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You’ve waited almost all Winter for this.

You found out who your team was going to play and you even knew where.

It was the when that kept you up at night.

Wonder no more. Your patience has been rewarded (even if it was a couple of weeks late).

The 2020 National Football League regular season schedule was released by the league last May. “The release of the NFL schedule is something our fans eagerly anticipate every year, as they look forward with hope and optimism to the season ahead,” NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell told NFL Network and USA Today. “In preparing to play the season as scheduled, we will continue to make our decisions based on the latest medical and public health advice, in compliance with government regulations, and with appropriate safety protocols to protect the health of our fans, players, club and league personnel and our communities. We will be prepared to make adjustments as necessary, as we have during this off-season in safely and efficiently conducting key activities such as free agency, the virtual off-season program, and the 2020 NFL Draft.”

The NFL’s 101st season begins with the league’s annual prime-time kickoff game, as the defending Super Bowl Champion Kansas City Chiefs hosts Houston at Arrowhead Stadium on September 10 at 8:20 p.m. on NBC in a rematch of the AFC Divisional playoffs.

Week 1 is a FOX national weekend with key divisional games on Sunday, September 13, featuring Tampa Bay traveling to the Big Easy to face off against New Orleans at 4:25 p.m. and Arizona visiting San Francisco at 4:25 p.m. CBS kicks off its coverage in Week 1 with a host of rivalry games, including Baltimore welcoming Cleveland at 1 p.m. and Miami traveling to Foxboro to face AFC East rival New England at 1 p.m.

The 2020 NFL schedule, Powered by AWS, features the debut of two world-class venues – SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles and Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas. The Los Angeles Rams will meet Dallas on NBC’s Sunday Night Football at 8:20 p.m. on September 13 in their new home while the Los Angeles Chargers welcome the Chiefs to SoFi Stadium in Week 2 on September 20 at 4:25 p.m. on CBS. Also in Week 2, the Raiders host the first-ever regular-season NFL game in Las Vegas at Allegiant Stadium when they face New Orleans on ESPN’s Monday Night Football at 8:15 p.m., with a simulcast on ABC, on the 50th anniversary of the first Monday Night Football game in 1970.

The ESPN slate begins with a Kickoff Weekend doubleheader. The New York Giants will host Pittsburgh on September 14 at 7:15 p.m. in the first game, followed by Tennessee visiting Denver in the nightcap at 10:10 p.m. ESPN will televise one game each Monday night in Weeks 2-16. There will be no Monday night game on the final regular-season weekend (Week 17) to provide more flexibility for the scheduling of the opening weekend of the NFL playoffs.

All 32 clubs are again scheduled for at least one nationally televised Thursday, Sunday or Monday game. Thursday Night Football will air exclusively on NFL Network in Weeks 2-4, while FOX kicks off its Thursday night slate in Week 5. FOX will broadcast 10 Thursday Night Football games between Weeks 5-15 (excluding Thanksgiving night) as well as the Friday, December 25, game between Minnesota and New Orleans at 4:30 p.m. Those FOX games are slated to be simulcast via NFL Network, distributed in Spanish on FOX Deportes and streamed on Amazon Prime Video, beginning with Tampa Bay at Chicago on October 8.

NFL Network will exclusively televise seven games – with FOX producing the full slate of 18 games – including a very special Thursday night contest on September 17. On that day, the 100th birthday of the National Football League, Cleveland hosts Cincinnati at 8:20 p.m., with the NFL Network broadcast paying tribute to the birthplace of the NFL in nearby Canton, Ohio.

A select number of games will be “cross-flexed,” moving between CBS and FOX to bring potentially under-distributed games to wider audiences. Some of those contests were announced today and other “cross-flexed” games will be decided during the season.

Thanksgiving will feature a triple-header on Thursday, November 26. The first game will send Houston to the Motor City for an early afternoon showdown with Detroit at 12:30 p.m. on CBS. The late afternoon game will feature Washington visiting Dallas at 4:30 p.m. on FOX in a battle of NFC East rivals and the Thanksgiving Day festivities conclude with an AFC North showdown as Baltimore travels to Pittsburgh to face the Steelers on NBC at 8:20 p.m.

The regular season will conclude with Week 17 on Sunday, January 3. For the 12th consecutive year, all 16 games scheduled for Week 17 are division contests, enhancing the potential for more games with playoff ramifications. The NFL’s 32 teams will each play 16 games over 17 weeks. Byes will begin in Week 5 and end in Week 13. “Flexible scheduling” will be used in Weeks 11-17. Additionally, in Weeks 5-10, flexible scheduling may be used in no more than two weeks. In Weeks 5-16, the schedule lists the games tentatively set for Sunday Night Football on NBC. Only Sunday afternoon games are eligible to be moved to Sunday night, in which case the tentatively scheduled Sunday night game would be moved to an afternoon start time.
For Week 17, the Sunday night game will be announced no later than six days prior to January 3. The schedule does not list a Sunday night game in Week 17 but an afternoon game with playoff implications will be moved to that time slot. Flexible scheduling ensures quality match-ups in all Sunday time slots in those weeks and gives “surprise” teams a chance to play their way into prime-time.

Flexible scheduling will not be applied to games airing on Thursday or Monday nights. In each of Weeks 15 and 16, up to three of five designated matchups will be played on Saturday with the remainder to be played on Sunday. Specific dates and start times for such designated Week 15 and Week 16 matchups will be determined and announced no later than four weeks prior to game day.

Beginning this year, two additional Wild Card teams – one each in the American and National Football Conferences – will qualify for the playoffs. The number 1 seed in each conference will receive a bye in the Wild Card round. The remaining division champions in each conference with the best records will be seeded 2, 3 and 4, followed by the next three teams per conference with the best records seeded 5, 6 and 7. AFC and NFC Wild Card games will feature the 2 seed hosting the 7 seed, the 3 seed hosting the 6 seed and the 4 seed hosting the 5 seed.

Wild Card Weekend for the 2020 season will consist of three games on Saturday, January 9 and three games on Sunday, January 10, 2021.

The NFL last expanded the playoffs for the 1990 season, increasing from 10 to 12 the number of teams to qualify for the postseason. Since 1990, at least four new teams have qualified for the playoffs that missed the postseason the year before – a streak of 30 consecutive seasons. Wild Card Weekend winners join the top division champions in each conference in the Divisional Playoffs on Saturday and Sunday, January 16-17. The AFC and NFC Championship Games will be played on Sunday, January 24. The winners meet two weeks later on Sunday, February 7, in Super Bowl LV at Tampa Bay’s Raymond James Stadium (CBS).

The NFL is the only sports league that presents all regular-season and postseason games on free, over-the-air television in local markets. All postseason games are televised nationally. Westwood One will broadcast on radio all NFL prime-time games, the three Thanksgiving Day games and the entire NFL playoffs.

Fans can experience exciting NFL match-ups in person by visiting their favorite team’s website, http://www.nfl.com/tickets or on any NFL licensed ticketing channel. When purchasing tickets, be sure to look for the authenticated NFL ticket logo or the NFL shield.

2020 NFL SCHEDULE (Times are Eastern and subject to change)

WEEK 1
Thursday, September 10
Houston at Kansas City Chiefs, 8:20 p.m. on NBC

Sunday, September 13
Seattle at ATLANTA, 1 p.m. on FOX
Cleveland at Baltimore, 1 p.m. on CBS
New York Jets at Buffalo, 1 p.m. on CBS
Las Vegas at Carolina, 1 p.m. on CBS
Chicago at Detroit, 1 p.m. on FOX
Indianapolis at Jacksonville, 1 p.m. on CBS
Green Bay at Minnesota, 1 p.m. on FOX
Miami at New England, 1 p.n. on CBS
Philadelphia at Washington, 1 p.m. on FOX
Los Angeles Chargers at Cincinnati, 4:05 p.m. on CBS
Tampa Bay at New Orleans, 4:25 p.m. on FOX
Arizona at San Francisco, 4:25 p.m. on FOX
Dallas at Los Angeles Rams, 8:20 p.m. on NBC

Monday, September 14
Pittsburgh at New York Giants, 7:15 p.m. on ESPN
Tennessee at Denver, 10:10 p.m. on ESPN

WEEK 2
Thursday, September 17
Cincinnati at Cleveland, 8:20 p.m. on NFL Network

Sunday, September 20
ATLANTA at Dallas, 1 p.m. on FOX
New York Giants at Chicago, 1 p.n. on CBS
Detroit at Green Bay, 1 p.m. on FOX
Minnesota at Indianapolis, 1 p.m. on FOX
Buffalo at Miami, 1 p.m. on CBS
San Francisco at New York Jets, 1 p.m. on FOX
Los Angeles Rams at Philadelphia, 1 p.m. on FOX
Denver at Pittsburgh, 1 p.m. on CBS
Carolina at Tampa Bay, 1 p.m. on FOX
Jacksonville at Tennessee, 1 p.m. on CBS
Washington at Arizona, 4:05 p.m. on FOX
Baltimore at Houston, 4:25 p.m. on CBS
Kansas City at Los Angeles Chargers, 4:25 p.m. on CBS
New England at Seattle, 8:20 p.m. on NBC

Monday, September 21
New Orleans at Las Vegas, 8:15 p.m. on ESPN

WEEK 3
Thursday, September 24
Miami at Jacksonville, 8:20 p.m. on NFL Network

Sunday, September 27
Chicago at Atlanta, 1 p.m. on FOX
Los Angeles Rams at Buffalo, 1 p.m. on FOX
Washington at Cleveland, 1 p.m. on FOX
Tennessee at Minnesota, 1 p.m. on CBS
Las Vegas at New England, 1 p.m. on CBS
San Francisco at New York Giants, 1 p.m. on FOX
Cincinnati at Philadelphia, 1 p.m. on CBS
Houston at Pittsburgh, 1 p.m. on CBS
New York Jets at Indianapolis, 4:05 p.m. on CBS
Carolina at Los Angeles Chargers, 4:05 p.m. on CBS
Detroit at Arizona, 4:25 p.m. on FOX
Tampa Bay at Denver, 4:25 p.m. on FOX
Dallas at Seattle, 4:25 p.m. on FOX
Green Bay at New Orleans, 8:20 p.m. on NBC

Monday, September 28, 2020
Kansas City at Baltimore, 8:15 p.m. on ESPN

WEEK 4
Thursday, October 1
Denver at New York Jets, 8:20 p.m. NFL Network

Sunday, October 4
Arizona at Carolina, 1 p.m. on FOX
Indianapolis at Chicago, 1 p.m. on CBS
Jacksonville at Cincinnati, 1 p.m. on CBS
Cleveland at Dallas, 1 p.m. on FOX
New Orleans at Detroit, 1 p.m. on FOX
Minnesota at Houston, 1 p.m. on FOX
Seattle at Miami, 1 p.m. on FOX
Los Angeles Chargers at Tampa Bay, 1 p.m. on CBS
Pittsburgh at Tennessee, 1 p.m. on CBS
Baltimore at Washington, 1 p.m. on CBS
New York Giants at Los Angeles Rams, 4:05 p.m. on FOX
New England at Kansas City, 4:25 p.m. on CBS
Buffalo at Las Vegas, 4:25 p.m. on CBS
Philadelphia at San Francisco, 8:20 p.m. on NBC

Monday, October 5
ATLANTA at Green Bay, 8:15 p.m. on ESPN

WEEK 5
Thursday, October 8
Tampa Bay at Chicago, 8:20 p.m. on FOX, NFLNetwork and Amazon*

Sunday, October 11
Carolina at ATLANTA, 1 p.m. on FOX
Cincinnati at Baltimore, 1 p.m. on CBS
Jacksonville at Houston, 1 p.m. on CBS
Las Vegas at Kansas City, 1 p.m. on CBS
Denver at New England, 1 p.m. on CBS
Arizona at New York Jets, 1 p.m. on FOX
Philadelphia at Pittsburgh, 1 p.m. on FOX
Buffalo at Tennessee, 1 p.m. on CBS
Los Angeles Rams at Washington, 1 p.m. onp FOX
Miami Dolphins at San Francisco 49ers 1:05p (PT) 4:05p FOX
Indianapolis at Cleveland, 4:25 p.m. on CBS
New York Giants at Dallas, 4:25 p.m. on CBS
Minnesota at Seattle, 8:20 p.m. on NBC

Monday, October 12
Los Angeles Chargers at New Orleans, 8:15 p.m. on ESPN

WEEK 6
Thursday, October 15
Kansas City at Buffalo, 8:20 p.m. on FOX, NFL Network and Amazon*

Sunday, October 18
ATLANTA at Minnesota, 1 p.m. on FOX
Chicago at Carolina, 1 p.m. on FOX
Cincinnati at Indianapolis, 1 p.m. on FOX
Detroit at Jacksonville, 1 p.m. on FOX
Washington at New York Giants, 1 p.m. on FOX
Baltimore at Philadelphia, 1 p.m. on CBS
Cleveland at Pittsburgh, 1 p.m. on CBS
Houston at Tennessee, 1 p.m. on CBS
Miami at Denver, 4:05 p.m. on CBS
New York Jets at Los Angeles Chargers, 4:05 p.m. on CBS
Green Bay at Tampa Bay, 4:25 p.m. on FOX
Los Angeles Rams at San Francisco, 8:20 p.m. NBC

Monday, October 19
Arizona at Dallas, 8:15 p.m. on ESPN

WEEK 7
Thursday, October 22
New York Giants at Philadelphia, 8:20 p.m. on FOX, NFL Network and Amazon*

Sunday, October 25
Detroit at ATLANTA, 1 p.m. on FOX
Pittsburgh at Baltimore, 1 p.m. on CBS
Cleveland at Cincinnati, 1 p.m. on CBS
Green Bay at Houston, 1 p.m. on FOX
Los Angeles Chargers at Miami, 1 p.m. on CBS
Carolina at New Orleans, 1 p.m. on FOX
Buffalo at New York Jets, 1 p.m. on CBS
Dallas at Washington, 1 p.m. on FOX
Seattle at Arizona, 4:05 p.m. on FOX
Kansas City at Denver, 4:25 p.m. on CBS
San Francisco at New England, 4:25 p.m. on CBS
Tampa Bay at Las Vegas, 8:20 p.m. on NBC

Monday, October 26
Chicago at Los Angeles Rams, 8:15 p.m. on ESPN

WEEK 8
Thursday, October 29
ATLANTA at Carolina, 8:20 p.m. on FOX, NFL Network and Amazon*

Sunday, November 1
New England at Buffalo, 1 p.m. on CBS
Tennessee at Cincinnati, 1 p.m. on CBS
Las Vegas at Cleveland, 1 p.m. on FOX
Indianapolis at Detroit, 1 p.m. on CBS
Minnesota at Green Bay, 1 p.m. on FOX
New York Jets at Kansas City, 1 p.m. on CBS
Los Angeles Rams at Miami, 1 p.m. on FOX
Jacksonville at Los Angeles Chargers, 4:05 p.m. on CBS
New Orleans at Chicago, 4:25 p.m. on FOX
San Francisco at Seattle, 4:25 p.m. on FOX
Dallas at Philadelphia, 8:20 p.m. on NBC

Monday, November 2
Tampa Bay at New York Giants, 8:15 p.m. on ESPN

WEEK 9
Thursday, November 5
Green Bay at San Francisco, 8:20 p.m. on FOX, NFL Network and Amazon*

Sunday, November 8
Denver at ATLANTA, 1 p.m. on CBS
Seattle at Buffalo, 1 p.m. on FOX
Baltimore at Indianapolis, 1 p.m. on CBS
Houston at Jacksonville, 1 p.m. on CBS
Carolina at Kansas City, 1 p.m. on FOX
Detroit at Minnesota, 1 p.m. on CBS
Chicago at Tennessee, 1 o.m. on FOX
New York Giants at Washington, 1 p.m. on FOX
Las Vegas at Los Angeles Chargers, 4:05 p.m. on FOX
Miami at Arizona, 4:25 p.m. on CBS
Pittsburgh at Dallas, 4:25 p.m. on CBS
New Orleans at Tampa Bay, 8:20 p.m. on NBC

Monday, November 9
New England at New York Jets, 8:15 p.m. on ESPN

WEEK 10
Thursday, November 12
Indianapolis at Tennessee, 8:20 p.m. on FOX, NFL Network and Amazon*

Sunday, November 15
Tampa Bay at Carolina, 1 p.m. on FOX
Houston at Cleveland, 1 p.m. on FOX
Washington at Detroit, 1 p.m. on FOX
Jacksonville at Green Bay, 1 p.m. on FOX
Philadelphia at New York Giants, 1 p.m. on FOX
Cincinnati at Pittsburgh, 1 p.m. on FOX
Buffalo at Arizona, 4:05 p.m. on CBS
Denver at Las Vegas, 4:05 p.m. on CBS
New York Jets at Miami, 4:05 p.m. on CBS
Seattle at Los Angeles Rams, 4:25 p.m. on FOX
San Francisco at New Orleans, 4:25 p.m. on FOX
Baltimore at New England, 8:20 p.m. on NBC

Monday, November 16
Minnesota at Chicago, 8:15 p.m. on ESPN

WEEK 11
Thursday, November 19
Arizona at Seattle, 8:20 p.m. on FOX, NFL Network and Amazon*

Sunday, November 22
ATLANTA at New Orleans, 1 p.m. on FOX
Tennessee at Baltimore, 1 p.m. on CBS
Detroit at Carolina, 1 p.m. on FOX
Philadelphia at Cleveland, 1 p.m. on FOX
New England at Houston, 1 p.m. on CBS
Green Bay at Indianapolis, 1 p.m. on FOX
Pittsburgh at Jacksonville, 1 p.m. on CBS
Cincinnati at Washington, 1 p.m. on CBS
Los Angeles Chargers at Denver, 4:05 p.m. on CBS
Dallas at Minnesota, 4:25 p.m. on FOX
Kansas City at Las Vegas, 8:20 p.m. on NBC

Monday, November 23
Los Angeles Rams at Tampa Bay, 8:15 p.m. on ESPN

WEEK 12
Thursday, November 26 (THANKSGIVING IN UNITED STATES)
Houston at Detroit, 12:30 p.m. on CBS
Washington at Dallas, 4:30 p.m. on FOX
Baltimore at Pittsburgh, 8:20 p.m. on NBC

Sunday, November 29
Las Vegas at ATLANTA, 1 p.m. on CBS
Los Angeles Chargers at Buffalo, 1 p.m. on CBS
New York Giants at Cincinnati, 1 p.m. on FOX
Tennessee at Indianapolis, 1 p.m. on CBS
Cleveland at Jacksonville, 1 p.m. on CBS
Carolina at Minnesota, 1 p.m. on FOX
Arizona at New England, 1 p.m. on FOX
Miami at New York Jets, 1 p.m. on CBS
New Orleans at Denver, 1 p.m. on FOX
San Francisco at Los Angeles Rams, 4:05 p.m. on FOX
Kansas City at Tampa Bay, 4:25 p.m. on CBS
Chicago Bears at Green Bay, 8:20 p.m. on NBC

Monday, November 30
Seattle at Philadelphia, 8:15 p.m. on ESPN

WEEK 13
Thursday, December 3
Dallas at Baltimore, 8:20 p.m. on FOX, NFL Network and Amazon*

Sunday, December 6
New Orleans at ATLANTA, 1 p.m. on FOX
Detroit at Chicago, 1 p.m. on FOX
Indianapolis at Houston, 1 p.m. on CBS
Cincinnati at Miami, 1 p.m. on CBS
Jacksonville at Minnesota, 1 p.m. on CBS
Las Vegas at New York Jets, 1 p.m. on CBS
Washington at Pittsburgh, 1 p.m. on FOX
Cleveland at Tennessee, 1 p.m. on CBS
Los Angeles Rams at Arizona, 4:05 p.m. on FOX
New York Giants at Seattle, 4:05 p.m. on FOX
Philadelphia at Green Bay, 4:25 p.m. on CBS
New England at Los Angeles Chargers, 4:25 p.m. on CBS
Denver at Kansas City, 8:20 p.m. on NBC

Monday, December 7
Buffalo at San Francisco, 8:15 p.m. on ESPN

WEEK 14
Thursday, December 10
New England at Los Angeles Rams, 8:20 p.m. on FOX, NFL Network and Amazon*

Sunday, December 13
ATLANTA at Los Angeles Chargers, 4:25 p.m. on FOX
Denver at Carolina, 1 p.m. on CBS
Houston at Chicago, 1 p.m. on CBS
Dallas at Cincinnati, 1 p.m. on FOX
Green Bay at Detroit, 1 p.m. on FOX
Tennessee at Jacksonville, 1 p.m. on CBS
Kansas City at Miami, 1 p.m. on CBS
Arizona at New York Giants, 1 p.m. on FOX
Minnesota at Tampa Bay, 1 p.m. on FOX
Indianapolis at Las Vegas, 4:05 p.m. on CBS
New York Jets at Seattle, 4:05 p.m. on CBS
New Orleans at Philadelphia, 4:25 p.m. on FOX
Washington at San Francisco, 4:25 p.m. on FOX
Pittsburgh Steelers at Buffalo, 8:20 p.m. on NBC

Monday, December 14
Baltimore at Cleveland, 8:15 p.m. on ESPN

WEEK 15
Thursday, December 17
Los Angeles Chargers at Las Vegas, 8:20 p.m. on FOX, NFL Network and Amazon*

Saturday, December 19
TBD vs. TBD, 4:30 p.m. on NFL Network
TBD vs. TBD, 8:15 p.m. on NFL Network

Saturday, December 19 or Sunday, December 20 – Date/Time/Network TBD
Buffalo at Denver – Date, Time and Network TBD
Carolina at Green Bay – Date, Time and Network TBD
Houston at Indianapolis – Date, Time and Network TBD
New York Jets at Los Angeles Rams – Date, Time and Network TBD
Detroit at Tennessee – Date, Time and Network TBD

Sunday, December 20
Tampa Bay at ATLANTA, 1 p.m. on FOX
Jacksonville at Baltimore, 1 p.m. on CBS
New England at Miami, 1 p.m. on CBS
Chicago at Minnesota, 1 p.m. on FOX
Cleveland at New York Giants, 1 p.m. on CBS
Seattle at Washington, 1 p.m. on FOX
Philadelphia at Arizona, 4:05 p.m. on FOX
Kansas City at New Orleans, 4:25 p.m. on CBS
San Francisco at Dallas, 8:20 p.m. on NBC

Monday, December 21
Pittsburgh at Cincinnati, 8:15 p.m. on ESPN

WEEK 16
Friday, December 25
Minnesota at New Orleans, 4:30 p.m. on FOX, NFL Network and Amazon*

Saturday, December 26
TBD vs. TBD, 4:30 p.m. on NFL Network
TBD vs. TBD, 8:15 p.m. on NFL Network

Saturday, December 26 or Sunday, December 27 – Date/Time/Network TBD
San Francisco at Arizona – Date/Time/Network TBD
Tampa Bay at Detroit – Date/Time/Network TBD
Denver at Los Angeles Chargers – Date/Time/Network TBD
Miami at Las Vegas – Date/Time/Network TBD
Cleveland at New York Jets – Date/Time/Network TBD

Sunday, December 27
ATLANTA at Kansas City, 1 p.m. on FOX
New York Giants at Baltimore, 1 p.m. on FOX
Cincinnati at Houston, 1 p.m. on CBS
Chicago at Jacksonville, 1 p.m. on FOX
Indianapolis at Pittsburgh, 1 p.m. on CBS
Carolina at Washington, 1 p.m. on CBS
Los Angeles Rams at Seattle, 4:25 p.m. on CBS
Philadelphia at Dallas, 4:25 p.m. on FOX
Tennessee at Green Bay, 8:20 p.m. on NBC

Monday, December 28
Buffalo at New England, 8:15 p.m. on ESPN

WEEK 17
Sunday, January 3
ATLANTA at Tampa Bay, 1 p.m. on FOX
Miami at Buffalo, 1 p.m. on CBS
New Orleans at Carolina, 1 p.m. on FOX
Green Bay at Chicago, 1 p.m. on FOX
Baltimore at Cincinnati, 1 p.m. on CBS
Pittsburgh at Cleveland, 1 p.m. on CBS
Minnesota at Detroit, 1 p.m. on FOX
Tennessee at Houston, 1 p.m. on CBS
Jacksonville at Indianapolis, 1 p.m. on CBS
Los Angeles Chargers at Kansas City, 1 p.m. on CBS
New York Jets at New England, 1 p.m. on CBS
Dallas at New York Giants, 1 p.m. on FOX
Washington at Philadelphia, 1 p.m. on FOX
Las Vegas at Denver, 4:25 p.m. on CBS
Arizona at Los Angeles Rams, 4:25 p.m. on FOX
Seattle at San Francisco, 4:25 p.m. on FOX

* NFL Network and Amazon simulcast subject to change

Round two. The NFL playoffs march on as eight teams fight for the coveted Lombardi Trophy and now the teams that had byes will get to take the field. Baltimore, Kansas City, San Francisco and Green Bay were waiting to see who they play this weekend and now they know.

Playoff football is a lot different than a regular season game. It’s not lose and you play next week. It’s you lose and your next game is next year. Win and you advance. It’s not that hard to process. At the end of play Sunday, four teams will be left standing and the four losers will be clearing out their lockers and preparing for the 2020 NFL Draft.

The NFL’s 100th season has reached the Divisional playoffs and new teams abound. Seven of the remaining eight clubs in contention for the Lombardi Trophy at Super Bowl LIV in Miami were not in the Divisional playoffs last year. That’s the largest year-to-year turnover in the Divisional round since 1990, when the NFL instituted the current 12-team playoff format. In other words, 15 teams have been one game from advancing to the AFC or NFC Championship Game since the beginning of the 2018 playoffs.

All four clubs in the NFC – Green Bay, Minnesota, San Francisco and Seattle – are new to the NFL’s final eight. In the AFC, Baltimore, Houston and Tennessee join the group, while Kansas City represents the only club to make a second straight appearance in the Divisional playoffs.

The sixth-seeded Titans, whose 20-13 win at New England last week ensured that the NFL will have two new Super Bowl teams for the first time in four years, earned a trip to face the AFC’s top seed, Baltimore, Saturday in primetime.

Meanwhile, the NFC’s number 6 seed, Minnesota, earned a 26-20 overtime victory at New Orleans last week to advance to the Divisional round, where top-seeded San Francisco awaits in the first game on Saturday. The Number 6 seeds are now 4-0 over the past two seasons. For the first time in NFL history, all four number 6 seeds have advanced to the Divisional playoffs in consecutive years, including Indianapolis and Philadelphia in 2018.

YOUTH UNDER CENTER: The average age of the eight quarterbacks scheduled to start this weekend is 28 years, 271 days old, the youngest average age of starting quarterbacks in the Divisional playoffs since the 2010 season (28 years, 197 days).

CULTURE OF COMPETITION: Since Super Bowl LI, when New England topped Atlanta, 34-28, in the first overtime in Super Bowl history, postseason games have been fiercely competitive. Beginning with that Super Bowl, the last 27 postseason contests have been decided by just 8.1 points on average. Four of the NFL’s last seven postseason games have gone to overtime and road teams are a combined 8-6 over the last 14 NFL playoff games (excluding the neutral-field Super Bowl LIII).

GIVEAWAY-TAKEAWAY INDICATOR: Seven of the league’s eight remaining teams finished among the NFL’s top 10 in turnover margin this season. Green Bay (+12) and Seattle (+12), which tied for third in the NFL during the regular season and meet Sunday at Lambeau Field, have the best turnover margins among the remaining teams. Minnesota (+11, fifth), Baltimore (+10, sixth), Kansas City (+8, tied-seventh), Tennessee (+6, ninth) and San Francisco (+4, tied-10th) also ranked in the top 10 this season.

WHAT TO LOOK FOR IN DIVISIONAL WEEKEND

SURVIVE AND ADVANCE: Minnesota (11-6) and Tennessee (10-7) both earned victories on Wild Card Weekend as the number 6 seed in their respective conferences. Last season, both Indianapolis and Philadelphia advanced to the Divisional Round of the playoffs as number 6 seeds in their conferences. This marks the first time in which two number 6 seeds advanced past Wild Card Weekend in consecutive seasons since the NFL instituted the current 12-team playoff format in 1990.

Minnesota, who travels to San Francisco on Saturday and Tennessee, who travels to Baltimore on Saturday night, can become the first number 6 seeds to reach the Conference Championship since 2010.

The No. 6 seeds to reach the Conference Championship since the NFL instituted the current 12-team playoff format in 1990:

SEASON – TEAM (CONFERENCE), ADVANCED TO
2010 – Green Bay (NFC), Won Super Bowl XLV
2010 – New York Jets (AFC), AFC Championship
2008 – Baltimore (AFC), AFC Championship
2008 – Philadelphia (NFC), NFC Championship
2005 – Pittsburgh (AFC), Won Super Bowl XL
2019 – Minnesota (NFC), ??
2019 – Tennessee (AFC), ??

In the NFC, Seattle (12-5, number 5 seed), who faces Green Bay on Sunday night and the sixth-seeded Vikings are both still alive. With victories by both teams in the Divisional Playoffs, it would mark the first Conference Championship game featuring a number 5 and number 6 seed since the NFL instituted the current 12-team playoff format in 1990.

STACKING POSTSEASON VICTORIES: Green Bay (34 wins) and San Francisco (30 wins) both rank among the top five in postseason victories in league history and can add to their totals this weekend.

With a win over Seattle on Sunday, Green Bay would tie Dallas (35 wins) for the third-most postseason victories in NFL history.

The teams with the most postseason wins in NFL history:

TEAM – WINS/SUPER BOWL WINS
New England – 37/6
Pittsburgh – 36/6
Dallas – 35/5
Green Bay – 34/4
San Francisco – 30/5

GETTING IT STARTED: To kick off the Divisional Round of the NFL’s 100th season, the NFC’s top seed, San Francisco (13-3), host number 6 seed Minnesota (11-6) on Saturday. Minnesota advanced to the Divisional Round with a 26-20 overtime victory in New Orleans on Wild Card Weekend.

In his postseason debut last week, Minnesota running back DALVIN COOK finished with 130 scrimmage yards (94 rushing, 36 receiving) and two rushing touchdowns in the victory. If Cook records at least 125 scrimmage yards and two touchdowns on Saturday, he would become the first player with at least 125 scrimmage yards and two touchdowns in each of his first two career postseason games in NFL history.

RUNNING THROUGH THE POSTSEASON: The AFC’s number 1 seed, Baltimore (14-2), led the NFL with 3,296 rushing yards in the regular season, the most by a team in a single season in NFL history. Tennessee (10-7) ranked third in the league with 2,223 rushing yards in 2019, led by the NFL’s leading rusher Derrick Henry, who rushed for 1,540 yards this season.

This marks the fourth time the team with the top rushing offense met the team with the league’s leading rusher in the postseason in the Super Bowl era. In each of the matchups, the team with the league’s leading rusher has won.

Postseason matchups between the league’s top rushing offense and leading rusher in the Super Bowl era:

ROUND – TOP RUSHING OFFENSE (RUSHING YARDS); NFL LEADING RUSHER – TEAM (RUSHING YARDS)
2018 NFC Wild Card – Seattle (73); Ezekiel Elliot – Dallas (137)
Super Bowl XXVII – Buffalo (108); Emmitt Smith – Dallas (108)(HOF)
1978 AFC Divisional – New England (83); Earl Campbell – Houston Oilers (118)(HOF)
2019 AFC Divisional – Baltimore (??); Derrick Henry – Tennessee (??)

On Wild Card Weekend, Henry rushed for 182 yards and a touchdown in Tennessee’s 20-13 victory over New England. With at least 150 rushing yards on Saturday, Henry would join Pro Football Hall of Famers Marcus Allen (three games), Terrell Davis(two) and Franco Harris (two), as well as Le’Veon Bell (two) as the only players to rush for at least 150 yards in consecutive postseason games in NFL history.

Henry has rushed for 366 yards in his first three career postseason games. With at least 134 rushing yards on Saturday, Henry would become the third player to rush for at least 500 yards in their first four career postseason games in NFL history.

The players with the most rushing yards in their first four career postseason games in NFL history:

PLAYER, TEAM (RUSHING YARDS)

Terrell Davis, Denver (515)(HOF)
Arian Foster, Houston (515)
Fred Taylor, Jacksonville (493)
John Riggins, Washington (474)(HOF)
Eric Dickerson, Los Angeles Rams (470)(HOF)
Derrick Henry, Tennessee (366)*
*In 3 games

NEW ERA OF QBs: Sunday afternoon’s game featuring Houston quarterback Deshaun Watson (24 years, 120 days old) and Kansas City quarterback Patrick Mahomes (24 years, 117 days old) marks the third matchup in the Divisional Round between two quarterbacks under the age of 25 in the Super Bowl era.

Divisional Round matchups between starting quarterbacks under the age of 25 in the Super Bowl era:

SEASON – HOME TEAM/QUARTERBACK; VISITOR/QUARTERBACK (RESULT)
1985 – Miami/Dan Marino; Cleveland/ Bernie Kozar (Miami 24, Cleveland 21)(HOF)
2000 – Minnesota/Daunte Culpepper; New Orleans/Aaron Brooks (Minnesota 34, New Orleans 16)
2019 – Kansas City/Patrick Mahomes; Houston/Deshaun Watson (??)

In a 22-19 overtime victory over Buffalo on Wild Card Weekend, Watson completed 20 of 25 pass attempts (80 percent) for 247 yards and a touchdown and added 55 yards and a touchdown on the ground.

If Watson, who rushed for 76 yards on Wild Card Weekend in 2018, rushes for at least 50 yards on Sunday against Kansas City, he would become the first quarterback with at least 50 rushing yards in three consecutive postseason games in NFL history.

NIGHT CAP: In the final game of the Divisional Round, Green Bay (13-3) hosts Seattle (12-5), who defeated Philadelphia, 17-9, on Wild Card Weekend.

Seahawks rookie wide receiver D.K. Metcalf led Seattle with 160 receiving yards and a touchdown in the win, the most receiving yards by a rookie in a single postseason game in the Super Bowl era.

With at least 83 receiving yards against Green Bay on Sunday (6:40 PM ET, FOX), Metcalf would surpass TORRY HOLT (242 yards in 1999) for the most postseason receiving yards by a rookie in NFL history.

The rookies with the most postseason receiving yards in NFL history:

PLAYER, TEAM (SEASON) – REC. YARDS
Torry Holt, St. Louis Rams (1999) – 242
Austin Collie, Indianapolis (2009) – 241
DeSean Jackson, Philadelphia (2008) – 207
Steve Junker, Detroit (1957) – 201
Ricky Nattiel, Denver (1987) – 171
D.K. Metcalf, Seattle (2019) – 160*
*Entering Sunday

Seattle running back Marshawn Lynch recorded his 10th career postseason rushing touchdown in the win on Wild Card Weekend.

With at least two rushing touchdowns on Sunday, Lynch would tie Pro Football Hall of Famers Terrell Davis (12) and John Riggins (12) for the fourth-most career postseason rushing touchdowns in NFL history.

The players with the most career postseason rushing touchdowns in NFL history:

PLAYER, TEAM (RUSHING TOUCHDOWNS)
Emmitt Smith, Dallas (19)(HOF)
Franco Harris, Pittsburgh (16)(HOF)
Thurman Thomas, Buffalo (16)(HOF)
Terrell Davis, Denver (12)(HOF)
John Riggins, Washington (12)(HOF)
Marshawn Lynch, Seattle (10)*
*Entering Sunday

Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers enters Sunday’s contest having thrown at least two touchdown passes in each of his past five postseason games.

With four touchdown passes against Seattle, Rodgers would tie Peyton Manning (40) for the fourth-most career postseason touchdown passes in NFL history.

The players with the most career postseason touchdown passes in NFL history:

PLAYER – TEAMS (TOUCHDOWN PASSES)
Tom Brady – New England (73)
Joe Montana – San Francisco and Kansas City (45)(HOF)
Brett Favre – Green Bay and Minnesota (44)(HOF)
Peyton Manning – Indianapolis and Denver (40)
Aaron Rodgers – Green Bay (36)*
*Entering Sunday
(HOF) – Hall of Fame

As was the case last week and will be throughout the playoffs, every game is “DRILL WORTHY!” (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?”)

It was not good to be a home team in the first round as Houston was the only home team to prevail in the first round. New England, New Orleans and Philadelphia were all bounced out of the first round by their guests. As for last week, we went 2-2 and for the season, 143-117.

Having said that… here are this weekend’s Divisional Picks.

Minnesota (10-6, 2nd Wild Card) at San Francisco (13-3, NFC West champion), 4:35 p.m. Saturday on NBC. Divisional Weekend gets underway in Wine Country as the top-seeded San Francisco 49ers host Kirk Cousins and the Minnesota Vikings at Levis’ Stadium.

Once again, Minnesota broke the hearts of New Orleans Saints fans Sunday afternoon in the Big Easy, leaving the Mercedes-Benz Superdome 26-20 overtime winners in the first NFC Wild Card game of the day. Minnesota erased a 10-3 deficit in the second quarter, using a 21-yard field goal by Dan Bailey and a 5-yard run by Delvin Cook with 23 seconds left before intermission to lead 13-10. Cook would add a second rushing TD, this one from a yard out to lead 20-10 with 3:23 left in the third before the Saints’ Tysom Hill connected on a 20-yard TD pass from Drew Brees to pull to within seven with 10:31. The teams then exchanged punts and turnovers and New Orleans would get the ball back with 1:55 left in the contest and got themselves inside Minnesota’s 30-yard line at the 26. The drive there would stall after New Orleans was flagged for a false start with 21 seconds left in the contest. The penalty also had a 10-second runoff, putting the game clock at 11 seconds. Brees’ pass to Alvin Kamara went incomplete and New Orleans would settle for the tie, with K Wil Lutz making up for an earlier miss, connecting on a 49-yard field goal with seven seconds left.

That would be the last time that the Saints would see the ball, as they kicked off to Minnesota, who knelt the ball down to send the contest into overtime. Minnesota, who picked up their first playoff road win since 2005, would then win the toss to start the overtime and the Vikings made sure that Brees and the Saints did not take the field, going on a 9-play, 75-yard drive that used 4:20 of time off the game clock, ending with Cousins and TE Kyle Rudolph connecting on a 4-yard TD toss to end the contest. Cook led all rushers with 96 yards and the two TDs (Hill led New Orleans with 50 yards) as the Vikings out-rushed the Saints 136-97 and Cousins threw for 242 yards and the game-winning TD without an interception (he was sacked twice), while Brees threw for 208 yards with the Hill TD (Brees was sacked three times, sacked once and had a fumble). Minnesota was 10 of 18 on third down in the Big Easy and the Vikings ruled the clock, keeping the ball for 36:56, including the 4:20 of overtime, while New Orleans, losing their second playoff game at home in a row, went 4 of 11 on third down (neither club had a fourth down try) and kept the ball for 27:24.

The number one-seeded 4ers held off a late Seattle rally in the final seconds in the land of Grunge, Salmon and Starbucks, coming away 26-21 winners at Century Link Field two weeks ago, in a contest that gave the 49ers the NFC West title, a first-round bye and revenge for their week 10 overtime loss in Santa Clara.

Seattle trailed 13-0 at the break as the 49ers scored their first half points unchallenged before the home team would break San Francsico’s bid for a shutout when Wilson and WR Tyler Lockett connected on a 14-yard TD toss late in the third quarter. San Francisco made it a 19-7 contest when RB Raheem Mostert scored from 2 yards away but the 49ers would miss the two-point conversion with 3:25 left in the quarter. Newly re-accquired RB Marshawn Lynch then pulled his team to within five with 9:55 left in the contest when he scored on a 1-yard run. Mostert pushed the 49ers lead back up to 12 with 5:51 left when he scored on a 13-yard run before Seattle stormed back again, trailing by only 5 with 3:36 left when Wilson and WR DK Metcalf connected on a 14-yard scoring pass.

Seattle would get the ball back with 2:27 left after a 49ers punt and made their way downfield, getting as close as San Francsico’s 1-yard line when Wilson tried to spike the ball to stop the clock. The Seahawks, out of time outs, were then flaggled for a delay of game penalty and passes to Lockett and Josh Hollister fell incomplete. With 12 seconds left, Wilson and Hollister would connect on a 4-yard pass but Hollister did not cross the goal line, as 49ers LB Dre Greenlaw tackled Hollister at the one-foot line. Replay would confirm that Hollister did not break the plane, which meant that Seattle did not score. San Francisco would then run out the clock and take the win in the Pacific Northwest.

San Francisco out-rushed Seattle 128-125 and Mostert led all rushers with 57 yards and the two TDs, while Seattle was led by RB Travis Homer with 62 yards (Lynch had 34 yards on 12 carries with the TD). Wilson threw for 233 yards with a pair of TDs and a sack, while Jimmy Garoppolo threw for 285 yards with a pair of sacks (neither qb threw an interception). Seattle was 8 of 14 on third down (the Seahawks were 1 of 3 on fourth down) and were rulers of the clock, keeping the ball for 32:56, while the 49ers held on to the pigskin for 27:04, going 4 of 8 on third down.

The 49ers and Vikings have met five times in post-season play and San Francisco has won four of them, with San Francisco’s last win coming in the 1997 Divisonal Playoff at Candlestick Park by a final of 38-22, while Minnesota’s lone win came in 1987 (also at Candlestick and also in the Divisional Playoff) by a final of 36-24.

The oddsmakers like the 49ers as 6 1/2-point favorites in wine country and the over/under is 45 1/2. For the 49ers, a win Saturday night means that they’ll play one more game in wine country; for the Vikings, a win would mean they would either travel to Green Bay or Seattle. The wine is really good and so are the 49ers. San Francisco’s rested and they take this one in Santa Clara, covering the 6 1/2.

Tennessee (9-7, 2nd Wild Card) at Baltimore (14-2, AFC North champion), 8:15 p.m. Saturday on CBS. Number six seed Tenneesse travels to Charm City to face off against top-seed Baltimore at M&T Bank Stadium. The Titans are coming off a huge road win against Tom Brady and the New England Patriots. As for the Ravens, they had the week off to rest and prepare.

Five Heisman Trophy winners will be at M&T Bank Stadium for Saturday night’s game in Baltimore, the most ever for a game in the Super Bowl era.

Some will play a bigger part than others in the divisional-round game. The visiting Titans have Heisman winners in backup quarterback Marcus Mariota (Oregon, 2014) and star running back Derrick Henry (Alabama, 2015). The Ravens have soon-to-be-named league MVP Lamar Jackson (Louisville, 2016), running back Mark Ingram (Alabama, 2009) and backup quarterback Robert Griffin III (Baylor, 2011).

The Titans suprised the football world last Saturday night in Foxboro as they went into Gillette Stadium and came away 20-13 winners over Brady and the Patriots. Tennessee erased a 13-7 Patriot lead late in the first half on a 1-yard run by Derreck Henry with 35 seconds left in the half and would take that lead into the third quarter (the two teams were scoreless in that period) and sealed New England’s fate late in the contest when Logan Ryan picked off Brady with nine seconds left in the contest and ran the ball back nine yard for a TD.

Henry ran for 182 yards on 34 carries with the TD as the Titans out-rushed New England 201-98 (New England was led by Sony Michel with 61 yards) and Ryan Tannehill threw for 72 yards and a TD toss to TE Anthony Firkser, while Brady threw for 209 yards with the late-game interception (Tannehill was sacked once, Brady was not sacked). Tennessee was 6 of 12 on third down and kept the ball for 31:09, while the Patriots, who led only once in the contest on a 5-yard run by WR Julian Edleman and a Nick Folk field goal in the second quarter, was 5 of 13 on third down (0 of 1 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 28:51.

The Ravens come off their bye week after they took care of Pittsburgh 28-10 at M&T Bank Stadium to close out the 2019 regular season. Baltimore, leading from start to finish in a contest that saw the Ravens leave some of their starters on the bench, led 16-7 at the intermission. Pittsburgh’s Chris Boswell would connect on a 26-yard field goal to make it a 6-point contest before the Ravens would score 12 fourth-quarter points to seal the Steelers’ fate.

Ravens RB Gus Edwards led all rushers with 130 yards as the Ravens out-rushed Pittsburgh 223-91 and Robert Griffin III threw for 96 yards and an interception, taking over for Lamar Jackson, while Steelers’ QB Delvin Hodges threw for 95 yards with no TDs or interceptions and a pair of sacks, including one for a safety late in the contest. Baltimore was 7 of 16 on third down (they were 1 of 2 on fourth down) and ruled the clock, as they kept the ball for 39:27, while the Steelers kept the pigskin for 20:33, while going 5 of 12 on third down, 0 of 1 on fourth down.

In three post-season meetings, the Ravens lead the series 2-1 and have outscored Tennessee 54-40. Baltimore’s last playoff win came in 2008, when they left Nissan Stadium 13-10 winners in the AFC Divisional Playoff, while the Titans’ lone win came in 2003 in Charm City by a final of 20-17 in the AFC Wild Card Game. The boys and girls in Vegas like the Ravens as 9 1/2-point favorites in Charm City and the over/under’s 48. We think they got it right. For the Titans, it was fun while it lasted. For the Ravens, they’re moving on. It’ll be closer than the 9 1/2 but Baltimore prevails in Charm City.

Houston (10-6, AFC South champion) at Kansas City (12-4, AFC West champion), 3:05 p.m. Sunday on CBS. Sunday afternoon Divisonal action gets underway in the Show-Me State as Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs host DeShaun Watson and the Houston Texans at Arrowhead Stadium in a late-afternoon affair. While the Chiefs enjoyed their bye week, Houston needed overtime at home to take the win to advance to the next round.

Houston rallied from being down 13-0, scoring 16 second-half points unchallenged before coming away 22-19 overtime winners over Buffalo at NRG Stadium last Saturday afternoon. The Bills got a 16-yard TD from WR John Brown to QB Josh Allen and three Stephen Hauschka field goals before Watson dented the scoreboard, scoring on a 20-yard TD run and a 2-point conversion with 93 seconds left in the third quarter. Kai Fairbairn would then pull the Texans to within five on a 41-yard field goal early in the fourth quarter and Houston would take the lead on a 5-yard TD pass from Watson to Carlos Hyde for a 3-point lead with 4:37 left in regulation.

Buffalo would not go away quietly as they would an 11-play, 41-yard drive, using 71 seconds of clock and proceeded to tie the contest with 5 seconds left in regulation as Hauschka connected on a 47-yard field to send the contest into overtime. Houston would get the ball to start the overtime but went three and out, punting the ball to Buffalo. The Bills got the ball at their 30-yard line and would eventually cross the 50-yard line before Bills OT Cody Ford was flagged for a blindside block. That moved the ball back to their 43-yard line, where Buffalo’s drive stalled and the Bills punted the ball back to the Texans.

Houston, knowing that a score on the next possession would win the game, took advantange and used a 9-play, 73-yard drive that took 5:42 of clock and ended as Fairbairn sent Texans fans home happy with a 28-yard field goal with 3:20 left in the extra period. Buffalo out-rushed Houston 172-141 and Allen led all rushers with 92 yards, while Watson led Houston with 55 yards and the rushing TD. Allen would throw for 264 yards and was sacked three times, while Watson threw for 247 yards with the TD to Hyde but was sacked seven times (neither QB threw an interception). Houston was 6 of 13 on third down and kept the ball for 36:25, while the Bills, holding the ball for 35:15, went 11 of 21 on third down (both teams were 0 of 1 on fourth down).

The Chiefs secured the number two-seed at home as they took care of the Los Angeles Chargers 31-21 at Arrowhead Stadium. Kansas City led 10-7 at the break, then watched as the Chargers took the lead from them with 13:14 left in the third when RB Melvin Gordon scored on a 5-yard run. That lead would last all of 16 seconds as Chiefs WR Mecole Hardman ran the ensuing kickoff back 104 yards untouched for a TD to give Kansas City the lead back and for good. After Chargers TE Hunter Henry caught an 8-yard TD pass from Philip Rivers, Damien Williams would score the second of his two TDs in the second half (the first good for 84 yards), icing the game away with a 7-yard run to seal the win and the first-round bye.

Williams led all rushers with 124 yards as Kansas City out-rushed Los Angeles 162-108 and Mahomes threw for 174 yards and a TD to DeMarcus Robinson (Mahomes threw an interception but was not sacked), while Rivers threw for 281 with a pair of TDs and a pair of interceptions (Rivers was sacked three times). Both clubs did well on third down tries (the Chief were 7 of 10, Los Angeles was 8 of 13) and the Chargers actually were rulers of the clock, keeping the ball for 36:04 (they went 2 of 4 on fourth down), while the Chiefs held on to the pigskin for 23:56.

They met in week six in the regular season in week six at Arrowhead and the Texans would score 20 second-quarter points unchallenged, then held off a late Chiefs rally to come away 31-24 winners. The Chiefs trailed 23-17 at the intermission before they would rally to take the lead back with 6:30 left in the third when Mahomes and WR Tyreek Hill would connect on a 6-yard TD pass to lead 24-23. Kansas City carried that 1-point lead into the fourth when Watson would take matters into his own feet, scoring his second TD of the day on a 1-yard run and then connecting with Derick Hopkins for the two-point conversion. The Chiefs would get the ball back but would go three and out and after a Chiefs’ punt, the Texans would run out the clock and take the win in the Show-Me State.

Hyde led all rushers with 116 yards and a TD as the Texans out-rushed Kansas City 192-53 with Watson (two interceptions) throwing for 280 yards and a TD to Derek Johnson, while Mahomes (sack, interception) threw for 273 yards and three TDs (two to Hill). Houston was 5 of 12 on third down (the Texans were 2 of 3 on fourth down) and ruled the clock, keeping the ball for 39:48, while the Chiefs held on to the pigskin for 20:12, while going 4 of 8 on third down.

They’ve met once in post-season play and Kansas City would come away 30-0 winners at NRG Stadium in the AFC Playoff game. In that contest, the Chiefs would score all of their points unchallenged, taking a 13-0 lead with them to the intermission and never looking back. Kansas City’s Knile Davis would open the scoring on a 106-yard kickoff return and from there, the floodgates opened for Houston and they could never get themselves on track. Kansas City out-rushed Houston 141-114 (Houston’s Alfred Blue led all rushers with 99 yards) and Alex Smith threw for 190 yards and a TD, while Brian Hoyer threw for 136 yards (both Smith and Hoyer were sacked three times, Hoyer was picked off four times, while Smith was picked off once). The Chiefs were 4 of 11 on third down and Kansas City ruled the clock, holding on to the ball for 34:25, while the Texans, keeping the ball for 25:35, went 6 of 14 on third down, 0 for 1 on fourth down.

Kansas City in the week six contest was favored by 4 1/2 and the Texans covered, winning by 7 and both teams matched the 55 over/under. In the divisional round, the Chiefs are favored by 9 1/2 at Arrowhead and the over/under’s 50. The winner plays for the Hunt Trophy next week, while the loser will be second-guessing themselves for the entire offseason. While things will be closer than 9 1/2, Houston’s hopes of a Lombardi Trophy will have to wait at least another year. Everything’s up to date in Kansas City as the Chiefs prevail at Arrowhead but expect this one to be closer than 9 1/2.

Seattle (11-5, 1st Wild Card) at Green Bay (13-3, NFC North champion), 6:40 p.m. Sunday on FOX. A pair of Super Bowl QBs (Russell Wilson and Aaron Rodgers) meet in the land of cheese, beer and Bratwurst as Green Bay hosts Seattle at Lambeau Field in the final game of Divisional Weekend. The Packers enter the contest with a bye under their belts, while Seattle made a cross-country trip to take on the Eagles in the City of Brotherly Love last Sunday evening.

Seattle held Philadelphia to three Josh Elliott field goals, then held off two late Eagle scoring attempts and left Lincoln Financial Field 17-9 winners last Sunday afternoon. The Seahawks broke a 3-3 tie with 66 seconds left before intermission when RB Marshawn Lynch scored on a 5-yard run, taking the lead back for good. Seattle would add a 53-yard TD pass from Wilson to D.K. Metcalf with 8:46 left in the third to all but seal the game away, holding Philadelphia to an Elliott field goal with 2:49 left in the quarter. Seattle would hold off two late Eagles rallies in the fourth, the first ending on an incomplete pass from backup QB Josh McCown with 6:24 left to play and the second when McCown was sacked at Seattle’s 11-yard line with 2 minutes left to play.

Seattle was out-rushed by Philadelphia 120-64 with Eagles RB Miles Sanders leading all rushers with 69 yards on 14 carries (Wilson led Seattle with 45 yards) and Wilson threw for 325 yards with the TD to Metcalf (Wilson was sacked once), while McCown, who took over for Carson Wentz (head injury) threw for 174 yards with six sacks (neither Wilson, Wentz or McCown had an interception). Seattle went 8 of 15 on third down tries and kept the ball for 26:45, while the Eagles actually ruled the clock, keeping the ball for 33:15, while going 3 of 11 on third down, 0 of 2 on fourth down.

The Packers, the number two-seed in the playoffs, erased a 17-3 haltimore deficit at Detroit and stormed their way back to a 23-20 last-second win against the Lions at Ford Field two weeks ago. Green Bay trailed their NFC North rivals at the intermisson, then proceeded to outscore the Lions 20-3 in the final 30 minutes play and sent Lions fans home with their seventh loss in a row when Packers K Mason Crosby booted a 33-yard field goal as time expired.

The Packers tied the contest up with 5:19 left in regulation when Rodgers and WR Allen Lazard hooked up on a 28-yard TD toss. Then after the teams exchanged the ball on punts, Green Bay would get the ball back with 80 seconds left in the contest and used all of that time left to go on an 8-play, 68-yard drive that would end with Crosby’s game-winning kick. While Detroit actually out-rushed Green Bay 171-120, Jones led all rushers with Aaron Jones leading all rushers with 100 yards on the ground. Rodgers threw for 323 yards with the TD to Lazard, while Detroit’s David Blough threw for 122 yards and caught a TD pass from WR Danny Amendola (both men were sacked once and threw an interception). Green Bay was 8 of 20 on third down in the Motor City (they were perfect on fourth down, going 2 of 2) and including the final 80 seconds of the contest, ruled the clock and kept the pigskin for 34:56, while the Lions were 3 of 12 on third down, 1 of 1 on fourth down.

Seattle and Green Bay have met three times in the post-season and the Packers lead the series 2-1. Green Bay has outscored the Seahawks 97-75 in the three meetings and Green Bay’s last win in the post-season came in 2007 at Lambeau in the Divsional playoff by a final of 42-20, while Seattle’s last win came in 2014 in the land of Grunge, Salmon and Starbucks, coming away 28-22 overtime winners. Green Bay’s favored by 4 at Lambeau and the over/under’s 46. For the Packers… a win means that they could be going to Santa Clara for a rematch should San Francisco win or a home game against the Vikings if somehow Minnesota were to prevail. For Seattle… a win would mean a rematch with either the 49ers or Vikings. It’ll be a rematch one way or the other but in the end, Green Bay prevails. Packers cover the 4 and win in Lambeau.

Wild Card Broadcast Information (All times listed Eastern)

Buffalo (10-6, 1st Wild Card) at Houston (10-6, AFC South champion), 4:35 p.m. Saturday on ESPN, with simulcast on ABC: Joe Tessitore, Booger McFarland, Lisa Salters (field reporter); NATIONAL RADIO: Westwood One: Tom McCarthy, Rod Woodson, Hub Arkush (field reporter); SIRIUS: 82 (Buffalo), 83 (Houston); XM: 226 (Buffalo), 225 (Houston)

Tennessee (9-7, 2nd Wild Card) at New England (12-4, AFC East champion), 8:15 p.m. Saturday on CBS: Jim Nantz, Tony Romo, Tracy Wolfson (field reporter); NATIONAL RADIO: Westwood One: Mike Tirico, Tony Boselli, Laura Okmin (field reporter); SIRIUS: 82 (Tennessee), 83 (New England); XM: 226 (Tennessee), 225 (New England)

Minnesota (10-6, 2nd Wild Card) at New Orleans (13-3, NFC South champion), 1:05 p.m. Sunday on FOX: Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Erin Andrews (field reporter), Chris Myers (field reporter); NATIONAL RADIO: Westwood One: Kevin Kugler, Jason Taylor, Scott Kaplan (field reporter); SIRIUS: 226 (Min), 225 (New Orleans); XM: 226 (Min), 225 (New Orleans)

Seattle (11-5, 1st Wild Card) at Philadelphia (9-7, NFC East champion), 4:40 p.m. Sunday on NBC: Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth, Michele Tafoya (field reporter); NATIONAL RADIO: Westwood One: Kevin Harlan, Ross Tucker; SIRIUS: 82 (Seattle), 83 (Philadelphia); XM: 226 (Seattle), 225 (Philadelphia)

Wild Card Officials
Buffalo at Houston, 4:35 p.m. Saturday: Tony Corrente
Tennessee at New England, 8:15 p.m. Saturday: John Hussey
Minnesota at New Orleans, 1:05 p.m. Sunday: Carl Cheffers
Seattle at Philadelphia, 4:40 p.m. Sunday: Shawn Smith

Wild Card Odds (Home teams in CAPS)

Saturday
HOUSTON – 3 vs. Buffalo (42 1/2)
NEW ENGLAND – 4 1/2 vs. Tennessee (43 1/2)

Sunday
NEW ORLEANS – 8 vs. Minnesota (48)
Seattle – 1 1/2 at PHILADELPHIA (46)

Wild Card Saturday and Sunday Injury Report

Buffalo at Houston, 4:35 p.m. Saturday

Buffalo
QUESTIONABLE: DE Shaq Lawson (Hamstring), T Attauyo Nsekhe (Ankle), WR Andre Roberts (Foot), CB Levi Wallace (Ankle)

Houston
QUESTIONABLE: S Jahleel Addae (Achilles), TE Jordan Akins (Hamstring), WR William Fuller (Groin), CB Jonathan Joseph (Hamstring), CB Bradley Roby (Hamstring)

Tennessee at New England, 8:15 p.m. Saturday

Tennessee
Out: WR Adam Humphries (Ankle)
QUESTIONABLE: S Dane Cruikshank (Illness), WR Cody Hollister (Ankle), WR Kalif Raymond (Concussion)

New England
QUESTIONABLE: LB Ja’Whaun Bentley (Knee), S Terrence Brooks (Groin), LB Jamie Collins (Shoulder), WR Julian Edelman (Knee), CB Jonathan Jones (Groin), CB Jason McCourty (Groin)

Minnesota at New Orleans, 1:05 p.m. Sunday

Minnesota

OUT: CB Mackensie Alexander (Knee), CB Michael Hughes (Neck)
QUESTIONABLE: DE Ifeadikachakwu Odenigbo (Hamstring)

New Orleans
OUT: CB Eli Apple (Ankle), RB Zach Line (Knee)

Seattle
OUT: LB Marvin Kendricks (Knee), WR Malik Turner (Concussion)
QUESTIONABLE: WR Jaron Brown (Knee), G Mike Iupati (Neck)

Philadelphia
OUT: WR Nelson Agholor (Knee)
QUESTIONABLE: TE Zach Ertz (Ribs), T Lane Johnson (Ankle)

Wild Card Saturday and Sunday Weather
Buffalo at Houston, 4:35 p.m. Saturday: Game indoors
Tennessee at New England, 8:15 p.m. Saturday: Overcast with a 40 percent chance of showers and 42 degrees
Minnesota at New Orleans, 1:05 p.m. Sunday: Game indoors
Seattle at Philadelphia, 4:40 p.m. Sunday: Mostly sunny and 42 degrees

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

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