as time expired. With the win, they locked up the fifth seed, sending them here to Dallas as opposed to the Windy City to face the Bears. The Seahawks owned a 291-188 edge in total offense, picked up 16 first downs while allowing 12 and forced two turnovers while committing one in the game. Seattle did have one punt partially blocked and a second one blocked and returned for a touchdown. The Seahawks will have to tighten up in special teams to have success. Seattle is 9-5-2 ATS this season with the over going 9-7 in their games.
Dallas Cowboys Review:
Dallas(custom Dallas Cowboys championship rings) seemed out of the hunt at 3-5 at the midway point of the season before turning things around. The Cowboys won seven of their final eight games as their offense came to life while Washington fell apart thanks to injuries decimating their offensive attack. Dallas bounced back from a shutout loss to Indianapolis in week 15 by beating Tampa Bay and the Giants to finish the season strong. The specter of playoff failures looms in Big D: can the Cowboys find a way to put those nightmares to rest?
In a meaningless game for both teams, coach Jason Garrett opted to keep the vast majority of his starters in the whole way. It panned out when Dak Prescott hit Cole Beasley for a 32 yard touchdown pass on fourth and 15 with 1:12 to play on a play reversed by replay and then connected with Michael Gallup on the game-winning two-point conversion. The win wasn’t secure until a fourth-down drop by the Giants. Dallas was outgained 441-419 in the contest while owning a 23-20 edge in first downs and a 30:52 to 29:08 edge in time of possession. The Cowboys also forced two turnovers while committing one. Dallas is 9-7 ATS on the season while the under is 9-7 in their games.