NFC wild-card prediction: Seahawks at Eagles
No. 5 Seattle Seahawks at No. 4 Philadelphia Eagles: 1:30 p.m. PST, ABC
What the Seahawks need to do: They have to lean on the player who got them here, quarterback Russell Wilson. Get those magical, outside-the-pocket plays from him. Making a defensive stop or two is essential, something Seattle couldn’t seem to do against San Francisco.
What the Eagles need to do: The Philadelphia pass defense needs to be better than it has been and truly complement a stout run defense. Carson Wentz has to keep doing what he’s been doing with a random cast of receivers. The Seahawks are coming all the way across the country, and that’s not easy.
Sam Farmer’s pick: The Eagles are the enticing pick because of the way Wentz has been playing with a surrounding cast of nobodies. Still, Wilson is experienced, dynamic and can take advantage of a vulnerable pass defense.
Seahawks 27, Eagles 24
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