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It’s time to get ‘Back to Football’ and NFL Network remains the go-to destination to do so, with seven live games and re-airs of every Week 1 preseason game.

NFL Network’s Week 1 preseason live schedule begins tonight when Carolina hosts Houston at 7:30 p.m. Editions of NFL Total Access air at 7 p.m., during halftime of Texans-Panthers and postgame, with host Dan Hellie, David Carr and Heath Evans.

On Thursday, August 10, NFL Network’s Week 1 preseason live schedule continues with the Denver Broncos traveling to face the Chicago Bears at 8 p.m. Editions of NFL Total Access air at 7 p.m., during halftime of Broncos-Bears and postgame, with Hellie, Reggie Wayne and Willie McGinest.

On Friday, August 11, NFL Network provides a doubleheader of live preseason games, starting at 7 p.m. with the New York Giants hosting the Pittsburgh Steelers. At 10 p.m., the Kansas City Chiefs host the San Francisco 49ers (joined live in progress). Editions of NFL Total Access on air at 6:30 p.m. during halftime of Steelers-Giants and 49ers-Chiefs and following the conclusion of 49ers-Chiefs with Wayne, Kurt Warner and Cole Wright.

NFL Network’s Week 1 live schedule continues Saturday, August 12 when Dallas travels to face the Los Angeles Rams at 9 p.m. Editions of NFL Total Access air at 7:30 p.m., during halftime of Cowboys-Rams and postgame with Wright, Evans, Warner and Terrell Davis.

NFL Network’s Week 1 live schedule concludes Sunday, August 13 with two games, starting at 1:30 p.m. with Indianapolis hosting Detroit. At 8 p.m., NFL Network carries the Los Angeles Chargers hosting Seattle live in the Chargers’ first game back in Los Angeles. Editions of NFL Total Access air at 1 p.m., during halftime of Lions-Colts and postgame, at 7:30 p.m., during halftime of Seahawks-Chargers and postgame, with Hellie, Wright, Evans and Davis

Additionally, NFL Network provides complete game re-airs of every Week 1 preseason game.

All NFL Network programming – including 16 LIVE preseason games and re-airs of all 64 preseason games – can also be streamed on the NFL Mobile from Verizon app (NFL.com/mobile) and via Watch NFL Network on tablet (NFL Mobile and Watch NFL Network apps), PC (NFL.com/watch), Xbox One and Xbox 360 (NFL on Xbox app) and other connected TV devices (NFL app on Apple TV, Playstation 4, Android TV and Amazon Fire TV). Access through Watch NFL Network is available for NFL Network subscribers of participating TV providers.

NFL Game Pass provides fans in the United States with another opportunity to watch live out-of-market preseason games, as well as other exclusive content, for $99.99 for the 2017 season. For complete information regarding NFL Game Pass, visit  http://www.NFL.com/GamePass.

***Please note that all live games on NFL Network are subject to local blackouts***

Below is NFL Network’s Week 1 broadcast schedule.

NFL NETWORK 2017 WEEK 1 PRESEASON GAMES SCHEDULE

(ALL TIMES EASTERN AND ALL GAMES IN HIGH DEFINITION)

Wednesday, August 9
Houston vs. Carolina, 7:30 p.m. (LIVE)
Arizona vs. Dallas, 11 p.m.
Houston vs. Carolina, 2 a.m.
Arizona vs. Dallas, 4:30 p.m.

Thursday, August 10
Houston vs. Carolina, 10 a.m.
Arizona vs. Dallas, 1 p.m.
Houston vs. Carolina, 4 p.m.
Denver vs. Chicago, 8 p.m. (LIVE)
Jacksonville vs. New England, Midnight
Minnesota vs. Buffalo, 4 a.m.

Friday, August 11
New Orleans vs. Cleveland, 10 a.m.
Jacksonville vs. New England, 1 p.m.
Philadelphia vs. Green Bay, 4 p.m.
Pittsburgh vs. New York Giants, 7 p.m. (LIVE)
San Francisco vs. Kansas City, 10 p.m. (LIVE)
Tampa Bay vs. Cincinnati, 1 a.m.
Pittsburgh vs. New York Giants, 4 a.m.

Saturday, August 12
Washington vs. Baltimore, 7 a.m.
ATLANTA vs. Miami, 9:30 a.m.
Denver vs. Chicago, Noon
San Francisco vs. Kansas City, 2:30 p.m.
Pittsburgh vs. New York Giants, 5 p.m.
Dallas vs. Los Angeles Rams, 9 p.m. (LIVE)
Oakland vs. Arizona, 1 a.m.
Philadelphia vs. Green Bay, 4 a.m.

Sunday, August 13
Tennessee vs. New York Jets, 7 a.m.
Jacksonville vs. New England, 10 a.m.
Detroit vs. Indianapolis, 1:30 p.m. (LIVE)
Dallas vs. Los Angeles Rams, 5 p.m.
Seattle vs. Los Angeles Chargers, 8 p.m. (LIVE)
San Francisco vs. Kansas City, 11:30 p.m.
Dallas vs. Los Angeles Rams, 2 a.m.
ATLANTA vs. Miami, 4:30 p.m.

Monday, August 14
Washington vs. Baltimore, 10 a.m.
New Orleans vs. Cleveland, 1 p.m.
Philadelphia vs. Green Bay, 4 p.m.
Pittsburgh vs. New York Giants, 8 p.m.
Dallas vs. Los Angeles Rams, Midnight
San Francisco vs. Kansas City, 4 a.m.

Tuesday, August 15
Tennessee vs. New York Jets, 10 a.m..
Tampa Bay vs. Cincinnati, 1 p.m.
Jacksonville vs. New England, 4 p.m.
Denver vs. Chicago, 8 p.m.
Oakland vs. Arizona, Midnight
Detroit vs. Indianapolis, 4 a.m.

Wednesday, August 16
Minnesota vs. Buffalo, 10 a.m.
ATLANTA vs. Miami, 1 p.m.
Houston vs. Carolina, 4 p.m.
Dallas vs. Los Angeles Rams, 8 p.m.
Seattle vs. Los Angeles Chargers, Midnight
New Orleans vs. Cleveland, 4 a.m.

Thursday, August 17
Dallas vs. Los Angeles Rams, 10 a.m.
Denver vs. Chicago, 1 p.m.
Pittsburgh vs. New York Giants, 4 p.m.

(Please note that all live games on NFL Network are subject to local blackouts)

The following broadcast teams will be calling each Week 1 matchup on NFL Network:

Game  – Play-by-Play, Analyst (Sideline)
Texans vs. Panthers – Mick Mixon, Mike Rucker (Kevin Donnalley)
Vikings vs. Bills – Rob Stone, Steve Tasker (Mike Catalana)
Falcons vs. Dolphins – Dick Stockton, Bob Griese, Nat Moore (Kim Bokamper)
Redskins vs. Ravens – Gerry Sandusky, Brian Billick (Evan Washburn)
Jaguars vs. Patriots – Dan Roche, Christian Fauria (Matt Chatham & Steve Burton)
Broncos vs. Bears – Sam Rosen, Jim Miller (Lou Canellis)
Saints vs. Browns – Mike Patrick, Solomon Wilcots (Andy Baskin)
Eagles vs. Packers – Kevin Harlan, Rich Gannon (Lance Allen)
Steelers vs. Giants Bob Papa Carl Banks Howard Cross & Bruce Beck
Buccaneers vs. Bengals Brad Johansen Anthony Munoz Mike Valpredo
49ers vs. Chiefs Carter Blackburn Trent Green BJ Kissel
Titans vs. Jets Ian Eagle Greg Buttle Otis Livingston
Cowboys vs. Rams Andrew Siciliano Marshall Faulk Jill Arrington & Dani Klupenger
Raiders vs. Cardinals Dave Pasch Ron Wolfley Paul Gerke
Lions vs. Colts Don Fischer Rick Venturi Caroline Cann
Seahawks vs. Chargers  Spero Dedes Dan Fouts Alex Flanagan

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Back to work!

Back to sweating in the summer heat, learning playbooks that are so big they make “War and Peace” look like a comic book.

Back to rookies fighting for their first NFL jobs, free agents fighting to stay on an NFL roster, fighting with teammates on the field as things get heated, along with the weather.

Back to sleeping in dorms for the first time since they were in college.

It’s back to work for all 32 NFL teams. For New England, it’s the hunter now becoming the hunted, as the defending Super Bowl champs. For the other 31 teams, it’s their chance to replace them as the NFL’s king of the mountain, so to speak.

NFL clubs will begin their on-field preparations for Kickoff 2017 this week, starting Wednesday, July 19 as rookies for the Baltimore Ravens, Chicago Bears, Dallas Cowboys, Jacksonville Jaguars and New Orleans Saints are scheduled to report.

The Arizona Cardinals, who will take on the Cowboys in the Hall of Fame Game (Thursday, August 3 on NBC at 8 p.m. Eastern), will be the first team with a full squad in camp when their rookies and veterans report on Friday, July 21. By Saturday, July 29, every NFL team will be in camp.

This year, more than half the league (21 of 32, 66 percent) will be “staying home” for training camp. Teams considered to be “staying home” hold training camp at their respective practice facility, home stadium or at a site within 10 miles of their team headquarters. In 2000, only 10 of 31 (32 percent) teams stayed close to home.

“Our entire organization is excited to be returning to hold training camp at our facility in Metairie in 2017,” Saints owner Tom Benson told the Mobile Register and WKRG-TV. “This will be a great opportunity for our passionate fans from throughout the Gulf South to be able to experience the fun, excitement and interaction of Saints training camp as our team prepares for what we expect to be a very exciting season.”

The numbers may prove that training at home is a popular league-wide trend but there are still teams employing the “old-time” philosophy of holding camp away from their facilities.

The Pittsburgh Steelers are one of the teams that “come together” away from home, holding camp at Saint Vincent College in Latrobe, Pennsylvania for the 52nd consecutive year.

“There’s some intrinsic value to being here, some things that you can’t measure,” says Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin on holding training camp at St. Vincent College. Tomlin told KDKA-TV, “Those are things that I think about when I think about training camp and those are the things that make me really excited about bringing a team to an environment like this.”

The NFL training camp longevity king? The Green Bay Packers, who return for their 60th consecutive summer at St. Norbert College in De Pere, Wisconsin.

Here’s a look at the number of NFL teams that stayed home for training camp since 2000:

YEAR – NFL TEAMS WITH HOME TRAINING CAMPS (PCT.)

2000 – 10 of 31 (32%)
2001 –  9 of 31 (29%)
2002 – 10 of 32 (31%)
2003 – 14 of 32 (44%)
2004 – 15 of 32 (47%)
2005 – 17 of 32 (53%)
2006 – 15 of 32 (47%)
2007 – 16 of 32 (50%)
2008 – 15 of 32 (47%)
2009 – 17 of 32 (53%)
2010 – 17 of 32 (53%)
2011 – 19 of 32 (59%)
2012 – 19 of 32 (59%)
2013 – 20 of 32 (63%)
2014 – 20 of 32 (63%)
2015 – 21 of 32 (66%)
2016 – 20 of 32 (63%)
2017 – 21 of 32 (66%)
Overall – 295 of 574 (52%)

*Teams considered to be “staying home” hold training camp at their practice facility, home stadium or at a site within 10 miles of their team headquarters.

The longest active NFL training camp tenures:

TEAM – TRAINING CAMP, CITY (YEARS)
Green Bay Packers – Saint Norbert College, De Pere, Wisconsin (60)
Minnesota Vikings – Minnesota State University, Mankato, Mankato, Minnesota (52)
Pittsburgh Steelers – Saint Vincent College, Latrobe, Pennsylvania (52)

Veterans will be looking to keep their jobs, while rookies and free agents fight for that coveted roster spot. That spot means a paycheck. It’s going to be hot. They’ll be sleeping in dorms for the first time since college, they’ll fight heat, humidity, bugs and in some cases each other.

The playbooks will be bigger than the textbooks they used in college, making “War and Peace” look like a comic book. Meetings with coaches in their positions, pre-season games that will determine their futures will take place and in the end, they’ll either be on a roster or they’ll get that knock on the door from a coach or support staff member and the dreaded words “Coach wants to see you and bring your playbook.” That usually means you’re getting cut.

Some camps will have their rookies come in first to get used to being in camp, while others will have everyone come in at one time. For some, it will be like riding a bike. For others, it’s sort of like learning to walk again. It’s not easy. Most teams will play four pre-season contests (Dallas and Arizona will play five because they are playing in the Hall of Fame Game). Some say the pre-season is too long and needs to be cut back to one or two games, like our CFL neighbors to the north.

Below is the training camp list of sites and rookie and veteran reporting dates. Check with your team for dates and if practices will be open to the public. Hydrate, stock up on that bug spray (the mosquitoes in the South have been known to carry off small children) and mind your manners and watch out for your cousin Connie. She’s been known to wipe out a Super Bowl party.

AFC
Baltimore – Under Armour Performance Center in Owings Mills, Maryland (Rookies report 7/19, Veterans report 7/26)
Buffalo – St. John Fisher College in Rochester, New York (Rookies and Veterans report 7/26)
Cincinnati – Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati (Rookies report 7/25, Veterans report 7/27)
Cleveland – Cleveland Browns Training Complex, Berea, Ohio (Rookies report 7/23, Veterans report 7/26)
Denver – University of Colorado Health Training Center in Englewood, Colorado, (Rookies report 7/23, Veterans report 7/26)
Houston – The Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia (Rookies and Veterans report 7/25)
Indianapolis – Indiana Farm Bureau Football Center in Indianapolis, Indiana (Rookies report 7/24, Veterans report 7/29)
Jacksonville – Florida Blue Health & Wellness Practice Fields in Jacksonville, Florida (Rookies report 7/19, Veterans report 7/26)
Kansas City – Missouri Western State University in St. Joseph, Missouri (Rookies report 7/24, Veterans report 7/27)
Los Angeles Chargers – Jack Hammett Sports Complex in Costa Mesa, California (Rookies and Veterans report 7/29)
Miami – Baptist Health Training Facility in Davie, Florida (Rookies report 7/20, Veterans report 7/26)
New England – Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts (Rookies report 7/24, Veterans report 7/26)
New York Jets – Atlantic Health Jets Training Center in Florham Park, New Jersey (Rookies and Veterans report 7/28)
Oakland – Napa Valley Marriott in Napa, California (Rookies report 7/24, Veterans report 7/28)
Pittsburgh – Saint Vincent College in Latrobe, Pennsylvania (Rookies and Veterans report 7/27)
Tennessee – Saint Thomas Sports Park in Nashville, Tennessee (Rookies and Veterans report 7/28)

NFC
Arizona – University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona (Rookies and Veterans report 7/21)
Atlanta – Atlanta Falcons Training Facility in Flowery Branch, Georgia (Rookies and Veterans report 7/26)
Carolina – Wofford College in Spartanburg, South Carolina (Rookies and Veterans report 7/25)
Chicago – Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais, Illinois (Rookies report 7/19, Veterans report 7/26)
Dallas – Marriott Residence Inn in Oxnard, California (Rookies report 7/19, Veterans report 7/22)
Detroit – Detroit Lions Training Facility in Allen Park, Michigan (Rookies report 7/24, Veterans report 7/29)
Green Bay – St. Norbert College in De Pere, Wisconsin (Rookies and Veterans report 7/26)
Los Angeles Rams – University of California at Irvine (Rookies report 7/26, Veterans report 7/28)
Minnesota – Minnesota State University at Mankato (Rookies report 7/23, Veterans report 7/26)
New Orleans – New Orleans Saints Training Facility in Metairie, Louisiana (Rookies report 7/19, Veterans report 7/26)
New York Giants – Quest Diagnostics Training Center in East Rutherford, New Jersey (Rookies and Veterans report 7/27)
Philadelphia – NovaCare Training Complex in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (Rookies report 7/23, Veterans report 7/26)
San Francisco – SAP Performance Facility in Santa Clara, California (Rookies and Veterans report 7/27)
Seattle – Virginia Mason Athletic Center in Renton, Washington (Rookies and Veterans report 7/29)
Tampa Bay – One Buccaneer Place on Tampa, Florida (Rookies report 7/25, Veterans report 7/27)
Washington – Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center in Richmond, Virginia (Rookies and Veterans report 7/26)

Note: The first official practice of training camp for each club at the site designated above is generally held the day after the veteran reporting date.

Soon it will be time to go to camp.

There’s no eating s’mores. There’s some swimming, no one’s singing “Kumba Ya.”

It’s almost time for football.

Soon, all 32 NFL teams will be on a practice field somewhere in America. One will be looking to defend their title. The other 31 teams will be looking to knock them off the top of the mountain.

The hunter is NOW the hunted.

Veterans will be looking to keep their jobs, while rookies and free agents fight for that coveted roster spot. That spot means a paycheck. It’s going to be hot. They’ll be sleeping in dorms for the first time since college, they’ll fight heat, humidity, bugs and in some cases each other.

The playbooks will be bigger than the textbooks they used in college, making “War and Peace” look like a comic book. Meetings with coaches in their positions, pre-season games that will determine their futures will take place and in the end, they’ll either be on a roster or they’ll get that knock on the door from a coach or support staff member and the dreaded words “Coach wants to see you and bring your playbook.” That usually means you’re getting cut.

Some camps will have their rookies come in first to get used to being in camp, while others will have everyone come in at one time. For some, it will be like riding a bike. For others, it’s sort of like learning to walk again. It’s not easy. Most teams will play four pre-season contests (Dallas and Arizona will play five because they are playing in the Hall of Fame Game). Some say the pre-season is too long and needs to be cut back to one or two games, like our CFL neighbours to the north.

Fans will get to see their teams up close and personal and make their own evaluations of their team. Some see their teams getting better from their 2016 finish and make the postseason, while other want to see if last year was a fluke.

Heat. Humidity. Bugs, Sweat. Fights with teammates. Come the Thursday after Labor Day when it gets underway in Foxboro as New England and Kansas City meet, if they make the cut, it’s worth it.

Below is the training camp list of sites and rookie and veteran reporting dates. Check with your team for dates and if practices will be open to the public. Hydrate and mind your manners and watch out for your cousin Connie. She’s been known to wipe out a Super Bowl party.

AFC
Baltimore – Under Armour Performance Center in Owings Mills, Maryland (Rookies report 7/19, Veterans report 7/26)
Buffalo – St. John Fisher College in Rochester, New York (Rookies and Veterans report 7/26)
Cincinnati – Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati (Rookies report 7/25, Veterans report 7/27)
Cleveland – Cleveland Browns Training Complex, Berea, Ohio (Rookies report 7/23, Veterans report 7/26)
Denver – University of Colorado Health Training Center in Englewood, Colorado, (Rookies report 7/23, Veterans report 7/26)
Houston – The Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia (Rookies and Veterans report 7/25)
Indianapolis – Indiana Farm Bureau Football Center in Indianapolis, Indiana (Rookies report 7/24, Veterans report 7/29)
Jacksonville – Florida Blue Health & Wellness Practice Fields in Jacksonville, Florida (Rookies report 7/19, Veterans report 7/26)
Kansas City – Missouri Western State University in St. Joseph, Missouri (Rookies report 7/24, Veterans report 7/27)
Los Angeles Chargers – Jack Hammett Sports Complex in Costa Mesa, California (Rookies and Veterans report 7/29)
Miami – Baptist Health Training Facility in Davie, Florida (Rookies report 7/20, Veterans report 7/26)
New England – Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts (Rookies report 7/24, Veterans report 7/26)
New York Jets – Atlantic Health Jets Training Center in Florham Park, New Jersey (Rookies and Veterans report 7/28)
Oakland – Napa Valley Marriott in Napa, California (Rookies report 7/24, Veterans report 7/28)
Pittsburgh – Saint Vincent College in Latrobe, Pennsylvania (Rookies and Veterans report 7/27)
Tennessee – Saint Thomas Sports Park in Nashville, Tennessee (Rookies and Veterans report 7/28)

NFC
Arizona – University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona (Rookies and Veterans report 7/21)
Atlanta – Atlanta Falcons Training Facility in Flowery Branch, Georgia (Rookies and Veterans report 7/26)
Carolina – Wofford College in Spartanburg, South Carolina (Rookies and Veterans report 7/25)
Chicago – Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais, Illinois (Rookies report 7/19, Veterans report 7/26)
Dallas – Marriott Residence Inn in Oxnard, California (Rookies report 7/19, Veterans report 7/22)
Detroit – Detroit Lions Training Facility in Allen Park, Michigan (Rookies report 7/24, Veterans report 7/29)
Green Bay – St. Norbert College in De Pere, Wisconsin (Rookies and Veterans report 7/26)
Los Angeles Rams – University of California at Irvine (Rookies report 7/26, Veterans report 7/28)
Minnesota – Minnesota State University at Mankato (Rookies report 7/23, Veterans report 7/26)
New Orleans – New Orleans Saints Training Facility in Metairie, Louisiana (Rookies report 7/19, Veterans report 7/26)
New York Giants – Quest Diagnostics Training Center in East Rutherford, New Jersey (Rookies and Veterans report 7/27)
Philadelphia – NovaCare Training Complex in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (Rookies report 7/23, Veterans report 7/26)
San Francisco – SAP Performance Facility in Santa Clara, California (Rookies and Veterans report 7/27)
Seattle – Virginia Mason Athletic Center in Renton, Washington (Rookies and Veterans report 7/29)
Tampa Bay – One Buccaneer Place on Tampa, Florida (Rookies report 7/25, Veterans report 7/27)
Washington – Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center in Richmond, Virginia (Rookies and Veterans report 7/26)

Note: The first official practice of training camp for each club at the site designated above is generally held the day after the veteran reporting date.

You know who your team was going to play.

You know where your team was going to play.

As far as the when, you had to be patient and wait.

Last Thursday night, your wait was over, thanks to the National Football League. The league announced its 17-week, 256-game regular-season schedule for 2017, which kicks off on Thursday night, September 7 in New England and concludes on Sunday, December 31 with 16 division games.

The season begins with the NFL’s annual primetime kickoff game. The opener on September 7 on NBC at 8:30 p.m. in Foxboro will spotlight the defending champion New England Patriots hosting the Kansas City Chiefs at Gillette Stadium.

Week 1 is a FOX national weekend with the key doubleheader game on Sunday, September 10 at 4:25 p.m. when salmon and Starbucks travels to the land of beer, cheese and bratwurst as Seattle takes on Green Bay at Lambeau Field. Week 3 is the first CBS national weekend with the key doubleheader game showcasing the Cincinnati Bengals facing the Packers at Lambeau Field.

NBC’s Sunday Night Football gets underway on September 10 when NFC East foes Dallas and the New York Giants square off at 8:30 p.m. in the Lone Star State at AT&T Stadium.

For those of you wondering if there are going to be two games on the first Monday of the season, the answer is yes. Kickoff Weekend concludes on Monday, September 11 with an ESPN Monday Night Football doubleheader. Minnesota hosts the New Orleans Saints at 7:10 p.m. in the first game followed by the Los Angeles Chargers visiting the Denver Broncos in the nightcap at 10:20 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.

The league will have a select number of games that will be “cross-flexed,” moving between CBS and FOX to bring potentially under-distributed games to wider audiences. Some of those contests were announced as well, including the Seahawks at the Giants in the Meadowlands at 4:25 p.m. on CBS in Week 7 and the Vikings traveling to the Tar Heel State for a meeting with Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers at 1 p.m. on CBS in Week 14. Other “cross-flexed” games will be decided during the season.

The regular season will conclude with Week 17 on Sunday, December 31. For the eighth consecutive year, all 16 games scheduled for Week 17 are division contests, enhancing the potential for more games with playoff ramifications.

Other contests include…

In Week 2, the Atlanta Falcons will open their new home – Mercedes-Benz Stadium – on Sunday, September 17 in primetime  at 8:30 p.m. on NBC when they host the Packers in a rematch of last season’s NFC Championship Game. Earlier that day, the Chargers will make their return to Los Angeles as they host the Miami Dolphins at the StubHub Center at 4:05 p.m. on CBS.

The Patriots will host the Falcons in Week 7 on Sunday night, October 22 at 8:30 p.m. on NBC in a rematch of Super Bowl LI, the first Super Bowl in NFL history to go into overtime.

Will there be football on Thanksgiving?

Is the Pope Catholic?

Thanksgiving will feature a tripleheader on Thursday, November 23 and yes, the Lions and Cowboys are at home. The first game will be an NFC North contest in the Motor City as Detroit hosts the Minnesota Vikings at Ford Field at 12:30 p.m. on FOX. As for Dallas, they are the late afternoon contest in the Lone Star State when they host the Los Angeles Chargers at 4:30 p.m. on CBS and the Turkey Day trifecta concludes in Landover with an NFC East contest as Eli Manning, Odell Beckham Jr. and the New York Giants make their way to Landover in prime time to face the Washington Redskins at 8:30 p.m. on NBC.

In Week 16, NBC’s Sunday Night Football game as NFC North foe Minnesota and Green Bay meet at Lambeau as that contest will move to Saturday night, December 23 at 8:30 p.m., due to Christmas Eve and is not subject to flexible scheduling. Christmas Day will feature a doubleheader on Monday, December 25 with the Houston Texans hosting the Pittsburgh Steelers at 4:30 p.m. on NBC/NFLN/Amazon Prime in the first game and Oakland traveling to the City of Brotherly Love, visiting the Philadelphia Eagles at 8:30 p.m. on ESPN in primetime.

There are contests with an international flavor, so break out the fish and chips and tequila! The NFL’s international slate includes four games in London – the first time the league will play four games in the United Kingdom and one in Mexico City. On Sunday, September 24, the Jacksonville Jaguars will host the Baltimore Ravens at London’s Wembley Stadium at 9:30 a.m. with distribution to be announced at a later date(set those VCRs NOW!).

The next weekend, on Sunday, October 1, Jacksonville’s neighbor to the South, the Miami Dolphins, will host Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints at Wembley at 9:30 a.m. on FOX, In Week 7, it’s an NFC West matchup in Merry Ole England as the Los Angeles Rams host the Arizona Cardinals at Twickenham Stadium on Sunday, October 22 at 1 p.m. on FOX. The following week, the Cleveland Browns will host the Vikings at Twickenham on Sunday, October 29 at 9:30 a.m. on NFLN and the league heads back South of the Border as the Oakland Raiders take on Tom Brady and the Pats at 4:25 p.m. on CBS on Sunday, November 19 at Estadio Azteca.

The NFL has partnered with Amazon Prime this season and will once again use a “Tri-Cast” distribution model of broadcast (CBS/NBC), cable (NFL Network) and digital (Amazon Prime Video) for 10 Thursday Night Football games and a Christmas Day contest. CBS and NBC will each broadcast five Thursday Night Football games which will be simulcast on NFL Network and streamed to Amazon Prime members worldwide. NBC will also broadcast the Christmas Day game. CBS will start in Week 4 on Thursday, September 28 when the Packers host the Chicago Bears. NBC’s Tri-Cast package begins in Week 10 on Thursday, November 9 when the  Seahawks visit the Arizona Cardinals. Additionally, NFL Network will also  exclusively televise a seven-game schedule comprised of three Thursday Night Football games, three late-season Saturday contests and a Sunday morning London matchup.

The NFL’s 32 teams will each play 16 games over 17 weeks. Byes will begin in Week 5 and end in Week 11.

“Flexible scheduling” will be used in Weeks 10-15 and 17. Additionally, in Weeks 5-9, flexible scheduling may be used in no more than two weeks. In Weeks 5-15, 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. Flexible scheduling will not be applied to games airing on Thursday, Saturday or Monday nights. A flexible scheduling move would be announced at least 12 days before the game. For Week 17, the Sunday night game will be announced no later than six days prior to December 31. 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 matchups in all Sunday time slots in those weeks and gives “surprise” teams a chance to play their way into prime time.

The playoffs will include four division winners and two wild cards from each conference. The playoffs begin with Wild Card Weekend on Saturday and Sunday, January 6-7. The two division winners with the best records in each conference will earn first-round byes.

Wild Card Weekend winners join the top two division champions in each conference in the Divisional Playoffs on Saturday and Sunday, January 13-14. The AFC and NFC Championship Games will be played on Sunday, January 21. The winners meet two weeks later on Sunday, February 4 in Super Bowl LII at Minnesota’s U.S. Bank Stadium  on NBC.

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 primetime games, the three Thanksgiving Day games and the entire NFL playoffs.

For ticket information, fans may visit http://www.nfl.com/tickets.

2017 NFL SCHEDULE (All Times Eastern and subject to change)

WEEK 1 (Byes: NONE)

Thursday, September 7
Kansas City at New England, 8:30 p.m. on NBC

Sunday, September 10
ATLANTA at Chicago, 1 p.m. on FOX
New York Jets at Buffalo, 1 p.m. on CBS
Baltimore at Cincinnati, 1 p.m. on CBS
Pittsburgh at Cleveland, 1 p.m. on CBS
Arizona at Detroit, 1 p.m. on FOX
Jacksonville at Houston, 1 p.m. on CBS
Tampa Bay at Miami, 1 p.m. on FOX
Oakland at Tennessee, 1 p.m. on CBS
Philadelphia at Washington, 1 p.m. on FOX
Indianapolis at Los Angeles Rams, 4:05 p.m. on CBS
Seattle at Green Bay, 4:25 p.m. on FOX
Carolina at San Francisco, 4:25 p.m. on FOX
New York Giants at Dallas, 8:30 p.m. on NBC

Monday, September 11
New Orleans at Minnesota, 7:10 p.m. on ESPN
Los Angeles Chargers at Denver, 10:20 p.m. on ESPN

WEEK 2 (Byes: NONE)

Thursday, September 14, 2017
Houston at Cincinnati, 8:25 p.m. on NFLN

Sunday, September 17, 2017
Green Bay at ATLANTA, 8:30 p.m. on NBC
Cleveland at Baltimore, 1 p.m. on CBS
Buffalo at Carolina, 1 p.m. on CBS
Arizona at Indianapolis, 1 p.m. on FOX
Tennessee at Jacksonville, 1 p.m. on CBS
Philadelphia at Kansas City, 1 p.m. on FOX
New England at New Orleans, 1 p.m. on CBS
Minnesota at Pittsburgh, 1 p.m. on CBS
Chicago at Tampa Bay, 1 p.m. on FOX
Miami at Los Angeles Chargers, 4:05 p.m. on CBS
New York Jets at Oakland, 4:05 p.m. on CBS
Dallas at Denver, 4:25 p.m. on FOX
Washington at Los Angeles Rams, 4:25 p.m. on FOX
San Francisco at Seattle, 4:25 p.m. on FOX

Monday, September 18, 2017
Detroit at New York Giants, 8:30 p.m. on ESPN

WEEK 3 (Byes: NONE)

Thursday, September 21
Los Angeles Rams at San Francisco, 8:25 p.m. on NFLN

Sunday, September 24
ATLANTA at Detroit, 1 p.m. on FOX
Baltimore at Jacksonville, 9:30 a.m. Eastern (2:30 p.m. in London), TBD
Denver at Buffalo, 1 p.m. on CBS
New Orleans at Carolina, 1 p.m. on FOX
Pittsburgh at Chicago, 1 p.m. on CBS
Cleveland at Indianapolis, 1 p.m. on CBS
Tampa Bay at Minnesota, 1 p.m. on FOX
Houston at New England, 1 p.m. on CBS
Miami at New York Jets, 1 p.m. on CBS
New York Giants at Philadelphia, 1 p.m. on FOX
Seattle at Tennessee, 4:05 p.m. on FOX
Cincinnati at Green Bay, 4:25 p.m. on CBS
Kansas City at Los Angeles Chargers, 4:25 p.m. on CBS
Oakland at Washington, 8:30 p.m. on NBC

Monday, September 25
Dallas at Arizona, 8:30 p.m. on ESPN

WEEK 4 (Byes: NONE)

Thursday, September 28
Chicago at Green Bay, 8:25 p.m. on CBS/NFLN/Amazon

Sunday, October 1
Buffalo at ATLANTA, 1 p.m. on CBS
New Orleans at Miami, 9:30 p.m. Eastern (2:30 p.m. in London) on FOX
Pittsburgh at Baltimore, 1 p.m on CBS
Cincinnati at Cleveland, 1 p.m. on CBS
Los Angeles Rams at Dallas, 1 p.m. on FOX
Tennessee at Houston, 1 p.m. on CBS
Detroit at Minnesota, 1 p.m. on FOX
Carolina at New England, 1 p.m. on FOX
Jacksonville at New York Jets, 1 p.m. on CBS
San Francisco at Arizona, 4:05 p.m. on FOX
Philadelphia at Los Angeles Chargers, 4:05 p.m. on FOX
New York Giants at Tampa Bay, 4:25 p.m. on FOX
Oakland at Denver, 4:25 p.m. on CBS
Indianapolis at Seattle, 8:30 p.m. on NBC

Monday, October 2
Washington at Kansas City, 8:30 p.m. on ESPN

WEEK 5 (Byes: ATLANTA, Denver, New Orleans and Washington)

Thursday, October 5
New England at Tampa Bay, 8:25 p.m. on CBS/NFLN/Amazon

Sunday, October 8

Buffalo at Cincinnati, 1 p.m. on CBS
New York Jets at Cleveland, 1 p.m. on FOX
Carolina at Detroit, 1 p.m. on FOX
San Francisco at Indianapolis, 1 p.m. on FOX
Tennessee at Miami, 1 p.m. on CBS
Los Angeles Chargers at New York Giants, 1 p.m. on CBS
Arizona at Philadelphia, 1 p.m. on FOX
Jacksonville at Pittsburgh, 1 p.m. on CBS
Seattle at Los Angeles Rams, 4:05 p.m. on FOX
Baltimore at Oakland, 4:05 p.m. on CBS
Green Bay at Dallas, 4:25 p.m. on FOX
Kansas City at Houston, 8:30 p.m. on NBC (subject to change)

Monday, October 9
Minnesota at Chicago, 8:30 p.m. on ESPN

WEEK 6 (Byes: Buffalo, Cincinnati, Dallas and Seattle)

Thursday, October 12
Philadelphia at Carolina, 8:25 p.m. on CBS/NFLN/Amazon

Sunday, October 15
Miami at ATLANTA, 1 p.m. on CBS
Chicago at Baltimore, 1 p.m. on FOX
Cleveland at Houston, 1 p.m. on CBS
Green Bay at Minnesota, 1 p.m. on FOX
Detroit at New Orleans, 1 p.m. on FOX
New England  at New York Jets, 1 p.m. on CBS
San Francisco at Washington, 1 p.m. on FOX
Tampa Bay at Arizona, 4:05 p.m. on FOX
Los Angeles Rams at Jacksonville, 4:05 p.m. on FOX
Pittsburgh at Kansas City, 4:25 p.m. on CBS
Los Angeles Chargers at Oakland, 4:25 p.m. on CBS
New York Giants at Denver, 8:30 p.m. on NBC (subject to change)

Monday, October 16
Indianapolis at Tennessee, 8:30 p.m. on ESPN

WEEK 7 (Byes: Detroit and Houston)

Thursday, October 19
Kansas City at Oakland, 8:25 p.m. on CBS/NFLN/Amazon

Sunday, October 22
ATLANTA at New England, 8:30 p.m. on NBC (subject to change)

Tampa Bay at Buffalo, 1 p.m. on FOX
Carolina at Chicago, 1 p.m. on FOX
Tennessee at Cleveland, 1 p.m. on CBS
New Orleans at Green Bay, 1 p.m. on FOX
Jacksonville at Indianapolis, 1 p.m. on CBS
Arizona at Los Angeles Rams, 1 p.m. Eastern (6 p.m. in London) on FOX
New York Jets at Miami, 1 p.m. on CBS
Baltimore at Minnesota, 1 p.m. on CBS
Cincinnati at Pittsburgh, 1 p.m. on CBS
Dallas at San Francisco, 4:05 p.m. on FOX
Denver at Los Angeles Chargers, 4:25 p.m. on CBS
Seattle at New York Giants, 4:25 p.m. on FOX

Monday, October 23
Washington at Philadelphia, 8:30 p.m. on ESPN

WEEK 8 (Byes: Arizona, Green Bay, Jacksonville, Los Angeles Rams, New York Giants and Tennessee)

Thursday, October 26
Miami at Baltimore, 8:25 p.m. on CBS/NFLN/Amazon

Sunday, October 29
ATLANTA at New York Jets, 1 p.m. on FOX
Minnesota at Cleveland, 9:30 a.m. Eastern (1:30 p.m. in London) on NFLN
Oakland at Buffalo, 1 p.m. on CBS
Indianapolis at Cincinnati, 1 p.m. on CBS
Los Angeles Chargers at New England, 1 p.m. on CBS
Chicago at New Orleans, 1 p.m. on FOX
San Francisco at Philadelphia, 1 p.m. on FOX
Carolina at Tampa Bay, 1 p.m. on FOX
Houston at Seattle, 4:05 p.m. on CBS
Dallas at Washington, 4:25 p.m. on FOX
Pittsburgh at Detroit, 8:30 p.m. on NBC (subject to change)

Monday, October 30
Denver at Kansas City, 8:30 p.m. on ESPN

WEEK 9 (Byes: Chicago, Cleveland, Los Angeles Chargers, Minnesota, New England and Pittsburgh)

Thursday, November 2
Buffalo at New York Jets, 8:25 p.m. on NFLN

Sunday, November 5
ATLANTA at Carolina, 1 p.m. on FOX
Indianapolis at Houston, 1 p.m. on CBS
Cincinnati at Jacksonville, 1 p.m. on CBS
Tampa Bay at New Orleans, 1 p.m. on FOX
Los Angeles Rams at New York Giants, 1 p.m. on FOX
Denver at Philadelphia, 1 p.m. on CBS
Baltimore at Tennessee, 1 p.m. on CBS
rizona at San Francisco, 4:05 p.m. on FOX
Washington at Seattle, 4:05 p.m. on FOX
Kansas City at Dallas, 4:25 p.m. on CBS
Oakland at Miami, 8:30 p.m. on NBC (subject to change)

Monday, November 6
Detroit at Green Bay, 8:30 p.m. on ESPN

WEEK 10 (Byes: Baltimore, Kansas City, Oakland and Philadelphia)

Thursday, November 9
Seattle at Arizona, 8:25 p.m. on NBC/NFLN/Amazon

Sunday, November 12
Dallas at ATLANTA, 4:25 p.m. on FOX
New Orleans at Buffalo, 1 p.m. on FOX
Green Bay at Chicago, 1 p.m. on FOX
Cleveland at Detroit, 1 p.m. on CBS
Pittsburgh at Indianapolis, 1 p.m. on CBS
Los Angeles Chargers at Jacksonville, 1 p.m. on cBS
New York Jets at Tampa Bay, 1 p.m. on CBS
Cincinnati at Tennessee, 1 p.m. on FOX
Minnesota at Washington, 1 p.m. on FOX
Houston at Los Angeles Rams, 4:05 p.m. on CBS
New York Giants at San Francisco, 4:25 p.m. on FOX
New England at Denver, 8:30 p.m. on NBC (subject to change)

Monday, November 13
Miami at Carolina, 8:30 p.m. on ESPN

WEEK 11 (Byes: Carolina, Indianapolis, Miami, New York Jets, San Francisco and Tampa Bay)

Thursday, November 16
Tennessee at Pittsburgh, 8:25 p.m. on NBC/NFLN/Amazon

Sunday, November 19
Detroit at Chicago, 1 p.m. on FOX
Jacksonville at Cleveland, 1 p.m. on CBS
Baltimore at Green Bay, 1 p.m. on CBS
Arizona at Houston, 1 p.m. on FOX
Los Angeles Rams at Minnesota, 1 p.m. on FOX
Washington at New Orleans, 1 p.m. on FOX
Kansas City at New York Giants on CBS
Buffalo at Los Angeles Chargers, 1:05 p.m. on FOX
Cincinnati at Denver, 4:25 p.m. on CBS
New England at Oakland in Mexico City, 4:25 p.m. on CBS
Philadelphia Eagles at Dallas, 8:30 p.m. on NBC (subject to change)

Monday, November 20, 2017
ATLANTA at Seattle, 8:30 p.m. on ESPN

WEEK 12 (Byes: NONE)

Thursday, November 23
Minnesota at Detroit, 12:30 p.m. on FOX
Los Angeles Chargers at Dallas, 4:30 p.m. on CBS
New York Giants at Washington, 8:30 p.m. on NBC

Sunday, November 26
Tampa Bay at ATLANTA, 1 p.m. on FOX
Cleveland at Cincinnati, 1 p.m. on CBS
Tennessee at Indianapolis, 1 p.m. on CBS
Buffalo at Kansas City, 1 p.m. on CBs
Miami at New England, 1 p.m. on CBS
Carolina at New York Jets, 1 p.m. on FOX
Chicago at Philadelphia, 1 p.m. on FOX
New Orleans at Los Angeles Rams, 4:05 p.m. on FOX
Seattle at San Francisco, 4:05 p.m. on FOX
Jacksonville at Arizona, 4:25 p.m. on CBS
Denver at Oakland, 4:25 p.m. on CBS
Green Bay at Pittsburgh, 8:30 p.m. on NBC (subject to change)

Monday, November 27
Houston at Baltimore, 8:30 p.m. on ESPN

WEEK 13 (Byes: NONE)

Thursday, November 30
Washington at Dallas, 8:25 p.m. on NBC/NFLN/Amazon

Sunday, December 3
Minnesota at ATLANTA, 1 p.m. on FOX
Detroit at Baltimore, 1 p.m. on FOX
New England at Buffalo, 1 p.m. on CBS
San Francisco at Chicago, 1 p.m. on CBS
Tampa Bay at Green Bay, 1 p.m. on FOX
Indianapolis at Jacksonville, 1 p.m. on CBS
Denver at Miami, 1 p.m. on CBS
Carolina at New Orleans, 1 p.m. on FOX
Kansas City at New York Jets, 1 p.m. on CBS
Houston at Tennessee, 1 p.m. on CBS
Cleveland at Los Angeles Chargers, 4:05 p.m. on CBS
Los Angeles Rams at Arizona, 4:25 p.m. on FOX
New York Giants at Oakland, 4:25 p.m. on FOX
Philadelphia at Seattle, 8:30 p.m. on NBC (subject to change)

Monday, December 4
Pittsburgh at Cincinnati, 8:30 p.m. on ESPN

WEEK 14 (Byes: NONE)

Thursday, December 7
New Orleans Saints at ATLANTA, 8:25 p.m. on NBC/NFLN/Amazon

Sunday, December 10
Indianapolis at Buffalo, 1 p.m. on CBS
Minnesota at Carolina, 1 p.m. on CBS
Chicago at Cincinnati, 1 p.m. on FOX
Green Bay at Cleveland, 1 p.m. on FOX
San Francisco at Houston, 1 p.m. on FOX
Seattle at Jacksonville, 1 p.m. on FOX
Oakland at Kansas City, 1 p.m. on CBS
Detroit at Tampa Bay, 1 p.m. on FOX
Tennessee at Arizona, 4:05 p.m. on CBS
New York Jets at Denver, 4:05 p.m. on CBs
Washington at Los Angeles Chargers, 4:05 p.m. on CBS
Philadelphia at Los Angeles Rams, 4:25 p.m. on FOX
Dallas at New York Giants, 4:@5 p.m. on FOX
Baltimore at Pittsburgh, 8:30 p.m. on NBC (subject to change)

Monday, December 11
New England at Miami, 8:30 p.m. on ESPN

WEEK 15 (Byes: NONE)

Thursday, December 14
Denver at Indianapolis, 8:25 p.m. on NBC/NFLN/Amazon

Saturday, December 16
Chicago at Detroit, 4:30 p.m. on NFLN
Los Angeles Chargers at Kansas City, 8:25 p.m. on NFLN

Sunday, December 17
Miami at Buffalo, 1 p.m. on CBS
Green Bay at Carolina, 1 p.m. on FOX
Baltimore at Cleveland, 1 p.m. on cBS
Houston at Jacksonville, 1 p.m. on CBS
Cincinnati at Minnesota, 1 p.m. on CBS
New York Jets at New Orleans, 1 p.m. on CBS
Philadelphia at New York Giants, 1 p.m. on FOX
Arizona at Washington, 1 p.m. on FOX
Los Angeles Rams at Seattle, 4:05 p.m. on FOX
New England at Pittsburgh, 4:25 p.m. on CBs
Tennessee at San Francisco, 4:25 p.m. on CBS
Dallas at Oakland, 8:30 p.m. on NBC (subject to change)

Monday, December 18
ATLANTA at Tampa Bay, 8:30 p.m. on ESPN

WEEK 16 (Byes: NONE)

Saturday, December 23
Indianapolis Colts at Baltimore, 4:30 p.m. on NFLN
Minnesota at Green Bay, 8:30 p.m. on NBC

Sunday, December 24
ATLANTA at New Orleans, 1 p.m. on FOX
Tampa Bay at Carolina, 1 p.m. on FOX
Cleveland at Chicago, 1 p.m. on CBS
Detroit at Cincinnati, 1 p.m. on FOx
Miami at Kansas City, 1 p.m. on CBS
Buffalo at New England, 1 p.m. on CBS
Los Angeles Chargers at New York Jets, 1 p.m. on CBS
Los Angeles Rams at Tennessee, 1 p.m. on FOX
Denver at Washington, 1 p.m. on CBS
Jacksonville at San Francisco, 4:05 p.m. on CBS
New York Giants at Arizona, 4:25 p.m. on FOX
Seattle at Dallas, 4:25 p.m. on FOX

Monday, December 25
Pittsburgh at Houston, 4:30 p.m. on NBC/NFLN/Amazon
Oakland at Philadelphia, 8:30 p.m. on ESPN

WEEK 17 (Byes: NONE)

Sunday, December 31
Carolina at ATLANTA, 1 p.m. on FOX
Cincinnati at Baltimore, 1 p.m. on CBS
Green Bay at Detroit, 1 p.m. on FOX
Houston at Indianapolis, 1 p.m. on CBS
Buffalo at Miami, 1 p.m. on CBS
Chicago at Minnesota, 1 p.m. on FOX
New York Jets at New England, 1 p.m. on CBS
Washington at New York Giants, 1 p.m. on FOX
Dallas at Philadelphia, 1 p.m. on FOX
Cleveland at Pittsburgh, 1 p.m. on CBS
New Orleans at Tampa Bay, 1 p.m. on FOX
Jacksonville at Tennessee, 1 p.m. on CBS
Kansas City at Denver, 4:25 p.m. on CBS
Oakland at Los Angeles Chargers, 4:25 p.m. on CBS
San Francisco at Los Angeles Rams, 4:25 p.m. on FOX
Arizona at Seattle, 4:25 p.m. on FOX
GAME TBD, 8:30 p.m. on NBC

 

 

A sampling of NFL records set and milestones reached in 2016 (courtesy the National Football League and NFL Communications):

THE TEAMS

ARIZONA CARDINALS: Led the NFC in total defense (305.2 yards per game) and sacks (48).

QB Carson Palmer passed for 4,233 yards, his franchise-best third season with 3,500+ pass yards.

RB David Johnson set single-season franchise records in scrimmage yards (2,118), rushing touchdowns (16) and total touchdowns (20).

ATLANTA FALCONS: Won the NFC South division title for the first time since 2012. Ranked first in the NFL in total points (540) and second in total offense (415.8 yards per game).

QB Matt Ryan set a franchise record and ranked second in the NFL with 4,944 passing yards. Ryan has six seasons with at least 4,000 passing yards, the most seasons in franchise history. He also owns the top six passing yardage seasons in team history.

WR Julio Jones ranked second in the NFL with 1,409 receiving yards, his fourth season with at least 1,000 receiving yards, tied for the second most in franchise history.

In Week 4, became the first team in NFL history to have a 500-yard passer (Ryan, 503) and a 300-yard receiver (Jones, 300) in the same game. Jones’ 300 receiving yards and Ryan’s 503 passing yards both set franchise single-game records.

BALTIMORE RAVENS: QB Joe Flacco passed for 4,317 yards, a career-high and single-season franchise record. Flacco recorded his seventh career season with 3,000+ passing yards, the most in franchise history.

TE Dennis Pitta had 86 receptions, the most by tight end in a single season in franchise history.

BUFFALO BILLS: Set a franchise record with 29 rushing touchdowns and led the NFL in rushing yards per game (164.4).

RB Le Sean McCoy had 13 rushing touchdowns, tied for the second-most in a season in franchise history. McCoy had four games with 100+ rushing yards and multiple rushing touchdowns this season, tied for the most in Bills history.

CAROLINA PANTHERS: Defeated Arizona 30-20 in Week 8 in a rematch of last season’s NFC Championship Game and became the first team since Tampa Bay in 2002-03 to win both a Championship Game and the rematch the following season by 10+ points each.

QB Cam Newton set franchise records in passing touchdowns (136) and rushing touchdowns (48).

RB Jonathan Stewart has 51 career total touchdowns, third-most in franchise history.

CHICAGO BEARS: Rookie RB Jordan Howard ranked second in the NFL with 1,313 rushing yards and surpassed Matt Forte (1,238 in 2008) as the Bears’ all-time rookie rushing leader. Howard had seven 100-yard rushing games this season, the most games with 100+ rushing yards by a rookie in team history.

Howard gained 202 yards from scrimmage (153 rushing, 49 receiving), including a rushing touchdown, in Week 8 and became the youngest player (21 years, 363 days) in Bears history to record at least 200 scrimmage yards in a single game.

In Week 13, Howard became the fifth rookie in Bears history to rush for three touchdowns in a single game.

CINCINNATI BENGALS: QB Andy Dalton had 4,206 passing yards, his second career season with 4,000+ pass yards (4,293 in 2013) and joined Carson Palmer (two) as the only quarterbacks in team history with multiple 4,000-yard passing seasons.

RB Jeremy Hill had nine rushing touchdowns and has at least nine rushing touchdowns in three consecutive seasons, the second-longest streak in franchise history.

LB Vontaze Burfict has three seasons with 100+ tackles (101 in 2016), tied for the second-most in franchise history.

CLEVELAND BROWNS: WR Terrelle Pryor, Sr. had 1,007 receiving yards and became the seventh wide receiver in franchise history with a 1,000-yard receiving season.

LB Christian Kirksey had 143 tackles, the eighth-most in a season in team history.

DALLAS COWBOYS: Won the NFC East division title for the second time in the past three seasons and won 11 consecutive games from Weeks 2-13, tied for the longest winning streak in franchise history.

Ranked first in the NFL in rush defense, allowing 83.5 yards per game.

QB Dak Prescott and RB Ezekiel Elliott became the first rookie quarterback and running back duo to start a season opener for the Cowboys since Pro Football Hall of Fame QB Roger Staubach and RB Calvin Hill in 1969.

Became the first team in NFL history to have a rookie pass for 20 touchdowns (Prescott, 23) and a rookie rush for 15 touchdowns (Elliott, 15) in the same season.

In Week 9, Prescott had three touchdown passes and Elliott rushed for two touchdowns, marking the second time in NFL history in which a rookie passed for three touchdowns and a rookie teammate rushed for two touchdowns in the same game.

WR Dez Bryant has 67 career touchdown catches and surpassed Pro Football Hall of Famer Michael Irvin (65) for the second-most in franchise history.

DENVER BRONCOS: Led the NFL in pass defense, allowing 185.8 yards per game.

In Week 10, rookie Justin Simmons blocked an extra-point attempt with 1:22 remaining in the fourth quarter and rookie Will Parks returned it for the game-winning two-point conversion in Denver’s 25-23 win at New Orleans. It marked the first-ever game-winning defensive two-point conversion since the rule was adopted in 2015 and the first to give the scoring team the lead.

DETROIT LIONS: Earned a playoff berth for the second time in the past three seasons.

Had eight wins after trailing in the fourth quarter or overtime, the most in a single season in NFL history.

JiM Caldwell became the third head coach in franchise history to lead the Lions to the playoffs twice in his first three seasons.

QB Matthew Stafford passed for 4,327 yards, fifth-most in a season in team history and had a 93.3 passer rating, third-highest in team history.

GREEN BAY PACKERS: Won the NFC North division title for the fifth time in the past six seasons and have 217 victories at Lambeau Field, surpassing Chicago (216 at Wrigley Field) for the most wins by any franchise at one stadium in NFL history.

QB Aaron Rodgers passed for 4,428 yards, his sixth career season with at least 4,000 passing yards, surpassing Pro Football Hall of Famer Brett (five) for the most in franchise history.

Rodgers and WR Jordy Nelson have connected on 59 touchdown passes, surpassing Favre and Antonio Freeman (57) for the most touchdown passes from a quarterback to a receiver in franchise history.

WR Davante Adams had 25 total receptions in Weeks 7 and 8, the most in a two-game span in Packers history.

RB Ty Montgomery rushed for 162 yards and two touchdowns in Week 15 at Chicago and became the second Packer to rush for at least 150 yards and two touchdowns in a game against the Bears (Ahman Green, September 29, 2003).

HOUSTON TEXANS: Won the AFC South division title for the second consecutive season. It is the second time in franchise history the team has won back-to-back division titles (2011-12).

Led the NFL in total defense (301.3 yards per game).

WR De Andre Hopkins has 317 career receptions and surpassed Andre Johnson (312) for the most receptions in a player’s first four seasons in franchise history.

S Quinton Demps had six interceptions, tied for the second-most in a season in franchise history.

INDIANAPOLIS COLTS: WR T.Y. Hilton led the NFL with 1,448 receiving yards and has four seasons with at least 1,000 receiving yards, the third-most in franchise history.

JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS: In Week 16, QB Blake Brotles and WR Marqise Lee became the first pair of teammates in NFL history to throw touchdown passes of at least 20 yards to each other in the same game.

WR Allen Robinson joined Jimmy Smith as the only players in team history with at least 800 receiving yards and six touchdown receptions in consecutive seasons.

LB Paul Posluszny had 132 tackles and has five seasons with 100+ tackles with the Jaguars, the most in franchise history.

DE Yannick Ngakoue had eight sacks, the most by a rookie in franchise history.

KANSAS CITY CHIEFS: Won the AFC West division title for the first time since 2010.

Ranked first in the NFL with 33 takeaways and tied for the league lead with a +16 turnover differential.

QB Alex Smith has 1,317 rushing yards in four seasons with Kansas City and surpassed Pro Football Hall of Famer Len Dawson (1,253) for the most career rushing yards by a quarterback in franchise history.

Rookie WR-PR-KR Tyreek Hill had 12 touchdowns (6 receiving, 3 rushing, 2 punt return, 1 kick return), tied for the most by a rookie in franchise history.

Hill had a 95-yard punt-return touchdown in Week 17, the longest punt-return touchdown in team history.

Overcame a 21-point deficit in their 33-27 overtime victory against San Diego in Week 1 and became the first team in NFL history to extend a winning streak of at least 10 games with a 21+ point comeback victory.

LOS ANGELES RAMS: TE Lance Kendricks has 17 career touchdown catches and surpassed Billy Truax (16) for the second-most touchdowns by a tight end in franchise history.

WR-PR Tavon Austin has 146 career punt returns and tied Le Roy Irvin (146) for the most punt returns in team history.

MIAMI DOLPHINS: Earned a postseason berth for the first time since 2008.

RB Jay Ajayi had 1,272 rush yards, the third-highest single-season total in franchise history.

Ajayi rushed for 204 yards and two touchdowns in the Dolphins’ 30-15 win over Pittsburgh in Week 6 in Miami and joined Ricky Williams as the only players in franchise history to rush for at least 200 yards and two touchdowns in a game. Ajayi is the first Dolphin to rush for at least 200 yards in three games in a season.

WR Jarvis Landry had 94 receptions, the second-most catches in a season in Dolphins history. Landry also owns the single-season team record with 110 catches in 2015.

Rookie RB-KR Kenyan Drake had a 96-yard kickoff-return touchdown in Week 9, the second-longest by a rookie in franchise history (Mercury Morris, 105 yards, Septermber, 14, 1969).

MINNESOTA VIKINGS: Joined the 1969 Los Angeles Rams as the only teams since 1933 to start 5-0 without throwing an interception. Minnesota had eight sacks at Carolina in Week 3, tied for the third-most in a road game in team history.

CB Xavier Rhodes had a 100-yard interception-return touchdown and KR Cordarrelle Patterson had a 104-yard kickoff-return touchdown in Week 11 and became the first team since the 1962 Dallas Cowboys to have a 100+ yard interception-return touchdown and a 100+ yard kickoff-return touchdown in the same game. Minnesota is the fourth team in NFL history with two scoring plays of at least 100 yards in the same game and Rhodes’ 100-yard interception-return touchdown was the longest in franchise history.

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS: Won the AFC East division title for the eighth consecutive season, the longest streak in NFL history. The Patriots are the only team in league history to win 13 division titles in a 14-year span.

New England ecorded their sixth season with at least 13 victories (14-2), tied with Denver for the second most 13-win seasons in NFL history.

The Pats became the fifth team in NFL history – and the first since the 1983-1998 San Francisco 49ers – to have at least 16 consecutive seasons with a .500 or better record.

Head coach Bill Belichick has 201 regular-season victories with New England and joined Pro Football Hall of Famers George Halas (318 with Chicago), Don Shula (257 with Miami), Tom Landry (250 with Dallas) and Curly Lambeau (209 with Green Bay) as the only coaches to reach 200 career regular-season wins with one franchise.

Belichick has 260 career victories (including the postseason) and joins Pro Football Hall of Famers Don Shula (347), George Halas (324) and Tom Landry (270) as the only head coaches in NFL history with at least 250 career wins.

RB Le Garrette Blount set a franchise record with 18 rushing touchdowns.

WR Julian Edleman ranks second in franchise history with three seasons of 90+ receptions (98 in 2016).

NEW ORLEANS SAINTS: Led the NFL in total offense (426.0 yards per game) and ranked first with 6,816 total net yards (5,074 passing, 1,742 rushing).

QB Drew Brees has 53,763 pass yards in 11 seasons with New Orleans and became the sixth quarterback in NFL history to pass for 50,000 yards with one team.

WR Michael Thomas set franchise rookie records and led all NFL rookies with 92 receptions, 1,137 receiving yards and nine touchdown catches.

NEW YORK GIANTS: Earned a playoff berth for the first time since 2011.

QB Eli Manning passed for 4,027 yards, his franchise-record sixth season with 4,000+ passing yards.

WR Odell Beckham, Jr. had a career-high 101 receptions and joined Steve Smith (107 in 2009) as the only players in franchise history with a 100-catch season. Beckham had 1,367 receiving yards, the third-most in a single season in team history.

S Landon Collins had 125 tackles, the most by a safety in a season in franchise history.

Collins and CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie each recorded two interceptions in Week 7, the first Giants duo to accomplish the feat since Kenny Hill and Terry Kinard on September 14, 1986 against San Diego.

NEW YORK JETS: RBs Matt Forte (1,110) and Bilal Powell (1,076) became the first running back duo in franchise history with 1,000+ scrimmage yards each.

OAKLAND RAIDERS: Earned a playoff berth for the first time since 2002. Oakland tied for the NFL lead with a +16 turnover differential.

In Week 1, the Sliver and Black became the fourth team in NFL history to score the game-winning points on a two-point conversion in the final minute of the fourth quarter when QB Derek Carr connected with WR Michael Crabtree on the game-winning two-point conversion with 47 seconds remaining. They are the first to do so in a season opener.

Carr passed for four touchdowns and no interceptions in Week 4 and became the first Raiders quarterback to have a four TD and zero interception performance in back-to-back seasons since Rich Gannon in 1999 and 2000. Carr also accomplished the feat on November 1, 2015.

Crabtree had three touchdown receptions in Week 4 and became the first Raider to have three touchdown catches in a game since Jerry Porter on December 19, 2004.

WR Amari Cooper (1,153) and Crabtree (1,003) became the first Oakland duo since 2001 (Jerry Rice and Tim Brown) and third in franchise history to each have at least 1,000 receiving yards in the same season.

LB Bruce Irvin had six forced fumbles, tied for the most in a single season in team history.

PHILADELPHIA EAGLES: Rookie QB Carson Wentz became the first Eagles rookie to start at quarterback in a season opener since Davey O’Brien in 1939.

Wentz had 379 completions, the most in a season in franchise history and the most by a rookie in NFL history.

K Caleb Sturgis made 35 field goals, the most in a season in franchise history.

Philadelphia had kickoff-return touchdowns in Week 6 (Wendell Smallwood, 86 yards) and Week 7 (Josh Huff, 98 yards) and became the fifth team since 1970 to have kickoff-return touchdowns by different players in consecutive weeks.

PITTSBURGH STEELERS: Won the AFC North division title, their seventh division title since 2002.

The Steelers have 601 regular-season victories, joining Chicago (744), Green Bay (730) and the New York Giants (684) as the only teams in NFL history to reach 600 regular-season wins.

QB Ben Roethlisberger and WR Antonio Brown have combined for 50 touchdown passes and surpassed Pro Football Hall of Famers Terry Bradshaw and Lynn Swann (49) for the most touchdown passes from a quarterback to receiver in team history.

Roethlisberger had 15 touchdown passes through Week 5, the most by a Steelers quarterback in the first five games of a season.

K Chris Boswell made six field goals in Week 15, tied with Gary Anderson (10/23/88) and Jeff Reed (12/1/02) for the most in a single game in franchise history.

SAN DIEGO CHARGERS: QB Philip Rivers passed for 4,386 yards, his team-record eighth season with at least 4,000 passing yards. Rivers had 33 touchdown passes, tied for the second-most in a season in franchise history and has five 30-touchdown seasons, the most in Chargers history.

Rookie DE Joey Bosa (10.5) became the first Chargers rookie to record 10 or more sacks since 2005 (Shawn Merriman, 10.0).

SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS: Rookie DL De Forest Buckner had 6 sacks, tied for the fifth-most by a rookie in franchise history.

SEATTLE SEAHAWKS: Won the NFC West division title for the third time in the past four seasons and advanced to the playoffs for the fifth consecutive season.

QB Russell wilson passed for 4,219 yards, the most in a season in franchise history.

TE Jimmy Graham had 65 receptions for 923 yards, the highest totals by a tight end in franchise history.

LB Bobby Wagner led the NFL and set a single-season franchise record with 167 tackles.

TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS: QB Jameis Winston set franchise single-season records with 4,090 passing yards and 28 touchdown passes.

WR Mike Evans had 96 receptions, the second-most in franchise history.

Evans had 12 touchdown catches, tied for the most in a season in team history.

TE Cameron Brate had eight receiving touchdowns, tied for the most by a Buccaneers tight end in a season.

TENNESSEE TITANS: QB Marcus Mariota had 26 touchdown passes and joined Pro Football Hall of Famers George Blanda and Warren Moon as the only quarterbacks in franchise history to pass for at least 25 touchdowns in a season.

TE Delanie Walker had seven touchdown receptions, the third-most among tight ends in franchise history.

WASHINGTON REDSKINS: QB Kirk Cousins set a franchise record and ranked third in the NFL with 4,917 passing yards.

Cousins has 18 career games with at least 300 passing yards, surpassing Pro Football Hall of Famer Sonny Jurgensen (15) for the most in franchise history.

WR De Sean Jackson had 1,005 receiving yards, his second 1,000-yard season with Washington, and is the eighth player in franchise history with multiple seasons of at least 1,000 receiving yards.

TE Jordan Reed has 248 career receptions and surpassed Don Warren (244) for the third-most catches among tight ends in team history.

THE PLAYERS

ACCOMPLISHMENT(S)

JAY AJAYI – RB, Miami Dolphins: Rushed for 204 yards in Week 6 and 214 yards in Week 7 and became the fourth player in NFL history to rush for at least 200 yards in consecutive games, joining Pro Football Hall of Famers O.J. Simpson (twice) and Earl Campbell and Ricky Williams.

Ajayi ecame the first player since 1970 to rush for 200 yards in two of his first three career starts, became the fourth player in NFL history to record three games with at least 200 rushing yards in a single season, joining Pro Football Hall of Famers Earl Campbell (four in 1980) and O.J. Simpson (three in 1973) and Tiki Barber (three in 2005).

Ajayi had 420 rushing yards in two games against Buffalo in 2016, the fourth-highest rushing total against one team in a single season.

LORENZO ALEXANDER –  LB, Buffalo Bills: Entered the season with nine career sacks in nine seasons and became the first player to begin his career in 1982 or later with a career total of fewer than 10 sacks to record at least 10 sacks (12.5) in his 10th NFL season.

DWAYNE ALLEN – TE, Indianapolis Colts – Had three touchdown receptions in the first half of the Colts’ 41-10 win at the New York Jets in Week 13 on Monday Night Football and joined Pro Football Hall of Famer Jerry Rice (December 18, 1995) as the only players to have three touchdown catches in the first half of a Monday Night Football game.

VIC BEASLEY JR. – LB, Atlanta Falcons: Led the NFL with 15.5 sacks.

Beasley three sacks, one forced fumble and a 21-yard fumble-return touchdown in Week 14 and became the 10th NFL player – and first Falcon – to record three sacks and a fumble-return touchdown in a single game since 1982.

ODELL BECKHAM JR. – WR, New York Giants: Ranked third in the NFL with 101 receptions and 1,367 receiving yards.

Has 288 career receptions, tied with Jarvis Landry for the most receptions in a player’s first three seasons in NFL history.

Has 11 career games with at least 140 receiving yards, the most in a player’s first three seasons in NFL history.

Beckham beame the first player in NFL history to record at least 80 catches and 1,000 receiving yards in each of his first three seasons and joined John Jefferson (1978-1980) and Randy Moss (1998-2000) as the only players in NFL history with at least 1,000 receiving yards and 10 touchdown catches in each of his first three seasons.

Beckham reached 3,000 receiving yards in his 30th career game, the fastest in NFL history (Charley Hennigan, 31 games).

LE’VEON BELL – RB, Pittsburgh Steelers: Led the AFC with 1,884 scrimmage yards (1,268 rush, 616 receiving).

Bell averaged 157.0 scrimmage yards per game in 2016, the third-highest single-season average in NFL history and had 236 rushing yards with three touchdowns and four catches for 62 yards in Week 14 and became the second player in NFL history with at least 225 rushing yards, three rushing touchdowns and 50 receiving yards in a single game, joining Pro Football Hall of Famer Jim Brown (November 19, 1961).

ERIC BERRY – S, Kansas City Chiefs: Intercepted a two-point conversion attempt and returned it for the go-ahead score with 4:32 remaining in the fourth quarter in the Chiefs’ 29-28 victory at Atlanta in Week 13, marking the first game-winning defensive two-point conversion scored when his team was trailing since the rule was adopted in 2015. Berry, who also returned an interception 37 yards for a touchdown in the contest, became the first player to return an interception for both a touchdown and a two-point conversion in the same game.

ANQUAN BOLDIN – WR, Detroit Lions: Had eight touchdown catches in 2016 and became the second player in NFL history (Terrell Owens) to have at least 1,000 career receptions (1,076) and record a touchdown catch with four different teams (Arizona, Baltimore, Detroit, San Francisco).

Is the fourth player in NFL history to have a season with at least five touchdown receptions with four different teams (Arizona, Baltimore, Detroit, San Francisco), joining Terrell Owens (five teams), Irving Fryar and Brandon Marshall as the only players in league annals to accomplish the feat.

Played in his 200th career game in Week 15 and his 1,067 career receptions are the fourth-most in a player’s first 200 games.

JOEY BOSA – DE, San Diego Chargers: Led all rookies with 10.5 sacks, the highest total by a rookie since 2011 (Aldon Smith, 14.0).

SAM BRADFORD – QB, Minnesota Vikings: Completed 395 of 552 passes for a 71.6 completion percentage in 2016, the highest single-season completion percentage in NFL history, surpassing Drew Brees’ mark of 71.2 percent (468 of 657) in 2011.

TOM BRADY – QB, New England Patriots: Has 205 career victories including the postseason, the most by a starting quarterback in NFL history.

Brady became the fifth player in NFL history to reach 60,000 passing yards (61,582), joining Peyton Manning (71,940), Brett Farve (71,838), Drew Brees (66,111) and Dan Marino (61,361).

Brady has 5,244 career completions and became the fourth player in NFL history to reach 5,000 completions, joining Pro Football Hall of Famer Brett Farve (6,300), Peyton Manning (6,125) and Drew Brees (5,836).

Brady threw 28 touchdown passes with two interceptions in 2016, recording the highest touchdown/interception ratio in NFL history, has 21 career games with at least four touchdown passes and no interceptions, the most in NFL history and as passed for 28,678 yards at Gillette Stadium and surpassed Brett Farve (28,240 at Green Bay’s Lambeau Field) for the most passing yards by a quarterback at a single stadium in NFL history.

DREW BREES – QB, New Orleans Saints: Has 66,111 career pass yards and surpassed Pro Football Hall of Famer Dan Marino (61,361) for the third-most all-time. Led the NFL with 5,208 passing yards, his NFL-record 5th season with 5,000+ passing yards.

Brees had 37 touchdown passes and extended his NFL-record streak to nine consecutive seasons with at least 30 TD passes, had nine career seasons with at least 30 touchdown passes, tied for the most in NFL history with Pro Football Hall of Famer Brett Farve and Peyton Manning.

Brees extended his NFL-record streak of seasons with at least 4,000 passing yards to 11, extended his NFL-record streak to 60 consecutive home games with a touchdown pass.

Brees has 58 career games with at least 300 passing yards and three touchdown passes, the most in NFL history.

Brees passed for four touchdowns and had a rushing touchdown in Week 12, his third career game with at least four touchdown passes and a rushing touchdown, the most in NFL history.

Brees passed for 465 yards in Week 6, his 15th career 400-yard game and surpassed Peyton Manning (14) for the most all-time.

ANTONIO BROWN – WR, Pittsburgh Steelers: Ranked second in the NFL with 106 catches and has 481 receptions over the past four seasons, surpassing Pro Football Hall of Famer Marvin Harrison (469 from 1999-2002) for the most catches in any four-year span in NFL history.

Brown has four consecutive seasons with at least 100 receptions, tying Marvin Harrison (four from 1999-2002) for the most consecutive 100-catch seasons in NFL history and reached 600 career receptions in Week 11 in his 96th career game, the fewest games to reach the milestone in NFL history.

DEZ BRYANT – WR, Dallas Cowboys: Had two touchdown catches and his first career touchdown pass in Week 16 and became the fifth player in NFL history with two touchdown catches and a touchdown pass in the same game.

DEREK CARR –  QB, Oakland Raiders: Has 81 career touchdown passes and is the fifth player in NFL history with 80 touchdown passes in his first three seasons.

In Week 8, Carr passed for 513 yards, four touchdowns and no interceptions in the Raiders’ 30-24 overtime win at Tampa Bay and became the third quarterback in NFL history to pass for at least 500 yards and four touchdowns without an interception in a single game.

BRANDIN COOKS – WR, New Orleans Saints: Had a 98-yard touchdown reception on Kickoff Weekend and an 87-yard touchdown catch in Week 6 and became first player in NFL history with two touchdown catches of at least 85 yards in his team’s first five games of a season.

AMARI COOPER – WR, Oakland Raiders: Had 83 receptions, 1,153 receiving yards and five touchdown catches and became the third player in NFL history to have at least 70 receptions, 1,000 receiving yards and five touchdown catches in each of his first two career seasons, joining Odell Beckham, Jr. (2014-2015) and Marques Colston (2006-2007).

KIRK COUSINS – QB, Washington Redskins: Ranked third in the NFL with 4,917 passing yards.

Cousins became the second player in NFL history (Aaron Rodgers, 2008-09) to have at least 4,000 passing yards and four or more rushing touchdowns in consecutive seasons.

STEFON DIGGS – WR, Minnesota Vikings: Became the first player in NFL history to have at least 13 catches in consecutive games (Weeks 9-10).

EZEKIEL ELLIOTT – RB, Dallas Cowboys: Became the fifth rookie since 1970 to lead the NFL in rushing yards (1,631) and the first since Edgerin James in 1999.

Elliott’s 1,631 rushing yards are the third-highest single-season total by a rookie in NFL history, trailing only Pro Football Hall of Famer Eric Dickerson (1,808 in 1983) and George Rogers (1,674 in 1981).

Elliott ad five games with at least 125 rushing yards, trailing only Eric Dickerson (seven in 1983) for the most by a rookie.

Elliott became the first rookie running back to have a 60+ yard touchdown run and an 80+ yard touchdown catch in a season since Pro Football Hall of Famer Gale Sayers in 1965 and rushed for 130+ yards in four consecutive games (Weeks 3-6), the only rookie in NFL history to accomplish the feat.

RHETT ELLISON – TE, Minnesota Vikings: Had a one-yard touchdown run to give the Vikings a 16-13 lead with 23 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter in Week 9. Ellison, whose touchdown run was the first carry of his five-year career, became the first player in NFL history to score a go-ahead touchdown in the final minute of regulation on the first carry of his career.

LARRY FITZGERALD – WR, Arizona Cardinals: Led the NFL with 107 receptions and at 33 years, 123 days old, became the oldest player to lead the league in receptions since Pro Football Hall of Famer Jerry Rice (34 years, 71 days) in 1996.

Fitzgerald has 1,125 career receptions and moved into third place on the all-time receptions list has 104 career touchdown receptions, the eighth-most all-time.

Fitzgerald had 1,116 career receptions through his 200th career game in Week 15 and surpassed Jerry Rice (1,115) for the most catches in a player’s first 200 games in NFL history.

MATT FORTÉ – RB, New York Jets: Became one of only four players in NFL history with at least 50 rushing touchdowns (52), 500 receptions (517) and 20 receiving touchdowns (20), joining Pro Football Hall of Famers Marcus Allen and Marshall Faulk and Herschel Walker.

WILL FULLER – WR, Houston Texans: Became the first rookie drafted in the first round to have at least 100 receiving yards in each of his team’s first two games of a season.

Became the only rookie in NFL history to have 300 or more receiving yards (323) and a punt-return touchdown in his team’s first four games of a season.

ANTONIO GATES – TE, San Diego Chargers: Had seven touchdown receptions in 2016, bringing his career total to 111 and tying Tony Gonzalez (111) for the most touchdown catches by a tight end in NFL history.

TED GINN JR. – WR, Carolina Panthers: Had an 88-yard touchdown catch in Week 12 and became the fourth player in NFL history to have a receiving touchdown, punt-return touchdown and kickoff-return touchdown of at least 85 yards each in his career.

FRANK GORE – RB, Indianapolis Colts: Moved into eighth place on the all-time rushing list with 13,065 career yards.

Gore rushed for 1,025 yards in 2016, his ninth career season with at least 1,000 yards, the fifth-most all-time and is the fifth player in NFL history with at least 12,500 rushing yards (13,065) and 400 receptions (414).

Gore is the only player in NFL history with 11 consecutive seasons with 1,200+ scrimmage yards.

A.J. GREEN – WR, Cincinnati Bengals: Has nine career games with at least 150 receiving yards, the fourth-most by a player in his first six seasons.

ROB GRONKOWSKI – TE, New England Patriots: Has 23 career games with at least 100 receiving yards, the third-most by a tight end in NFL history.

CASEY HAYWARD – CB, San Diego Chargers: Led the NFL with a career-high seven interceptions.

JOHNNY HEKKER – P, Los Angeles Rams: Set the single-season NFL record with 51 punts inside the 20-yard line.

TYREEK HILL – WR-PR-KR, Kansas City Chiefs: Joined Pro Football Hall of Famer Gale Sayers as the only players with at least five receiving touchdowns (six), three rushing touchdowns (three), a punt-return touchdown (two) and a kick-return touchdown (one) in a single season.

Hill scored on a three-yard run, a three-yard reception and an 86-yard kickoff-return in Week 12 and became the first player since Sayers in 1965 to have a rushing touchdown, receiving touchdown and kickoff-return touchdown in the same game.

JORDAN HOWARD – RB, Chicago Bears: Ranked second in the NFL with 1,313 rushing yards, the third-highest total by a rookie not chosen in the first four rounds of the NFL Draft. Alfred Morris (1,613 yards in 2012) and Mike Anderson (1,487 in 2000) are the only players drafted outside of the first four rounds with higher totals in their rookie season.

DE SEAN JACKSON – WR, Washington Redskins: Had an 80-yard touchdown catch in Week 14, his 22nd career touchdown of at least 60 yards, the second-most in NFL history.

SEBASTIAN JANIKOWSKI – K, Oakland Raiders: Has made 55 career 50+ yard field goals and surpassed Jason Hanson (52) for the most in NFL history.

DAVID JOHNSON – RB, Arizona Cardinals: Led the NFL in scrimmage yards (2,118) and touchdowns (20). Set an NFL record with 15 consecutive games with at least 100 scrimmage yards to begin a season.

Johnson tied Pro Football Hall of Famer Barry Sanders (15) as the only players in NFL history to record 15 consecutive games with at least 100 scrimmage yards in a single season.

Johnson has 24 rushing touchdowns, eight receiving touchdowns and a kickoff-return touchdown in his career and joined Pro Football Hall of Famer Gale Sayers as the only players in NFL history with at least 20 rushing touchdowns, five receiving touchdowns and a kickoff-return touchdown in a player’s first two seasons.

Johnson has scored multiple touchdowns in 11 career games, tying Pro Football Hall of Famer Eric Dickerson and Edgerrin James for the most such games in a player’s first two seasons in NFL history.

JULIO JONES – WR, Atlanta Falcons: Led the NFC with 1,409 receiving yards.

Jones had 475 catches through his 75th career game in Week 10, the most receptions in NFL history by a player in his first 75 games, had 7,306 career receiving yards through his 75th career game and became one of two players in league annals with at least 7,000 receiving yards in his first 75 games (Pro Football Hall of Famer Lance Alworth, 7,532).

TRAVIS KELCE – TE, Kansas City Chiefs: Led NFL tight ends with 1,125 receiving yards and ranked second with 85 receptions.

Had at least 100 receiving yards in four consecutive games from Weeks 11-14, tied for the longest such streak by a tight end in NFL history.

JARVIS LANDRY – WR, Miami Dolphins: Has 288 career receptions, tied with Odell Beckham, Jr. for the most receptions in a player’s first three seasons in NFL history.

ANDREW LUCK – QB, Indianapolis Colts: Reached 15,000 career passing yards in Week 1 in his 56th career game, tied for the second-fastest in NFL history.

Luck has seven career game-winning touchdown passes in the final two minutes of the fourth quarter, the most in a player’s first five seasons in NFL history.

ELI MANNING – QB, New York Giants: Has 320 career touchdown passes, the seventh-most in NFL history.

Manning has 4,072 career completions and became the seventh player in NFL history to reach 4,000 completions and moved into eighth place on the all-time passing yards list with 48,214 career yards.

MARCUS MARIOTA – QB, Tennessee Titans: Threw multiple touchdown passes in eight consecutive games from Weeks 5-12, the second-longest single-season streak in NFL history by a quarterback in his first two seasons, trailing only Pro Football Hall of Famer Dan Marino’s streak of 10 games in 1984.

Mariota became the first quarterback in NFL history to have three games with a 70.0+ completion percentage, at least four touchdown passes and no interceptions in his first two seasons.

VANCE MC DONALD – TE, San Francisco 49ers: Had a 75-yard touchdown catch in Week 2 and a 65-yarder in Week 9 and became the fourth tight end since 1970 and the first since 1997, with two touchdown catches of at least 65 yards in the same season.

DE MARCO MURRAY – RB, Tennessee Titans: Led the AFC with 1,287 rush yards.

In Week 10, Murray rushed for 123 yards, including a 75-yard touchdown and threw a 10-yard touchdown pass and became the first non-quarterback since Pro Football Hall of Famer John Henry Johnson in 1960 (December 11, 1960) to have a 75+ yard touchdown run and a touchdown pass in the same game.

Murray also became the first player to record a touchdown run of at least 75 yards and a touchdown pass in the first quarter of the same game since Pro Football Hall of Famer Jim Thorpe accomplished the feat for the Cleveland Indians in 1921 against the Columbus Panhandles.

Murray had 756 rushing yards and eight total touchdowns through Week 8, becoming the sixth player in NFL history with at least 750 rushing yards and eight touchdowns in his first eight games with a team.

LATAVIUS MURRAY –  RB, Oakland Raiders: Rushed for 114 yards and three touchdowns in the Raiders’ 30-20 victory against Denver in Week 9, marking the third time a player has rushed for at least 100 yards and three touchdowns against the defending Super Bowl champions.

JORDY NELSON – WR, Green Bay Packers: Led the NFL with 14 touchdown receptions.

Has three seasons with at least 13 touchdown catches in his career, tying Pro Football Hall of Famers Lance Alworth, Cris Carter and Marvin Harrison for the fourth-most in NFL history.

CAM NEWTON – QB, Carolina Panthers: Has 21,772 passing yards and 3,566 rushing yards in his career and is the only player in NFL history to have at least 20,000 passing yards and 3,000 rushing yards in his first six seasons.

YANNICK NGAKOUE – DE, Jacksonville Jaguars: Was the only rookie in the NFL with at least eight sacks (eight) and four forced fumbles (four).

GREG OLSEN – TE, Carolina Panthers: Had 1,073 receiving yards and became the first tight end in NFL history to record three consecutive seasons with at least 1,000 receiving yards.

CORDARRELLE PATTERSON – WR-KR, Minnesota Vikings: Had a 104-yard kickoff-return touchdown in Week 11 and became the first player in league history with four career touchdowns of 100+ yards.

JULIUS PEPPERS – LB, Green Bay Packers: Has 143.5 career sacks and surpassed Pro Football Hall of Famer Michael Strahan (141.5) for the fifth-most sacks since 1982, the first year individual sacks became an official statistic.

JASON PIERRE-PAUL – DE, New York Giants: Had a career-high three sacks, a forced fumble and a 43-yard fumble-return touchdown in Week 12 and became the first player with at least three sacks and a fumble-return touchdown of at least 40 yards in the same game since 1982.

DONTARI POE – DT, Kansas City Chiefs: Had 1.5 sacks in 2016 and threw a two-yard touchdown pass in Week 16, becoming the first player with a touchdown pass and a sack in the same season since the sack became an official statistic in 1982.

MATT PRATER – K, Detroit Lions: Converted a 58-yard field goal as time expired in the fourth quarter to force overtime in the Lions’ 22-16 win at Minnesota in Week 9, marking the second-longest game-tying field goal in the final minute of the fourth quarter in NFL history.

DAK PRESCOTT – QB, Dallas Cowboys: Had 13 wins as a starter, tied with Ben Roethlisberger (2004) for the most wins by a rookie starting quarterback in NFL history.

Prescott passed for 23 touchdowns with four interceptions and his 0.9 interception percentage is the lowest by a rookie quarterback in NFL history (minimum 200 passing attempts), h ad 11 games with a 100+ passer rating, tied for the third-most in a single season in NFL history and finished the season with a 104.9 passer rating, the highest single-season passer rating by a rookie quarterback in NFL history.

Prescott had multiple touchdown passes in five consecutive games in Weeks 6-11, tied for the longest such streak by a rookie in NFL history, had 176 pass attempts without an interception to begin the season, surpassing Tom Brady (162) for the most pass attempts without an interception to start a career.

Prescott completed 32 of 36 passes (88.9 percent) for 279 yards in Week 15, the second-highest completion percentage in a single game in NFL history (with a minimum of 30 attempts).

TERRELLE PRYOR SR. – WR, Cleveland Browns: Joined Marlin Briscoe as the only players in NFL history with 1,000 receiving yards (1,007 in 2016) in one season and 1,000 passing yards in another (1,798 in 2013).

Pryor had 144 receiving yards, 35 passing yards and 21 rushing yards (including a touchdown) in Week 3 and became the first player to have at least 120 receiving yards, 30 passing yards and 20 rushing yards in a single game since Pro Football Hall of Famer Frank Gifford on December 6, 1959.

JORDAN REED – TE, Washington Redskins: In Week 4, reached 200 career receptions in his 38th game, the fastest tight end in NFL history to reach 200 career catches, surpassing Pro Football Hall of Famer Kellen Winslow (39 games).

JALEN RICHARD – RB, Oakland Raiders: In Week 1, had a 75-yard rushing touchdown on his first career carry and became only the fourth player in NFL history with a 75+ yard rushing touchdown in his NFL debut.

MATT RYAN – QB, Atlanta Falcons: Ranked second in the NFL with 4,944 passing yards, his sixth consecutive 4,000-yard season, tying Peyton Manning(1999-2004) and Matthew Stafford (2011-2016) for the second-longest streak in NFL history.

Ryan led the NFL with a 117.1 passer rating in 2016, the fifth-highest single-season rating in NFL history, has 3,288 career completions and surpassed Peyton Manning (3,131) for the most completions in a player’s first nine seasons in NFL history.

Ryan threw a touchdown pass to 13 different players in 2016, the most in a single season in NFL history and has passed for at least 200 yards in 55 consecutive games, the longest streak in NFL history.

PHILIP RIVERS – QB, San Diego Chargers: Recorded his 11th consecutive season with 3,000 passing yards (4,386), tied for the fourth-longest streak in NFL history.

Has 314 career touchdown passes, the eighth-most in NFL history.

BEN ROETHLISBERGER – QB, Pittsburgh Steelers: Has 301 career touchdown passes and surpassed Pro Football Hall of Famer John Elway (300) for the ninth-most touchdown passes in NFL history and became the 10th player in NFL history to throw for at least 300 career touchdowns.

Roethlisberger reached 45,000 career passing yards in Week 10 in his 179th career game, the fifth-fastest quarterback in NFL history to reach the mark and is the eighth quarterback in NFL history to pass for 45,000 yards with one franchise.

AARON RODGERS – QB, Green Bay Packers: Led the NFL with 40 touchdown passes and became the fourth quarterback in NFL history to throw at least 40 touchdown passes in multiple seasons (45 in 2011), has 36,827 career passing yards and 2,544 rushing yards and joined Pro Football Hall of Famers John Elway (51,475 passing, 3,407 rushing) and Fran Tarkenton (47,003 passing, 3,674 rushing) and Donovan McNabb (37,276 passing, 3,462 rushing) as the only players in NFL history with at least 35,000 passing yards and 2,500 rushing yards in a career.

Rodgers as won 16 consecutive starts at Lambeau Field in the month of December and is the second player in NFL history to win 15 consecutive home starts in the month of December, joining Tom Brady (19 games from 2002-2012).

TREVOR SIEMIAN – QB, Denver Broncos: In Week 3, passed for 312 yards, four touchdowns and no interceptions for a 132.1 passer rating at Cincinnati and became the first player in NFL history to pass for at least 300 yards and four touchdowns without an interception in his first career road start.

STEVE SMITH SR. – WR, Baltimore Ravens: Moved into seventh place on the all-time receiving list with 14,731 career yards.

Smith ecame the 14th player in NFL history to reach 1,000 career catches (1,031) and is the only player in league history with at least 1,000 career catches (1,031), 1,000 punt-return yards (1,684) and 2,000 kickoff-return yards (2,371).

DARREN SPROLES – RB, Philadelphia Eagles: Is the first player in NFL history to have at least 30 career receiving touchdowns (30), 20 rushing touchdowns (22), a punt-return touchdown (seven) and a kick-return touchdown (two).

MATTHEW STAFFORD – QB, Detroit Lions: Led eight game-winning drives in the fourth quarter or overtime this season, the most such drives by a quarterback in a single season since 1970.

Stafford surpassed 30,000 career passing yards (30,303) in Week 17 in his 109th career game and became the fastest player to reach the mark in NFL history and passed for four touchdowns in Week 6 and at 28 years, 252 days old, became the fourth-youngest quarterback with 10 career four-touchdown passing games.

RYAN SUCCOP – K, Tennessee Titans: Converted a game-winning 53-yard field goal as time expired in the Titans’ 19-17 victory at Kansas City in Week 15. Succop, who spent five seasons with the Chiefs from 2009-13, became the first kicker in NFL history to defeat his former team by converting a game-winning, come-from-behind 50+ yard field goal as time expired.

AQIB TALIB – CB, Denver Broncos: Had a 46-yard interception-return touchdown in Week 2 and has nine career interception-return touchdowns, tied for the fourth-most in NFL history with Pro Football Hall of Famers Ken Houston, Deion Sanders and Aeneas Williams.

DEMARYIUS THOMAS – WR, Denver Broncos: Had 90 catches for 1,083 yards and five touchdowns and became the third player in NFL history with five consecutive seasons of 90+ receptions, 1,000+ recieving yards & 5+ TD catches.

JUSTIN TUCKER – K, Baltimore Ravens: Led the NFL with 38 made field goals and ranked second with 141 points.

Tucket cconverted all 10 of his field-goal attempts of at least 50 yards this season, tying Blair Walsh (Minnesota, 2012) for the most 50+ yard field goals made in a single season.

Tucker made all four of his field-goal attempts in the Ravens’ 19-14 win over Cincinnati in Week 12. Tucker, who connected on field goals of 57, 54 and 52 yards in the first half, became the first player in NFL history with three field goals of at least 50 yards in the first half of a game. His three 50+ yard field goals are tied for the most ever in a game and he became the ninth player in league annals to accomplish the feat.

ADAM VINATIERI – K, Indianapolis Colts: Converted 43 consecutive field goal attempts dating back to 2015, surpassing Mike Vanderjagt (42) for the longest streak in NFL history.

Vinatieri became the only player in NFL history to score 100+ points (125 in 2016) in 19 different seasons.

MIKE WALLACE – WR, Baltimore Ravens: Had a 95-yard touchdown reception in Week 9 and became the third player in NFL history (John Taylor and Gus Tinsley) to have two career 95+ yard touchdown receptions. Wallace is the only player in league annals to have a 95+ yard touchdown catch with two different teams (Baltimore and Pittsburgh).

DE MARCUS WARE – LB, Denver Broncos: Has 138.5 career sacks and surpassed Pro Football Hall of Famers Richard Dent (137.5) and John Randle (137.5) and Jared Allen (136.0) for the eighth-most sacks since 1982.

CARSON WENTZ – QB, Philadelphia Eagles: Passed for 769 yards with five touchdowns and no interceptions through Week 3 and became the only rookie in NFL history with a touchdown pass and no interceptions in each of his first three games to start a season.

Wentz guided the Eagles to a 3-0 start and became the first rookie since 1970 to start and win his team’s first three games to begin a season without throwing an interception.

RUSSELL WILSON – QB, Seattle Seahawks: Won his 50th career game as a starter in Week 6 in his 69th game, tied for the third-fastest starting quarterback to reach 50 career victories. Only Pro Football Hall of Famer Ken Stabler (62) and Tom Brady (65) reached the feat in fewer games.

Wilson has 34 career home wins as a starter, surpassing Joe Flacco and  Matt Ryan for the most home wins by a starting quarterback in his first five NFL seasons, has 31 career games with multiple touchdown passes and no interceptions, the most by a player in NFL history in his first five seasons to begin a career.

JAMEIS WINSTON – QB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Passed for 4,090 yards and became the first player in NFL history to record at least 4,000 passing yards in each of his first two seasons (4,042 yards as a rookie in 2015).

Winston has 50 career touchdown passes and became the fifth player in league history to throw at least 50 touchdown passes in his first two seasons.

Winston threw his 40th career touchdown pass in Week 10 and at 22 years, 312 days old, became the youngest player in NFL history to reach 40 career touchdown passes.

Championship Sunday Broadcast Information (All Times Eastern)

NFC Championship – Green Bay at ATLANTA, 3:05 p.m. on FOX: Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Erin Andrews, Chris Myers (Field reporters). Westwood One: Kevin Kugler, James Lofton, Tony Boselli (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 88 (WestWood1), 81 (Green Bay), 82 (Atlanta). XM: 88 (WestWood1), 225 (Green Bay), 82 (Atlanta).

AFC Championship – Pittsburgh at New England, 6:40 p.m. on CBS: Jim Nantz, Phil Simms, Tracy Wolfson, Jay Feely (Field reporters). Westwood One: Kevin Harlan, Dan Fouts, Ross Tucker (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 88 (WestWood1), 81 (Pittsburgh), 82 (New England). XM: 88 (WestWood1), 225 (Pittsburgh), 82 (New England).

Sunday Officials
NFC Championship: Green Bay at ATLANTA, 3:05 p.m. – Bill Vinovich
AFC Championship: Pittsburgh at New England, 6:40 p.m. – Terry McAulay

Sunday Odds
Favorite                Spread    Underdog              O/U
ATLANTA                 –  4      Green Bay             61
NEW ENGLAND             –  6      Pittsburgh            51

Sunday Injury Report

Green Bay at ATLANTA, 3:05 p.m.

Green Bay
OUT: RB James Starks (Concussion), C Joseph Tretter (Knee)
QUESTIONABLE: WR Davante Adams (Ankle), WR Geronimo Allison (Hamstring), WR Jordy Nelson (Ribs), S Morgan Burnett (Quad), CB Quinten Rollins (Neck)

ATLANTA – Atlanta reported no injuries

Pittsburgh at New England, 6:40 p.m.

Pittsburgh
QUESTIONABLE: LB James Harrison (Shoulder), RB Fitzgerald Toussaint (Concussion), TE Ladarius Green (Concussion)

New England
QUESTIONABLE: WR Danny Amendola (Ankle), TE Martellus Bennett (Knee), RB Brandon Bolden (Knee), LB Qualin Hightower (Knee), WR Chris Hogan (Thigh), WR Malcom Mitchell (Knee), DE Jabaal Sheard (Knee)

Sunday Weather
NFC: Green Bay at ATLANTA, 3:05 p.m. on FOX (Game indoors)
AFC: Pittsburgh at New England, 6:40 p.m. on CBS (Cloudy and 42 degrees)

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

Four teams left standing. Two of them will be heading to Houston in two weeks, while the other two teams will be clearing out their lockers and preparing for the 2017 draft.

As was the case last week, this week’s contest are rematches. It’s made-for-television football. Hollywood could not write a better script. For the teams that won the first meeting, it’s a chance to prove that the first time was no fluke. For the teams that lost that first meeting, the revenge factor will come up on numerous occasions during the broadcasts.

We can’t stress this enough. This time of year is NOT like the regular season. In the regular season, you lose, your play next week. This time of year, you lose, your next game is in September.

The playoffs are sort of like the kids’ party game “Musical Chairs.” As long as there are chairs available and the music is playing, you have a chance. It’s when the music stops is when the chaos starts.

Win.

Trip to Houston.

Lose.

Kickoff is next September.

It’s not fair but it is what it is. That’s the beauty of playoff football.

SUPER CHAMPIONSHIP: In 2016, New England won their eighth AFC East title in a row, the most consecutive division titles in NFL history, and have advanced to the AFC Championship Game for the sixth season in a row – also the longest streak all-time. The Patriots are 8-5 (.615) in AFC Championship Games all-time.

The Pittsburgh Steelers have advanced to the AFC Championship Game for the 16th time in franchise history and are 8-7 (.533).

The winner of Sunday’s AFC Championship Game will set an NFL record for the most Super Bowl berths in NFL history.

The teams with the most Super Bowl appearances:

TEAM – SUPER BOWL APPEARANCES
Dallas – 8
Denver – 8
New England – 8*
Pittsburgh – 8*
San Francisco – 6
*Play in AFC Championship Game Sunday

Pittsburgh, New England and Green Bay have three of the four highest postseason win totals in NFL history and are all in action on Championship Sunday.

The Steelers, who defeated Miami in the Wild Card round and Kansas City in the Divisional Playoffs, have 36 postseason wins, the most in NFL history. The Packers (34) and Patriots (30) rank tied for second and tied for fourth, respectively, in all-time postseason victories.

The teams with the most postseason wins in NFL history:

TEAM, WINS-LOSSES, PCT (SUPER BOWL WINS)
Pittsburgh 36-23, .610 (6)*
Green Bay 34-21, .618 (4)*
Dallas 34-27, .557 (5)
New England 30-19, .612 (4)*
San Francisco 30-20, .600 (5)
*Play this weekend

BEEN THERE, DONE THAT: This weekend’s Championship Games will feature three quarterbacks who have combined for seven Super Bowl titles: New England’s TOM BRADY (four), Pittsburgh’s Ben Roethlisberger (two) and Green Bay’s Aaron Rodgers (one).

The starting quarterbacks for this weekend’s Championship Games with Super Bowl titles:

PLAYER, TEAM (SUPER BOWL TITLES)
Tom Brady, New England Patriots (4 – XXXVI, XXXVIII, XXXIX, XLIX)
Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh (2 – XL, XLIII)
Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay (1 – XLV)

The seven combined Super Bowl victories by Brady, Roethlisberger and Rodgers are the most by the four starting quarterbacks playing in a season’s Conference Championship Games.

The most combined Super Bowl wins by the four starting quarterbacks in a season’s Championship Games:

YEAR – PLAYERS (NUMBER OF SUPER BOWL WINS), COMBINED SUPER BOWL TITLES
2016 – Tom Brady* (4), Ben Roethlisberger* (2), Aaron Rodgers* (1) = 7
2015 – Tom Brady (4), Peyton Manning (1) = 5
2014 – Tom Brady (3), Aaron Rodgers (1), Russell Wilson (1) = 5
1993 – Joe Montana (4), Troy Aikman (1) = 5

*Play this weekend

PROLIFIC PASSERS: Atlanta quarterback Matt Ryan led the NFL with a 117.1 passer rating in 2016, the fifth-highest single-season rating in NFL history. New England’s Tom Brady (112.2) and Green Bay’s Aaron Rodgers (104.2) ranked second and fourth respectively.

The four quarterbacks projected to start the AFC and NFC Championship Games on Sunday combined for a 107.0 passer rating this season, the highest combined regular-season passer rating by the four starting quarterbacks in a season’s Championship Games.

The four starting quarterbacks with the highest combined regular-season passer rating in a season’s Championship Games:

YEAR – PLAYERS (PASSER RATING); COMBINED PASSER RATING
2016 – Matt Ryan (117.1), Tom Brady (112.2), Aaron Rodgers (104.2), Ben Roethlisberger (95.4); 107.0
1998 – Randall Cunningham (106.0), Vinny Testaverde (101.6), Chris Chandler (100.9), John Elway (93.0); 100.7

STREAKING STARS: Several of the NFL’s best and brightest have the opportunity to make their mark in the postseason record book on Championship Sunday.

Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers passed for 355 yards and two touchdowns in the Packers’ 34-31 victory at Dallas in the Divisional Playoffs. Rodgers, who has passed for at least 350 yards and two touchdowns in both postseason games this season, can tie Drew Brees (three) for the most consecutive playoff games with at least 350 passing yards and two touchdown passes in NFL postseason history.

The most consecutive postseason games with at least 350 passing yards and two touchdown passes:

PLAYER – TEAM, SEASON(S); STREAK
Drew Brees – New Orleans, 2010-11; 3
Aaron Rodgers – Green Bay, 2016; 2*
Kurt Warner – Arizona, 2008-09; 2
Kurt Warner – St. Louis Rams, 1999-2000; 2
*Active streak

Pittsburgh running back Le’Veon Bell rushed for 170 yards in the Steelers 18-16 win at Kansas City in the Divisional Playoffs and is the first player in NFL history to rush for at least 150 yards in each of his first two career postseason games. Bell, who had 167 rushing yards and two touchdowns in the Wild Card win against Miami, has the two highest single-game rushing performances in franchise postseason history.

With 113 rushing yards at New England on Sunday, Bell would become the fifth player in NFL history with at least 450 rushing yards in a single postseason.

The players with the most rushing yards in a single postseason:

PLAYER, TEAM; SEASON – RUSH YARDS
John Riggins, Washington; 1982 – 610
Terrell Davis, Denver; 1997 – 581
Terrell Davis, Denver; 1998 – 468
Marcus Allen, Los Angeles Raiders; 1983 – 466
Eddie George, Tennessee; 1999 – 449
Le’Veon Bell, Pittsburgh; 2016 – 337*
*Through two games

Atlanta quarterback Matt Ryan passed for 338 yards with three touchdowns for a 125.7 rating in the Falcons’ 36-20 win over Seattle in the Divisional Playoffs.

With three touchdown passes against Green Bay on Sunday, Ryan, who has thrown for three touchdowns in each of his past three playoff games, would become the first quarterback in NFL history with at least three touchdown passes in four consecutive postseason games.

The most consecutive postseason games with at least three touchdown passes:

PLAYER – SEASON(S); TEAM, CONSECUTIVE GAMES WITH 3+ TOUCHDOWN PASSES
Matt Ryan – 2012, 2016; Atlanta – 3*
Tom Brady – 2014; New England – 3
Joe Flacco – 2012; Baltimore Ravens – 3
Aaron Rodgers – 2009-10; Green Bay – 3
Kurt Warner – 2008-09; Arizona – 3
Bernie Kosar – 1987, 1989; Cleveland – 3
*Active streak

SUPER COMBINATION: New England head coach Bill Belichick and quarterback Tom Brady have made six Super Bowl appearances together, the most appearances by any head coach-quarterback combination in NFL history.

With a win Sunday against the Steelers, the Patriots can extend their NFL record for the most such Super Bowl appearances.

The head coach-quarterback combinations with the most Super Bowl appearances in NFL history:

QUARTERBACK/HEAD COACH, TEAM – SUPER BOWL APPEARANCES
Tom Brady/Bill Belichick, New England – 6*
Roger Staubach/Tom Landry, Dallas – 4
Jim Kelly/Marv Levy, Buffalo – 4
Terry Bradshaw/Chuck Noll, Pittsburgh – 4
*Active

With a win, Belichick (six) would surpass Pro Football Hall of Famer DON SHULA (six) and become the only coach to lead his team(s) to seven Super Bowls.

The head coaches to reach the most Super Bowls:

HEAD COACH – SUPER BOWL BERTHS
Bill Belichick – 6*
Don Shula – 6
Tom Landry – 5
Five tied with 4

*Active Sunday

AFC TROPHY PRESENTATION: The Lamar Hunt Trophy will be presented to the winner of the AFC Championship Game.

The late Hunt, founder of the Kansas City Chiefs and American Football League, helped professional football attain its stature as America’s No. 1 sport. In the 10-year history of the AFL, his team posted the most wins (87) and earned berths in two of the first four Super Bowls, including a victory in Super Bowl IV.

In 1972, Hunt became the first person from the AFL to be enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

NFC TROPHY PRESENTATION: The winner of the NFC Championship Game will be presented with the George Halas Trophy.

Halas, the late owner of the Chicago Bears and a founder of the NFL, is the second-winningest coach in history (324-151-31) behind Don Shula (347-173-6). He won six NFL championships with the Bears and is a charter enshrinee of the Pro Football Hall of Fame (1963).
RECORDS VS. COMMON OPPONENTS (INCLUDING PLAYOFFS)
Green Bay: 2-0 (Philadelphia 1-0; Seattle 1-0)
Atlanta: 1-2 (Philadelphia. 0-1; Seattle 1-1)
Pittsburgh.: 8-2 (Miami 1-1; Buffalo 1-0; Cleveland 2-0; Cincinnati 2-0; New York Jets 1-0; Baltimore 1-1)
New England: 8-1 (Miami 2-0; Buffalo 1-1; Cleveland 1-0; Cincinnati 1-0; New York Jets 2-0; Baltimore 1-0)

Playoff Records
Pittsburgh: 36-23
New England: 30-19
Green Bay: 34-21
Atlanta: 8-12

As far as the NFC goes… The Packers have won 13 NFL championships, most all-time and the team’s.618 postseason winning pct. (34-21) is best in NFL history among teams with 50+ games played. This is Green Bay’s 32nd playoff appearance, tied for most in NFL history. Mike McCarthy has led team to playoffs in 9 of his 11 seasons as head coach and is 10-7 in the postseason.

Atlanta won the NFC South and advanced to postseason for 1st time since 2012 and are 5-3 at home in playoffs in franchise history. Ranked 1st in NFL in total points (540) & 2nd in total offense (415.8 yards per game). Falcons head coach Dan Quinn won 1st career playoff game last week.

On the AFC side of the docket… The Steelers have 36-23 all-time postseason record, most playoff wins all-time and rank 4th all-time in postseason win pct. (.610), while winning 7 division titles since 2002.

New England has appeared in 6 consecutive Conference Championship Games, most all-time and the Pats have won 8 consecutive division titles, longest streak in NFL history. Since 2001, New England has won 4 Super Bowl titles, most in NFL and the Pats are 30-19 (.612) all-time postseason record, 3rd highest winning pct. in playoff history. Head coach Bill Belichick has 24 career postseason wins, most all-time. Belichick won 4 Super Bowl titles (XXXVI, XXXVIII, XXXIX, XLIX), tied with Chuck Noll for most in NFL history.

The two championship games have late kickoffs in the afternoon and early evening, which means after church on Sunday, you can go grocery shopping. Also, we’re making both games “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 kindergarten 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 57 last June and dates a 42-year old ex-Marine, who’s now a football coach 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?”

For the week, 3-1. For the season, 181-81. When things come to an end on Sunday night in Foxboro, one team will have the Halas Trophy for winning the NFC Title, while the other will possess the Hunt Trophy for being the winner in the AFC. They’ll have two weeks to prepare for the Super Bowl in Houston. The two losers? Their fan base will be second-guessing themselves all the way to the draft, OTA’s and training camp. Two will survive and have a chance to take the Lombardi Trophy home from NRG Stadium in Houston.

“The most important fight you have is the one you’re in,” Atlanta head coach Dan Quinn told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the Georgia State University Signal, WSB-TV, WXIA-TV, WAGA-TV and WGCL-TV. This time of year, it is a fight. A fight to the finish, if you will.

The final four teams are set and this Sunday will determine the two teams heading to Houston for Super Bowl LI.

Championship Sunday begins with the NFC title game between the Green Bay Packers and Atlanta Falcons in the final NFL game at the Georgia Dome. The Falcons defeated Seattle 36-20 in the Divisional round and the Packers knocked off the top-seeded Cowboys 34-31. The teams met in Week 8 (October 30, 2016) with the Falcons notching a 33-32 victory.

The AFC Championship Game will feature the Pittsburgh Steelers and New England Patriots, the fifth postseason meeting between the clubs and the third in a row that will occur in the AFC Championship Game. In the Divisional Playoffs, the Steelers knocked off the Chiefs 18-16 and the Patriots defeated the Texans 34-16.

Green Bay (10-6, NFC North champion, 4th seed) at ATLANTA (11-5, NFC South champion, 2nd seed), 3:05 p.m. on FOX. Aaron Rodgers. Matt Ryan. They meet again in the Big Peach. This time, it for the NFC Championship and the right to go on to Houston for Super Bowl LI. While the Falcons advanced with some ease last Saturday, the Packers needed luck and the strong leg of Mason Crosby to advance to the final round.

The Packers used two Mason Crosby field goals in the final minute of play to come away 34-31 winners over number one seed Dallas last Sunday in Arlington at JerryWorld. Green Bay led 21-13 at the half at AT&T Stadium and took its largest lead of the contest when Rodgers and TE Jared Cook connected on a 3-yard TD pass with 11:25 left in the third quarter. Dallas would eventually chip away at the Packer lead and then tie things up with 4:08 left in regulation when Dak Prescott (302 yards, 2 TDs, interception) and WR Dez Bryant connected on their second TD pass of the afternoon, a 7-yard pass to make it a 2-point contest. Prescott then tied the contest up when he scored on the two-point conversion. Then the kickers took over, as Crosby connected on his first field goal of the fourth quarter, making a 56-yarder with 1:33 left. Dallas would not be outdone as Dan Bailey would tie things back up for the Cowboys, connecting on a 52-yarder with 35 seconds left. Green Bay would not be outdone as the Packers marched their way down the field as Crosby had first kicked a 51-yard try with five seconds left but Dallas called a time out in an attempt to ice Crosby. Crosby was having none of it, as he connected on his second field goal in the fourth quarter, a 51-yarder as the clock struck :00. Dallas outrushed Green Bay 138-87, with Cowboys rookie RB Ezekiel Elliott doing most of the damage with 125 yards, while Rodgers threw for 356 yards and a pair of TDs. Both teams went 6 of 11 on third down conversions, while Dallas held the pigskin for 30:14 to Green Bay’s 29:46.

Atlanta led the NFL with 540 points scored during the regular season, the first time in franchise history the Falcons have ranked No. 1 in that category. Including last week’s Divisional Playoff game, Atlanta has scored a touchdown on its first possession in each of the past seven games. Atlanta advanced to the championship game last Saturday, taking Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks to task in the Georgia Dome, coming away 36-20. Atlanta erased a 10-9 second quarter deficit, taking the lead for keeps as Matt Bryant nailed a 35-yard field goal with 6:06 left before the intermission. Atlanta then floored the gas and took a 19-10 lead with them to the locker room when RB Tevin Coleman and Ryan connected on a 14-yard TD pass with 53 seconds left. After RB DeVonta Freeman scored from a yard out halfway through the third quarter, Seattle managed to pull to within two scores when Steven Hauschka kicked a 26-yard field goal to make it a 26-13 game. Bryant’s second field goal, a 31-yarder with 14:57 left to play and a Mohamed Sanu 3-yard TD pass Ryan ended the scoring for Atlanta and allowed them to put the contest away. While Seattle outrushed Atlanta 101-99, Ryan outpaced Russell Wilson (two TDs, two interceptions, three sacks) 338-225 in passing yardage. Atlanta was 50 percent on third down conversions, going 6 of 12 and kept the ball for 33:19, while the Seahawks were 5 of 11 on third down, keeping the pigskin for 26:41.

In post-season play, the Packers lead the series 2-1 and have outscored Atlanta 92-68. Atlanta’s only post-season win over Green Bay came in 2002 when they came into Lambeau and came away 27-7 winners in the NFC Wild Card round, while Green Bay’s last win over Atlanta in post-season action came in the Big Peach in 2010 by a final of 48-21 in the NFC Divisional Playoffs.

They met in the Big Peach in week eight and the Falcons managed to come away 33-32 winners over Rodgers and the Packers. Green Bay led 24-19 at the half and the Packers were leading by 4 with 31 seconds left when Ryan and WR Mohamed Sanu connected on an 11-yard TD pass to take the lead for keeps. Atlanta then held off the Packers and Ryan as they had one last chance to take the lead back. Green Bay outrushed Atlanta 108-90, while Ryan threw for 288 yards and three TDs, including the game-winner. Rodgers threw for 246 yards and four TDs in the late-afternoon contest at the Georgia Dome. Green Bay went 6 of 10 on third down tries, 0 of 1 on fourth down and held on to the ball for 31:17, while the Falcons, who went 4 of 9 and 1 of 1 on third and fourth downs, kept the pigskin for 28:43.

In the week eight contest in the Big Peach, Atlanta was favored by 3 and won by a single point, missing the spread. Both teams achieved the 52 1/2 over/under by scoring 65 points. The Falcons are favored again, this time by 4 and the over/under’s 61. Both offenses are capable of making that number happen and both teams have QBs that will all but be in Canton when they hang up their cleats. Green Bay’s looking for revenge, while Atlanta looks to close out the final game in the Georgia Dome with a win under their wings. The Halas trophy’s going to love their Southern home as Atlanta will take this one but expect Green Bay to make it a lot closer than the 4.

Pittsburgh (11-5, AFC North Champion, 3rd seed) at New England (14-2, AFC East Champion, 1st seed), 6:40 p.m. on CBS. Roethlisberger. Brady. They meet again and the setting’s not in western Pennsylvania. It’s in Foxboro and it’s for the AFC Championship. Ben Roethilsberger and Tom Brady meet for the right to be the AFC representative in Houston in two weeks.

The Steelers survived a late Kansas City rally at Arrowhead last Sunday night (the game was scheduled to be an afternoon contest but the NFL moved the kick time to evening because of weather), coming away 18-16 winners over the Chiefs. Pittsburgh erased a 7-6 first quarter deficit at Arrowhead last Sunday, took a 12-7 lead into the break and then held off what the Chiefs hoped would be the tying TD when Kansas City’s Spencer Ware scored from a yard out with 2:43 left in the contest.
Kansas City then went for two, in hopes of tying the contest up and perhaps sending it into overtime when Alex Smith (172 yards, TD, interception) and TE Demetrius Harris connected on what they thought was a successful try. There was one small problem… there was a yellow piece of fabric on the ground, as OT Eric Fisher was called for holding. The ball got moved back 10 yards, the Chiefs tried again, only to fail and the Steelers, who got all of their scoring from six Chris Boswell field goals, ran out the clock and took the win. Pittsburgh outrushed Kansas City 171-61, with RB LeVeon Bell leading all rushers with 170 of those yards, while Roethlisberger threw for 224 yards. Neither club did anything for their fan bases to celebrate about on third down, as the Steelers were 7 of 15, while the Chiefs were 2 of 9 (Kansas City did strike pay dirt on fourth down, going 2 of 2) and Pittsburgh ruled the clock and held on to the ball for 34:13 to Kansas City’s 25:47.

New England led Houston from start to finish, beating the Texans 34-16 in the AFC Divisional contest in Foxboro. Although the Texans made the contest close at halftime, Brady and the Pats led 17-13 at the intermission, then pulled away from Houston to advance to the championship round, outscoring Houston 17-3 in the final 30 minutes of action. Houston did manage to outrush New England 104-98 but Brady threw for 287 yards and a pair of TDs along with two interceptions, while Houston’s Brock Osweiler threw for 198 yards, a TD and three interceptions (Osweiler was sacked three times, while Brady was sacked twice). New England was 5 of 14 on third down conversions and held on to the ball for 27:30, while Houston, who was 3 of 16 on third down tries, ruled the clock, holding the pigskin for 32:30.

They met this year at Heinz Field and New England were 27-16 winners in week seven. New England led 14-17 at the half over a Roethlisberger-less Steelers club and outscored Pittsburgh 13-6 in the final 30 minutes of play. LeGarrett Blount ran for 127 yards and a pair of TDs (New England outrushed Pittsburgh 140-94), while Brady (222  yards) threw a pair of TDs, including a 36-yard strike to Gronkowski. Pittsburgh’s Landry Jones, taking over for Roethilsberger, threw for 281 yards and one TD to WR Darrius Heyward-Bey, while throwing an interception. New England, who turned the ball over twice, kept the ball for 27:31, going 7 of 12 on third down, while Pittsburgh ruled the clock and held the ball for 32:29 and went 5 of 16 and 1 of 2 on third and fourth downs.

In post-season play, the Patriots hold a 3-1 lead in the series and have outscored the Steelers 99-54. New England’s last post-season win came in 2004 in the Steel City by a final of 41-27 in the AFC Championship, while Pittsburgh’s lone win over the Pats in post-season action came in 1997 at old Three Rivers Stadium by a final of 7-6.

New England covered the 7-point spread in week seven, winning by 11 at Heinz Field. The 45 1/2 over/under was safe, as both teams could only muster 43 points. The Pats are the favored ones again, this time by 6 and the over/under’s 51. The winner gets to hold the Lamar Hunt trophy and be the AFC’s representative in Houston, while the loser gets lovely parting gifts, including clearing out their lockers. New England can pack their bags and head to Houston. Pats win but this could get closer than the 6.