The NFL playoffs have arrived. Thus, football fans are looking forward to the NFL Wild Card Weekend featuring two Saturday matches. Once the weekend ends, three teams will qualify for the next stage.
The two Wild Card matches on Saturday are the San Francisco 49ers vs. the Seattle Seahawks and Jacksonville Jaguars vs. the Los Angeles Chargers.
NFL Wild Card Weekend
The Seahawks will play the 49ers for the third time this season. Also, it is the second meeting of the two clubs in the postseason. In addition, fans had low expectations for the two quarterbacks in this Wild Card game.
Geno Smith, the Seahawks’ new quarterback, replaced Russell Wilson with low expectations. But, according to bookie software reports, he not only lived up to but also beyond them by setting new career highs in a wide variety of statistical categories.
When he was 32 years old, he made his first Pro Bowl and playoff appearances in his decade-long NFL career. With his help, the Seahawks were able to finish with a winning record and earn the last playoff berth in the NFC.
Chargers vs. Jaguars
According to bookie pay per head sources, the Chargers and the Jaguars will face off in the second Wild Card matchup. Each side comes into this game with a lot to prove.
Neither squad was picked to finish high enough in the standings to advance to postseason action. In the last five years, no team has made the playoffs. Yet, no team can claim victory in the Super Bowl.
Pay per head experts said the Jaguars would create NFL history if they advanced through the first round of the playoffs the year after finishing with the poorest or tied for the lowest record in the league.
One might make the case that this weekend’s best game is on Sunday, and it’s this one. The Jaguars finished the regular season on a five-game winning run, while the Chargers won four of their last five games to reach their stride. In addition, both clubs have young, talented quarterbacks making their postseason debuts in Trevor Lawrence (age 23) and Justin Herbert (age 24).
Herbert had 25 passing touchdowns and ten interceptions for the regular season, good for second place in completions and throw yards.