The anticipation is almost over as the divisional round of the NFL playoffs kicks off Saturday with two intriguing matchups between the Atlanta Falcons and the Philadelphia Eagles, followed by an AFC showdown between the Tennessee Titans and the New England Patriots.
The action only gets better on Sunday when the Jacksonville Jaguars look for their second win over the Pittsburgh Steelers this season, followed by the Saints looking to upset the Vikings in Minnesota. There's a lot of football to digest, even now that college football is out of the way.
Here's all the information you'll need to know ahead of this weekend's slate of games including national television and live-stream information to watch the game wherever you may be.
Saturday, January 13
NFC: Atlanta Falcons at Philadelphia Eagles, 4:35 p.m. ET (NBC, NBC Sports Live)
Prediction: Falcons defeat Eagles, 27-17.
AFC: Tennessee Titans at New England Patriots, 8:15 p.m. ET (CBS, CBS Sports Network)
Prediction: Patriots defeat Titans, 35-14.
Sunday, January 14
AFC: Jacksonville Jaguars at Pittsburgh Steelers, 1:05 p.m. ET (CBS, CBS Sports Network)
Prediction: Steelers defeat Jaguars, 28-13.
NFC: New Orleans Saints at Minnesota Vikings, 4:40 p.m. ET (Fox, Fox Sports Go)
Prediction: Saints defeat Vikings, 26-24.
Sunday, January 21
AFC Championship Game, 3:05 p.m. ET (CBS, CBS Sports Network)
NFC Championship Game, 6:40 p.m. ET (Fox, Fox Sports Go)
Super Bowl LII
Sunday, February 4
AFC champion vs. NFC champion at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, 6:30 p.m. ET (NBC, NBC Sports Live)
Isn't having NFL games on a Saturday the best?
While we were spoiled with college football dominating our Saturdays, there's something special about playoff football taking over your weekend, and this weekend has some of the more competitive matchups that we've seen in the past couple of years.
On paper, the Titans vs. Patriots game appears to be a bit of a mismatch and it's possible that New England blows Tennessee out of the water on Saturday. But isn't that what everyone thought before the Kansas City Chiefs were upset at Arrowhead Stadium by Marcus Mariota and the underdog Titans?
Say what you may about Mariota's inconsistent regular season; he balled out in the wild-card round when it mattered most.
From his incredible playmaking ability to his grit as a silent leader for his team, Mariota can do things a lot of football players just can't do, including throwing and catching the same pass for a touchdown.
Ruling out the Titans would be a foolish decision since anything can happen in the playoffs, even if the Patriots are playing at home.
As for the Jaguars vs. Steelers on Sunday, there's a lot more to this game rather than a possible berth in the AFC Championship Game.
The Steelers will come into this game with a chip on their shoulder, motivated to avenge their 30-9 blowout loss to the Jaguars in Week 5. In that game, quarterback Ben Roethlisberger threw five interceptions, allowing Jacksonville's defense to simply take over.
Sure, that was just a regular-season game. But this time around, the consequences of having an off night throwing the ball can be severe, as it's time to win or go home.
The Steelers will have the services of Antonio Brown back this week and will still have Le'Veon Bell to lean on, despite his comments about possibly retiring and sitting out next season if he can franchise-tagged. The Jaguars will do what they do best: defend and win.
If Jacksonville's defense can continue to dominate in the trenches and in the secondary, the Steelers will have another rough night. But don't be shocked to see Pittsburgh turn the tables on this young Jaguars team on Sunday.
The Falcons vs. Eagles game should be the one to watch this weekend, but both offenses have some serious questions they need to answer.
Last year's Super Bowl runners-up dominated the Los Angeles Rams 26-13 during the wild-card round, but that win had more to do with the Falcons defense than it did with the play of their offense.
After boasting the league's best offense a year ago with the then-MVP Matt Ryan, Atlanta took a step back this season and aren't as explosive as it was a year ago. The Eagles have the same kind of problem, but for other reasons.
During the regular season, it was hard to argue that the Eagles weren't the best team in the NFL with Carson Wentz under center and the likes of Jay Ajayi and LeGarrette Blount in the backfield.
But when Wentz went down with a torn ACL, everything changed. Nick Foles put together a great game in his start in the place of Wentz but fell apart in limited playing time against the Dallas Cowboys in Week 17.
If Foles can play like he did in Week 16 and play mistake-free football, the Eagles will be fine. But if the Falcons defense shows up like they did in the wild-card round, it's likely that the Eagles will get blown out on their home turf.
Nothing is worse than losing at home in the playoffs in front of your fans, and there might not be a more excited fanbase in the league than the Vikings, who will host the Saints this Sunday.
In Week 1, the Vikings took it to the Saints and won 29-19. But since then, both teams have undergone a bit of a makeover. For the Saints, they've changed their offensive philosophy to become a run-first team behind Mark Ingram and Alvin Kamara, while the Vikings have had to rely on the "next man up" mantra due to injuries.
Case Keenum has been terrific under center for the Vikings after taking over for the injured Sam Bradford, who was filling in for Teddy Bridgewater. In the backfield, the Vikings had to depend on Latavius Murray and Jerick McKinnon to fill the shoes of standout rookie Dalvin Cook, who went down with an ACL tear early into the season.
To use that Week 1 game as a reference point for this Sunday's divisional game wouldn't be fair to either team, particularly a Saints team that didn't have it figured out on either side of the ball. One thing that is certain, however, is that this will be a barnburner of a game.