Saints vs. Seahawks is set to kick off the NFL's Wild Card Weekend, as the NFC West champion Seattle Seahawks will host the defending Super Bowl champion New Orleans Saints in what should be an entertaining inaugural game of the 2011 NFL Playoffs.
Seattle is the first division champion with a losing record in NFL history, and they head into this first round tilt with New Orleans as serious underdogs. This comes despite playing at their home stadium, the usually-raucous Qwest Field.
New Orleans are still a powerhouse in the wide-open NFC, avoiding almost all of the usual reigning Super Bowl champion slump a year after tasting ultimate glory. They head into this huge Wild Card game a banged-up team, but still expected to roll through the first round.
With game time rapidly approaching, there's plenty to discuss in advance of this huge game.
How will the teams handle the conditions, which are expected to be wet and rainy? Will New Orleans suffer a letdown given how everyone expects them to handily dispatch the 7-9 Seahawks? Can Seattle's defense find a way to slow down the heavy duty Saints offense, led by quarterback Drew Brees?
We'll take a look at all that and more, as well as provide all the important score updates and reactions to what takes place during this first playoff game of Wild Card weekend.
Keep it posted here throughout this game for all the big news and developments.