The NFC playoffs get under way on Sunday when the second half of Wild Card Weekend gets under way.
In a modern-day “Ice Bowl,” the NFC North champion and No. 3 seed Minnesota Vikings (11-5) are hosting the No. 6 seed Seattle Seahawks (10-6) and the NFC East champion No. 4 seed Washington Redskins (9-7) welcome the No. 5-seeded Green Bay Packers (10-6) to town.
The winners will have to play No. 1 Carolina (15-1) and No. 2 Arizona (13-3), two teams oh on byes this week for finishing as the top two seeds in the conference. The Seattle/Minnesota game will determine who gets sent where for the Divisional Round next week.
If the Seahawks win, they will travel to Carolina to face the Panthers next week and the Cardinals will host the Packers/Redskins winner. If Minnesota wins the game, they travel to Arizona to play the Cardinals while the Packers/Redskins winner would go to Carolina.
Seattle won six of their final seven games and begins the road toward a third straight NFC title while Minnesota makes its first playoff appearance since 2012. When the two met in Minnesota in Week 13, Seattle won 38-7 as Russell Wilson tossed three touchdown passes.
Washington won the NFC East for the first time since 2012 and the Packers are playing in the playoffs for the seventh consecutive year. The Redskins haven’t won a game since the 2005 playoffs and haven’t won at home since the 1999 playoffs. Aaron Rodgers is 6-5 in 11 starts as Green Bay’s quarterback in the postseason.