Quarterback Matt Ryan hopes to lead the Atlanta Falcons to victory over the Seattle Seahawks in an NFC playoff game Sunday. (John Bazemore/AP)

Quarterback Matt Ryan hopes to lead the Atlanta Falcons to victory over the Seattle Seahawks in the NFL playoffs Sunday. (John Bazemore/AP)

The college football season has come to a close, but the NFL playoffs are just heating up. This week Only A Game analyst Charlie Pierce joins Bill Littlefield to discuss Alabama’s more-than-convincing victory over Notre Dame in the BCS National Championship and this weekend’s NFL divisional matchups. Charlie also examines the implications of test results on  former NFL linebacker Junior Seau’s brain.

Plus, Charlie discusses the Steroids-Era shutout in Cooperstown and tells us what to expect out on the ice when the NHL season starts. And Bill and Charlie examine a record involving skateboards, a racetrack designed for cars, and lot of a patience.