Ernie Banks once said, “let’s play two!”

The NFL is going Mr. Cub one better this holiday weekend as the league is presenting three Saturday contests on one network. That means you don’t have to change the channel but it’s good to take stretch breaks Saturday. There’s going to be a lot of football and all three games have playoff implications.

In the first game of the day, Houston, leading the AFC South, travels to Tampa Bay for an early afternoon showdown with the Buccaneers. In the second game of the day, taking place in Foxboro, the defending Super Bowl champs return to Gillette Stadium for an AFC East showdown with the Buffalo Bills and the nightcap takes us to wine country as the San Francisco 49ers and Los Angeles Rams meet in Santa Clara in a key NFC West showdown.

Two of the three games that will take place Saturday are rematches, so for the winner, it’s a chance to prove that the first time was not a fluke; as for the loser, a win will mean that they get some measure of revenge.

Normally, we don’t make Saturday games “DRILL WORTHY.” We’re making an exception and an executive decision here… (For those of you that know what The Drill is, you are excused. Everyone else, pay attention. We don’t want any rookie mistakes here, k?) After you go to the 9:30 mass on Sunday (the 4:30 vigil mass on Saturday counts as a mass attended, people! Don’t make us send the nuns after you! If we do, it is SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO OVER!), head to your favorite store (a trip to Wal Mart, Target, K-Mart or Costco counts) and get the vittles and the beverages (soda, beer, wine, coffee, et al… if you live in a state that allows the purchase of the items in question) and invite the co-workers, the neighbors (including that really cute kindergarden teacher that knows what to do with a cover-2 defense) and your cousin Connie (remember her? She’s the one that’s been married twice that’s just turned 59 last June and dates a 43-year old ex-Marine, who’s now the vice principal at the high school in your town. She’s also the one that ate an entire Oreo cheesecake, two bags of Cool Ranch Doritos, two bacon cheeseburgers with blue cheese and chugged two 2-liter Cokes at your Super Bowl party last year and didn’t gain a pound. You look at her and say to yourself, “what the hell?”).

With all that being said, here are the Saturday games for week 16.

Houston (9-5) at Tampa Bay (7-7), 1 p.m. on NFL Network. The first game of the Saturday afternoon NFL Triple-header gets underway in the Sunshine State as Jameis Winston and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers host DeShaun Watson and the Houston Texans at Raymond James Stadium. Both teams were victors on the road in last Sunday’s action.

The Texans bounced back from their loss at home to Denver, leaving Tennessee with a 24-21 win over their AFC South rivals in Nashville. After a scoreless first quarter at Nissan Stadium, Houston scored a pair of second-quarter TD passes from Watson to Kevin Stills to lead 14-0 at the break. Tennessee would even things up in the second half as Titans QB Ryan Tannehill would score on a 3-yard run in the third and a Tannehill TD pass to A.J. Brown early in the fourth quarter before the Texans would take the lead back for good when RB Carlos Hyde scored on a 10-yard run and added to that lead with a 29-yard field goal by Kai Forbath with 3:26 left in regulation. Tennessee would not go away quietly, narrowing the lead to 3 with 2:04 left when Tannehill and RB Dion Lewis connected on an 11-yard pass. Houston later sealed the win in the final seconds of the contest when they sacked Tannehill for an eight-yard loss at their 4-yard line. With no time outs, Tannehill spiked the ball in an effort to stop the clock. There was one problem… there was one second left in the contest and when he spiked the ball, that ended the contest.

Tennessee outrushed Houston 163-140 and Hyde led all rushers with 104 yards along with the TD, while Derrek Henry led Tennessee with 86; Watson threw for 243 yards and the two first-half TDs to Stills, while Tannehill threw for 279 yards and a pair of TDs (Watson was sacked twice and threw a pair of interceptions, Tannehill was sacked twice and threw an interception). Houston was 5 of 10 on third down conversions and held the ball for 31:20, while the Titans kept the pigskin for 28:40 (including the final 2:04 of the contest) and were 4 of 10 on third down, 1 of 2 on fourth down.

Tampa Bay gave Detroit their seventh loss in a row as the Buccaneers took a 38-17 win at Ford Field last Sunday in the Motor City. The Buccaneers, pushing themselves to the .500 mark, scored 21 first half points unchallenged, using TD passes from Winston to WRs Breshad Perriman and Scotty Miller to lead 21-3 at the intermission. A pair of Wayne Hills TD runs for the Lions would narrow the gap to seven early in the final quarter of play before Sean Bunting’s 70-yard interception return and a second Winston to Perriman TD pass would seal Detroit’s fate.

Neither club breached the 50-yard barrier, let alone the 100-yard barrier in the contest but Tampa Bay did outrush Detroit 49-45 and Winston threw for 458 yards and four TDs (he was sacked twice and picked off once), while David Blough threw for 260 yards with a pair of sacks and a pair of interceptions. Tampa Bay, picking up their fourth win in a row, was 7 of 14 on third down (the Bucs were 1 of 2 on fourth down) and ruled the clock, playing keep away with the ball for 33:19, while the Lions went 26:41 in time of possession, going 6 of 15 on third down, 0 of 1 on fourth down.

Houston leads the series 3-1, have outscored Tampa Bay 87-48 and have won the last three meetings in the series, including a 19-9 win in the Lone Star State in 2015, while Tampa Bay’s lone win in the series was the first meeting, which took place in the Sunshine State in 2003, as the Buccaneers prevailed 16-3. Houston’s favored by a point in the Sunshine State and the over/under’s 52 1/2. Tampa Bay would like nothing more than to spoil Houston’s playoff hopes, while the Texans march their way a little closer to the AFC South title. Houston covers the 1 and takes the win in the Sunshine State.

Buffalo (10-4) at New England (11-3), 4:30 p.m. on NFL Network. The second game in Saturday’s triple-header features a pair of AFC East rivals as Tom Brady and the New England Patriots host Jared Allen and Buffalo at Gillette Stadium. Both teams were winners on the road and both will be participants in the post-season.

Buffalo held off a late Pittsburgh rally at Heinz Field Sunday night to claim their second post-season invitation in three years, taking a 17-10 win over the Steelers. Buffalo led 7-3 at the break before the Steelers took the lead with 11:18 left in the third quarter when RB James Conner and QB Derek Hodges connected on an 11-yard TD toss. The Bills proceeded to erase that lead, scoring 10 fourth quarter points unchallenged (a 36-yard field goal by Steven Hauschka and a TD pass from Josh Allen to TE Tyler Kroft) to reclaim the lead. Pittsburgh would get the ball back with 91 seconds left in regulation at their 43-yard line, hoping to tie things up and send the contest into overtime. They got some help when Buffalo’s Matt Milano was flagged for facemasking. The Steelers would get themselves as close as Buffalo’s 34-yard line when Hodge was picked off by Levi Wallace to end the threat.

Buffalo outrushed Pittsburgh 130-51 (Bills RB Devin Singletary led all rushers with 87 yards) and Allen threw for 139 yards and the Kroft TD, while Hodges threw for 202 yards and the TD toss to Conner (Allen was sacked once and threw an interception, while Hodges was sacked four times and threw four interceptions, including the one that ended the Steelers’ late drive). Buffalo was 6 of 14 on third down (they were 1 of 1 on fourth down) and ruled the clock, keeping the ball for 32:20 to Pittsburgh’s 27:40 (the Steelers 5 of 13 on third down, 0 of 1 on fourth down).

New England broke their brief two-game losing streak in Cincinnati as Brady and the Patriots took down the Bengals 34-13 at Paul Brown Stadium. The defending Super Bowl champs erased a 10-7 first quarter deficit and used a pair of Nick Folk field goals in the second quarter to take a 13-10 lead with them to the intermission. New England then used a pair of third quarter TDs (a Brady TD pass to N’Keal Harry and a Stephon Gilmore interception) and a 33-yard TD run by RB Rex Burkhead to seal the deal.

New England outrushed the Bengals 175-164 but Bengals RB Joe Mixon led all rushers with 136 yards, while Sony Michel led the Patriots with 89 yards. Brady threw for 128 yards and the two TD tosses, while Bengals QB Andy Dalton threw for 151 yards with a TD toss to HB Cethan Carter and was sacked four times (Dalton did not have an interception). New England was 6 for 14 on third down, 0 of 1 on fourth down and kept the ball for 27:12, while the Bengals ruled the clock and kept the ball for 32:48 and went 4 of 13 on third down, 1 of 2 on fourth down.

Buffalo and New England met in upstate New York in week four and the Patriots prevailed 16-10. New England led 13-3 at the half and needed to hold off the Bills at New Era Field to take the win, as the Bills wold make it a six-point contest with 58 seconds left on a 23-yard field goal by Stephen Gostkowski.

Neither Brady (150 yards, interception) or Allen (153 yards, three interceptions, four sacks, rushing TD) threw a TD pass in the contest as the Bills outrushed New England 135-74 with Bills RB Frank Gore leading all rushers with 109 yards, while Sony Michel led New England with 63 yards. New England was 5 of 18 on third down tries in Orchard Park and they would keep the ball for 27:20, while the Bills ruled the clock and held on to the pigskin for 32:40, going 2 of 13 on third down and 1 of 2 on fourth down.

In the week four contest in Orchard Park, the Patriots were favored by 7 and won by 6 and the 42 1/2 over/under was in tact as both clubs tallied 26 points. The boys and girls in Vegas like the Patriots again as 7-point favorites but this time, the over/under’s 38 1/2. For New England, a win means that they would win the AFC East again; for Buffalo, a win means that they keep Brady and the Pats in checkmate for another week. Pats and Brady become Grinches this week as the fans in Foxboro celebrate another win and the AFC East title. Pats win and cover the 7 at Gillette.

Los Angeles Rams (8-6) at San Francisco (11-3), 8:15 p.m. on NFL Network. The final game of the Saturday triple-header features a pair of NFC West rivals as the 49ers and Rams, both taking losses last Sunday, meet in Santa Clara at Levis’ Stadium.

The Rams saw their playoff hopes take a huge hit as they were taken to task by Dak Prescott and the Dallas Cowboys 44-21 at AT&T Stadium Sunday afternoon. Los Angeles trailed 28-7 at the half and could never get themselves on track in a contest they needed to win to keep their slim playoff hopes alive. Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott ran for a pair of TDs late in the first half and Dallas would never look back afterward.

Dallas held the Rams to a somewhat dismal 22 yards on the ground, while they would rush for 263 yards (Elliott ran for 117 yards with the two TDs, while teammate Tony Pollard led all rushers with 131 yards and a TD. Jared Goff threw for 284 yards with TD passes to Todd Gurley and Cooper Kupp (he was picked off once and sacked twice), while Prescott threw for 212 yards and a pair of TDs (one to TE Jason Whitten) and did not record a sack or interception.

The Rams were 4 of 12 on third down, 1 of 2 on fourth down and kept the ball for 23:54, while the Cowboys ruled the clock, keeping the ball for 36:06, going 7 of 13 on third down, 1 of 1 on fourth down.

Although they backed their way into the post-season party, San Francisco also lost last Sunday, as the Atlanta Falcons stormed back in the final seconds of their contest in Santa Clara, taking a 29-22 loss at Levis’ Stadium. Both clubs entered the half tied at 10-10 as 49ers RB Raheem Mostert opened the scoring in the second quarter on a 2-yard TD run in the second quarter. Atlanta would respond as Matt Ryan and WR Julio Jones connected on the first of their two TDs in the contest to tie things up with 7:01 left before the half. Falcons K Youngho Koo, the NFC’s Special Teams Player of the Week, would give Atlanta the lead with 2:36 left before the half before Robbie Gould would tie things up with 24 seconds left. Gould would give the 49ers the lead late in the third quarter and FB Kyle Juszczyk and Jimmy Garoppolo would extend the lead to 19-10 with 10:07 left in the contest on a 2-yard TD toss (Gould would miss the extra point).

Atlanta would narrow the gap to two with 5:15 left in the contest when RB Qadree Ollison scored on a 1-yard run. Gould redeemed himself temporarily by booting a 43-yard field goal with 1:48 left on the clock. The Falcons were not going quietly and Ryan would engineer a 10-play, 70-yard drive that used 1:46 of clock and after an appearant TD pass to TE Austin Hooper was ruled incomplete, it would be Jones that would be his target as he would score from five yards out with 2 seconds left on the clock. Because it was a scoring play and it was inside 2 minutes, the play was reviewed and it was ruled that Jones broke the plane of the goal line to score. Atlanta then chose to kneel down instead of going for the two-point conversion.

San Francisco got the ball back on the kickoff with the last 2 seconds on the clock and used several lateral passes in an attempt to win the contest. Mostert caught one of the laterals but fumbled it, allowing backup WR Olamide Zaccheaus (who caught a Ryan TD pass last week) to scoop up the ball and return it to the endzone untouched. Mostert led all rushers with 54 yards on the ground as the 49ers outrushed Atlanta 120-89 (Atlanta was led by Davonta Freeman with 39); Ryan threw for 210 yards and the two TDs to Jones with a pair of sacks, while Garoppolo threw for 200 yards and the TD to Juszczyk (Garoppolo was sacked once; neither he or Ryan threw an interception). Atlanta was 7 of 13 on third down and and kept the ball for 29:12, while the 49ers actually ruled the clock and kept the pigskin for 30:48, going 4 of 12 on third down, 1 of 1 on fourth down.

They met in Los Angeles in week six and the 49ers would leave the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum 20-7 winners. The 49ers and Rams went to the intermission tied 7-7, with both teams scoring TDs in the first quarter. San Francisco then proceeded to score 13 second half points unchallenged to take the lead for keeps, using a pair of Robbie Gould field goals and a 1-yard run by Garoppolo to take the road win.

The Rams outrushed San Francisco 109-99 and Garoppolo would throw for 243 yards while Goff threw for 78 (Garoppolo was sacked twice and threw an interception, while Goff was sacked four times). The Rams were 0 of 9 and 0 of 4 on third and fourth down tries and they would keep the ball for 21:08, while San Francisco ruled the clock and held on to the pigskin for 38:52, going 8 of 17 on third down, 1 of 1 on fourth down.

In the week six contest in Southern California, the Rams found themselves being favored by 2 and the 49ers covered, winning by 13. As for the 50 1/2 over/under? It went untouched as both teams could only muster 27 total points. This time, it’s San Francisco that’s favored and Vegas likes them as 6 1/2 point favorites with a 46 over/under. The Rams would like nothing more than to ruin San Francsico’s playoff hopes, while the 49ers are looking to bounce back from their loss to Atlanta last Sunday. San Francsico may not cover the 6 1/2 but they complete the sweep in the series and win in Santa Clara.

Broadcast Information

Houston (9-5) at Tampa Bay (7-7), 1 p.m. on NFL Network: Rich Eisen, Nate Burleson, Joe Thomas, Melissa Stark (field reporter); NATIONAL RADIO: Westwood One: Brandon Gaudin, Jason Taylor, James Laurinaitis (field reporter); SIRIUS: 108 (Houston), 83 (Tampa Bay); XM: 225 (Houston), 226 (Tampa Bay)

Buffalo (10-4) at New England (11-3), 4:30 p.m. on NFL Network: Mike Tirico, Kurt Warner, Peter Schrager (field reporter); NATIONAL RADIO: Westwood One: Scott Graham, Ross Tucker, Hub Arkush (field reporter); SIRIUS: 82 (Buffalo), 83 (New England); XM: 227 (Buffalo), 226 (New England)

Los Angeles Rams (8-6) at San Francisco (11-3), 8:15 p.m. on NFL Network: Kevin Burkhardt, Charles Davis, Pam Oliver (field reporter); NATIONAL RADIO: Westwood One: Ryan Radtke, Terrell Davis, Scott Kaplan (field reporter); SIRIUS: 82 (Los Angeles Rams), 83 (San Francisco); XM: 227 (Los Angeles Rams), 226 (San Francisco)

Referees
Houston at Tampa Bay, 1 p.m.: Scott Novak
Buffalo at New England, 4:30 p.m.: John Hussey
Los Angeles Rams at San Francisco, 8:15 p.m.: Clete Blakeman

Injury Report

Houston at Tampa Bay, 1 p.m.

Houston
OUT: LB Jacob Martin (knee), LB Benardrick McKinney (concussion)
QUESTIONABLE: S Jahleel Addae (achilles), WR Will Fuller (hamstring), RB Carlos Hyde (ankle), RB Taiwan Jones (hamstring), LB Brennan Scarlett (achilles, shoulder)

Tampa Bay
OUT: DT Beau Allen (ankle), WR Chris Godwin (hamstring), TE Tanner Hudson (concussion)
QUESTIONABLE: CB Carlton Davis (ankle), C Ryan Jensen (elbow), T Donovan Smith (ankle, knee), QB Jameis Winston (right thumb, knee)

Buffalo at New England, 4:30 p.m.

Buffalo
OUT: T Ty Nsekhe (ankle)
QUESTIONABLE: DT Corey Liuget (knee)

New England
OUT: CB Jonathan Jones (groin)
QUESTIONABLE: LB Ja’Whaun Bentley (knee), LB Jamie Collins (shoulder), WR Julian Edelman (knee, shoulder), CB Jason McCourty (groin)

Los Angeles Rams at San Francisco, 8:15 p.m.

Los Angeles Rams
DOUBTFUL: CB Troy Hill (thumb)
QUESTIONABLE: K Greg Zuerlein (right quadricep)

San Francisco
OUT: DE Dee Ford (quadricep, hamstring), S Jaquiski Tartt (ribs), DT Jullian Taylor (elbow)
QUESTIONABLE: G Mike Person (neck)

Saturday Weather
Houston at Tampa Bay, 1 p.m.: Cloudy and 74 degrees
Buffalo at New England, 4:30 p.m.: Cloudy and 34 degrees
Los Angeles Rams at San Francisco, 8:15 p.m.: Mostly cloudy and 58 degrees

Broadcast information, officials and injury report courtesy the National Football League, odds courtesy Don Best, weather information courtesy The Weather Channel