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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

 

 

For 20 NFL teams, their seasons came to an end Sunday afternoon. While those teams are preparing for the upcoming draft and hiring new coaches, 12 other teams have made it to their goal of getting to the playoffs. It’s this time of year that becomees a little different. In a 16-game schedule, you lose a game, your next game is next week. Here, you lose and your next game is next year. Win and advance. That’s the goal for the 12 that are left standing. Eight of those teams get underway this weekend, while the other four (Dallas, Atlanta, New England and Kansas City) get to prepare for the next round because they have byes and will host next Saturday and Sunday.

ICYMI: The road to the AFC Championship goes through Foxoboro! New England, with their 35-14 win at Miami, clinched the No. 1 seed and home-field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs.

The Kansas City Chiefs defeated San Diego 37-27, allowing them to win the AFC West and earned a first-round bye due to today’s victory combined with Oakland’s 24-6 loss at Denver.

Oakland enters the postseason as the number 5 seed and travels to Houston, who won the AFC South title.

Pittsburgh needed overtime to beat the Cleveland Browns and will host the Miami Dolphins in the Wild Card round at Heinz Field on Sunday.

In the NFC, Dallas secured the top seed in the NFC and has home-field advantage throughout the the NFC playoffs.

Atlanta, already with the NFC South title in hand, secured the number two seed with their 38-32 win over their NFC South rivals from New Orleans. The contest was the 199th and final regualr-season contest for the Georgia Dome and the Falcons will be moving to the Mercedes-Benz Dome next door.

The NFC North champion was determined Sunday as Green Bay defeated Detoit 31-24 at Ford Field in the Motor City. Both teams clinched a playoff berth earlier in the day with the NEW YORK GIANTS’ 19-10 win at Washington. Green Bay secured the number 4 seed and host the Giants in the Wild Card round.

The Seattle Seahawks have clinched the NFC West, taking the 3rd seed and will host Detroit Saturday afternoon.

New England quarterback Tom Brady completed 25 of 33 passes (75.8 percent) for 276 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions for a 130.4 passer rating in the Patriots’ 35-14 win at Miami. Brady finished the regular season with 28 touchdown passes and two interceptions, recording the highest touchdown/interception ratio in NFL history.

Brady has 51 career games with at least three touchdown passes and no interceptions, tying Peyton Manning for the most such games in league history.

Dallas rookie quarterback Dak Prescott finished the regular season with a 104.9 passer rating and surpassed Robert Griffin III (102.4 in 2012) for the highest single-season passer rating by a rookie quarterback in NFL history.

Prescott completed 311 of 459 passes (67.8 percent) for 3,667 yards with 23 touchdowns and four interceptions this season. His 0.9 interception percentage is the lowest by a rookie quarterback in NFL history (minimum 200 passing attempts).

Cowboys rookie running back Ezekiel Elliott leads the league with 1,631 rushing yards. Elliott, who has the third-highest rushing total by a rookie in NFL history, would be the fifth rookie since 1970 to lead the league in rushing yards and the first since Edgerrin James (1,553 yards) in 1999.

Atlanta quarterback Matt Ryan completed 27 of 36 passes (75.0 percent) for 331 yards with four touchdowns and no interceptions for a 139.9 passer rating in the Falcons’ 38-32 win over New Orleans.

Ryan completed 373 of 534 passes (69.9 percent) for 4,944 yards with 38  touchdowns and seven interceptions for a 117.1 passer rating, the fifth-highest single-season passer rating in NFL history.

Ryan’s opponent, New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees passed for 350 yards and two touchdowns against Atlanta. Brees has 5,208 passing yards this season, the fourth-highest single-season passing total in NFL history.

Brees, who also recorded 5,000 passing yards in 2008, 2011, 2012 and 2013, owns five of the NFL’s nine all-time 5,000-yard passing seasons and is the only quarterback in NFL history to pass for at least 5,000 yards in multiple seasons.

Minnesota quarterback Sam Bradford completed 25 of 33 passes (75.8 percent) for 250 yards with three touchdowns in the Vikings’ 38-10 victory over NFC North rival Chicago. Bradford completed 395 of 552 passes for a 71.6 completion percentage this season, the highest single-season completion percentage in NFL history, surpassing Drew Brees’ mark of 71.2 percent (468 of 657) in 2011.

Tampa Bay quarterback Jameis Winston passed for 202 yards and a touchdown in the Buccaneers’ 17-16 win over Carolina. Winston, who passed for 4,042 yards as a rookie last year, finished this season with a career-high 4,090 passing yards. He is the first player in NFL history to record at least 4,000 passing yards in each of his first two seasons. Winston has 50 career touchdown passes and is the fifth player in league history to throw at least 50 touchdown passes in his first two seasons.

Arizona wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald had five receptions, including a touchdown, in the Cardinals’ 44-6 win at Los Angeles. Fitzgerald leads the NFL with 107 catches and at 33 years, 123 days old, would be the oldest player to lead the league in receptions since Pro Football Hall of Famer Jerry Rice (34 years, 71 days) in 1996.

After an exciting finish to the regular season, the NFL’s second season has arrived.

“The only thing that matters is what we do now,” says Dallas head coach Jason Garrett, who led the Cowboys to a 13-3 record and the number 1 seed in the NFC. “We’ve put ourselves in a great position. It’s time to get back to work.”

“We’ve got four games left to win it all,” Pittsburgh safety Mike Mitchell told KDKA-TV. “We’re on a nice winning streak now, so I know we can do it. We’ve got a lot of work to do but the road is getting very narrow. We can see the light at the end of the tunnel. We just have to finish and execute. That’s what these games are about.”

Week 17 came right down to the wire. Sunday’s excitement was due in part to having 16 divisional games played on the season’s final day, a tradition instituted in 2010. Two divisions (AFC West and NFC North) wound up being “winner-take-all” situations and were decided on the last day of the regular season, including the NFC North in game No. 256 of 256 as Green Bay defeated Detroit to claim the division title.

“It’s a huge accomplishment to win the NFC North,” Packers linebacker Clay Matthews told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
“Now we get a home game and can keep this playoff atmosphere and vibe that we’ve had for the past six weeks going. We didn’t want to limp into the playoffs. We finished strong. Now that we’re in the playoffs, it’s all about taking it to the next level.”

The final 12 teams are now set. It doesn’t matter how you got here. All that matters is that you’re here.

“Playing in the postseason is a great tribute to the way we’ve played all season and found ways to win games,” says New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning. Manning told the New York Times, WCBS Sports and USA Today, “We’re excited about the opportunity to be in the playoffs and having a chance to win a championship.”

The Giants are one of six new teams in this year’s playoff field, joining Atlanta, Dallas, Detroit, Miami and Oakland. Since the 12-team playoff format was adopted in 1990, at least four teams have qualified for the playoffs in every season that were not in the postseason the year before.

Let’s not forget the regular season, kids…

Close games and great comeback victories… new teams making the playoffs and winning divisions… consistent teams excelling once again… records falling… young players making their mark… and so much more.

The 2016 season had it all, including a fantastic finish.

Week 17 came right down to the wire as two division titles – the AFC West and NFC North – were decided on the season’s final day. Sunday’s excitement was due in part to having 16 divisional games played on the season’s final day, a tradition instituted in 2010.

Six of the NFL’s eight divisions featured new champions in 2016, the most in a season since 2011.

The 2016 season featured many exciting games with close finishes, as 57 percent were decided by one score – 146 of 256 games were decided by eight or fewer points, the most of any season in NFL history.

Each of the 12 teams still in Super Bowl LI contention can look back at the wild ride that was the 2016 regular season and appreciate how challenging the road to the playoffs was.

Dallas (13-3), led by rookie quarterback Dak Prescott and rookierunning back Ezekiel Elliott, wrapped up the Number 1 seed in the NFC for the first time since 2007.

“It is a whole new season now,” says Prescott of advancing to the postseason after finishing with the top record in the NFC. “Everything you do from this point on is really how you get looked at at the end of the year. So that is important to us, looking forward and playing a long time in this postseason,” he told the Dallas Morning News.

Since the 12-team playoff format was adopted in 1990, at least four teams have qualified for the playoffs in every season that were not in the postseason the year before. Six teams that missed the postseason in 2015 – Atlanta (11-5), Dallas (13-3), Detroit (9-7), Miami (10-6), the New York Giants (11-5) and Oakland (12-4) – accomplished the feat this year.

“It’s so much fun when you get a playoff game at home in front of your own crowd and the energy that kind of comes along with that,” says Atlanta head coach Dan Quinn, who helped guide the Falcons to the NFC South title. Quinn told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, WSB-TV, WXIA-TV and WAGA-TV, “It’s a byproduct of winning your division, where you’re guaranteed a home game. And then if you have a chance to go past that where better things can happen, then you go from there. It’s a significant thing and a really cool experience.”

The 2016 season also proved that consistency is difficult but not impossible, to maintain in the NFL. New England won their eighth consecutive AFC East division title (2009-present), surpassing the 1973-79 Rams for the most consecutive division championships in NFL history. The Patriots, who finished with a 14-2 record, tied the 2003-09 Colts as the only teams in NFL history with at least 12 wins in seven consecutive seasons.

Pittsburgh at 11-5 earned the 600th regular-season victory in franchise history this season, becoming the fourth franchise is NFL history to reach 600 wins. The Steelers (601) joined the Chicago Bears (744), Green Bay Packers (730) and New York Giants (684) as the only franchises with at least 600 regular-season victories.

The NFL is never short on surprises and that leads to the excitement we witnessed in 2016:

COMPELLING COMPETITION: Games continued to be close, as more than half of all games were decided by one score.

GAMES DECIDED BY ONE SCORE

POINTS – GAMES (PCT.)
8 or Fewer – 146 of 256 (57)
7 or Fewer – 135 of 256 (52.7)

This season, 146 of 256 games (57.0 percent) were decided by eight or fewer points, the most of any season in NFL history.

SEASON – MOST GAMES DECIDED BY EIGHT OR FEWER POINTS
2016 – 146
2015 – 140
2002 – 137
2011 – 132
2003 – 132

In 2016, 135 of 256 games (52.7 percent) were decided by seven or fewer points, also the most of any season in NFL history.

SEASON – MOST GAMES DECIDED BY SEVEN OR FEWER POINTS
2016 – 135
2015 – 131
2002 – 126
2011 – 125
2003 – 124

Seventy-two percent of games (184 of 256) were within eight points in the fourth quarter, the highest percentage since the institution of the two-point conversion in 1994.

The 184 games are the most of any season in NFL history.

SEASON – MOST GAMES WITHIN ONE SCORE IN FOURTH QUARTER
2016 – 184
2002 – 177
2004 – 175
2015 – 174
2013 – 174

170 of the season’s 256 games (66.4 percent) were within seven points in the fourth quarter, the most of any season in NFL history.

SEASON – MOST GAMES WITHIN ONE SCORE IN FOURTH QUARTER
2016 -170
2013 – 168
2010 – 167
2004 – 167
2002 – 167

Games continued to have a flare for the dramatic, as tight contests frequentlycame down to the wire.

In 2016, the average margin of victory was 10.23 points per game, the third-smallest margin in NFL history and the lowest figure since 1935 (10.08 points per game).

The lowest single-season margins of victory in NFL history:

SEASON – MARGIN OF VICTORY

1932 – 9.13
1935 – 10.08
2016 – 10.23
1994 – 10.42
1938 – 10.58

There were 72 games won by teams that trailed in the fourth quarter in 2016, the most such games in a season in NFL history, surpassing the previous high of 70 in 1989.

SEASON – GAMES WON AFTER TRAILING IN 4TH QUARTER
2016 – 72
1989 – 70
2013 – 69
2015 – 67
2008 – 67
2001 – 67

THESE CATS HAVE MORE THAN NINE LIVES: The Detroit Lions won eight games when trailing in the fourth quarter in 2016, the most in a single season in NFL history.

The teams with the most wins after trailing in the fourth quarter in a single season in NFL history:

SEASON – TEAM (GAMES WON AFTER TRAILING IN 4TH QUARTER)
2016 – Detroit (8)
2009 – Indianapolis (7)
Many Tied with 6

Dallas clinched the NFC East division title, which marked the 13th time in the past 14 seasons that one or more teams went from last or tied for last place to a division championship the following year.

The teams to go from “worst-to-first” in their division since 2003:

SEASON – TEAM (RECORD / PRIOR SEASON RECORD)
2003 – Carolina (11-5 / 7-9)
2003 – Kansas City (13-3 / 8-8)*
2004 – Atlanta (11-5 / 5-11)
2004 – San Diego (12-4 / 4-12)*
2005 – Chicago (11-5 / 5-11)
2005 – New York Giants (11-5 / 6-10)*
2005 – Tampa Bay (11-5 / 5-11)
2006 – Baltimore (13-3 / 6-10)*
2006 – New Orleans (10-6 / 3-13)
2006 – Philadelphia (10-6 / 6-10)
2007 – Tampa Bay (9-7 / 4-12)
2008 – Miami (11-5 / 1-15)
2009 – New Orleans (13-3 / 8-8)**
2010 – Kansas City (10-6 / 4-12)
2011 – Denver (8-8 / 4-12)
2011 – Houston (10-6 / 6-10)*
2012 – Washington (10-6 / 5-11)
2013 – Carolina (12-4 / 7-9)*
2013 – Philadelphia (10-6 / 4-12)
2015 – Washington (9-7 / 4-12)
2016 – Dallas (13-3 / 4-12)

* Tied for last place
** Won Super Bowl

New England captured their eighth consecutive division title, the longest streak in NFL history, breaking a tie with the 1973-79 Los Angeles Rams (seven). The Patriots are the only team in NFL history to win 13 division titles in a 14-year span.

SCORING: A total of 11,661 points were scored during the 2016 season, the third-highest total all-time (11,985 points in 2013 and 11,680 points in 2015). Games averaged 45.55 points per game, the third-highest average since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger and trailing only the 46.82 points per game average in 2013 and the 45.63 average in 2015. In all, 1,306 total touchdowns were scored, also the third-most all-time.

Nine teams scored at least 400 points this season – Atlanta (540), New Orleans (469), New England (441), Green Bay (432), Dallas (421), Arizona (418), Oakland (416), Indianapolis (411) and San Diego (410) – tying the 2008, 2012, 2014 and 2015 seasons for the second-most all-time. Those nine teams combined for a .601 winning percentage and five qualified for the playoffs.

PASSING: NFL QBs put together a historically proficient and prolific year in 2016.

The league-wide completion percentage (63.0) tied the previous record set in 2015, while the league-wide passer rating (89.3) ranked second behind only the 2015 season (90.2). There were 786 touchdown passes thrown in 2016, the fourth-highest total in NFL history.

The league-wide interception percentage of 2.3 percent was the lowest of any season in NFL history, surpassing the previous mark of 2.4 in 2015.

Games averaged 700.8 total net yards per game, the second-best mark in NFL annals (705.3 in 2015). Explosive passing offenses fueled that trend, with an average of 483.0 net passing yards per game, the second-highest total all-time (487.6 in 2015).

There were 57 individual performances with three touchdown passes without an interception in 2016, the third-highest of any season in NFL history (59 in 2015, 58 in 2014).

New England quarterback Tom Brady (205) surpassed Peyton Manning (200) as the all-time wins leader (including playoffs) in NFL history.

Brady finished the regular season with 28 touchdown passes and two interceptions, recording the highest touchdown/interception ratio in NFL history.

Quarterbacks Drew Brees of New Orleans and Tom Brady of New England both climbed higher on the all-time list for career passing yards. Brees ranks third all-time in passing yards (66,111), while Brady ranks fourth (61,582), as both players surpassed Pro Football Hall of Famer Dan Marino (61,361) during the 2016 season. Only Peyton Manning (71,940) and Pro Football Hall of Famer Brett Farve (71,838) have more career passing yards.

The New York Giants’ Eli Manning (320), San Diego’s Philip Rivers (314) and Pittsburgh’s Ben Roethlisberger (301) each reached 300 career passing touchdowns during the season, becoming the eighth, ninth and tenth quarterbacks in NFL history, respectively, to reach the mark.

Atlanta quarterback Matt Ryan recorded a 117.1 passer rating in 2016, the fifth-highest single-season passer rating in NFL history.

New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees led the NFL with 5,208 passing yards in 2016, the fourth-highest passing yardage total in league history. Brees is the first player to lead the league in passing yards seven times, extending his NFL record.

Brees (2008, 2011-13, 2016) has five of the nine individual 5,000-yard passing seasons in NFL history and is the only quarterback in league history to pass for at least 5,000 yards in multiple seasons. Brees also has 53,763 passing yards in his 11 seasons with the Saints, is the sixth quarterback to pass for 50,000 yards with one team.

Brees had two 400-yard passing games in 2016. In 16 seasons, Brees has 15 career 400-yard passing games, surpassing Peyton Mannig (14) for the most such games in NFL history.

Brees had a league-leading 10 300-yard passing games in 2016 and his 106 career 300-yard passing games are the most in NFL history.

Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers led the NFL with 40 passing touchdowns in 2016. Rodgers, who passed for 45 touchdowns in 2011, became the fourth player in NFL history with at least 40 touchdown passes in multiple seasons, joining Pro Football Hall of Famer Dan MArino (two), Peyton Manning (two) and Drew Brees (two).

Brees ranked third in the NFL with 37 touchdown passes, joining Tom Brady (four), Manning (four) and Rodgers (four) as the only players in NFL history with at least 35 touchdown passes in four different seasons.

Brees has passed for at least 30 touchdowns in nine consecutive seasons, extending his NFL-record streak.

Detroit quarterback Matthew Stafford led the Lions on eight game-winning drives in the fourth quarter or overtime in 2016, the most such drives by a quarterback in a single season since 1970.

Tampa Bay quarterback Jameis Winston had 4,090 passing yards and became the irst player in NFL history with at least 4,000 passing yards in each of his first two seasons.

Winston (50) is one of only five quarterbacks to pass for at least 50 touchdowns over his first two seasons, joining Pro Football Hall of Famer Dan Marino (68), Derek Carr (53), Peyton Mannign (52) and Russell Wilson (52).

Minnesota quarterback Sam Bradford completed 395 of 552 attempts for an NFL-record 71.6 completion percentage, surpassing Drew Brees’ record of 71.2 percent in 2011.

Dallas rookie quarterback Dak Prescott passed for 3,667 yards with 23  touchdowns and four interceptions for a 104.9 rating in 2016. Prescott joined Tom Brady (2010, 2016) as the only quarterbacks in NFL history with at least 3,500 passing yards and fewer than five interceptions in a season and is the first rookie in NFL history to accomplish the feat.

RUSHING & RECEIVING: Several running backs enjoyed historic seasons in 2016:

Seven players registered at least 10 rushing touchdowns in 2016 – New England’s Le Garrette Blount (18), Arizona’s David Johnson (16), Dallas’ Ezekiel Elliott (15), Buffalo’s Le Sean McCoy (13), Oakland’s Latavius Murray (12), Atlanta’s Devonta Freeman (11) and San Diego’s Melvin Gordon (10).

Twelve players registered at least 1,000 rushing yards this season – Elliott (1,631), Chicago’s Jordan Howard (1,313), Tennessee’s De Marco Murray (1,287), Miami’s Jay Ajayi (1,272), Pittsburgh’s Le’Veon Bell (1,268), McCoy (1,267), Johnson (1,239), Blount (1,161), Freeman (1,079), Houston’s Lamar Miller (1,073), New Orleans’ Mark Ingram (1,043) and Indianapolis’ Frank Gore (1,025).

Dallas running back Ezekiel Elliott led the NFL with 1,631 rushing yards this season, becoming the fifth rookie since 1970 to lead the league in rushing yards and the first since Edgerrin James (1,553 yards) in 1999.

Elliott had 1,994 scrimmage yards (1,631 rushing, 363 receiving) this season, the third-highest total by a rookie in NFL history, trailing only Pro Football Hall of Famer Eric Dickerson (2,212 in 1983) and James (2,139 in 1999). Indianapolis running back Frank Gore (13,065) became the eighth player in NFL history to reach 13,000 career rushing yards.

Gore, who had 1,025 rushing yards this season, became the fifth player in NFL history with at least nine seasons of 1,000 rushing yards, joining Pro Football Hall of Famers Emmitt Smith (11), Curtis Martin (10), Walter Payton (10) and Barry Sanders (10).

Three players registered at least 100 receptions in 2016 – Arizona’s Larry Fitzgerald (107), Pittsburgh’s Antonio Brown (106) and the New York Giants’ Odell Beckham, Jr. (101).

Six players recorded at least 1,200 receiving yards in 2016 – Indianapolis’ T.Y. Hilton (1,448), Atlanta’ Julio Jones (1,409), Beckham (1,367), Tampa Bay’s Mike Evans (1,321), Brown (1,284) and Green Bay’s Jordy Nelson (1,257).

Five players had at least 10 touchdown catches in 2016 – Nelson (14), GreenBay’s Davante Adams (12), Brown (12), Evans (12) and Beckham (10).

Arizona wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald led the NFL with 107 catches 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 four career seasons with at least 100 catches, trailing only Brandon Marshall (six), Andre Johnson (five) and Wes Welker (five) all-time.

Pittsburgh wide receiver Antonio BrownN ranked second in the NFL with 106 catches this season 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 catches, tying Harrison (four from 1999-2002) for the most consecutive 100-catch seasons in NFL history.

Wide receivers Larry Fitzgerald of Arizona and ANQUAN BOLDIN of Detroit each played in their 200th career games in Week 16. Fitzgerald (1,116) has the most career receptions in a player’s first 200 games in NFL history, surpassing Pro Football Hall of Famer Jerry Rice (1,115).

Boldin had 1,067 career receptions through 200 career games, the fourth-highest total in NFL history. The only players with more are Fitzgerald (1,116), Rice (1,115) and Pro Football Hall of Famer Marvin Harrison (1,102).

Boldin had 67 catches this season, the 14th consecutive season he has caught 50+ passes since entering the league in 2003. That is the longest streak to begin a career in NFL history.

Fitzgerald, who recorded his 13th consecutive season with 50+ catches, has the second-longest such streak to begin a career.

New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham, Jr. finished third in the NFL with a career-high 101 catches. Beckham has 288 receptions through his first three seasons, tied with Miami’s JARVIS LANDRY for the most through a player’s first three seasons in NFL history.

Beckham has 4,122 receiving yards through his first three seasons and is one of only two players in NFL history to record at least 4,000 receiving yards in his first three seasons (Randy Moss, 4,163 from 1998-2000).

Beckham and Landry are the only two players in NFL history with at least 80 catches in each of their first three seasons in the NFL.

Baltimore wide receiver Steve Smith, Sr., who has 1,031 career catches, became the 14th player in NFL history to reach 1,000 career receptions.

Smith (14,731) climbed to seventh place in NFL history in receiving yards, while Arizona’s Larry Fitzgerald (14,389) moved into ninth place all-time.

San Diego tight end Antonio Gates had seven receiving touchdowns in 2016 and has 111 career touchdown catches, tying Tony Gonzalez for the most by a tight end in NFL history.

Gates brought his career receiving yards total to 11,192, becoming the third tight end in NFL history to reach 11,000 career receiving yards, joining Gonzalez (15,127) and Jason Witten (11,888).

Carolina tight end Greg Olsen, who had 1,073 receiving yards this season, became the first tight end in NFL history to record three consecutive seasons with at least 1,000 receiving yards.

VERSATILE PERFORMANCES: Arizona running back DAVID JOHNSON led the league with 2,118 scrimmage yards (1,239 rushing, 879 receiving) and became the fourth different player with at least 1,200 rushing yards and 800 receiving yards in a single season, joining Pro Football Hall of Famer Marshall (1998-2000), Steven Jackson (2006) and Le’Veon Bell (2014).

Johnson recorded at least 100 scrimmage yards in each of his first 15 games this season, becoming the first player in NFL history to start a season with 15 consecutive games with 100+ scrimmage yards.

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.

Indianapolis running back Frank Gore, who has 13,065 rushing yards and 414 receptions in his career, became the fifth player in NFL history with at least 13,000 rushing yards and 400 receptions. Gore joined Pro Football Hall of Famers Curtis Martin, Walter Payton and Emmitt Smith and La Dainian Tomlinson as the only players to accomplish the feat.

Gore had 1,302 scrimmage yards (1,025 rushing, 277 receiving) this season, becoming the first player in NFL history to record at least 1,200 scrimmage yards in 11 consecutive seasons.

Philadelphia’s Darren Sproles had two receiving touchdowns in 2016, bringing his career total to 30 touchdown catches. Sproles is the only player in NFL history with at least 30 receiving touchdowns (30), 20 rushing touchdowns (22) and five punt-return touchdowns (seven).

Kansas City rookie wide receiver-return specialist Tyreek Hill became the first player since Pro Football Hall of Famer Gale Sayers in 1965 to have a rushing touchdown, receiving touchdown and kickoff-return touchdown in the same game in the Chiefs’ Week 12 overtime victory at Denver.

Hill is the only player in NFL history to record at least three receiving touchdowns (six), three rushing touchdowns (three) and three total kick-return touchdowns (three) in a single season.

GETTING THEIR KICKS: Indianapolis kicker Adam Vinatieri converted 43 consecutive field-goal attempts dating back to 2015, the longest streak in NFL history, surpassing Mike Vanderjagt’s previous record of 42.

With 125 points this season, Vinatieri became the only player in NFL history to score 100+ points in 19 different seasons.

Oakland kicker Sebastian Janikowski, who has converted 55 career 50+ yard field goals, surpassed Jason Hanson (52) for the most 50-yard field goals in NFL history.

Baltimore kicker Justin Tucker converted 10 50+ yard field goals in 2016, tying Blair Walsh (10) for the most 50-yard field goals in a single season in NFL history.

Tucker converted 38 of 39 field goal attempts (97.4 percent) in 2016, the third-highest single-season field-goal percentage in NFL history (minimum 20 attempts). Only Gary Anderson (35 of 35 in 1998) and Mike Vanderjagt (37 of 37 in 2003) have higher single-season field-goal percentages.

DEFENSE: With all that offense, defenses were heard from as well. Four of the top fiveNFL teams in scoring defense qualified for the playoffs – New England (15.6), the New York Giants (17.8), Seattle (18.3) and Dallas (19.1). Those four clubs had a combined winning percentage of .758.

Four of the top five teams in turnover margin advanced to the postseason and won at least 10 games each – Kansas City (+16), Oakland (+16), New England (+12) and Atlanta (+11). Those four clubs had a combined .766 winning percentage.

Green Bay linebacker Julius Peppers had 7.5 sacks and climbed to fifth place on the NFL’s all-time sack leaderboard with 143.5 career sacks. Denver linebacker De Marcus Ware had four sacks and has 138.5 sacks in his career, the eighth-most in the NFL since the statistic became official in 1982.

Kansas City safety Eric Berry became the first player to return an interception for both a touchdown and a two-point conversion in the same game in the Chiefs’ Week 13 win at Atlanta.

Berry 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 over the Falcons, marking the first game-winning defensive two-point conversion scored when his team was trailing since the rule was adopted in 2015. He also added a 37-yard interception-return touchdown in the contest.

The Arizona Cardinals (Markus Golden, 12.5; Chandler Jones, 11) and Seattle Seahawks (Cliff Avril, 11.5; Frank Clark, 10) were the only teams with two players who each had double-digit sacks.

New York Giants cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (six) and safety Landon Collins (five) were the only pair of NFL teammates with at least five interceptions in 2016.

Atlanta linebacker Vic Beasley, Jr. led the NFL with 15.5 sacks and tied for the league lead with six forced fumbles in 2016, becoming the first player in franchise history to record at least 15 sacks and five forced fumbles in a single season.

New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul 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, the first year individual sacks became an official statistic, when he registered a career-high three sacks and a 43-yard fumble-return touchdown in the Giants’ Week 12 victory at Cleveland.

Oakland defensive end Khalil Mack recorded at least one sack in eight consecutive games in 2016, tying for the sixth-longest streak in the NFL since the sack became an official statistic in 1982.

Mack was the only player in the NFL this season with at least 10 sacks (11) and an interception-return touchdown.

REMARKABLE ROOKIES: Dallas quarterback Dak Prescott completed 311 of 459 passes (67.8 percent) for 3,667 yards with 23 touchdowns and four interceptions for a 104.9 passer rating, the highest single-season passer rating by a rookie quarterback in NFL history.

Prescott’s 0.9 interception percentage is the lowest by a rookie quarterback in NFL history (minimum 200 passing attempts). The rookie began his career with 176 consecutive pass attempts without an interception, surpassing Tom Brady (162) for the most pass attempts without an interception to start a career.

Prescott helped guide the Cowboys to a 13-3 record, tying Ben Roethlisberger (13 in 2004) for the most wins by a rookie starting quarterback in NFL history.

Dallas running back Ezekiel Elliott led the NFL with 1,631 rushing yards this season, the third-highest single-season total by a rookie running in NFL history, trailing only Pro Football Hall of Famer Eric Dickerson (1,808 in 1983) and George Rogers (1,674 in 1981).

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

Chicago rookie running back Jordan Howard finished second in the NFL with 1,313 rushing yards in 2016. Elliott and Howard became the first pair of rookies to finish first and second in the league in rushing yards since Paul Robinson (1,023) and Robert Holmes (866) of the AFL in 1968. Philadelphia quarterback Carson Wentz became the first rookie since 1970 to start and win his team’s first three games to begin a season without throwing an interception.

Wentz, who had 379 completions this season, set the NFL record for the most completions by a rookie, surpassing SAM BRADFORD (354 in 2010).

Kansas City rookie wide receiver-return specialist Tyreek Hill had six receiving touchdowns, three rushing touchdowns, two punt-return touchdowns and one kick-return touchdown in 2016, joining Pro Football Hall of Famer Gale Sayers (1965) as the only players in NFL history to have at least five receiving touchdowns, three rushing touchdowns, a kick-return touchdown and a punt-return touchdown in the same season.

Houston wide receiver Will Fuller had a five-yard touchdown catch and a 67-yard punt-return touchdown in the Texans’ Week 4 win over Tennessee, becoming the fourth rookie in the past 15 years to record both a touchdown catch and a punt-return touchdown in the same game.

WHAT TO LOOK FOR – WILD CARD WEEKEND

FROM WILD CARD ROUND TO SUPER BOWL: Winners in the Wild Card round have won the Super Bowl nine times. At least one Super Bowl participant in six of the past 11 years played a Wild Card Game.

The Wild Card round participants to win the Super Bowl:

SEASON – TEAM (SUPER BOWL RESULT)
1980 – Oakland (Defeated Philadelphia in Super Bowl XV, 27-10)
1997 – Denver (Defeated Green Bay in Super Bowl XXXII, 31-24)
2000 – Baltimore (Defeated New York Giants in Super Bowl XXXV, 34-7)
2005 – Pittsburgh (Defeated Seattle in Super Bowl XL, 21-10)
2006 – Indianapolis (Defeated Chicago in Super Bowl XLI, 29-17)
2007 – New York Giants (Defeated New England in Super Bowl XLII, 17-14)
2010 – Green Bay (Defeated Pittsburgh in Super Bowl XLV, 31-25)
2011 – New York Giants (Defeated New England in Super Bowl XLVI, 21-17)
2012 – Baltimore (Defeated San Francisco in Super Bowl XLVII, 34-31)

WINNING PARTICIPANTS: Pittsburgh, Green Bay and Oakland will each be playing on Wild Card Weekend. Oakland travels to Houston
at 4:35 p.m. on ESPN/ABC on Saturday in the opening game of Wild Card Weekend. On Sunday, Pittsburgh will host Miami at 1:05 p.m. on CBS, while Green Bay will face the New York Giants at Lambeau Field at 4:40 p.m. on FOX.

The Steelers (34) are tied with Dallas (34) for the most postseason wins in NFL history, while the Packers (32) and Raiders (25) rank third and sixth, respectively, in all-time playoff victories. New England, who is the Number 1 overall seed in the AFC, have 29 postseason victories, the fifth-most all-time.

The teams with the most postseason wins in NFL history:

TEAM (WINS-LOSSES, WIN PCT.; SUPER BOWL WINS)
Pittsburgh (34-23, .596; 6)*
Dallas (34-26, .567; 5)**
Green Bay (32-21, .604; 4)*
San Francisco (30-20, .600; 5)
New England (29-19, .604; 4)**
Oakland (25-18, .581; 3)*
*Play this weekend
**First-round bye

Green Bay (.604) owns the third-best winning percentage in postseason history, while Pittsburgh (.596) and Oakland (.581) rank fifth and sixth, respectively.

The teams with the highest postseason winning percentage in NFL history:

TEAM (WIN PCT. WINS-LOSSES; SUPER BOWL WINS)
Baltimore Ravens (.652, 15-8; 2)
New England (.604, 29-19; 4)**
Green Bay (.604, 32-21; 4)*
San Francisco (.600, 30-20; 5)
Pittsburgh (.596, 34-23; 6)*
Oakland (.581, 25-18; 3)*
*Play this weekend
**First-round bye

PROLIFIC PASSERS: Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers has thrown for at least 300 yards in four postseason games in his career.

With 300 passing yards against the Giants on Sunday, Rodgers would put himself in some pretty good company and would join Tom
Brady (10), Peyton Manning (nine), Drew Brees (six), Kurt Warner (six) and Pro Football Hall of Famers Joe Montana (six) and Dan Fouts (five) as the only quarterbacks to have at least five 300-yard passing games in NFL postseason history.

The quarterbacks with the most 300-yard passing performances in NFL postseason history:

PLAYER – MOST 300-YARD PASSING GAMES IN POSTSEASON
Tom Brady – 10*
Peyton Manning – 9
Drew Brees – 6
Joe Montana – 6 ^
Kurt Warner – 6
Dan Fouts – 5^
Aaron Rodgers – 4*
*Active in 2016 playoffs
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

Detroit quarterback Matthew Stafford has thrown for at least 300 passing yards in each of his first two career postseason starts.

With 300 passing yards on Saturday night at Seattle, Stafford will join Fouts as the only quarterbacks with at least 300 passing yards in each of his first three postseason games. Fouts recorded four consecutive games with 300 passing yards to begin his postseason career.

The most consecutive 300-yard passing contests to start a career in postseason history:

PLAYER – TEAM (CONSECUTIVE GAMES WITH 300+ PASSING YARDS)
Dan Fouts – San Diego (4)
Matthew Stafford – Detroit (2)*
Matt Hasselbeck – Seattle (2)
Marc Bulger – St. Louis Rams (2)
*Active streak

WINNING WILSON: Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson has led the Seahawks to five consecutive postseason appearances in his first five seasons in the NFL.

With a start against the Lions on Saturday night at Century Link Field, Wilson would join Joe Flacco (2008-12) as the only quarterbacks in the Super Bowl era to start a playoff game in each of his first five seasons beginning with his rookie year.

PLAYER, TEAM (SEASONS)
Joe Flacco, Baltimore (2008-12)
Russell Wilson, Seattle (2012-15)*
*Entering fifth postseason

With a win over Detroit on Saturday, Wilson, who has seven career playoff wins through his first four seasons, will tie Ben Roethlisberger (eight) for the third-most postseason victories by a starting quarterback in his first five seasons.

The quarterbacks with the most postseason victories in their first five seasons:

PLAYER, TEAM (SEASONS, POSTSEASON WINS)
Tom Brady, New England (2000-04, 9)
Joe Flacco, Baltimore (2008-12, 9)
Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh (2004-08, 8)
Russell Wilson, Seattle (2012-15, 7)*
*Entering fifth postseason

BIG-PLAY BOLDIN: Detroit wide receiver Anquan Boldin has eight touchdown receptions in his postseason career.

With two touchdown catches at Seattle on Saturday, Boldin would move into a tie for third place in touchdown receptions in NFL postseason history.

The players with the most touchdown catches in postseason history:
PLAYER – TOUCHDOWN CATCHES
Jerry Rice – 22^
John Stallworth – 12^
Fred Biletnikoff – 10^
Antonio Freeman – 10
Randy Moss – 10
Hines Ward – 10
Rob Gronkowski – 9
Andre Reed – 9^
Steve Smith Sr. – 9
Lynn Swann – 9^
Reggie Wayne – 9
Anquan Boldin – 8*
*Active in 2016 postseason
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

NEW FACES: Several teams may feature a quarterback making his first career playoff start. Among those are Dallas rookie DAK PRESCOTT, Houston’s Brock Osweiler, Miami’s Matt Moore and Ryan Tannehill and Oakland rookie Connor Cook.

With a start against Houston on Saturday, Oakland’s Cook would become the first quarterback in the Super Bowl era to make his first career start in the postseason.

The players with the most passing yards in their first career postseason start:

PLAYER, TEAM (SEASON, ROUND – PASSING YARDS)
Kelly Holcomb, Cleveland (2002, AFC Wild Card – 429)
Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay (2009, NFC Wlid Card – 423)
Randall Cunningham, Philadelphia (1988, NFC Divisonal – 407)
Kurt Warner, St. Louis Rams (1999, NFC Divisonal – 391)
Neil Lomax, St. Louis Cardinals (1982, NFC Wild Card – 385)

BOUNCING BACK: Miami overcame a 1-4 start to the 2016 season to make the playoffs with a 10-6 record. The Dolphins are the ninth team since 1990 to qualify for the postseason after starting a season with a 1-4 record.

With a win at Pittsburgh on Sunday, the Dolphins would become the sixth team since 1990 to win a postseason game after beginning a season with a 1-4 record. The Kansas City Chiefs accomplished the feat last season, defeating the Houston Texans 30-0 in the Wild Card round.

The teams to qualify for the postseason after beginning the season with a 1-4 record since 1990:

TEAM – SEASON (POSTSEASON WINS, ADVANCED TO)
Kansas City – 2015 (1, AFC Divisional Playoffs)
Denver – 2011 (1, AFC Divisional Playoffs)
New York Jets – 2002 (1, AFC Divisional Playoffs)
Tennessee – 2002 (1, AFC Championship)
San Diego – 1982 (1, AFC Divisional Playoffs)
Houston Texans – 2015 (0, AFC Wild Card Playoffs)
Green Bay – 2004 (0, NFC Wild Card Playoffs)
Houston Oilers – 1993 (0, AFC Divisional Playoffs)
Miami – 2016 (???, ???)*
*Play in Wild Card round on Sunday

FRESH FACES & CONSISTENT WINNERS HIGHLIGHT PLAYOFF FIELD: There are six new playoff teams in 2016: Atlanta, Dallas, Detroit, Miami, the New York Giants and Oakland. Since the 12-team playoff format was adopted in 1990, at least four teams have qualified for the playoffs in every season that were not in the postseason the year before.

The teams since 1990 to make the playoffs a season after failing to qualify:

SEASON – PLAYOFF TEAMS NOT IN PREVIOUS SEASON’S PLAYOFFS
1990 – 7 (Cincinnati, Chicago, Kansas City, Los Angeles Raiders, Miami, New Orleans, Washington)
1991 – 5 (Atlanta, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, New York Jets)
1992 – 6 (Miami, Minnesota, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, San Diego, San Francisco)
1993 – 5 (Denver, Detroit, Green Bay, Los Angeles Raiders, New York Giants)
1994 – 5 (Chicago, Cleveland, Miami, New England, San Diego)
1995 – 4 (Atlanta, Buffalo, Indianapolis, Philadelphia)
1996 – 5 (Carolina, Denver, Jacksonville, Minnesota, New England)
1997 – 5 (Detroit, Kansas City, Miami, New York Giants, Tampa Bay)
1998 – 5 (Arizona, Atlanta, Buffalo, Dallas, New York Jets)
1999 – 7 (Detroit, Indianapolis, St. Louis, Seattle, Tampa Bay, Tennessee, Washington)
2000 – 6 (Baltimore, Denver, New Orleans, New York Giants, Oakland, Philadelphia)
2001 – 6 (Chicago, Green Bay, New England, New York Jets, Pittsburgh, San Francisco)
2002 – 5 (Atlanta, Cleveland, Indianapolis, New York Giants, Tennessee)
2003 – 8 (Baltimore, Carolina, Dallas, Denver, Kansas City, New England, St. Louis, Seattle)
2004 – 5 (Atlanta, Minnesota, New York Jets, Pittsburgh, San Diego)
2005 – 7 (Carolina, Chicago, Cincinnati, Jacksonville, New York Giants, Tampa Bay, Washington)
2006 – 7 (Baltimore, Dallas, Kansas City, New Orleans, New York Jets, Philadelphia, San Diego)
2007 – 6 (Green Bay, Jacksonville, Pittsburgh, Tampa Bay, Tennessee, Washington)
2008 – 7 (Arizona, Atlanta, Baltimore, Carolina, Miami, Minnesota, Philadelphia)
2009 – 6 (Cincinnati, Dallas, Green Bay, New England, New Orleans, New York Jets)
2010 – 5 (Atlanta, Chicago, Kansas City, Pittsburgh, Seattle)
2011 – 6 (Cincinnati, Denver, Detroit, Houston, New York Giants, San Francisco)
2012 – 4 (Indianapolis, Minnesota, Seattle, Washington)
2013 – 5 (Carolina, Kansas City, New Orleans, Philadelphia, San Diego)
2014 – 5 (Arizona, Baltimore, Dallas, Detroit, Pittsburgh)
2015 – 4 (Houston, Kansas City, Minnesota, Washington)
2016 – 6 (Atlanta, Dallas, Detroit, Miami, New York Giants, Oakland)
Six of the NFL’s eight divisions featured new division champions from last season, the most in a season since 2011 (seven). Only New England (AFC East) and Houston (AFC South) were repeat division champions.

Division – 2016 winner (2015 winner)
AFC NORTH – Pittsburgh (Cincinnati)
AFC WEST – Kansas City (Denver
NFC EAST – Dallas (Washington)
NFC NORTH – Green Bay (Minnesota)
NFC SOUTH – Atlanta (Carolina)
NFC WEST – Seattle (Arizona)
In the 15 seasons since realignment in 2002, 28 of the 32 NFL teams have won a division title at least once.

How the 2016 playoff teams have fared in the 15 seasons since realignment in 2002 (2016 division winners in bold/italics):

TEAM (DIVISION TITLES, PLAYOFF BERTHS)
New England (13, 13)
Green Bay (9, 12)
Seattle (8, 11)
Pittsburgh (7, 10)
Atlanta (4, 7)
Dallas (4, 6)
Houston (4, 4)
New York Giants (3, 7)
Kansas City Chiefs
Miami (1, 2)
Oakland (1, 2)
Detroit (0, 3)

The Dallas Cowboys rebounded to win the NFC East after finishing in last place in 2015. This marked the 13th time in the past 14 seasons in which at least one team went from “worst-to-first” in its division.

The teams to go from “worst-to-first” in their divisions since 2003:

SEASON – TEAM (RECORD, PRIOR SEASON RECORD, ADVANCED TO)
2003 – Carolina (11-5, 7-9, Super Bowl XXXVIII)
2003 – Kansas City (13-3, 8-8, AFC Divisional Playoffs)*
2004 – Atlanta (11-5, 5-11, NFC Championship)
2004 – San Diego (12-4, 4-12, AFC Wild Card Playoffs)
2005 – Chicago (11-5, 5-11, NFC Divisional Playoffs)
2005 – Tampa Bay (11-5, 5-11, NFC Wild Card Playoffs)
2006 – Baltimore (13-3, 6-10, AFC Divisional Playoffs)
2006 – New Orleans (10-6, 3-13, NFC Championship)
2006 – Philadelphia (10-6, 6-10, NFC Divisional Playoffs)
2007 – Tampa Bay (9-7, 4-12, NFC Wild Card Playoffs)
2008 – Miami (11-5, 1-15, AFC Wild Card Playoffs)
2009 – New Orleans (13-3, 8-8, Won Super Bowl XLIV)
2010 – Kansas City (10-6, 4-12, AFC Wild Card Playoffs)
2011 – Denver (8-8, 4-12, AFC Divisional Playoffs)
2011 – Houston (10-6, 6-10, AFC Divisional Playoffs)*
2012 – Washington (10-6, 5-11, NFC Wild Card Playoffs)
2013 – Carolina (12-4, 7-9, NFC Divisional Playoffs)
2013 – Philadelphia (10-6, 4-12, NFC Wild Card Playoffs)
2015 – Washington (9-7, 4-12, NFC Wild Card Playoffs)
2016 – Dallas (13-3, 4-12, ???)
* Tied for last place

The 2016 field also showcases teams that have enjoyed recent postseason success. Since realignment in 2002, the New England Patriots have been to the playoffs 13 times, which is the most in the NFL. The Green Bay Packers are tied for second with 12 postseason berths and the Seattle Seahawks rank third with 11 playoff appearances.

The teams with the most playoff appearances since 2002 (includes 2016):

TEAM – POSTSEASON APPEARANCES
New England – 13 *
Green Bay – 12*
Indianapolis – 12
Seattle – 11*
Pittsburgh – 10*
Baltimore – 8
Denver – 8
Philadelphia – 8
*In 2016 postseason

Five of this season’s 12 playoff teams have won at least one Super Bowl since 2001, capturing eight of the past 15 Vince Lombardi Trophies. Those teams are Green Bay (XLV), New England (XXXVI, XXXVIII, XXXIX and XLIX), the New York Giants (XLII, XLVI), Pittsburgh (XL, XLIII) and Seattle (XLVIII).

SUPER BOWL – SEASON (WINNER)
XXXVI – 2001 (New England)*
XXXVII – 2002 (Tampa Bay)
XXXVIII – 2003 (New England)*
XXXIX – 2004 (New England)*
XL – 2005 (Pittsburgh)*
XLI – 2006 (Indianapolis)
XLII – 2007 (New York Giants)*
XLIII – 2008 (Pittsburgh)*
XLIV – 2009 (New Orleans)
XLV – 2010 (Green Bay)*
XLVI – 2011 (New York Giants)*
XLVII – 2012 (Baltimore)
XLVIII – 2013 (Seattle)*
XLIX – 2014 (New England)*
50 (L) – 2015 (Denver)
*In 2016 postseason

ALL-TIME PLAYOFFS

The four franchises with the most postseason berths in NFL history – the Dallas Cowboys (32), Green Bay Packers (32), New York Giants (32) and Pittsburgh Steelers (30) – are all participants in the 2016 NFL playoffs.

The teams with the most seasons participating in the playoffs (includes 2016):

TEAM (PLAYOFF BERTHS)
Dallas (32)*
Green Bay (32)*
New York Giants (32)*
Pittsburgh (30)*
*In 2016 playoffs

The 12 playoff teams and their postseason records:

TEAM, W-L (PCT)
New England 29-19 (.604)
Green Bay 32-21 (604)
Pittsburgh 34-23 (.596)
Oakland 25-18 (.581)
Dallas, 34-26 (.567)
Seattle 15-14 (.517)
New York Giants 24-24 (.500)
Miami 20-20 (.500)
Houston Texans 2-3 (.400)
Atlanta 7-12 (.368)
Detroit 7-12 (.368)
Kansas City 9-16 (.360)

WILD CARD RECORDS

TEAM W-L (PCT)
Oakland 4-2 (.667)
Houston Texans 2-1 (.667)
Green Bay 9-5 (.643)
Seattle 7-4 (.636)
New York Giants 6-4 (.600)
Miami 6-5 (.545)
Pittsburgh 5-5 (.500)
Detroit 0-8 (.000)

DIVISIONAL RECORDS

TEAM W-L (PCT)
New England 13-6 (.684)
Dallas 15-10 (.600)
Atlanta 3-5 (.375)
Kansas City 2-7 (.222)

THE TEAMS

WINNING FEELING: The Green Bay Packers have won 13 NFL championships, the most in league history. Of the 12 playoff teams this season, 10 have won at least one championship.

NFL championships won by the 2016 playoff teams:

TEAM – NFL CHAMPIONSHIPS (SEASONS)
Green Bay – 13 (1929-31, 1936, 1939, 1944, 1961-62, 1965-67, 1996, 2010)
New York Giants – 8 (1927, 1934, 1938, 1956, 1986, 1990, 2007, 2011)
Pittsburgh – 6 (1974-75, 1978-79, 2005, 2008)
Dallas – 5 (1971, 1977, 1992-93, 1995)
Detroit – 4 (1935, 1952-53, 1957)
New England – 4 (2001, 2003-04, 2014)
Oakland – 3 (1976, 1980, 1983)
Miami – 2 (1972-73)
Kansas City – 1 (1969)
Seattle – 1 (2013)
Atlanta – 0
Houston Texans – 0

PLAYOFF SUCCESS: The Dallas Cowboys and Pittsburgh Steelers each have 34 postseason victories, tied for the most in NFL history. The Green Bay Packers (32) and New England Patriots (29) rank third and fifth, respectively, on the all-time postseason wins list.

The teams with the most playoff victories in NFL history:

TEAM – PLAYOFF WINS
Dallas – 34*
Pittsburgh – 34*
Green Bay – 32*
San Francisco – 30
New England – 29*
*In 2016 playoffs

Postseason victories for the 2016 playoff teams:

TEAM – PLAYOFF WINS
Dallas – 34
Pittsburgh – 34
Green Bay – 32
New England – 29
Oakland – 25
New York Giants – 24
Miami – 20
Seattle – 15
Kansas City – 9
Atlanta – 7
Detroit – 7
Houston Texans – 2

HOME SWEET HOME…MAYBE: For the first time since the NFL adopted the 12-team playoff format in 1990, the Number 1 seed from both the AFC and NFC have advanced to the Super Bowl in three consecutive seasons. However, only 27 of the 52 (52 percent) Number 1 seeds have advanced to the Super Bowl, with 12 Number 1 seeds being crowned champions (23 percent).

Dallas is the No. 1 seed in the NFC for the fourth time since 1990 and the first since 2007, while the Patriots are the top seed in the AFC for the fourth time since 2010.

How the No. 1 seeds have fared since 1990:

SEASON

AFC NO. 1 SEED (SEASON RESULT)
1990 – Buffalo (Lost Super Bowl XXV)
1991 – Buffalo (Lost Super Bowl XXVI)
1992 – Pittsburgh (Lost Divisional)
1993 – Buffalo (Lost Super Bowl XXVIII)
1994 – Pittsburgh (Lost AFC Championship)
1995 – Kansas City (Lost Divisional)
1996 – Denver (Lost Divisional)
1997 – Kansas City (Lost Divisional)
1998 – Denver (Won Super Bowl XXXIII)
1999 – Jacksonville (Lost AFC Championship)
2000 – Tennessee (Lost Divisional)
2001 – Pittsburgh (Lost AFC Championship)
2002 – Oakland (Lost Super Bowl XXXVII)
2003 – New England (Won Super Bowl XXXVIII)
2004 – Pittsburgh (Lost AFC Championship)
2005 – Indianapolis (Lost Divisional)
2006 – San Diego (Lost Divisional)
2007 – New England (Lost Super Bowl XLII)
2007 – New England (Lost Super Bowl XLII)
2008 – Tennessee (Lost Divisional)
2009 – Indianapolis (Lost Super Bowl XLIV)
2010 – New England (Lost Divisional)
2011 – New England (Lost Super Bowl XLVI)
2012 – Denver (Lost Divisional)
2013 – Denver (Lost Super Bowl XLVIII)
2014 – New England (Won Super Bowl XLIX)
2015 – Denver (Won Super Bowl 50)
2016 – New England (???)

NFC NO. 1 SEED (SEASON RESULT)
1990 – San Francisco (Lost NFC Championship)
1991 – Washington (Won Super Bowl XXVI)
1992 – San Francisco (Lost NFC Championship)
1993 – Dallas (Won Super Bowl XXVIII)
1994 – San Francisco (Won Super Bowl XXIX)
1995 – Dallas (Won Super Bowl XXX)
1996 – Green Bay (Won Super Bowl XXXI)
1997 – San Francisco (Lost NFC Championship)
1998 – Minnesota (Lost NFC Championship)
1999 – St. Louis (Won Super Bowl XXXIV)
2000 – New York Giants (Lost Super Bowl XXXV)
2001 – St. Louis (Lost Super Bowl XXXVI)
2002 – Philadelphia (Lost NFC Championship)
2003 – Philadelphia (Lost NFC Championship)
2004 – Philadelphia (Lost Super Bowl XXXIX)
2005 – Seattle (Lost Super Bowl XL)
2006 – Chicago (Lost Super Bowl XLI)
2007 – Dallas (Lost Divisional)
2008 – New York Giants (Lost Divisional)
2009 – New Orleans (Won Super Bowl XLIV)
2010 – Atlanta (Lost Divisional)
2011 – Green Bay (Lost Divisional)
2012 – Atlanta (Lost NFC Championship)
2013 – Seattle (Won Super Bowl XLVIII)
2014 – Seattle (Lost Super Bowl XLIX)
2015 – Carolina (Lost Super Bowl 50)
2016 – Dallas (???)

DIVISION DOMINANCE: Since realignment in 2002, the New England Patriots have won 13 division titles, the most in the NFL during that span. The Green Bay Packers lead the NFC with nine division titles since 2002.

The teams with the most division titles since 2002:
TEAM – DIVISION TITLES
New England – 13*
Indianapolis – 9
Green Bay – 9*
Seattle – 8*
Pittsburgh – 7*
Denver – 6
Philadelphia – 6
*2016 division champion

PATRIOT PLACE: The New England Patriots won the AFC East for the eighth consecutive season in 2016, passing the Los Angeles Rams (1973-79) for the most consecutive division titles in NFL history.

The teams to finish first in their division in the most consecutive seasons:

TEAM, YEARS (CONSECUTIVE FIRST-PLACE FINISHES)
New England, 2009-16 (8)*
Los Angeles Rams, 1973-79 (7)
Cleveland, 1950-55 (6)
Dallas, 1966-71 (6)
Minnesota, 1973-78 (6)
Pittsburgh, 1974-79 (6)
Seven teams tied with 5
*Active streak

ON THE ROAD AGAIN: The New England Patriots finished the 2016 regular season undefeated on the road.

The Patriots are only the seventh team since 1978 – when the 16-game schedule was instituted – to post an 8-0 record on the road. Of the previous six teams to accomplish the feat, four have gone to the Super Bowl (66.7 percent).

The teams (since 1978) to post an 8-0 road record and their final season result:

SEASON – TEAM (OVERALL, RESULT)
1984 – San Francisco (15-1, Won Super Bowl XIX)
1989 – San Francisco (14-2, Won Super Bowl XXIV)
1990 – San Francisco (14-2, Advanced to NFC Championship)
2001 – St. Louis Rams (14-2, Advanced to Super Bowl XXXVI)
2007 – New England (16-0, Advanced to Super Bowl XLII)
2014 – Dallas (12-4, Advanced to NFC Divisional)
2016 – New England (14-2, ???)

EXTRA TIME IN THE POSTSEASON: The playoffs have featured at least one overtime game in 13 of the past 16 postseasons.

In 2010, the NFL adopted a modified sudden-death system for the playoffs, which was expanded to cover all NFL games in 2012. The system guarantees each team a possession or the opportunity to possess, unless the team that receives the opening kickoff scores a touchdown on its initial possession. Play continues in sudden death until a winner is determined and the game automatically ends upon any score.

A look at NFL overtime playoff games since 2000:

SEASON – ROUND (TEAMS; GAME-WINNING SCORE)
2000 – AFC Wild Card (Miami 23, Indianapolis 17; RB Lamar Smith scores on 17-yard TD run.)
2001 – AFC Divisional (New England 16, Oakland 13; K Adam Vinatieri connects on 23-yard FG.)
2002 – AFC Divisional (Tennessee 34, Pittsburgh 31; K Joe Nedney wins it with 26-yard FG.)
2003 – NFC Wild Card (Green Bay 33, Seattle 27; CB Al Harris returns INT 52 yards for TD.)
2003 – NFC Divisional (Carolina 29, St. Louis 23 in 2 overtimes; QB Jake Delhomme connects with WR Steve Smith on 69-yard TD.)
2003 – NFC Divisional (Philadelphia 20, Green Bay 17; K David Akers wins game with 31-yard FG.)
2004 – AFC Wild Card (New York Jets 20, San Diego 17; K Doug Brien converts 28-yard FG.)
2004 – AFC Divisional (Pittsburgh 20, New York Jets 17; K Jeff Reed connects on 33-yard game-winner.)
2006 – NFC Divisional (Chicago 27, Seattle 24; K Robbie Gould converts game-winning 49-yard FG.)
2007 – NFC Championship (New York Giants 23, Green Bay 20; K Lawrence Tynes wins it with 47-yard FG.)
2008 – AFC Wild Card (San Diego 23, Indianapolis 17; RB Darren Sproles scores on 22-yard TD run.)
2009 – NFC Wild Card (Arizona 51, Green Bay 45; LB Karlos Dansby scores on 17-yard FR-TD.)
2009 – NFC Championship (New Orleans 31, Minnesota 28; K Garrett Hartley converts 40-yard game-winning FG.)
2011 – AFC Wild Card (Denver 29, Pittsburgh 23; WR Demaryius Thomas catches 80-yard TD from QB Tim Tebow.)
2011 – NFC Championship (New York Giants 20, San Francisco 17; K Lawrence Tynes connects on 31-yard FG.)
2012 – AFC Divisional (Baltimore 38, Denver 35 in 2 overtimes; K Justin Tucker converts 47-yard game-winning FG.)
2014 – NFC Championship (Seattle 28, Green Bay 22; QB Russell Wilson throws 35-yard TD to WR Jermaine Kearse.)
2015 – NFC Divisional (Arizona 26, Green Bay 20; QB Carson Palmer connects with WR Larry Fitzgerald on 5-yard TD.)

PASSING BY: Green Bay’s Aaron Rodgers is the only quarterback in the 2016 playoffs with a 400-yard passing game in the postseason.

The 19 400-yard passing performances in NFL postseason history:

QUARTERBACK, TEAM (OPPONENT, DATE; PASSING YARDS)
Bernie Kosar, Cleveland (New York Jets, 1/3/87; 489)
Drew Brees, New Orleans (Detroit, Detroit, 1/7/12; 466)
Drew Brees, New Orleans (San Francisco, 1/14/12; 462)
Peyton Manning, Indianapolis (Denver, 1/9/05; 458)
Andrew Luck, Indianapolis (Kansas City, 1/4/14; 443)
Dan Fouts, San Diego (Miami, 1/2/82; 433)
Kelly Holcomb, Cleveland (Pittsburgh, 1/5/03; 429)
Jeff George, Minnesota (St. Louis, 1/16/00, 423)
Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay (Arizona, 1/10/10; 423)*
Dan Marino, Miami (Buffalo, 12/30/95; 422)
Dan Marino, Miami (Pittsburgh, 1/6/85; 421)
Kurt Warner, St. Louis (Tennessee, 1/30/00; 414)
Randall Cunningham, Philadelphia (Chicago, 12/31/88; 407)
Jim Kelly, Buffalo (Cleveland, 1/6/90; 405)
Drew Brees, New Orleans (Seattle, 1/8/11; 404)
Don Strock, Miami (San Diego, 1/2/82; 403)
Peyton Manning, Indianapolis (San Diego, 1/13/08, 402;)
Daryle Lamonica, Oakland (New York Jets, 12/29/68; 401)
Peyton Manning, Denver (New England, 1/19/14; 400)
*Active in 2016 postseason

SUPER BOWL MVPs: There are four players in the 2016 postseason who have been named Super Bowl MVP: Quarterback Tom Brady of New England (XXXVI, XXXVIII, XLIX), quarterback Eli Manning of the New York Giants (XLII, XLVI), quarterback Aaron Rodgers of Green Bay (XLV) and linebacker Malcom Smith of Oakland (XLVIII with Seattle).

PLAYER, CURRENT TEAM (SUPER BOWL MVPs)
Tom Brady, New England (3; XXXVI, XXXVIII, XLIX)
Eli Manning, New York Giants (2; XLII, XLVI)
Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay (1; XLV)
Malcolm Smith, Oakland (1; XLVIII*)
*With Seattle

Five players in NFL history have been named Super Bowl MVP multiple times, including Brady (three) and Manning (two). Brady and Pro Football Hall of Famer Joe Montana are the only players to win the award three times.

The five players in NFL history to be named Super Bowl MVP multiple times:

PLAYER, TEAM (SUPER BOWL MVPs)
Tom Brady, New England (3; XXXVI, XXXVIII, XLIX)*
Joe Montana, San Francisco (3; XVI, XIX, XXIV)
Terry Bradshaw, Pittsburgh (2; XIII, XIV)
Eli Manning, New York Giants (2; XLII, XLVI)*
Bart Starr, Green Bay (2; I, II)
*Active in 2016 playoffs

WHEN IT COUNTS: New England quarterback TOM BRADY has a 22-9 (.710) career postseason record, the most playoff wins all-time by a starting quarterback.

The starting quarterbacks with the most playoff wins in NFL history:

QUARTERBACK, TEAMS (PLAYOFF WINS)
Tom Brady, New England (22)*
Joe Montana, San Francisco and Kansas City (16)
Terry Bradshaw, Pittsburgh (14)
John Elway, Denver (14)
Peyton Manning, Indianapolis and Denver (14)
Brett Favre, Green Bay and Minnesota (13)
*Active in 2016 playoffs

Brady’s 22-9 (.710) postseason record trails only Pro Football Hall of Famers Terry Bradshawk and Troy Aikman for the best winning percentage as a starting quarterback in NFL playoff history (minimum 15 starts).

Pittsburgh’s Ben Roethlisberger (11-6, .647) is tied for seventh all-time.

The quarterbacks with the best winning percentage in postseason starts (minimum
15 starts):

QUARTERBACK (WIN PCT., RECORD)
Terry Bradshaw (.737, 14-5)
Troy Aikman (.733, 11-4)
Tom Brady (.710, 22-9)*
Joe Montana (.696, 16-7)
John Elway (.667, 14-7)
Joe Flacco (.667, 10-5)
Ben Roethlisberger (.647, 11-6)*
Roger Staubach (.647, 11-6)
*Active in 2016 playoffs

A PROVEN WINNER: New England’s Tom Brady is one of three quarterbacks in NFL history to win four Super Bowls.

Only 12 QBs in NFL history have won multiple Super Bowls. Of the 12, three are active, including Brady, the New York Giants’ ELI MANNING (two) and Pittsburgh’s Ben Roethlisberger (two), and seven have been inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

The starting quarterbacks to win multiple Super Bowls:

QUARTERBACK (SUPER BOWL WINS)
Tom Brady (4)**
Terry Bradshaw (4)*
Joe Montana (4) *
Troy Aikman (3)*
John Elway (2)*
Bob Griese (2)*
Eli Manning (2)**
Peyton Manning (2)
Jim Plunkett (2)
Ben Roethlisberger (2)**
Bart Starr (2)*
Roger Staubach (2)*
*Member of Pro Football Hall of Fame
**Active in 2016 playoffs

PLAYOFF STARTERS: Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson helped lead the Seahawks to the postseason for the fifth consecutive season and can join Joe Flacco as the only Super Bowl-era quarterbacks to start a playoff game in each of their first five seasons beginning with their rookie year.

PLAYER, TEAM (SEASONS)
Joe Flacco, Baltimore (2008-12)
Russell Wilson, Seattle (2012-15)*

Wilson has seven playoff wins in his first four seasons and trails only Tom Brady (nine), Joe Flacco (nine) and Ben Roethlisberger (eight) in postseason victories among quarterbacks in their first five seasons in the league.

The quarterbacks with the most postseason victories in their first five seasons:

PLAYER, TEAM (SEASONS, POSTSEASON WINS
Tom Brady, New England (2000-04, 9)
Joe Flacco, Baltimore (2008-12, 9)
Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh (2004-08, 8)
Russell Wilson, Seattle (2012-15, 7)*
*Through four seasons

SMITH KEEPS IT SAFE: Kansas City quarterback Alex Smith has made five career postseason starts, completing 112 of 186 passes (60.2 percent) for 1,309 yards with 11 touchdowns and one interception for a 99.1 passer rating.

Smith’s 0.5 interception percentage is the lowest by a quarterback in postseason history (minimum 150 attempts). Dallas’ Tony Romo and Green Bay’s Aaron Rodgers rank second and fifth, respectively, in career interception percentage in NFL postseason history.

The lowest interception percentages in postseason history (minimum 150 attempts):

PLAYER, TEAMS (INTERCEPTION PERCENTAGE)
Alex Smith, San Francisco and Kansas City (0.5)*
Tony Romo, Dallas (1.1)*
Drew Brees, San Diego and New Orleans (1.3)
Bart Starr, Green Bay (1.4)
Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay (1.7)*
*Active in 2016 postseason

FIRST-TIMERS: Several teams may feature a quarterback making his first career playoff start. Among those are Dallas rookie Dak Prescott, Houston’s Brock Osweiler, Miami’s MATT MOORE and Oakland rookie Connor Cook.

The players with the most passing yards in their first career postseason start:

PLAYER, TEAM (PASSING YARDS)
Kelly Holcomb, Cleveland (429)
Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay (423)
Randall Cunningham, Philadelphia (407)
Kurt Warner, St. Louis Rams (391)
Neil Lomax, St. Louis Cardinals (385)

TAKING A PASS: Atlanta quarterback Matt Ryanled the NFL with a 117.1 passer rating, the fifth-highest single-season passer rating in league history. New England’s Tom Brady (112.2), Dallas’ Dak Prescott (104.9) and Green Bay’s Aaron Rodgers (104.2) each recorded a passer rating of at least 100 and led their respective teams into the playoffs.

The quarterbacks with the highest passer rating in a single postseason (minimum of 50 attempts):

QUARTERBACK, TEAM (SEASON; ATTEMPTS/COMPLETIONS, YARDS; TD/INTERCEPTIONS, RATING)
Joe Montana, San Francisco (1989; 83/65, 800; 11/0, 146.4)
Bart Starr, Green Bay (1966; 51/35, 554; 6/1, 135.6)
Phil Simmsm New York Giants (1986; 58/38, 494; 8/0, 131.8)
Kurt Warner, Arizona (2009; 59/46, 584; 5/1, 129.1)
Troy Aikman, Dallas (1982; 89/61, 795; 8/0, 126.4)

THREE FOR 300: Detroit quarterback Matthew Stafford passed for 4,327 yards, including four games with at least 300 passing yards, this season. Stafford has at least 300 passing yards in each of his first two postseason starts and is one of only four quarterbacks in postseason history with at least two consecutive games with 300+ passing yards.

The most consecutive postseason games with at least 300 passing yards to begin a career:

PLAYER, TEAM (CONSECUTIVE GAMES WITH 300+ PASSING YARDS)
Dan Fouts, San Diego (4)
Matthew Stafford, Detroit (2)*
Matt Hasselbeck, Seattle (2)
Marc Bulger, St. Louis Rams (2)
*Active streak

RUSHING INTO THE RECORD BOOKS: Dallas rookie running back Ezekiel Elliott led the NFL with 1,631 rushing yards, the third-highest rushing total by a rookie in NFL history.

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

PLAYER, TEAM (SEASON; RUSH YARDS-RUSH TDS)
John Riggins, Washington (1982; 610-4)
Terrell Davis Denver (1997; 581-8)
Terrell Davis, Denver (1998; 468-3)
Marcus Allen, Los Angeles Raiders (1983; 466-4)
Eddie George, Tennessee (1999; 449-3)

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

PLAYER, TEAM (SEASON; RUSH YARDS)
Timmy Smith, Washington (1987; 34)
Jamal Lewis, Baltimore (2000; 338)
James Starks, Green Bay (2010; 315)
Duane Thomas, Dallas (1970; 313)
Ickey Woods, Cincinnati (1988; 307)

The rookies with the most rushing touchdowns in a single postseason:

PLAYER, TEAM (SEASON; RUSH TDs)
Norm Standlee, Chicago Bears (1941; 4)
Tony Dorsett, Dallas (1977; 4)
William Floyd, San Francisco (1994; 4)
Jamal Lewis, Baltimore Ravens (2000; 4)

FINDING PAYDIRT: New England running back Le Garrette Blount led the NFL with a franchise-record 18 rushing touchdowns in 2016.

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

PLAYER, TEAM (SEASON; TOTAL TDs)
Terrell Davis, Denver (1997; 8)
Emmitt Smith, Dallas (1995; 6)
Ricky Watters, San Francisco (1993; 6)
Gerald Riggs, Washington (1991; 6)
John Riggins, Washington (1983; 6)
Franco Harris, Pittsburgh (1974; 6)
Larry Csonka, Miami (1973; 6)

CATCH ME IF YOU CAN: Pittsburgh wide receiver ANTONIO BROWN ranked second in the NFL with 106 receptions. Brown, who has at least 100 catches in four consecutive seasons, is tied with Pro Football MARVIN HARRISON for the most consecutive seasons with at least 100 catches in NFL history.

The players with the most receptions in a single postseason:

PLAYER, TEAM (SEASON; CATCHES)
Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona (2008; 30)
Hakeem Nicks, New York Giants (2011; 28)
Demaryius Thomas, Denver (2013; 28)
Steve Smith Sr., Carolina (2005; 27)
Wes Welker, New England (2007; 27)

CATCHING ON: Detroit wide receiver Anquan Boldin has eight touchdown receptions in his postseason career. With two touchdown catches, Boldin will become the eighth player in NFL history with at least 10 postseason touchdown receptions and move into a tie for the third-most all-time.

The players with the most touchdown catches in postseason history:

PLAYER – TOUCHDOWN CATCHES
Jerry Rice – 22
John Stallworth – 12
Fred Biletnikoff – 10
Antonio Freeman – 10
Larry Fitzgerald – 10
Randy Moss – 10
Hines Ward – 10
Rob Gronkowski – 9
Andre Reed – 9
Steve Smith Sr. – 9
Lynn Swann – 9
Reggie Wayne – 9
Anquan Boldin – 8*
*Active in 2016 postseason

WELCOME RECEPTION: There are 11 players in the 2016 playoff field who recorded at least 1,000 receiving yards in the regular season: Atlanta’s Julio Jones (1,409), the New York Giants’ Odell Beckham, Jr. (1,367), Pittsburgh’s Antonio Brown (1,284), Green Bay’s Jordy Nelson (1,257), Oakland’s Amari Cooper (1,153), Miami’s Jarvis Landry (1,136), Seattle’s Doug Baldwin (1,128), Kansas City’s Travis Kelce (1,125), New England’s Julian Edleman (1,106), Detroit’s Golden Tate (1,077) and Oakland’s Michael Crabtree (1,003).

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

PLAYER, TEAM (SEASON; RECEPTIONS/RECEIVING YARDS/TD)
Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona (2008; 3/546/7)
Hakeem Nicks, New York Giants (2011; 28/444/4)
Jerry Rice, San Francisco (1988; 21/409/6)
Steve Smith Sr., Carolina (2003; 18/404/3)
Charlie Brown, Washington (1983; 14/401/1)

200 CLUB: Atlanta wide receiver Julio Jones (300 yards, Week 4), New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham, Jr. (222 yards, Week 6) and Detroit wide receiver Marvin Jones, Jr. (205 yards, Week 3) each had at least 200 receiving yards in a single game in 2016. There have been eight 200-yard receiving games in NFL postseason history.

The players with at least 200 receiving yards in a postseason game:

PLAYER, TEAM (SEASON; DATE-OPPONENT; RECEPTIONS/RECEIVING YARDS/TD)
Eric Moulds, Buffalo (1998; 1/2/99-Miami; 9/240/1)
Anthony Carter, Minnesota (1987; 1/9/88-San Francisco; 10/227/0)
T.Y. Hilton, Indianapolis (2013; 1/4/14-Kansas City; 13/224/2)
Reggie Wayne, Indianapolis (2004; 1/9/05-Denver; 10/221/2)
Steve Smith Sr., Carolina (2005; 1/15/06-Chicago; 12/218/2)
Jerry Rice, San Francisco (1988; 1/22/89-Cincinnati; 11/215/1)
Calvin Johnson, Detroit (2011; 1/7/12-New Orleans; 12/211/2)
Demaryius Thomas, Denver (2011; 1/8/12-Pittsburgh;4/204/1)

TD PARTY: Green Bay wide receiver Jordy Nelson led the NFL with 14 receiving touchdowns in 2016. Pittsburgh wide receiver ANTONIO BROWN led the AFC with 12 touchdown catches this season.

The players with the most receiving touchdowns in a single postseason:

PLAYER, TEAM (SEASON, TD CATCHES)
Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona (2008 – 7)
Jerry Rice, San Francisco (1988 – 6)
Dave Casper, Oakland (1977 – 5)
Alvin Garrett, Washington (1982 – 5)
Jerry Rice, San Francisco (1989 – 5)

ROOKIE RECEIVERS: New York Giants wide receiver Sterling Shepard ranked second among rookies with 65 catches and 683 receiving yards and tied for second with eight touchdown catches in 2016.

The rookies with the most receiving yards in a playoff game:

PLAYER, TEAM (SEASON, DATE – OPPONENT, RECEIVING YARDS)
Jeremy Maclin, Philadelphia (2009, 1/9/10 – Dallas, 146)
Keith Jackson, Philadelphia (1988, 12/31/88 – Chicago, 142)
Keenan Allen, San Diego Chargers (2013, 1/12/14 – Denver, 142)
Reggie Bush, New Orleans (2006, 1/21/07 – Chicago, 132)
Billy Cannon, Houston Oilers (1960, 1/1/61 – Los Angeles Chargers, 128)

The rookies with the most receptions and receiving yards in a single postseason:

PLAYER, TEAM (SEASON – RECEPTIONS)
Joseph Addai, Indianapolis (2006 – 22)
Torry Holt, St. Louis Rams (1999 – 20)
Austin Collie, Indianapolis (2009 – 17)
Chad Morton, New Orleans (2000-15)
David Johnson, Arizona (2015 – 15)

PLAYER, TEAM (SEASON, RECEIVING YARDS)
Torry Holt, St. Louis Rams (1999 – 242)
Austin Collie, Indianapolis (2009 – 241)
DeSean Jackson, Philadelphia (2008 – 207)
Steve Junker, Detroit (1957 – 201)
Ricky Nattiel, Denver (1987 – 171)

TIGHT ENDS MAKING MARK: Kansas City’s Travis Kelce led all NFL tight ends with 1,125 receiving yards and ranked second with 86 receptions in 2016. New England’s Martellus Bennett tied for third among tight ends with seven  touchdowns catches.

The tight ends with the most receiving yards in a single postseason:

TIGHT END, TEAM (SEASON, RECEIVING YARDS)
Dallas Clark, Indianapolis (2006 – 317)
Vernon Davis, San Francisco (2011 – 292)
Rob Gronkowski, New England (2011 – 258)
Vernon Davis, San Francisco (2012 – 254)
Dan Ross, Cincinnati (1981 – 244)

The tight ends with the most touchdown receptions in a single postseason:

TIGHT END, TEAM (SEASON – RECEIVING TDs)
Dave Casper, Oakland (1977 – 5)
Vernon Davis, San Francisco (2011 – 4)
Many Tied with 3

SPECIAL DELIVERY: There have been 26 kickoff-return touchdowns in NFL postseason history. The last postseason kickoff-return touchdown was scored by Kansas City’s Knile Davis, who returned the opening kickoff 106 yards for a touchdown in the Chiefs’ Wild Card win at Houston last season.

Ten kickoffs have been returned for touchdowns in Super Bowl history, with the last coming on Percy Harvin’s 87-yard kickoff-return touchdown to open the second half of Super Bowl XLVIII. Ron Dixon of the New York Giants (2000-02) is
the only player with two career kickoff-return touchdowns in the playoffs.

Chiefs rookie Tyreek Hill and Miami rookie Kenyan Drake are the only players in the 2016 postseason who returned a kickoff for a touchdown this season.

There have been only 21 punt-return touchdowns in playoff history. The last player with a punt-return touchdown in the postseason was Denver’s Trindon Holliday in the 2012 Divisional round (90 yards, the longest in NFL playoff
history). No player has ever recorded more than one in a career.

Among the players in the 2016 postseason who returned a punt for a touchdown this season are Hill (two), Detroit’s Andre Roberts (two), Houston’s Will Fuller (one) and Miami’s Jakeem Grant (one).

Hill, who was selected to the Pro Bowl as a return specialist, is the only player in the NFL this season to return both a kickoff and punt for a touchdown.

SACK ATTACK I: Atlanta defensive end Dwight Freeney and Green Bay linebacker Clay Matthews tie for the lead among players in the 2016 playoff field with 10 career postseason sacks. Both players are on the verge of entering the top five in the category.

The top five players with the most postseason sacks (since 1982):

PLAYER – SACKS
Willie McGinest – 16.0
Bruce Smith – 14.5
Terrell Suggs – 12.5
Reggie White – 12.0
Charles Haley – 11.0
LaMarr Woodley – 11.0

SACK ATTACK II: Seven players in the 2016 playoff field recorded at least 10 sacks this season: Atlanta’s Vic Beasley, Jr. (15.5), Seattle’s Cliff Avril 11.5), Miami’s Cameron Wake (11.5), Oakland’s Khalil Mack (11), Green Bay’s Nick Perry (11), Seattle’s Frank Clark (10) and Kansas City’s Dee Ford (10).

The players with the most sacks in a postseason game:

PLAYER, TEAM (SACKS – OPPONENT; DATE)
Willie McGinest, New England (4.5 – Jacksonville, January 7, 2006)
Richard Dent, Chicago (3.5 – New York Giants, January 5, 1986)
Rich Milot, Washington (3.5 – Chicago, December 30, 1984)

The players with the most sacks in a single postseason:

MOST SACKS IN A POSTSEASON

PLAYER, TEAM (SACKS, SEASON)
LaMarr Woodley, Pittsburgh (6, 2008)
Michael McCrary, Baltimore (6, 2000)
Richard Dent, Chicago (6, 1985)
Von Miller, Denver (5, 2015)
Terrell Suggs, Baltimore (5, 2010)
Willie McGinest, New England (5, 2003)
Tony Tolbert, Dallas (5, 1995)

BALL HAWKS: Houston’s QUINTIN DEMPS, Kansas City’s Marcus Peters and the New York Giants’ Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie tied for second in the NFL with six interceptions each this season. The Giants’ duo of Rodgers-Cromartie (six) and Landon Collins (five) were the only pair of teammates in the league with at least five interceptions apiece.

The players with the most interceptions in a playoff game and an entire
postseason:

MOST INTERCEPTIONS IN PLAYOFF GAME

SEASON – PLAYER, TEAM (INTERCEPTIONS, OPPONENT-DATE)
1979 – Vernon Perry, Houston Oilers (4, San Diego – December 29, 1979)
Many tied with 3

MOST INTERCEPTIONS IN A POSTSEASON

SEASON – PLAYER, TEAM (INTERCEPTIONS)
1980 – Lester Hayes, Oakland (5)
1979 – Vernon Perry, Houston Oilers (5)
Many tied with 4

ROOKIE DEFENDER: Pittsburgh cornerback Artie Burns and Atlanta linebacker Deion Jones tied for the NFL rookie lead with three interceptions each this season.

The rookies with the most interceptions in a playoff game and an entire
postseason:

MOST INTERCEPTIONS IN A PLAYOFF GAME, ROOKIE

PLAYER, TEAM (INTERCEPTIONS, OPPONENT-DATE)
Vernon Perry, Houston Oilers (4, San Diego – December 29, 1979)
Ricky Manning, Jr., Carolina (3, Philadelphia – January 18, 2004)
Many tied with 2

MOST INTERCEPTIONS IN A POSTSEASON, ROOKIE

SEASON – PLAYER (TEAM – INTERCEPTIONS)
1979 – Vernon Perry (Houston Oilers – 5)
2003 – Ricky Manning Jr. (Carolina – 4)
1980 – Roynell Young (Philadelphia – 3)
1969 – Jim Marsalis (Kansas City Chiefs – 3)
Many tied with 2

MR. RELIABLE: New England kicker Stephen Gostkowski has made 15 consecutive field goals in the postseason dating back to the 2011 season. Gostkowski ties for fourth all-time in career postseason points, trailing only Adam Vinatieri (234), David Akers (175) and Gary Anderson (153).

The players with the most career points scored in the postseason:

PLAYER, TEAMS (POINTS)
Adam Vinatieri, New England and Indianapolis (234)
David Akers, Philadelphia and San Francisco (175)
Gary Anderson, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Minnesota and Tennessee (153)
Stephen Gostkowski, New England (132)
Jerry Rice, San Francisco and Oakland (132)

The kickers with the most points scored in a single postseason:

SEASON – PLAYER, TEAM (POINTS)
2006 – Adam Vinatieri, Indianapolis (49)
1992 – Steve Christie, Buffalo (39)
1987 – Chuck Nelson, Minnesota (36)
2003 – John Kasay, Carolina (35)
2011 – Lawrence Tynes, New York Giants (34)
1985 – Tony Franklin, New England (34)

BEST NFL PLAYOFF PERFORMANCES

(Single postseason)

PASSING YARDS

PLAYER, TEAM (SEASON – COMPLETIONS/ATTEMPTS; TD/INTERCEPTIONS)
Eli Manning, New York Giants (2011 – 106/163 for 1,219; 9/1)
Kurt Warner, Arizona (2008 – 92/135 for 1,147; 11/3)
Joe Flacco, Baltimore (2012 – 73/126 for 1,140; 11/0)
Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay (2010 – 90/132 for 1,094; 9/2)
Kurt Warner, St. Louis (1999 – 77/121 for 1,063; 8/4)

RUSHING YARDS

PLAYER, TEAM (SEASON – ATTEMPTS/YARDS, TD)
John Riggins, Washington (1982 – 136/610, 4)
Terrell Davis, Denver (1997 – 112/581, 8)
Terrell Davis, Denver (1998 – 78/468, 3)
Marcus Allen, Los Angeles Raiders (1983 – 58/466, 4)
Eddie George, Tennessee (1999 – 108/449, 3)

RECEIVING YARDS

PLAYER, TEAM (SEASON – RECEPTIONS/YARDS, TD)
Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona (2008 – 30/546, 7)
Hakeem Nicks, New York Giants (2011 – 28/444, 4)
Jerry Rice, San Francisco (1988 – 21/409, 6)
Steve Smith, Carolina (2003 – 18/404, 3)
Charlie Brown, Washington (1983 – 14/401, 1)

RECEPTIONS

PLAYER, TEAM (SEASON – RECEPTIONS/YARDS, TD)
Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona (2008 – 30/546, 7)
Hakeem Nicks, New York Giants (2011 – 28/444, 4)
Demaryius Thomas, Denver (2013 – 28/306, 3)
Steve Smith, Carolina (2005 – 27/335, 3)
Wes Welker, New England (2007 – 27/213, 2)

SCRIMMAGE TOUCHDOWNS

PLAYER, TEAM (SEASON – TOTAL TDs/RUSH TD/REC. TD)
Terrell Davis, Denver (1997 – 8/8/0)
Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona (2008 – 7/0/7)
Larry Csonka, Miami (1973 – 6/6/0)
Franco Harris, Pittsburgh (1974 – 6/6/0)
John Riggins, Washington (1983 – 6/6/0)
Jerry Rice, San Francisco (1988 – 6/0/6)
Gerald Riggs, Washington (1991 – 6/6/0)
Ricky Watters, San Francisco (1993 – 6/6/0)
Emmitt Smith, Dallas (1995 – 6/6/0)

THE COACHES

HEAD OF THE CLASS: New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick has 23 career postseason victories, the most all-time.

The head coaches with the most playoff wins:

HEAD COACH, TEAMS (PLAYOFF WINS)
Bill Belichick, Cleveland and New England (23)*
Tom Landry, Dallas (20)
Don Shula, Baltimore Colts and Miami (19)
Joe Gibbs, Washington (17)
Chuck Noll, Pittsburgh (16)
*Active in 2016 postseason

Since joining New England in 2000, Belichick has led the Patriots to four Super Bowl titles (XXXVI, XXXVIII, XXXIX, XLIX), which is tied with Pro Football Hall of Famer Chuck Noll (IX, X, XIII, XIV) of Pittsburgh for the most in history.

— NFL —

BEEN THERE, DONE THAT: Four head coaches in the 2016 postseason field have won at least one Super Bowl title – New England’s Bill Belichick (XXXVI, XXXVIII, XXXIX, XLIX), Seattle’s Pete Carroll (XLVIII), Pittsburgh’s Mike Tomlin (XLIII) and Green Bay’s Mike McCarthy (XLV). Additionally, Kansas City’s Andy Reid (XXXIX with Philadelphia) and Detroit’s Jim Caldwell (XLIV with Indianapolis) have each led a team that advanced to the Super Bowl.

The head coaches in the 2016 playoff field with Super Bowl experience:

HEAD COACH, CURRENT TEAM (SUPER BOWL TEAM SUPER BOWL WINS-LOSSES)
Bill Belichick, New England (New England XXXVI, XXXVIII, XXXIX, XLIX-XLII, XLVI)
Pete Carroll, Seattle (Seattle XLVIII-XLIX)
Mike Tomlin, Pittsburgh (Pittsburgh XLIII-XLV)
Mike McCarthy, Green Bay (Green Bay XLV)
Andy Reid, Kansas City (Philadelphia XXXIX)
Jim Caldwell, Detroit (Indianapolis XLIV)

POSTSEASON RECORDS OF 2016 PLAYOFF HEAD COACHES

COACH, TEAM (W-L, PCT.)
Bill Belichick, New England (23-10 .697)
Pete Carroll, Seattle (9-6 .600)
Mike Tomlin, Pittsburgh (6-5 .545)
Mike McCarthy, Green Bay (8-7 .533)
Andy Reid, Kansas City (11-11 .500)
Jason Garrett, Dallas (1-1 .500)
Jim Caldwell, Detroit (2-3 .400)
Jack Del Rio, Oakland (1-2 .333)
Bill O’Brien, Houston Texans 0-1 (.000)
Adam Gase, Miami 0-0 (.000)
Ben McAdoo, New York Giants 0-0 (.000)
Dan Quinn, Atlanta 0-0 (.000)

Regular season? Done.

This is the playoffs and there are four really good games. Three of the four contests (Oakland-Houston, Miami-Pittsburgh, New York Giants-Green Bay) are rematches from the 2016 campaign, while the fourth match (Detroit-Seattle) is a first time meeting in the post season. This means that the game plans will be tweakted. It also means that all four games this weekend are “DRILL WORTHY!” (For those of you that know what The Drill is, you are excused. Everyone else, pay attention. We don’t want any rookie mistakes here, k?) After you go to the 9:30 mass on Sunday (the 4:30 vigil mass on Saturday counts as a mass attended, people! Don’t make us send the nuns after you! If we do, it is SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO OVER!), head to your favorite store (a trip to Wal Mart, Target, K-Mart or Costco counts) and get the vittles and the beverages (soda, beer, wine, coffee, et al… if you live in a state that allows the purchase of the items in question) and invite the co-workers, the neighbors (including that really cute kindergarden teacher that knows what to do with a cover-2 defense) and your cousin Connie (remember her? She’s the one that’s been married twice that’s just turned 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?”

The mission’s easy.

Win. Advance.

Lose. Kickoff is next year.

The NFL playoffs begin on Saturday and Sunday, January 7-8, with Wild Card Weekend. On Saturday, the Oakland Raiders play at the Houston Texans (ESPN/ABC, 4:35 PM ET) and the Detroit Lions visit the Seattle Seahawks on NBC at 8:15 p.m. Wild Card Weekend continues Sunday with the Miami Dolphins at the Pittsburgh Steelers on CBS at 1:05 p.m. and the New York Giants traveling to face the Green Bay Packers on FOX at 4:40 p.m..

The following week (January 14-15), the New England Patriots (Saturday on CBS at 8:15 p.m.) and Kansas City Chiefs (Sunday on NBC at 1:05 p.m.) in the AFC and the Dallas Cowboys (Sunday on FOX at 4:40 p.m.) and Atlanta Falcons (Saturday on FOX, 4:35 p.m.) in the NFC host the Divisional Playoffs. The Patriots and Cowboys own home-field advantage for the Conference Championship Games (January 22) if they win their Divisional contests.

The 2017 Pro Bowl will be played on Sunday, January 29 at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Florida on ESPN at 8 p.m. and Super Bowl LI will take place on Sunday, February 5 at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas on FOX at 6:30 p.m.

New England, Kansas City, Dallas and Atlanta have byes in the first round and will play at home next weekend. They’ll know who they’re playing when the dust settles Sunday evening. As for last week’s picks, it wasn’t a bad week when you go 11-5. For the season, that’s 174-80. A pretty good week indeed.

Having said that, here are Saturday and Sunday’s playoff picks.

Oakland (12-4) at Houston (9-7), 4:35 p.m. Saturday on ESPN/ABC. Wild Card weekend gets underway in the Lone Star State as the Houston Texans, looking to be the first team to play a Super Bowl in its home stadium, hosts the Oakland Raiders at NRG Stadium in playoff Saturday afternoon action. Both clubs limp into the first round of the post-season with losses under their respective belts as well as QB issues.

Oakland fell to Denver 24-3 in the Mile High City to close the 2016 regular season out. The Silver and Black trailed 10-0 at the break and could only muster a third quarter TD pass from Connor Cook to WR Amari Cooper for their only points. Cook took over for Matt McGloin, who suffered a shoulder injury in the contest. In the process of rushing for 143 yards, the Broncos held Oakland to 57 rushing yards and Cook threw for 150 yards with a pair of sacks (Trevor Siemian threw for 206 yards and a pair of TDs). Oakland was 2 of 11 and 0 of 1 on third and fourth down, keeping the ball for 24:35, while the Broncos were 5 of 15, 1 of 3 on fourth and kept the ball for 35:25.

Houston fell to Tennessee 24-17 in the Volunteer State last Sunday afternoon. The Texans trailed 14-0 at the half but managed to outscored the Titans 17-10 in the last 30 minutes of action. Houston was held to 46 yards of rushing, while the Titans tallied 103 and knocked Tom Savage (concussion) out of the contest. Brock Osweiler took over for the Texans, throwing for 253 yards and a TD pass to TE C.J. Fiedorowicz, while Matt Cassel threw for 150. Houston was 3 of 15 on third down tries but ruled fourth down, going 4 of 6 and kept the ball for 29:08, while the Titans were 9 of 15 on third down tries and held on to the ball for 30:52.

Oakland is making 1st playoff appearance since 2002 season. The Silver and Black aim for 1st playoff win since 1/19/03 (vs. Tennessee in AFC Championship) and won 12 games for 1st time since 2000. The Texans are winners of consecutive AFC South titles for 2nd time in franchise history (2011-12) and are 2-1 at home in postseason…

The two teams have never met in the post and they did not meet in the regular season. The Texans lead the series 6-3 and have outscored Oakland 226-172. Houston won the last meeting with the Silver and Black, taking a 30-14 win in Oakland in 2014, while the Raiders’ last win in the series came in Houston in 2013 by a final of 28-23.

They did meet in the 2016 campaign but it wasn’t in the United States. They met on the Monday night before Thanksgiving and the Raiders broke a 10-10 tie in Mexico City’s Estadio Azteca, coming away 27-20 winners. Oakland got a pair of fourth quarter TD passes from David Carr to take the win South of the border, then held off a late Houston rally that would have given the Texans a chance to tie the contest or take the lead outright. Houston did manage to outrush Oakland 124-30 (the Texans’ Lamar Miller led all rushers with 104 yards and a TD), while Carr threw for 295 (Brock Osweiler for Houston threw for 243 yards with a TD and was sacked twice). Houston was at 50 percent on third down conversions, going 8 of 16 and kept the ball for 36:27 to Oakland’s 23:33 (the Raiders were 4 of 11 on third down tries and both teams were 1 of 2 on fourth down).

Houston’s a 3 1/2-point favorite and the over/under’s 38 1/2. The winner of this one gets to go to either Kansas City or Foxboro. The loser gets to go home and clean out their lockers. Houston has been known to self-destruct in the playoffs but not this time. Texans cover the 3 1/2 and win in the Lone Star State.

Detroit (9-7) at Seattle (10-5-1), 8:15 p.m. Saturday on NFL. The second Saturday Wild Card game takes place in the Pacific Northwest as the Seattle Seahawks, winners of the NFC West, face the Detroit Lions at Century Link Field.

Detroit backed their way into the post-season after the New York Giants beat Washington 19-10 at Landover, which made their contest with Green Bay a “winner-take-all” contest, the winner getting the NFC North title and the loser getting the Wild Card spot. Detroit led 14-10 at the half at Ford Field, only to see that lead get away from them in the final 30 minutes of play as Aaron Rodgers burned the Lions for four TDs enroute to a 31-24 win in the Motor City. Rodgers’ first TD strike to WR Davante Adams with 9:23 left in the third gave them the lead for keeps and the Packers would never relinquish it from that point onward. Rookie WR Geronimo Allison and Adams caught the other two TD passes, as Rodgers threw for 300 and the four TDs. Green Bay outrushed Detroit 153-76 in the win, while Matthew Stafford threw for 347 yards and a pair of TDs, connecting with WR Golden Tate on a 3-yarder with 23 seconds left before the intermission. Green Bay was 7 of 13 on third down conversions and kept the ball for 34:09, while the Lions, who held the pigskin for 25:51, went 5 of 12 on third down coversions.

Seattle led San Francisco 19-14 at halftime at Levis Stadium in Santa Clara, then held off the 49ers 25-23 to take the number three seed in the post-season tournament. the contest in wine country was not much to write home about as far as the running game was concerned and neither club breached the 100-yard barrier (Seattle outrushed San Francisco 87-62) and Russell Wilson threw for 258 yards and a TD, while the Seahawk defense sacked Colin Kaepernick (215 yards, TD) five times in what would be the final game for Chip Kelly as 49ers head coach.

RECORDS VS. COMMON OPPONENTS
Detroit: 3-2 (Green Bay 0-2; Los Angeles 1-0, New Orleans 1-0, Philadelphia 1-0)
Seatle: 2-3 (Green Bay 0-1; Los Angeles 1-1; New Orleans 0-1; Philadephia 1-0)

The Lions earned a playoff berth for 2nd time in past 3 seasons. Had NFL-record 8 wins after trailing in 4th quarter or OT. Head coach Jim Caldwell has made playoffs in 3 of 6 seasons as an NFL head coach

Seattle advanced to playoffs for 5th consecutive season and the Seahawks have won 10+ games in each of past 5 seasons. Seattle will aim for 3rd Super Bowl appearance in past 4 seasons and have won 6 of past 8 postseason games and have playoff win in each of past 4 postseasons. Head coach Pete Carroll is 8-4 (.667) in playoffs

This is the first meeting between the two clubs in the post-season. They have met 13 times before and the Seahawks lead series 8-5, outscoring the Lions 306-251. Seattle won the last meeting between the clubs, taking a 13-10 win in the land of Grunge, Salmon and Starbucks in 2015, while the Lions’ last win in the series came in 2012 in the Motor City by a final of 28-24.

The 2015 meeting took place at Century Link Field in week four and Seattle led the contest 10-3 at the intermission before holding off a late Detroit rally in the Pacific Northwest. Seattle outrushed Detroit 110-53 and Wilson threw for 287 yards and a TD to Doug Baldwin but was sacked six time, while Stafford threw for 203 yards. Seattle ruled the clock, keeping the ball for 32:04 (the Seahawks were 6 of 13 on third down, Detroit was 3 of 13), while the Lions held the pigskin for 27:56.

Seattle’s favored by 8 and the over/under’s 42 1/2. Both numbers make a lot of sense. It could be closer than the 8, given that both offenses are capable of moving the ball. For Detroit, they’ve been streaky of late, while Seattle has been kings of the NFC West mountain for the better part of the year. Seattle wins in the land of Grunge, Salmon and Starbucks but expect things to be closer than 8 points.

Miami (10-6) at Pittsburgh (11-5), 1:05 p.m. Sunday on CBS. It’s a week six rematch for the second leg of the AFC Wild Card race as the Miami Dolphins and Pittsburgh Steelers meet at Heinz Field on Sunday afternoon.

Miami got manhandled by New England and Tom Brady 35-14 at Hard Rock Stadium. The Pats led 20-7 at the intermission in the Sunshine State and never looked back in the win that allowed them to clinch home field advantage. New England outrushed Miami 120-75 and Brady threw for 276 yards and three TDs with no interceptions. Both teams went 7 of 12 on third down tries and New England held the ball for 31:22 to Miami’s 28:38.

Pittsburgh needed overtime to beat Cleveland 27-24 last Sunday at Heinz Field. The Steelers trailed the Browns 14-7 at the break and then proceeded to rally without the services of Ben Roethlisberger and Antonio Brown and took the lead with 5:14 left in regulation when backup QB Landry Jones and rookie WR Demarcus Ayers connected on an 11-yard TD pass. Cleveland retied the contest with 3:28 left when Glen Atkinson III scored from five yards out. The Browns then won the toss to start the overtime and moved the ball downfield, only to be stopped by the Steelers defense, forcing them to connect on a 34-yard field goal by Chris Parkey. Pittsburgh then got the ball back to either tie or win the game outright and they chose to take the win, using a 9-play, 75-yard drive that used 4:20 of clock and allowed Steelers fans to go home happy when Jones (277 yards, three TDs, four sacks, interception) and Chris Hamilton hooked up on a 26-yard TD pass with 2:57 left in the overtime. Pittsburgh, who forced four Cleveland turnovers, found themselves being outrushed 231-69 by Cleveland with the Browns’ Isaiah Crowell running for 152 of those yards with Robert Griffin III throwing for 232 yards and a pair of TDs. The Steelers were 3 of 14 on third down (2 of 2 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 33:09, while the Browns ruled the clock and held the pigskin for 38:54, going 8 of 15 on third down tries.

They met in week six in the Sunshine State and the Dolphins came away 30-15 winners at Hard Rock Stadium. Miami, leading 16-8 at the half, knocked Roethlisberger (189 yards, TD, two interceptions) out of the contest with a knee injury and outrushed the Steelers 222-128 (Joseph Ajayi led all rushers with 204 yards and a pair of TDs) and Miami’s Ryan Tannehill threw for 252 yards without an interception in the contest. The ‘Fins were 50 percent on third down tries, going 7 of 14 and held the ball for 36:30, while the Steelers kept the ball for 23:30, going 3 of 11 on third down.

RECORDS VS. COMMON OPPONENTS

Miami: 5-4 (Cincinnati 0-1; New York Jets 2-0; New England 0-2; Baltimore 0-1; Cleveland 1-0; Buffalo 2-0)
Pittsburgh: 7-2 (Cincinnati 2-0; New York Jets 1-0; New England 0-1; Baltimore 1-1; Cleveland 2-0; Buffalo 1-0)

Miami is 20-20 (.500) all-time postseason record. 1st postseason appearance since 2008 season.

The Steelers 34-23 all-time postseason record, tied with Dallas (34) for most total playoff wins all-time. Rank 5th all-time in postseason win pct. (.596). Pittsburgh has won 7 division titles since 2002, 5th most in NFL.

The Dolphins and Steelers have played each other three times in the post-season. Miami leads the series 2-1 and have barely outscored the Steelers 80-79. Miami’s last post-season win over the Steelers came in the old Orange Bowl in 1984 in the AFC Championship, with the Dolphins taking a 45-28 win, while Pittsburgh’s lone post-season victory came in 1979 at old Three Rivers Stadium in the AFC Divisonal Playoff by a final of 34-14.

Miami covered the 7-point spread in the process of winning by 15 but Miami and Pittsburgh missed the over/under of 48 by a field goal. This time, the Steelers are a 10-point favorite and the over/under’s 47. It’s been a fun run for the Dolphins this year but it comes to an end, even though it’ll be closer than 10 points. Pittsburgh does prevail at home at Heinz and takes the win to move on to the next round.

New York Giants (11-5) at Green Bay (10-6), 4:40 p.m. Sunday on FOX. Eli Manning. Aaron Rodgers. They meet again. It’s a week five rematch at Lambeau as the Giants and Packers close out Wild Card Weekend in the land of beer, cheese and Bratwurst.

New York helped both Green Bay and Detroit get into the post-season with the 19-10 win over the Washington Redskins at Landover last Sunday. In the process of knocking the Redskins out of the playoffs, Big Blue led 10-0 before Washington came back to tie the contest up at 10-10 with 8:13 left in the contest. New York took the lead back for keeps on a 40-yard field goal by Robbie Gould with 2:12 left to play and then put the nail in the ‘Skins coffin when CB Tevin Wade returned a Washington fumble 11 yards for a TD as time expired. The Giants outrushed Wasington 161-38 with rookie RB Paul Perkins leading all rushers with 102 yards, while Manning threw for 180 yards without a pick. The Giants defense forced three Washington turnovers, picking off Kirk Cousins (287 yards, TD, four sacks) twice in the 9-point win at FedEx Field. The Giants were 6 of 17 and 0 of 2 on third and fourth down tries, keeping the ball for 35:52, while the Redskins held the pigskin for 24:08, going 4 of 12 on third down.

Green Bay and Detroit backed their way into the post-season after the New York Giants beat Washington 19-10 at Landover, which made their contest with Green Bay a “winner-take-all” contest, the winner getting the NFC North title and the loser getting the Wild Card spot. The Packers trailed 14-10 at the half at Ford Field, then rallied to win the NFC North title as Rodgers made Packers fans R E L A X and burned the Lions for four TDs enroute to a 31-24 win in the Motor City. Rodgers’ first TD strike to WR Davante Adams with 9:23 left in the third gave them the lead for keeps and the Packers would never relinquish it from that point onward. Rookie WR Geronimo Allison and Adams caught the other two TD passes, as Rodgers threw for 300 and the four TDs. Green Bay outrushed Detroit 153-76 in the win, while Matthew Stafford threw for 347 yards and a pair of TDs, connecting with WR Golden Tate on a 3-yarder with 23 seconds left before the intermission. Green Bay was 7 of 13 on third down conversions and kept the ball for 34:09, while the Lions, who held the pigskin for 25:51, went 5 of 12 on third down coversions.

The Giants and Packers met at Lambeau in week five and the Packers took Eli (199 yards, TD, three sacks) and Big Blue to task, coming away 23-16 winners. Green Bay and Rodgers (259 yards, two TDs) led 17-6 at the half in the Sunday night affair before the Giants rallied in the final 30 minutes of action to keep things close. Green Bay outrushed New York 147-43 (Eddie Lacy led all rushers with 81 yards) and held the ball for 36:38, going 9 of 19 on third down, while the Giants were 4 of 13 on third down, keeping the ball for 23:22.

New York earned the playoff berth for 1st time since 2011 & 1st under head coach Ben Mc Adoo. McAdoo spent 8 seasons with GB (2006-13) and was team’s QB coach in 2012 and 2013. Big Blue will make its 32nd playoff appearance, tied for most in NFL history

Green Bay: They yave won 13 NFL championships, most all-time. Team’s .604 postseason winning pct. (32-21) is best in NFL history among teams with 50+ games played. This is team’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.

In the post-season, the Packers lead the series 4-3 and have outscored Big Blue 151-97. Packer fans would like to forget the 2011 NFC Championship meeting at frosty Lambeau as the Giants took a 30-27 win in 2011.  For Green Bay’s last win in the post-season over the Giants, you will have to go all the way back to 1961, when the Packers shut out New York Packers 37-0 at Lambeau.

In the week five contest, Green Bay barely missed the 7 1/2-point spread, winning by 7 and both teams missed the 48 over/undder, scoring only 39 points. This time around, the Packers are again the darlings of the boys and girls in Vegas, favored by 4 1/2 and the over/under’s 44. The entire nation will be watching and not suprisingly the Dallas Cowboys will be as well, pulling for Green Bay to beat the Giants at Lambeau, so they don’t have to face them again. Cowboys and Packer fans will get their wish. Green Bay covers the 4 1/2 in the land of beer, cheese and Bratwurst to close out Wild Card Weekend.

The end is near for 20 teams that will not make the post-season party. For the 12 teams (the four division winners and the two wild card teams in the NFC and AFC), their week is just getting underway after Sunday’s action and for the third straight season, the final game of the season (game number 256) is for all the marbles. It’s winner-takes-it-all, loser goes home as Green Bay travels to the Motor City for a prime time contest with the Detroit Lions.

ICYMI: In the NFC, Dallas beat Detroit 42-21 Monday night in Arlington, which allowed them to secure the NFC East and home-field advantage throughout the NFC playoffs on Thursday night due to the New York Giants’ loss.

Atlanta defeated Carolina 33-16, locked up the NFC South, which allowed them to lock the top spot up with Tampa Bay’s loss at New Orleans.

The New York Giants may have lost on Thursday night at Philadelphia but they punched their ticket to the playoff party after the New Orleans Saints beat Tampa Bay Saturday afternoon in the Big Easy.

The Houston Texans defeated Cincinnati Saturday night, allowing them to clinch the AFC South.

The Pittsburgh Steelers won the AFC North with a win over Baltimore Sunday afternoon.

The Kansas City Chiefs clinched a playoff berth with a win after Baltimore lost to Pittsburgh Sunday afternoon at Heinz Field.

The Miami Dolphins, who defeated Buffalo 34-31 in overtime, clinched a playoff berth after Denver lost t0 Kansas City Sunday  night. For the Dolphins, it is their first playoff berth since 2008.

•The New England Patroits defeated the New York Jets 41-3 to improve to 13-2 on the season. The Patriots have six seasons with at least 13 victories in franchise history, tying the Denver Broncos for the second-most 13+ win seasons in NFL history. The San Francisco 49ers (nine) are the only franchise with more 13+ win seasons.

Patriots head coach Bill Belichick recorded his 200th career regular-season victory with New England, becoming the fifth head coach in NFL history to reach 200 regular-season wins with a franchise, joining 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).

•Atlanta quarterback Matt Ryan passed for 277 yards and two touchdowns for a 121.8 passer rating in the Falcons’ 33-16 victory at Carolina. Ryan connected on touchdown passes to tight ends Joshua Perkins and D.J. Tialavea – the first career TD catch for each player – and has thrown a touchdown pass to 13 different players this season, the most in a single season in NFL history.

Carolina tight end Greg Olseon had six catches for 59 yards against Atlanta. Olsen, who has 1,051 receiving yards this season, is the first tight end in NFL history to record three consecutive seasons with at least 1,000 receiving yards.

•Miami running back Jay Ajayi rushed for 206 yards – including 75 yards on the team’s game-winning drive in overtime – and one touchdown in the Dolphins’ 34-31 OT victory at Buffalo. Ajayi, who rushed for 204 yards in Week 6 vs. Pittsburgh and 214 yards in Week 7 vs. the Bills, is 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 has 420 rushing yards in two games against Buffalo this season, the fourth-highest rushing total against one team in a single season, trailing Jamal Lewis (500 vs. Cleveland in 2003), Simpson (469 vs. New England in 1973) and La Dainian Tomlinson (430 vs. Oakland in 2003).

•Arizona running back David Johnson had 136 scrimmage yards (95 rushing, 41 receiving) and three rushing touchdowns in the Cardinals’ 34-31 win at Seattle. 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.

With 136 scrimmage yards in the win, Johnson joined 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. He also extended his NFL-record streak of consecutive games with 100+ scrimmage yards to start a season to 15 games.

Johnson has 1,233 rushing yards and 841 receiving yards this season and is the fourth different player in NFL history with at least 1,200 rushing yards and 800 receiving yards in the same season, joining Pro Football Hall of Famer Marshall Faulk(1998-2000), Le’Veon Bell (2014) and Steven Jackson (2006).

•Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers passed for 347 yards and four touchdowns for a 136.6 passer rating in the Packers’ 38-25 victory over Minnesota. Rodgers, who has 4,128 passing yards this season, has six career seasons with at least 4,000 passing yards, passing Pro Football Hall of Famer Brett Farve (five) for the most in franchise history.

Rodgers added 13 rushing yards and a rushing touchdown in the victory, bringing his career rushing total to 2,502 yards. Rodgers, who has 36,527 career passing yards, joins 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, 3,469 rushing) as the only players in NFL history with at least 35,000 passing yards and 2,500 rushing yards in a career.

Packers wide receiver Jordy Nelson had nine catches for 154 yards and two touchdowns in the win over Minnesota. Nelson, who has 14 touchdown receptions this season, has three seasons with at least 13 touchdown catches in his career and puts himself in some pretty good company, tying Pro Football Hall of Famers Lance Alworth, Cris Carter and Marvin Harrison for the fourth-most in NFL history. Only Pro Football Hall of Famer Jerry Rice (eight), Terrell Owens (seven) and Randy Moss (six) have more such seasons in NFL history.

•Washington quarterback Kirk Cousins passed for 270 yards with one touchdown and rushed for two touchdowns in the Redskins’ 41-21 win at Chicago. This season, Cousins has passed for a franchise-record 4,630 yards and has four rushing touchdowns. He is 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.

When the 2017 season starts, three teams (Los Angeles, Jacksonville and Buffalo) will have new coaches. Jeff Fisher was let go by the Rams December 12th after their loss to Atlanta in Los Angeles, Gus Bradley and the Jaguars parted ways December 4th and Rex Ryan was given his walking papers by the Buffalo Bills Tuesday.

In case you haven’t heard, all the games this weekend are rematches, so there are no secrets unhid. For the teams that won the first time, it’s a chance to let the other team know that the first time was not a fluke; for the losers, it’s not only a chance to get revenge, it’s a chance to ruin a season in the process.

As for last week… another 10-6 (six weeks in a row with double digit wins). Not bad. It wasn’t nice but it wasn’t naughty. For the year, we’re 163-75.

As was the case last week, every game on the docket this week is DRILL WORTHY! (For those of you that know what The Drill is, you are excused. Everyone else, pay attention. We don’t want any rookie mistakes here, k?) After you go to the 9:30 mass on Sunday (the 4:30 vigil mass on Saturday counts as a mass attended, people! Don’t make us send the nuns after you! If we do, it is SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO OVER!), head to your favorite store (a trip to Wal Mart, Target, K-Mart or Costco counts) and get the vittles and the beverages (soda, beer, wine, coffee, et al… if you live in a state that allows the purchase of the items in question) and invite the co-workers, the neighbors (including that really cute kindergarden teacher that knows what to do with a cover-2 defense) and your cousin Connie (remember her? She’s the one that’s been married twice that’s just turned 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?”

It’s the final push for NFL teams as the regular season ends on Sunday, January 1. All 16 games are division contests. And with one week to go, there are still 14 teams in contention for a trip to Super Bowl LI.

The schedule is set for Week 17, culminating with the final game of the 2016 regular season (game number 256) to determine the NFC North winner. On Sunday night in primetime at 8:30 p.m. on NBC, the Detroit Lions (9-6) will host the Green Bay Packers (9-6) at Ford Field with the division title on the line. And depending on the results of Sunday’s earlier games, the loser of this contest could be out of the playoff picture entirely.

The playoff teams in the AFC are locked in – New England (13-2), Oakland (12-3), Kansas City (11-4), Pittsburgh (10-5), Miami (10-5) and Houston (9-6) – although there’s still plenty to play for in Week 17.

The Patriots, who have won the AFC East and earned a first-round bye, can secure home-field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs with a win or an Oakland loss. The Raiders can earn the No. 1 seed with a win and a New England loss. Oakland can lock up the AFC West and a first-round bye with a win or a loss by Kansas City. The Chiefs can take the AFC West division title and earn a first-round bye with a win and an Oakland loss.

Three AFC division winners have been determined: New England (AFC East), Pittsburgh (AFC North) and Houston (AFC South). The Steelers have won the AFC North and locked up the No. 3 seed. The Texans, who have clinched the AFC South, will enter the postseason as the No. 4 seed. The AFC West winner (Oakland or Kansas City) will earn a first-round bye and the Raiders still have a shot to claim home-field advantage.

The Dolphins have secured a Wild Card berth. The runner-up in the AFC West (Kansas City or Oakland) will qualify for the postseason as a Wild Card entrant.

In the NFC, three of the four NFC division winners have been determined: Dallas (NFC East), Atlanta (NFC South) and Seattle (NFC West). The Cowboys (13-2) have secured home-field advantage throughout the NFC playoffs. The Falcons (10-5) can earn the Number 2 seed and a first-round bye with a win or losses by both Seattle and Detroit. The Seahawks (9-5-1) can lock up the No. 2 seed and a first-round bye with a win and an Atlanta loss.

The NFC North winner will be determined on Sunday night when Detroit (9-6) hosts Green Bay (9-6) at Ford Field. The Lions can also claim the No. 2 seed and a first-round bye with a win and losses by both Atlanta and Seattle.

The New York Giants have clinched a Wild Card berth and are locked in as the No. 5 seed. The final NFC playoff spot comes down to the NFC North runner-up (Detroit or Green Bay), Washington (8-6-1) and Tampa Bay (8-7).

RACE TO 5,000: New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees (4,858), Washington quarterback Kirk Cousins (4,630) and Atlanta quarterback Matt Ryan (4,613) are the NFL’s top three passing yardage leaders this season.

Brees, Cousins and Ryan can each reach 5,000 yards passing on Sunday and would become the second trio of quarterbacks to reach 5,000 passing yards in the same season, joining Brees (5,476), Tom Brady (5,235) and Matthew Stafford (5,038) who all accomplished the feat in 2011.

The quarterbacks with 5,000 passing yards in a season:

PLAYER – SEASON (TEAM – PASSING YARDS)
Peyton Manning – 2013 (Denver – 5,477)
Drew Brees – 2011 (New Orleans – 5,476)
Tom Brady – 2011 (New England – 5,235)
Drew Brees – 2012 (New Orleans – 5,177)
Drew Brees – 2013 (New Orleans – 5,162)
Dan Marino – 1984 (Miami – 5,084)^
Drew Brees – 2008 (New Orleans – 5,069)
Matthew Stafford – 2011 (Detroit – 5,038)
Drew Brees – 2016 (New Orleans – 4,858)*
Kirk Cousins – 2016 (Washington – 4,630)*
Matt Ryan – 2016 (Atlanta – 4,613)*
*Through 15 games
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

Brees, who has recorded four of the NFL’s eight 5,000-yard passing seasons, is the only quarterback in league history to pass for at least 5,000 yards in multiple seasons.

BRADY BARELY BLEMISHED: New England quarterback TOM BRADY has passed for 25 touchdowns with two interceptions and leads the NFL with a 12.5 touchdown-to-interception ratio this season.

With three touchdowns and no interceptions at Miami on Sunday, Brady would have the highest single-season touchdown-to-interception ratio in NFL history (minimum 20 passing touchdowns).

The highest single-season touchdown-to-interception ratios in NFL history (minimum 20 passing touchdowns):

PLAYER – SEASON (TEAM, TOUCHDOWN PASSES/INTERCEPTIONS; TD/INT RATIO)
Nick Foles – 2013 (Philadelphia, 27/2; 13.5)
Tom Brady – 2016 (New England, 25/2; 12.5)*
Tom Brady – 2010 (New England, 36/4; 9.0)
Aaron Rodgers – 2014 (Green Bay, 38/5; 7.6)
Aaron Rodgers – 2011 (Green Bay, 45/6; 7.5)
*Through Week 16

ZOOMING ZEKE: Dallas rookie running back Ezekiel Elliott leads the NFL with 1,631 rushing yards, the third-highest rushing total by a rookie in NFL history.

With 69 rushing yards at Philadelphia on Sunday, Elliott would become the second rookie in NFL history with 1,700 rushing yards in a season. Elliott needs 178 rushing yards against the Eagles to surpass Pro Football Hall of Famer Eric Dickerson (1,808) as the NFL’s all-time rookie rushing leader.

The rookies with the most rushing yards in NFL history:

PLAYER, SEASON (TEAM – RUSHING YARDS)
Eric Dickerson, 1983 (Los Angeles Rams – 1,808)^
George Rogers, 1981 (New Orleans – 1,674)
Ezekiel Elliott, 2016 (Dallas – 1,631)*
Alfred Morris, 2012 (Washington – 1,613)
Ottis Anderson, 1979 (St. Louis Cardinals – 1,605)
Edgerrin James, 1999 (Indianapolis – 1,553)
*Through 15 games
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

Elliott ranks second in the league with 1,994 yards from scrimmage (1,631 rushing, 363 receiving), the third-highest total by a rookie in NFL history.

With six scrimmage yards on Sunday, Elliott would become the third rookie in NFL history to reach 2,000 scrimmage yards, joining Dickerson (2,212 in 1983) and Edgerrin James (2,139 in 1999).

The rookies with the most yards from scrimmage in NFL history:

PLAYER, SEASON (TEAM, SCRIMMAGE YARDS)
Eric Dickerson, 1983 (Los Angeles Rams – 2,212)^
Edgerrin James, 1999 (Indianapolis – 2,139)
Ezekiel Elliott, 2016 (Dallas – 1,994)*
Doug Martin, 2012 (Tampa Bay – 1,926)
Billy Sims, 1980 (Detroit – 1,924)
*Through 15 games
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

DAK DAZZLES: Dallas quarterback Dak Prescott leads all rookie quarterbacks with 3,630 passing yards, 23 touchdown passes and a 105.6 passer rating this season while helping guide the Cowboys to a 13-2 record and the No. 1 seed in the NFC playoffs.

With a victory at Philadelphia on Sunday, Prescott would record his 14th win as a starting quarterback, passing Ben Roethlisberger (13 in 2004) for the most by a rookie starting quarterback in NFL history.

Prescott (23) needs four touchdown passes on Sunday to surpass Peyton Manning (26) and Russell Wilson (26) for the most touchdown passes by a rookie quarterback in NFL history.

The most touchdown passes by a rookie quarterback in NFL history:

PLAYER, SEASON (TEAM – TOUCHDOWN PASSES)
Russell Wilson, 2012 (Seattle – 26)
Peyton Manning, 1998 (Indianapolis – 26)
Dak Prescott, 2016 (Dallas – 23)*
Andrew Luck, 2012 (Indianapolis – 23)
*Through 15 games

Prescott has thrown only four interceptions in 451 passing attempts this season and ranks third among qualifying quarterbacks with a 0.9 interception percentage, trailing only Tom Brady (0.5 percent) and Sam Bradford (0.8 percent).

Prescott is on pace to record the lowest interception percentage by a rookie quarterback in NFL history (minimum 200 passing attempts).

The rookie quarterbacks with the lowest interception percentages in NFL history (minimum 200 attempts):

PLAYER, SEASON (TEAM – PASSING ATTEMPTS/INTERCEPTIONS, INTERCEPTION PERCENTAGE)
Dak Prescott, 2016 (Dallas – 451/4, 0.9)*
Robert Griffin III, 2012 (Washington – 393/5, 1.3)
Nick Foles, 2012 (Philadelphia – 265/5, 1.9)
Charlie Batch, 1998 (Detroit – 303/6, 2.0)
Derek Carr, 2014 (Oakland – 599/12, 2.0)
*Through 15 games

PROLIFIC PASSERS: Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers passed for 347 yards with four touchdown passes for a 136.6 passer rating and added a rushing touchdown in the Packers’ 38-25 win vs. Minnesota last week. Rodgers leads the NFL with 36 passing touchdowns this season. New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees ranks second in the league with 35 touchdown passes in 2016.

With four touchdown passes at Detroit on Sunday Night Football, Rodgers would become the fourth quarterback in NFL history with at least 40 touchdown passes in multiple seasons, joining Pro Football Hall of Famer Dan Marino (1984, 1986), Peyton Manning (2004, 2013) and Brees (2011, 2012).

With five touchdown passes at Atlanta on Sunday, Brees can become the first quarterback in NFL history with three seasons of at least 40 touchdown passes.

The quarterbacks with at least 40 touchdown passes in multiple seasons:

PLAYER (SEASONS, (TEAM(S); SEASONS WITH 40+ TD PASSES)
Peyton Manning, (2004 and 2013, Indianapolis and Denver; 2)
Drew Brees (2011 and 2012, New Orleans; 2)*
Dan Marino (1984 and 1986, Miami; 2)^
Aaron Rodgers (2011, Green Bay; 1)**
*Has 35 touchdown passes through 15 games
**Has 36 touchdown passes through 15 games
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

GOOD COMPANY: Green Bay wide receiver Jordy Nelson had 154 receiving yards and two touchdowns in Week 16.

Nelson, who has 91 catches for 1,191 yards and a league-leading 14 touchdown receptions this season, can become the fifth player in NFL history to record at least 100 catches, 1,200 receiving yards and 15 touchdown catches in a single season, joining Pro Football Hall of Famers Cris Carter (1995), Jerry Rice (1995) and Marvin Harrison (2001) and Randy Moss (2003).

The players with at least 100 catches, 1,200 receiving yards and 15 touchdown catches in a season:

PLAYER, SEASON (TEAM – RECEPTIONS/REC. YARDS; TD CATCHES)
Randy Moss, 2003 (Minnesota – 111/1,632;17)
Marvin Harrison, 2001 (Indianapolis – 109/1,524;15)^
Cris Carter, 1995 (Minnesota – 122/1,371; 17)^
Jerry Rice, 1995 (San Francisco – 1.848; 15)^
Jordy Nelson, 2016 (Green Bay – 91/1,191; 14)*
*Through 15 games
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

ROCKING RAIDER: Just catch the ball, baby! Oakland wide receiver Amari Cooper has 78 catches for 1,110 receiving yards and four touchdowns this season.

With one touchdown catch on Sunday at Denver, Cooper would become 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).

The players with at least 70 catches, 1,000 receiving yards and five touchdown catches in each of their first two seasons:

PLAYER, SEASONS (TEAM, SEASONS WITH 70+ CATCHES, 1,000+ REC. YARDS AND 5+ TD CATCHES IN FIRST 2 YEARS)
Odell Beckham Jr., 2014-2015 (New York Giants, 2)
Marques Colston, 2006-2007 (New Orleans, 2)
Amari Cooper, 2015-2016 (Oakland, 1)*
*Through 15 games

RINGING THE BELL: Pittsburgh running back Le’Veon Bell ranks third in the NFL with 1,884 yards from scrimmage (1,268 rushing, 616 receiving) this season, despite only appearing in 12 games.

With 116 yards from scrimmage against Cleveland on Sunday, Bell, who had 2,215 scrimmage yards in 2014, can become the seventh player in NFL history to record multiple seasons with at least 2,000 scrimmage yards in his first four career seasons.

The most seasons with at least 2,000 scrimmage yards in a player’s first four seasons:

PLAYER, TEAM (SEASONS WITH 2,000+ SCRIMMAGE YARDS IN FIRST 4 YEARS)
Eric Dickerson, Los Angeles (3)^
Terrell Davis, Denver (2)
Edgerrin James, Indianapolis (2)
Larry Johnson, Kansas City (2)
Ray Rice, Baltimore (2)
LaDainian Tomlinson, San Diego (2)
Le’Veon Bell, Pittsburgh (1)*
*Has 1,884 scrimmage yards through Week 16
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

Bell leads the NFL with a 157.0 scrimmage yards per game average in 2016, the third-highest single-season average in NFL history.

The highest single-season scrimmage yards per game averages in NFL history:

PLAYER, SEASON (TEAM – SCRIMMAGE YARDS PER GAME AVERAGE)
Priest Holmes, 2002 (Kansas City – 163.4)
O.J. Simpson, 1975 (Buffalo – 160.2)^
Le’Veon Bell, 2016 (Pittsburgh – 157.0)*
Chris Johnson, 2009 (Tennessee – 156.8)
Marshall Faulk, 2000 (St. Louis – 156.4)^
*Through 15 games
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

CATCH IT LIKE BECKHAM: New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham, Jr. JR. had 11 catches for 150 yards in the Giants’ Week 16 loss to Philadelphia, his 19th career game with at least 100 receiving yards, tying Randy Moss (19) for the most by a player in his first three seasons.

With 100 receiving yards at Washington on Sunday, Beckham would become the only player in NFL history with 20 career games of at least 100 receiving yards in his first three seasons.

The most 100-yard receiving games by a player in his first three seasons in NFL history:

PLAYER (SEASONS, TEAM; 100-YARD RECEIVING GAMES IN FIRST 3 SEASONS)
Odell Beckham Jr. (2014-2016, New York Giants; 19)*
Randy Moss (1998-2000, Minnesota; 19)
T.Y. Hilton (2012-2014, Indianapolis; 16)
John Jefferson (1978-1980, San Diego; 16)
Bill Groman (1960-1962, Houston; 16)
Harlon Hill (1954-1956, Chicago; 16)
*Through 15 games in third season

COMEBACKS GALORE: There have been 70 games won by teams that trailed in the fourth quarter through Week 16, tied for the most such games in a single season in NFL history.

Four teams – Houston, Miami, Pittsburgh and San Francisco – were victorious in Week 16 after trailing in the fourth quarter. The Texans and Steelers both overcame fourth quarter deficits for the second consecutive week. Houston and Pittsburgh pulled their comebacks at home, allowing them to win their division titles, while Miami’s comeback was on the road, which gave them a playoff spot.

The most games won after trailing in the fourth quarter in a single season in NFL history:

SEASON – GAMES WON AFTER TRAILING IN 4TH QUARTER IN SINGLE SEASON
2016 – 70
1989 – 70
2013 – 69
2015 – 67
2008 – 67
2001 – 67

WORST TO FIRST: The last shall be first. The Dallas Cowboys (13-2), who defeated Detroit 42-21 on Monday Night Football, clinched the NFC East division and home-field advantage throughout the NFC playoffs. It marks the 13th time in the past 14 seasons that one or more teams went from last or tied for last place to a division championship the following year.

The teams to go from “worst-to-first” in their division since 2003:

SEASON: TEAM (RECORD, PRIOR SEASON RECORD)
2003: Carolina (11-5, 7-9)
2003: Kansas City (13-3, 8-8)*
2004: Atlanta (11-5, 5-11)
2004: San Diego (12-4, 4-12)*
2005: Chicago (11-5, 5-11)
2005: New York Giants (11-5, 6-10)*
2005: Tampa Bay (11-5, 5-11)
2006: Baltimore (13-3, 6-10)*
2006: New Orleans (10-6, 3-13)
2006: Philadelphia (10-6, 6-10)
2007: Tampa Bay (9-7, 4-12)
2008: Miami (11-5, 1-15)
2009: New Orleans (13-3, 8-8)**
2010: Kansas City (10-6, 4-12)
2011: Denver (8-8, 4-12)
2011: Houston (10-6, 6-10)*
2012: Washington (10-6, 5-11)
2013: Carolina (12-4, 7-9)*
2013: Philadelphia (10-6, 4-12)
2015: Washington (9-7, 4-12)
2016: Dallas (13-2, 4-12)
* Tied for last place
** Won Super Bowl

HISTORIC WINNERS: The Green Bay Packers defeated Minnesota 38-25 on Saturday at Lambeau Field. The win marked the Packers’ 217th victory at Lambeau Field, the most home wins by any franchise at one stadium in NFL history. Green Bay surpassed Chicago, which had 216 victories at Wrigley Field.

The most home wins by a franchise at one stadium:

TEAM – VENUE, WINS
Green Bay Packers – Lambeau Field, 217
Chicago Bears – Wrigley Field, 216

The Pittsburgh Steelers defeated Baltimore 31-27 on Sunday, clinching the AFC North division title. The victory marked the 600th regular-season victory in franchise history, joining Chicago (744), Green Bay (729) and the New York Giants (683) as the only teams in NFL history to reach 600 regular-season wins.

The teams with the most regular-season victories in NFL history:

TEAM (WINS-LOSSES-TIES)
Chicago Bears (744-567-42)
Green Bay Packers (729-553-37)
New York Giants (683-572-33)
Pittsburgh Steelers (600-535-20)

New England defeated the New York Jets 41-3 on Saturday, marking Bill Belichick’s 200th regular-season win as head coach of the Patriots.

Belichick joins 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 head coaches to win 200 regular-season games with one team.

The head coaches with 200 regular-season wins with one franchise:

HEAD COACH – TEAM (WINS)
George Halas – Chicago (318)^
Don Shula – Miami (257)^
Tom Landry – Dallas (250)^
Curly Lambeau – Green Bay (209)^
Bill Belichick – New England (200)*
*Active
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

FRANCHISE CONNECTIONS: Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers passed for 347 yards and four touchdowns, including two to wide receiver Jordy Nelson, in the Packers’ 38-25 win over Minnesota at Lambeau.

Rodgers and Nelson have connected on 59 touchdown passes, surpassing Pro Football Hall of Famer BRETT FAVRE and ANTONIO FREEMAN (57) for the most touchdown passes from a quarterback to a receiver in franchise history.

Pittsburgh quarterback Ben Roethlisberger passed for 279 yards and three touchdowns, including the game-winning four-yard score to wide receiver Antonio Brown with nine seconds remaining in the Steelers’ 31-27 win over Baltimore.

Roethlisberger and Brown have combined for 50 touchdown passes, putting them in some pretty good company, surpassing 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 has 301 career touchdown passes and surpassed Pro Football Hall of Famer John Elway (300) for the ninth-most touchdown passes in NFL history. Roethlisberger is the 10th player in NFL history to throw for at least 300 career touchdowns.

The quarterbacks with 300 career touchdown passes:

PLAYER- TOUCHDOWN PASSES
Peyton Manning – 539
Brett Favre – 508^
Drew Brees – 463*
Tom Brady – 453*
Dan Marino – 420^
Fran Tarkenton – 342^
Eli Manning – 320*
Philip Rivers – 312*
Ben Roethlisberger – 301*
John Elway – 300^
*Active
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

POSH PASSERS: Dallas wide receiver Dez Bryant had two touchdown catches and his first career touchdown pass in the Cowboys’ 42-21 victory against Detroit.

Bryant, who has 67 career receiving touchdowns and surpassed Pro Football Hall of Famer Michael Irvin (65) for the second-most in franchise history, is the fifth player in NFL history with two touchdown catches and a touchdown pass in the same game.

The players with two touchdown catches and a touchdown pass in the same game:

PLAYER, TEAM (DATE – TOUCHDOWN CATCHES, TOUCHDOWN PASSES)
Dez Bryant, Dallas (12/26/2016 – 2, 1)
David Patten, New England (10/21/2001 – 2, 1)
Keith Lincoln, San Diego (11/7/1965 – 2, 1)
Don Hutson, Green Bay (10/31/1943 – 2, 1)
Johnny McNally, Pittsburgh (10/17/1937 – 2, 1)

Kansas City defensive tackle Dontari Poe threw a two-yard touchdown pass in the Chiefs’ 33-10 win against Denver.

Poe, who has 1.5 sacks this season, is the first player with a touchdown pass and a sack in the same season since the sack became an official statistic in 1982.

Jacksonville quarterback Blake Bortles passed for 325 yards and one touchdown in the Jaguars’ 38-17 win against Tennessee. Bortles, who threw a 21-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Marqise Lee, also had a 20-yard touchdown reception from Lee in the victory.

Bortles and 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.

Playoff Scenarios (take notes… this is going to cause more confusion than a mouse in a burlesque show!)

AFC

CLINCHED:
New England – AFC East division title and first-round bye;
Pittsburgh – AFC North division title
Houston – AFC South division title
Oakland – playoff berth
Kansas City – playoff berth
Miami – playoff berth

New England (13-2) at Miami (10-5), Sunday, 1 p.m.

New England clinches home-field advantage throughout AFC playoffs with:
1.New England win or tie OR
2.Oakland loss or tie

Oakland (12-3) at Denver (8-7), Sunday, 4:25 p.m.

Oakland clinches AFC West division title and a first-round bye with:
1.Oakland win or tie OR
2.Kansas City loss or tie

Oakland clinches home-field advantage throughout AFC playoffs with:
1.OAK win + NE loss

Kansas City (11-4) at San Diego (5-10), Sunday, 4:25 p.m.
Kansas City clinches AFC West division title and a first-round bye with:
1.Kansas City win + Oakland loss

NFC

CLINCHED:
Dallas – NFC East division title and home-field advantage throughout NFC playoffs
Atlanta – NFC South division title
Seattle – NFC West division title
New York Giants – playoff berth

Atlanta (10-5) vs. New Orleans (7-8), Sunday, 4:25 p.m.

Atlanta clinches a first-round bye with:
1.Atlanta win OR
2.Atlanta tie + Seattle loss or tie OR
3.Seattle loss + Detroit loss or tie OR
4.Seattle tie + Detroit loss

Seattle (9-5-1) at San Francisco (2-13), Sunday, 4:25 p.m.

Seattle clinches a first-round bye with:
1.Seattle win + Atlanta loss or tie OR
2.Seattle tie + Atlanta loss + Green Bay/Detroit

Green Bay (9-6) at Detroit (9-6), Sunday night, 8:30 p.m.

Detroit clinches NFC North division title with:
1.Detroit win

Detroit clinches a first-round bye with:
1.Detroit win + Seattle loss or tie + Atlanta loss

Detroit clinches a playoff berth with:
1.Detroit tie OR
2.Washington loss or tie

Green Bay clinches NFC North division title with:
1.Green Bay win or tie

Green Bay clinches a playoff berth with:
1.Washington loss OR
2.Washington tie + Tampa Bay win + Green Bay clinches at least a tie in strength of victory tiebreaker over Tampa Bay

(Note: Green Bay clinches at least a tie in strength of victory tiebreaker over Tampa Bay if one of the following teams win or tie: Seattle, Houston, Jacksonville, Philadelphia. Green Bay has already clinched strength of schedule tiebreaker over Tampa Bay in this scenario.)

Washington (8-6-1) vs. New York Giants (10-5), Sunday, 4:25 p.m.

Washington clinches a playoff berth with:
1.Washington win + Green Bay-Detroit game does not end in a tie OR
2.Washington tie + Green Bay loss + Tampa Bay loss or tie

Tampa Bay (8-7) vs. Carolina (6-9), Sunday, 1 p.m.

Tampa Bay clinches a playoff berth with:
1.Tampa Bay win + Washington tie + Green Bay loss + Tampa Bay clinches strength of victory tiebreaker over Green Bay

(Note: Tampa Bay clinches strength of victory tiebreaker over Green Bay if all of the following teams win: Tennessee, Indianapolis, Dallas and San Francisco)

So with that being said, there’s football to be played. Here are the games of week 17.

New Orleans (7-8) at ATLANTA (10-5), 4:25 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 716. It’s a week three rematch in the Big Peach as the Atlanta Falcons play their final regular season game in the Georgia Dome before moving next door to Mercedes Benz Stadium as they host the New Orleans Saints and Drew Brees in a late afternoon contest in the Big Peach.

With their playoff hopes damaged by Atlanta’s win over Carolina Saturday, the Saints put a dent in Tampa Bay’s playoff hopes, taking 31-24 in the Big Easy over the Buccaneers. New Orleans led 13-7 at the half in the Superdome Saturday afternoon before Tampa Bay pulled to within seven with a 35-yard field goal by Roberto Aguayo with 2 minutes left in the contest. New Orleans outrushed Tampa Bay 123-89 and Brees threw for 299 yards with a TD, while Winston threw for 277 yards with two TDs, two sacks and two interceptions.

Atlanta took control of the NFC South with a 33-16 win over Carolina last Saturday afternoon in Charlotte. The Falcons were never threatened by Cam Newton and the Panthers, leading from start to finish and took a 20-3 lead to the intermission with them. Atlanta outrushed Carolina 152-119 (Tevin Coleman led all rushers with 90 yards, while DeVonta Freeman chipped in with 53) and Ryan threw for 277 yards and a pair of TDs, while Newton threw for 198 yards and a TD but was sacked twice and picked off twice in the loss.

The two NFC South foes met in the Big Easy in week three on a Monday night in the Superdome and the Falcons manhandled New Orleans 45-32. Atlanta broke a 7-7 first quarter tie and led 28-17 at the intermission and never looked back. The Falcons outrushed New Orleans 217-115 (Freeman led all rushers with 152 yards) and Coleman ran for three TDs in the Big Easy. Brees threw for 376 yards and three TDs, while Ryan tallied 240 yards with a pair of TDs (Brees threw the only interception in the contest).

New Orleans was a 3-point favorite in the Monday night meeting, which marked the 10th anniversary of the re-opening of the Superdome after Katrina almost took the city off the map. The over/under was 54 in that contest, which Atlanta won by 13 and both teams covered the over/under with 67 points. Atlanta’s favored by 7 in the final regular season game for the Georgia Dome and the over/under’s 55 1/2. Atlanta is already in the post-season, winning the NFC South last Saturday at Carolina. They would like to have the number two seed in the post-season party, while the Saints would like to ruin the party for the Falcons. Atlanta’s swept the Saints before, doing the deed in 2014. History has a way of repeating itself and it’s favoring the Falcons. New Orleans is not going quietly into the good night and will give Atlanta problems but the Falcons take this one at home in the Big Peach and could cover the 7.

Baltimore (8-7) at Cincinnati (5-9-1), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 705. With really nothing to play for, the Baltimore Ravens and Cincinnati Bengals meet along the shores of the Ohio River in a week 12 rematch. Both teams enter the season finale with losses under their belts.

Baltimore let a 27-24 lead at Pittsburgh get away from them as the Steelers took a 31-27 win to take the AFC North title and eliminated the Ravens from the playoffs in the process. Baltimore led 14-10 after the first 45 minutes of action and would take the lead with 78 seconds left on a 10-yard TD run by RB Kyle Juszczyk.

The Bengals saw their chance to damage Houston’s playoff hopes go away faster than a Christmas snowflake, as they fell to the Texans 12-10 Christmas Eve.  Houston trailed the Bengals 3-0 at the intermission, then took the lead with 8:41 left to play when RB Alfred Blue scored from 24 yards out. The PAT was blocked by the Bengals, which made it a 2-point game. Cincinnati then had a chance to send the AFC South into chaos as Randall Bullock attempted a 43-yard field goal with five seconds left. Fortunately for Texans fans, the try sailed wide left, which gave the Texans the win and the AFC South. As far as the rushing game was concerned on Christmas Eve, both defenses acted Scrooge-like, as neither Cincinnati or Houston tallied 100 yards in the contest but Houston did outrush Cincinnati 95-50 and Texans QB Tom Savage, making his first start after Brock Osweiler was benched, threw for 176 yards, while Andy Dalton threw for 268 yards and a TD pass to WR Brandon LaFell.

They met in week 12 in Charm City and the Ravens came away 16-12 winners. Baltimore led 16-3 at the half but Cincinnati managed to outscore the Ravens 11-3 in the final 30 minutes of play, pulling to within four when P Scott Koch ran out of the endzone to burn time off the clock in the fourth. Baltimore outrushed the Bengals 92-62 and Joe Flacco threw for 234 yards, while Dalton had 283 (both men threw a TD pass; Dalton was sacked three times, Flacco sacked twice).

Baltimore and Cincinnati met in Charm City in week 12 and the Ravens were 19-14 winners. Leading 16-3 at the half, Baltimore managed to hold off the Bengals in the final 30 minutes of play, as Cincinnati outscored the Ravens 11-3. Neither club came close to the 100-yard rushing barrier but Baltimore did manage to outrush their guests 92-64. Flacco threw for 234 yards, while Andy Dalton threw for 283 (each threw a TD pass in the contest, with Flacco throwing the contest’s only interception).

In the week 12 contest, the Ravens were 4 1/2 point favorites in Charm City and the over/under was 40 1/2. While the Ravens did win by 5, allowing them to cover the spread, the over/under stayed safe as both teams only scored 33 points. This time, the Bengals are a 2 1/2 point favorite and the over/under’s 41 1/2. Both teams know that when this contest ends, their season ends. The Ravens had chances to put Pittsburgh away and didn’t, while the Bengals struggled and stumbled out of the gate. At least the Bengals will get some revenge this week. Cincy covers the 2 1/2 and wins at home.

Jacksonville (3-12) at Indianapolis (7-8), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 706. The Colts close out the 2016 campaign in the Hoosier State as they host the Jacksonville Jaguars at Lucas Oil Stadium.

Jacksonville took Tennessee to task at home at EverBank Stadium, taking a 38-17 win over the Titans last Saturday in the Sunshine State. The Jags, with interim head coach Doug Marone, led Tennessee 19-7 at half and eventually knocked Marcus Mariota (99 yards, two sacks, TD) out of the contest after he broke his tibia. Jacksonville outrushed Tennessee 84-58 and Blake Bortles threw for 325 yards and a TD in the contest.

The Colts fell to Oakland Saturday afternoon in northern California Saturday, dropping a 33-25 decision to the Raiders. Indy trailed 19-7 at the break but rallied late in the contest to make it a closer affair, outscoring Oakland 18-14 in the final 30 minutes of play. Oakland outrushed the Colts 210-103, while Andrew Luck threw for 288 yards and a pair of TDs but was picked off twice. For Oakland, it was a costly win, as David Carr threw for 228 yards and three TDs before he left the contest with a broken tibia (Carr will miss the post-season) and replaced by Matt McGloin, who threw for 29 yards.

They met in London at Wembley Stadium in week four and Luck and the Colts fell 30-27 on the other side of the Atlantic. Jacksonville led 17-6 at the half before the Colts rallied to outscore the Jaguars 21-13 in the second half. Jacksonville outrushed the Colts 136-94 and Blake Bortles threw for 207 yards and three sacks, while Luck threw for 234 yards and six sacks (each man threw a pair of TDs).

In the week four affair across the Big Pond, the Colts were favored by 2 1/2 and the over/under was 49 1/2. Both teams took care of the over/under, scoring 57 points, while Jacksonville covered the spread with their 3-point win. Indy’s favored by 4 1/2 and the over/under this time around is 47. Both numbers make sense, considering that both clubs are not going to the playoffs this year. Jacksonville’s trying to pull the sweep in the series, which they haven’t done since 2011. The Colts are trying to finish .500 for the second straight season. Colts cover the 4 and take the win back home again in Indiana.

Chicago (3-12) at Minnesota (7-8), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 711. A pair of NFC North rivals meet in the Land of 10,000 Lakes as the Vikings close out 2016 when they host Da Bears at US Bank Stadium. Both NFC North teams took losses last Saturday.

Chicago found themselves being manhandled by Washington 41-21 at Soldier Field. The Redskins led 24-14 at the half in the Windy City and were never threatened by Da Bears in the latter stages of the contest, outrushing Chicago 208-140 (Bears RB Jordan Howard led all rushers with 119 yards). Washington’s Kirk Cousins threw for 270 yards and a TD, while Bears QB Matt Barkley threw for 323 yards and a pair of TDs but was picked off five times.

The Vikings saw their playoff hopes come to a crashing end in Green Bay as Minnesota fell to the Packers 38-25 at Lambeau. Green Bay and Aaron Rodgers led 28-13 at the half in the land of cheese, beer and Bratwurst and never looked back after that. Rodgers threw for 347 yards and four TDs (connecting with Jordy Nelson on a couple of those passes) and rushed for a TD of his own as well from 12 yards out, while Sam Bradford threw for 382 yards and three TDs (Minnesota outrushed the Packers 93-40).

Minnesota and Chicago met in the Windy City in week eight and Da Bears were 20-10 winners at Solider Field. Chicago led 13-3 at the intermission and the two teams played even football in the final 30 minutes of action. Howard ran for 153 yards in the contest with a TD as Da Bears outrushed Minnesota 158-57. Jay Cutler, who was under center at the time before later injuring the thumb on his throwing hand, threw for 252 yards and a TD, while Bradford was sacked five times while throwing for 228 yards.

In the week eight Monday night affair in the Windy City, Minnesota was favored by 5 1/2 and the over/under was 41. Chicago covered the spread with their 10-point primetime win but neither club reached the 41 over/under, scoring 30 points. Minnesota’s favored by 5 and the over/under’s 41. If you choose to take a pass on this one, we’ll understand. Vikings cover the 5 and win in the Land of 10,000 Lakes.

Buffalo (7-8) at New York Jets (4-11), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 708. A pair of New York state teams meet in New Jersey as the Bills and Jets meet at MetLife Stadium.

Buffalo saw Miami take a playoff spot last Saturday in Orchard Park, falling to the Dolphins 34-31 in overtime. The Bills led 31-28 with 80 seconds left when TE Charles Clay and QB Tyrod Taylor (329 yards, three TDs) connected on a 7-yard TD pass to tie the contest up. The lead would not last very long and Miami would tie the contest up at 31-31 when Dolphins K Andrew Franks connected on a 55-yard field goal with 5 seconds left in regulation. After Buffalo got the ball to start the overtime, the Bills could not move the pigskin and punted to Miami, who made the most of the opportunity and took the win in the overtime when Franks added a 27-yard field goal with 47 seconds left in the extra period. The loss by the Bills would be the last for Rex Ryan, who was fired by the club on Tuesday and Offensive coordinator Anthony Lynn will serve as interim head coach.

Buffalo outrushed Miami 272-261 and the running backs for both teams shined as Buffalo’s LeSean McCoy (128 yards, TD) and Miami’s Jay Ajayi (206 yards, TD) led their teams on the ground, while Matt Moore, taking over for Ryan Tannehill, threw for 233 yards and three TDs.

GangGreen was manhandled by Tom Brady and the Pats in Foxboro last Saturday afternoon, losing to the Pats 41-3. New England led 27-0 at halftime and held the J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS! to a 29-yard field goal by Nick Folk in the fourth quarter with the contest in hand. New England outrushed the Jets 114-111 and Brady burned New York for 214 yards and three TDs, while Ryan Fitzpatrick threw for 136 yards with a pair of interceptions (Fitzpatrick’s replacement Bryce Petty wasn’t much better, going 0 for 3 with an interception).

The Bills and Jets squared off in Orchard Park in week two and GangGreen came away 37-31 winners on a Thursday night. The J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS! led 20-7 at the intermission in Orchard Park and held off the Bills in the second half (Buffalo outscored New York 21-17 in the final 30 minutes of play). The Bills pulled to within seven with 1:17 left in the contest when RB Mike Gillislee caught an 18-yard pass from Tyrod Taylor to make it 37-31. Buffalo then tried an onside kick, which GangGreen recovered. The J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS! ran out the clock and took the road win in upstate New York. New York outrushed Buffalo 123-86 and the Jets’ Matt Forte led all rushers with 100 yards and three TDs. Taylor threw for 297 and three TDS, while Fitzpatrick threw for 374 yards and a TD.

In the week two contest in upstate New York, the J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS! were favored by 1 and they covered the spread with the 6-point win. The over/under of 40? Buffalo and GangGreen covered that as well, combining for 68 points. Buffalo’s favored by 6 and the over/under’s 44. These two are not bad teams, they just play that way at times, to paraphrase Jessica Rabbit. Buffalo gets revenge on the J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS! in upstate New Jersey and finishes .500 with the win.

Dallas (13-2) at Philadelphia (6-9), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 712. Dak Prescott vs. Carson Wentz, Round II. The NFL’s young guns meet in the City of Brotherly Love, as the Cowboys, who have locked up the top seed in the NFC, travel to Philly for a meeting with the Eagles.

Dallas rallied to beat Detroit 42-21 in Arlington in the final Monday night contest of the season. The Lions led briefly 21-14 with 7:40 left in the first half before Dallas took the lead back and took it for keeps when Dez Bryant caught the first of his two TD passes from Prescott. The first Prescott-Bryant TD retied the contest (the teams were tied 21-21 at the half) and RB Ezekiel Elliott (80 yards rushing) scored his second rushing TD from 1 yard out to give the Cowboys the lead back for keeps (Elliott had a 55 yard run in the contest as well). Prescott threw for 212 yards and three TDs and Bryant got in on the passing attack, tossing a 10-yard pass to TE Jason Witten to seal Detroit’s fate. Matthew Stafford threw for 260 yards with an interception and four sacks, while Dallas outrushed Detroit 164-90.

The Eagles stopped Eli Manning and the New York Giants 24-19 last Thursday evening at Lincoln Financial Field. Philly led 21-13 at the half in the City of Brotherly Love and held Big Blue in check in the win. The Eagles outrushed New York 118-114 and Wentz threw for 152 yards and a TD in the win, while Manning also had a TD pass to go with his 356 passing yards and three interceptions.

They met in the Lone Star State in week eight and the Cowboys needed overtime to come away 29-23 winners. Dallas trailed 13- 10 at the half in Arlington in the Sunday night contest before they rallied to tie the contest up when Bryant and Prescott connected on a 22 yard TD pass with 3:04 left. Prescott would strike again, sending Cowboy fans home happy when he and Witten connected on a 5 yard strike with 7:48 left in the extra period. Dallas outrushed Philadelphia 187-97 and Prescott threw for 278 yards and the two TDs, while Wentz threw for 202 yards and a TD, while being sacked three times.

In the week eight contest, the Cowboys were favored by 4 1/2 and the over/under was 43 1/2. Dallas won by 6, allowing the spread to be covered and the 52 total points covered the over/under. Dallas is favored by 6 in the season finale and the over/under 42 1/2. This could be a blowout, this could be a shootout. The Eagles are playing with house money and would like to knock the Cowboys off kilter in the run to the post-season. It could be closer than 6 but Dallas take the win in the City of Brotherly Love.

Cleveland (1-14) at Pittsburgh (10-5), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 709. A Cleveland Browns team, fresh off their first win of the 2016 campaign, travels to the Steel City for a meeting with Ben Roethilsberger and the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field.

After 14 tries to get into the win column, Browns fans could finally hold their heads up high as they held off the San Diego Chargers 20-17 along the shores of Lake Erie last Saturday afternoon. Cleveland, who broke a 17-game losing streak (they lost the last three games of the 2016 season) led 17-10 at the intermission at First Energy Field, then made things a lot more exciting than their fans had hoped when San Diego’s Josh Lambo tried a 45-yard field goal as time ran out. There was one small problem… Lambo’s kick sailed wide right, which caused a celebration among Browns players on the field and fans in the stands. Cleveland outrushed San Diego 124-34 and Robert Griffin III threw for 164 yards and was sacked seven before being knocked out of the contest with a concussion (Cody Keesler took over and threw for 11). For San Diego, Philip Rivers threw for 322 yards and a pair of TDs, hooking up with TE Antonio Gates and WR Tyrell Williams for the scores.

The Steelers rallied from a three-point deficit against Baltimore and took a 31-27 win over the Ravens to take the AFC North title and eliminate Baltimore from the playoffs in the process. Baltimore led 14-10 after the first 45 minutes of action and would take the lead with 78 seconds left on a 10-yard TD run by RB Kyle Juszczyk.

Pittsburgh, with its playoff hopes on the line at Heinz Field, found a way to fight back and they did, with Ben Roethlisberger using eight pass plays and spiking the ball twice to give the Steelers the lead back for keeps with 9 seconds left when Roethlisberger and Antonio Brown connected on a four-yard TD pass. Baltimore would eventually get the ball back with 9 seconds left but the Steelers put the halt on Baltimore’s bid for the win and the AFC North title. LeVeon Bell ran for 122 yards and a TD, while the Steelers ran for 127 (Baltimore ran for 122) and Roethlisberger threw for 279 yards with three TDs (including the game winner) while Joe Flacco threw for 262.

The Steelers were 24-9 winners in the first meeting in week 11 along the shores of Lake Erie. Pittsburgh led 14-0 at the intermission and never had any problems with the Browns in the contest, holding the Browns to 33 yards rushing, while Bell ran for 146 of Pittsburgh’s yards and a TD. Roethlisberger threw for 167 yards, while Kessler (128) and Josh McCown (118) combined for 246 yards in the lopsided contest.

The Steelers were favored by 9 (they won by 15) and the over/under was 49 (that number stayed safe as both clubs mustered only 33 points. Pittsburgh’s favored again, this time by 7 and the over/under’s 44. Both numbers make a lot of sense. The Steelers have already punched their playoff tickets, while the Browns are trying to make it two in a row. Sorry, Cleveland fans, your dreams are about to come crashing down. Steelers cover the 7 and win at Heinz.

Carolina (6-9) at Tampa Bay (8-7), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 713. A pair of former Heisman winners meet in the Sunshine State as Carolina and Cam Newton lead a struggling Carolina Panthers team into Tampa Bay’s Raymond James Stadium for a New Year’s Day meeting with Jameis Winston on Florida’s west coast.

Carolina saw their playoff hopes melt away as they fell to Atlanta 33-16 last Saturday afternoon in Charlotte. The defending NFC champs struggled from the start, trailing 20-3 at the half and could never get on track. Atlanta outrushed Carolina 152-119 (Tevin Coleman led all rushers with 90 yards, while DeVonta Freeman chipped in with 53) and Ryan threw for 277 yards and a pair of TDs, while Newton threw for 198 yards and a TD but was sacked twice and picked off twice in the loss.

Tampa Bay, still clinging on to a playoff bid, saw their hopes of winning the South come to an end as they fell to New Orleans 31-24 in the Big Easy. The Bucs trailed 13-7 at the half in the Superdome Saturday afternoon and pulled to within seven with a 35-yard field goal by Roberto Aguayo with 2 minutes left in the contest. New Orleans outrushed Tampa Bay 123-89 and Drew Brees threw for 299 yards with a TD, while Winston threw for 277 yards with two TDs, two sacks and two interceptions.

They met in week five in Charlotte at Bank of America Stadium on a Monday night and the Panthers, who did not have Newton’s services (concussion) and Tampa Bay broke a 14-14 tie late in the contest as Aguayo connected on a 38-yard field goal as time expired to take a 17-14 win over the Panthers. Aguayo kicked a pair of field goals in the first half for a 6-0 lead going into the half before Carolina, thanks to a pair of Cameron Artis-Payne, scoring on a pair of TDs in the third quarter, gave the home team the lead. That lead would not last very long as Winston and WR Mike Evans connected on a 26-yard TD pass with 4:27 left in the third. After a Carolina punt, the Bucs got the ball back with 1:49 left to play in regulation. Tampa Bay then proceeded to use all of the 1:49 that was given to them and made the most of it, as Aguayo kicked the game-winner as the clock struck :00. Winston threw for 219 yards and the one TD, while Dave Anderson, stepping in for Newton, threw for 278 yards but was picked off twice. Carolina outrushed Tampa Bay 136-113, while the Bucs’ Josh Rodgers led all rushers with 101.

In the week five contest in the Tar Heel State, Carolina was favored by 4 1/2 and the over/under was 44 1/2. Both numbers were never threatened as Tampa Bay won by 3 and the two clubs combined to score 31 points. Tampa Bay’s favored by 6 1/2 and the over/under’s 46 1/2. Carolina’s already out of the playoff picture. Tampa Bay’s trying to get in but they would need a lot of help. Panthers at least get revenge for the loss in the Tar Heel State and take the win in Tampa and covers the 3.

Houston (9-6) at Tennessee (8-7), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 710. Houston and Tennessee close out their 2016 season in the Music City.

Houston won the AFC South last Saturday evening at NRG Stadium as they held off the Cincinnati Bengals 12-10. Houston trailed the Bengals 3-0 at the intermission, took the lead with 8:41 left to play when RB Alfred Blue scored from 24 yards out. The PAT was blocked by the Bengals, which made it a 2-point game. Cincinnati then had a chance to send the AFC South into chaos as Randall Bullock attempted a 43-yard field goal with five seconds left. Fortunately for Texans fans, the try sailed wide left, which gave the Texans the win and the AFC South. As far as the rushing game was concerned on Christmas Eve, it was more naughty than nice, as neither Cincinnati or Houston tallied 100 yards in the contest but Houston did outrush Cincinnati 95-50 and Texans QB Tom Savage, making his first start after Brock Osweiler was benched, threw for 176 yards, while Andy Dalton threw for 268 yards and a TD pass to WR Brandon LaFell.

Tennessee suffered a pair of losses last Saturday against Jacksonville in north Florida. First, Tennessee was taken to task at EverBank Stadium, falling 38-17 to the Jaguars. Then, they lost the services of QB Marcus Mariota (99 yards, two sacks, TD), who broke his tibia and will be out for 4-6 months. The Jags, with interim head coach Doug Marone, led Tennessee 19-7 at half and took complete control afterward, as they outrushed Tennessee 84-58 and Blake Bortles threw for 325 yards and a TD in the contest.

They met in week four in the Lone Star State and the Texans were 27-20 winners at NRG Stadium. The Texans led 20-17 at the half and then proceeded to shut down the Titans in the final 30 minutes of play. Tennessee did outrush Houston 124-115, while Osweiler threw for 254 yards and a pair of TDs, while Mariota threw for 202 yards with a sack and an interception.

Houston covered the 6 1/2 spread with their seven point win in the Lone Star State and both teams covered the 40 over/under with 47 points. This time, the Titans are a 3 point favorite in the Music City and the over/under’s 40. Both numbers make sense. Sorry, Tennessee, as the commerical once said. Houston sweeps the series and takes this one on the road, covering the 3 as they make their way to the post-season.

New England (13-2) at Miami (10-5), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 707. Tom Brady and the New England Patriots travel to the Sunshine State to face off against a much improved Miami Dolphins team in a week two rematch at Hard Rock Stadium.

The Pats manhandled a helpless New York Jets club in Foxboro last Saturday, shooting down the J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS! Pats 41-3 at Gillette Stadium. The Brady-led Pats led 27-0 at halftime and held the J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS! to a 29-yard field goal by Nick Folk in the fourth quarter with the contest in hand. New England outrushed the Jets 114-111 and Brady burned New York for 214 yards and three TDs, while Ryan Fitzpatrick threw for 136 yards with a pair of interceptions (Fitzpatrick’s replacement Bryce Petty wasn’t much better, going 0 for 3 with an interception).

Miami took their spot in the AFC playoffs, needing a pair of Andrew Franks field goals to take a take a 34-31 overtime win over Buffalo in upstate New York last Saturday. The Bills led 31-28 with 80 seconds left when TE Charles Clay and QB Tyrod Taylor (329 yards, three TDs) connected on a 7-yard TD pass to tie the contest up. The lead would not last very long and Miami would tie the contest up at 31-31 when Dolphins K Andrew Franks connected on a 55-yard field goal with 5 seconds left in regulation. After Buffalo got the ball to start the overtime, the Bills could not move the pigskin and punted to Miami, who made the most of the opportunity and took the win in the overtime when Franks added a 27-yard field goal with 47 seconds left in the extra period. The loss by the Bills would be the last for Rex Ryan, who was fired by the club on Tuesday and Offensive coordinator Anthony Lynn will serve as interim head coach.

Buffalo outrushed Miami 272-261 and the running backs for both teams shined as Buffalo’s LeSean McCoy (128 yards, TD) and Miami’s Jay Ajayi (206 yards, TD) led their teams on the ground, while Matt Moore, taking over for Ryan Tannehill, threw for 233 yards and three TDs.

New England and Miami met in Foxboro in week two and the Pats came away 31-24 winners at Gillette Stadium. LeGarrett Blount ran for 123 yards and a TD (New England outrushed the ‘Fins 161-70), while Jimmy Garafalo threw for 234 yards and three TDs (two to Danny Amendola) while taking over for a suspended Brady. Ryan Tannehill threw for 389 yards and a pair of TDs (Tannehill also had a pair of interceptions).

In the week two affair in southern Massachusetts, the Pats won by 7, allowing them to cover the 6 1/2 point spread and the 55 combined points allowed both teams to cover the 41 1/2 over/under. New England’s favored by 9 1/2 in the Sunshine State and the over/under’s 44 1/2. Both teams know they’re going to play more football when this one is over. New England has been known to self-destruct in the latter part of the schedule after clinching the division. That’s not going to be the case. Miami will make it closer than 9 1/2 but New England prevails and takes the win on the road.

Oakland (12-3) at Denver (8-7), 4:25 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 714. With nothing on the line, aside from possible seeding for their guests, Denver hosts the Oakland Raiders in a late-afternoon AFC West rematch in the Mile High City.

Oakland took a 33-25 decision over the Colts last Sunday in northern California. The Silver and Black led 19-7 at the break before the Colts rallied late in the contest to make it a closer affair, outscoring Oakland 18-14 in the final 30 minutes of play. Oakland outrushed the Colts 210-103, while Andrew Luck threw for 288 yards and a pair of TDs but was picked off twice. For Oakland, it was a costly win, as David Carr threw for 228 yards and three TDs before he left the contest with a broken tibia (Carr will miss the post-season) and replaced by Matt McGloin, who threw for 29 yards.

Denver found themselves eliminated from the post-season after their 33-10 loss at Kansas City Sunday night. Kansas City took a 21-3 lead to the break at Arrowhead and never looked back against the defending Super Bowl champs, who were held to 63 yards rushing (Kansas City ran for 238). Kansas City then added insult to injury when DT Dontari Poe, who normally sacks quarterbacks, lived out a linesman’s fantasy when he and TE Demetrius Harris connected on a 2-yard TD pass to ice the contest away. The Chiefs’ Alex Smith threw for 244 yards and a TD to TE Travis Kelce in the win, while Denver’s Trevor Siemian threw for 183.

Denver lost to Oakland 30-20 in northern California in week nine. The Raiders led the first meeting 20-10 at the half and the two clubs played even football the rest of the way. The Broncos were outrushed 218-33, with Oakland’s Latavius Murray leading all rushers with 114 yards and three TDs. Carr threw for 184 for the Silver and Black, while Siemian threw for 283 yards and a pair of TDs with a pair of interceptions and a pair of sacks.

The Raiders were 1 point underdogs in the week nine contest (Oakland won by 10) and the two teams combined for 50 points, allowing them to cover the 43 1/2 over/under. Denver’s favored by 2 1/2 in the Mile High City and the over/under’s 42. It hasn’t been a good season for Denver and they would love to make the Raiders a wild card team. Broncos get their revenge from the week nine loss and covers the 2 1/2.

Arizona (6-8-1) at Los Angeles (4-11), 4:25 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 718. The Desert Angry Birds trek their way to the West Coast for a meeting with the Los Angeles Rams in Tinseltown.

The Desert Angry Birds came away 34-31 winners at Seattle in the final seconds when Chris Catanzaro kicked a 43-yard field goal as time expired at Century Link Field. Arizona led 14-3 at halftime in the Pacific Northwest before the Seahawks rallied to pull themselves even with 60 seconds left in regulation, thanks to a 5-yard TD pass from Russell Wilson to WR Paul Richardson. Seattle could have won the contest in regulation but Stephen Hauschka’s PAT try sailed wide left, opening the door for Arizona. The Cards made the most of the Seahawks miscue, using an 8-play, 50-yard drive that burned all the time off the clock when Catanzaro booted the game-winner as the clock struck :00. Arizona outrushed Seattle 94-78, while Wilson threw for 350 yards and four TDs but was sacked six times and Arizona’s Carson Palmer threw for 284 yards and a TD in the 3-point win in the Pacific Northwest.

Los Angeles let a 14-7 halftime at the Coliseum get away from them as they would eventually fall to San Francisco 22-21. The 49ers took the lead for keeps when QB Colin Kaepernick threw his second TD pass of the afternoon with 31 seconds left, connecting with WR Robert Streeter to make it a 1-point score. San Francisco then went for two and struck pay-dirt when Kaepernick (266 yards, four sacks, interception), who had a rushing TD of 13 yards with 5:06 left to play, ran the conversion in to take the lead. The Rams did outrush San Francisco 99-70, with Jared Goff throwing for 90 yards and a pair of TDs but was sacked four times and picked off twice.

They squared off in the desert in week four and the Rams were 17-13 winners at University of Phoenix Stadium. Arizona and Los Angeles entered the halftime tied at 10-10 before the Cardinals took the lead on a 21-yard field goal by Catanzaro as the third quarter came to an end. Los Angeles’ Brian Quick eventually gave the Rams the lead for keeps when he and Case Keenum connected on a 4-yard TD pass with 2:36 left to win the contest. Arizona outrushed the Rams 118-41 and Carson Palmer threw for 288 yards with a TD and three sacks, while Keenum threw for 266.

The Desert Angry Birds were favored by 8 1/2 and the over/under was 43. Los Angeles won by 4, meaning they missed the spread and as for the 43 over/under? It went untouched, as both teams joined to score 30 points. Arizona’s favored by 6 in Tinsletown and the over/under’s 41. Feel free to take a pass on this one and watch that “Mythbusters” marathon on Science Channel. Trust us, you’ll be better for it. Arizona wins this one and covers the 6.

Kansas City (11-4) at San Diego (5-10), 4:25 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 715. After knocking the defending champs out of the post-season, Kansas City travels westerward to southern California for a AFC West showdown that could decide the winner of the divison.

The Chiefs eliminated Denver from the post-season after their 33-10 win over the defending Super Bowl champs last Sunday night at Arrowhead. Kansas City led from start to finish and took a 21-3 lead to the break at Arrowhead and never looked back against the defending Super Bowl champs, who were held to 63 yards rushing (Kansas City ran for 238). The Chiefs sealed Denver’s fate in the contest when DT Dontari Poe, who normally sacks quarterbacks for a living, lived out a linesman’s fantasy when he and TE Demetrius Harris connected on a 2-yard TD pass to ice the contest away. The Chiefs’ Alex Smtih threw for 244 yards and a TD to TE Travis Kelce in the win, while Denver’s Trevor Siemian threw for 183.

San Diego fans saw their frustrations come full circle last Saturday in Cleveland as the Chargers gave Cleveland their first win of the season, falling 20-17 along the shores of Lake Erie last Saturday afternoon. The Browns broke a 17-game losing streak, led 17-10 at the intermission at First Energy Field, then made things a lot more exciting than their fans had hoped when San Diego’s Josh Lambo tried a 45-yard field goal as time ran out. Lambo’s kick sailed wide right, which caused a celebration among Browns players on the field and fans in the stands. Cleveland outrushed San Diego 124-34 and Robert Griffin III threw for 164 yards and was sacked seven before being knocked out of the contest with a concusssion (Cody Keesler took over and threw for 11). For San Diego, Philip Rivers threw for 322 yards and a pair of TDs, hooking up with TE Antonio Gates and WR Tyrell Williams for the scores.

They met in the Show-Me State to open the season and the Chiefs came away 33-27 overtime winners over the Bolts. San Diego led the Chiefs 21-3 at the half at Arrowhead before Kansas City roared back to life in the final 30 minutes of play to tie the contest up and took the win with 9:53 left in overtime when Smith (2 TDs) dashed in from 2 yards out. While the Chargers outrushed Kansas City 155-83, Smith outpaced Rivers 363-243 (Rivers threw a TD in the overtime contest).

The Chiefs were favored by 7 and the over/under was 44 1/2. The bad news for the Chiefs was they barely missed the spread by 1. The good news? Both teams covered the over/under with the 60 combined points. The boys and girls in Vegas like the Chiefs as 4 1/2 point favorites at Qualcomm and the over/under’s 45. San Diego fans will be put out of their misery Sunday. Chiefs complete the series sweep in Cali and covers the 4 1/2.

Seattle (9-5-1) at San Francisco (2-13), 4:25 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 719. Seattle makes their way down I-5, traveling 839 miles south for a Sunday afternoon contest with NFC West foe San Francisco in Santa Clara.

Seattle lost to Arizona 34-31 in the land of Grunge, Salmon and Startbucks last Saturday afternoon in the final seconds when Cardinals’ K Chris Catanzaro booted a 43-yard field goal as time expired at Century Link Field. Arizona led 14-3 at halftime in the Pacific Northwest before the Seahawks rallied to pull themselves even with 60 seconds left in regulation, thanks to a 5-yard TD pass from Russell Wilson to WR Paul Richardson. Seattle could have won the contest in regulation but Stephen Hauschka’s PAT try sailed wide left, opening the door for Arizona. The Cards made the most of the Seahawks miscue, using an 8-play, 50-yard drive that burned all the time off the clock when Catanzaro booted the game-winner as the clock struck :00. Arizona outrushed Seattle 94-78, while Wilson threw for 350 yards and four TDs but was sacked six times and Arizona’s Carson Palmer threw for 284 yards and a TD in the 3-point win in the Pacific Northwest.

San Francisco rallied from a 14-7 deficit at halftime in Los Angeles to beat the Rams 22-21 at the Coliseum. The 49ers’ Colin Kaepernick threw his second TD pass of the afternoon with 31 seconds left, connecting with WR Robert Streeter to make it a 1-point score. San Francisco then went for two and struck paydirt when Kaepernick (266 yards, four sacks, interception), who had a rushing TD of 13 yards with 5:06 lef to play, ran the conversion in to take the lead. The Rams did outrush San Francisco 99-70, with Jared Goff throwing for 90 yards and a pair of TDs but was sacked four times and picked off twice.

They met in the Pacific Northwest in week three and Seattle took a 37-18 win over the 49ers. Seattle led 24-3 at the half before the 49ers roared back and outscored Seattle in the last 30 minutes of play 15-13. Seahawks RB Christine Michael (106 yards) scored the first two TDs of the contest and Seattle went from there (San Francisco outrushed Seattle 135-127). San Francisco’s Carlos Hyde was no slouch himself, rushing for 103 yards and scored the last two TDs of the contest. Wilson threw for 243 yards and a TD for Seattle, while Blaine Gabbard threw for 119 yards with an interception.

Seattle’s 19-point win in the land of Grunge, Salmon and Starbucks allowed them to cover the 9 1/2 point spread and both teams covered the 40 1/2 over/under with 55 points. Seattle’s favored again, this time by 9 1/2 and the over/under’s 43. The 49ers are a bad team but they’re not 9 1/2 bad. The Seahawks prevail but expect this one to be a lot closer than the first meeting.

New York Giants (10-5) at Washington (8-6-1), 4:25 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 717. A pair of NFC East teams, one knowing they’re in the post-season, the other hoping to be part of the post-season meet in Maryland as Washington hosts the New York Giants at at FedEx Field in a late Sunday afternoon contest.

Eli Manning and the New York Giants 24-19 fell to Philadelphia last Thursday evening at Lincoln Financial Field. Philly led from start to finish and took a 21-13 lead with them to the half in the City of Brotherly Love, holding Big Blue in check in the win. The Eagles outrushed New York 118-114 and Wentz threw for 152 yards and a TD in the win, while Manning also had a TD pass to go with his 356 passing yards and three interceptions.

Washington took care of Chicago 41-21 at Soldier Field last Saturday. The ‘Skins led 24-14 at the half in the Windy City and were never threatened by Da Bears in the latter stages of the contest, outrushing Chicago 208-140 (Bears RB Jordan Howard led all rushers with 119 yards). Washington’s Kirk Cousins threw for 270 yards and a TD, while Bears QB Matt Barkley threw for 323 yards and a pair of TDs but was picked off five times.

New York looks to avenge a 29-27 week three loss to the Redskins in the Meadowlands. Big Blue let a 27-26 lead with 7:53 left to play in regulation get away from them as Washington’s Dustin Hopkins kicked his fifth field goal of the contest to give them the lead. Washington then held off a late Giants rally as rookie CB Su’a Cravens picked off Manning, giving the Redskins the ball back and allowing them to run out the clock and take the road win. New York outrushed Washington 120-90 at MetLife Stadium and Manning threw for 350 yards with a pair of interceptions, while Cousins threw for 296 yards and a pair of TDs.

In the week three contest in upstate New Jersey, the Giants were favored by 4 1/2 and Washington won by 2, meaning they missed the spread. The good news was that both teams covered the 46 1/2 over/under, scoring a combined 56 points. Washington’s favored by 8 in the rematch in Maryland and the over/under’s a whopping 44. The Giants already know they’re in the post-season party. Washington wants to join the party and they need to win and get some help. “Hail to the Redskins?” It could happen. Washington may not cover the 8 but they complete the sweep in Maryland.

Green Bay (9-6) at Detroit (9-6), 8:30 p.m. on NBC. Game number 256. For all the marbles. The winner? NFC North champs. The loser? They could be a wild card team or out of the playoff picture altogether. Green Bay travels to the Motor City for an NFC North prime time contest at Ford Field.

Green Bay took Minnesota to task last Saturday as they eliminated the Vikings from playoff contention 38-25 at Lambeau. Green Bay and Rodgers led 28-13 at the half in the land of cheese, beer and Bratwurst and never looked back after that. Rodgers threw for 347 yards and four TDs (connecting with Jordy Nelson on a couple of those passes) and rushed for a TD of his own as well from 12 yards out, while Sam Bradford threw for 382 yards and three TDs (Minnesota outrushed the Packers 93-40).

Detroit fell to Dallas 42-21 in Arlington in the final Monday night contest of the season. Detroit led briefly 21-14 with 7:40 left in the first half before Dallas took the lead back and took it for keeps when Dez Bryant caught the first of his two TD passes from Dak Prescott. The first Prescott-Bryant TD retied the contest (the teams were tied 21-21 at the half) and RB Ezekiel Elliott (80 yards rushing) scored his second rushing TD from 1 yard out to give the Cowboys the lead back for keeps (Elliott had a 55 yard run in the contest as well). Prescott threw for 212 yards and three TDs and Bryant got in on the passing attack, tossing a 10-yard pass to TE Jason Witten to seal Detroit’s fate. Matthew Stafford threw for 260 yards with an interception and four sacks, while Dallas outrushed Detroit 164-90.

Green Bay and Detroit met in week three at Lambeau and the Packers came away 34-27 winners in upstate Wisconsin. Despite being outscored by the Lions 17-3 in the last 30 minutes of play, Green Bay led 31-10 at halftime. Green Bay’s Eddie Lacy led all rushers with 103 yards, while the Packers outrushed Detroit 123-50 in the contest. Rodgers threw for 205 yards and four TDs (two to Nelson), while Stafford threw for 385 yards with three TDs.

Green Bay was a 7 1/2 point favorite at Lambeau and the over/under was 48. Although the Pack barely missed the spread, they did manage to cover the over/under by combining for 61 points. Green Bay’s favored again, this time by 3 and the over/under’s 46 1/2. This one’s for all the marbles. The winner’s in. The losers is either going to be in and play next week or their next game’s in 2017. It’ll be closer than the 3 but Green Bay takes the win in the Motor City.

Saturday, Sunday and Monday Broadcast Information (all times Eastern)

Atlanta at Carolina, 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 709: Thom Brennaman, Charles Davis, Chris Spielman, Peter Schrager (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 132 (Atlanta), 81 (Carolina). XM: 382 (Atlanta), 225 (Carolina).

Miami at Buffalo, 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 705: Greg Gumbel, Trent Green, Jamie Erdahl (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 134 (Miami), 113 (Buffalo). XM: 380 (Miami), 230 (Buffalo).

Washington at Chicago, 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 710: Dick Stockton, David Diehl, Kristina Pink (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 135 (Washington), 93 (Chicago). XM: 384 (Washington), 227 (Chicago).

San Diego at Cleveland, 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 706: Spero Dedes, Solomon Wilcots. SIRIUS: 138 (San Diego), 84 (Cleveland). XM: 383 (San Diego), 228 (Cleveland).

Minnesota at Green Bay, 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 711: Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Erin Andrews (Field reporter). Westwood One: Kevin Lee, Al Groh. SIRIUS: 136 (Minnesota), 82 (Green Bay). XM: 381 (Minnesota), 82 (Green Bay).

Tennessee at Jacksonville, 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 707: Andrew Catalon, Steve Tasker, Steve Beuerlein (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 145 (Tennessee), 108 (Jacksonville). XM: 386 (Tennessee), 229 (Jacksonville).

New York Jets at New England, 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 708: Ian Eagle, Dan Fouts, Evan Washburn (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 133 (New York Jets), 83 (New England). XM: 385 (New York Jets), 226 (New England).

Indianapolis at Oakland, 4:05 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 713: Jim Nantz, Phil Simms, Tracy Wolfson (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 145 (Indianapolis), 82 (Oakland). XM: 231 (Indianapolis), 82 (Oakland).

San Francisco at Los Angeles, 4:25 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 714: Chris Myers, Ronde Barber, Jennifer Hale (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 83 (San Francisco), 81 (Los Angeles). XM: 226 (San Francisco), 225 (Los Angeles).

Tampa Bay at New Orleans, 4:25 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 715: Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnston, Laura Okmin (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 137 (Tampa Bay), 108 (New Orleans). XM: 232 (Tampa Bay), 229 (New Orleans).

Arizona at Seattle, 4:25 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 716: Kevin Burkhardt, John Lynch, Pam Oliver (Field reporter). Westwood One: John Sadak, Derek Rackley. SIRIUS: 93 (Arizona), 84 (Seattle). XM: 227 (Arizona), 228 (Seattle).

Cincinnati at Houston, 8:25 p.m. on NFL Network: Kevin Harlan, Rich Gannon, Stacey Dales (Field reporter). Westwood One: Dan Miller, James Lofton. SIRIUS: 88 (WestWood1), 83 (Cincinnati), 81 (Houston). XM: 88 (WestWood1), 226 (Cincinnati), 225 (Houston).

Baltimore at Pittsburgh, 4:30 p.m. on NFL Network: Mike Tirico, Doug Flutie, Heather Cox (Field reporter). Westwood One: Ian Eagle, Ross Tucker, Hub Arkush (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 88 (WestWood1), 83 (Baltimore), 82 (Pittsburgh). XM: 88 (WestWood1), 225 (Baltimore), 82 (Pittsburgh)

Denver at Kansas City, 8:30 p.m. on NBC: Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth, Michele Tafoya (Field reporter). Westwood One: Kevin Harlan, James Lofton, Scott Kaplan (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 83 (Denver), 82 (Kansas City). XM: 225 (Denver), 82 (Kansas City).

Detroit at Dallas, 8:30 p.m. Monday on ESPN: Sean McDonough, Jon Gruden, Lisa Salters (Field reporter). Westwood One: Kevin Kugler, Kurt Warner, Laura Okmin (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 88 (WestWood1), 83 (Detroit), 81 (Dalllas). XM: 88 (WestWood1), 226 (Detroit), 225 (Dallas).

Saturday, Sunday and Monday Officials
ATLANTA at Carolina, 1 p.m. – Bill Vinovich
Miami at Buffalo, 1 p.m. – Craig Wrolstad
Washington at Chicago, 1 p.m. – Brad Allen
San Diego at Cleveland, 1 p.m. – Walt Coleman
Minnesota at Green Bay, 1 p.m. – Jeff Triplette
Tennessee at Jacksonville, 1 p.m. – Pete Morelli
New York Jets at New England, 1 p.m. – Gene Steratore
Indianapolis at Oakland, 4:05 p.m. – Ed Hochuli
San Francisco at Los Angeles, 4:25 p.m. – Walt Anderson
Tampa Bay at New Orleans, 4:25 p.m. – Jerome Boger
Arizona at Seattle, 4:25 p.m. – Ronald Torbert
Cincinnati at Houston, 8:25 p.m. – Carl Cheffers
Baltimore at Pittsburgh, 4:30 p.m. on Sunday – John Parry
Denver at Kansas City, 8:30 p.m. on Sunday – Tony Corrente
Detroit at Dallas, 8:30 p.m. on Monday – John Hussey

Saturday, Sunday and Monday Odds

Saturday’s Games
Favorite                         Spread     Underdog                O/U
Atlanta                          –  3 1/2   CAROLINA                53
Washington                       –  3 1/2   CHICAGO                 47
BUFFALO                          –  3 1/2   Miami                   42
GREEN BAY                        –  6 1/2   Minnesota               43
NEW ENGLAND                      – 16 1/2   New York Jets           44
Tennessee                        –  5       JACKSONVILLE            44
San Diego                        –  6       CLEVELAND               44
OAKLAND                          –  3 1/2   Indianapolis            53
NEW ORLEANS                      –  3       Tampa Bay               53
LOS ANGELES                      –  4       San Francisco           40
SEATTLE                          –  8 1/2   Arizona                 43 1/2
HOUSTON                          –  2       Cincinnati              41

Sunday’s Games
Favorite                         Spread     Underdog                O/U
PITTSBURGH                       –  5       Baltimore               44
KANSAS CITY                      –  4       Denver                  37 1/2

Monday’s Game
Favorite                         Spread     Underdog                O/U
DALLAS                           –  7 1/2   Detroit                 43

Saturday, Sunday and Monday Injury Report

ATLANTA at Carolina, 1 p.m.

Atlanta
OUT: DT De’Vondre Campbell (Concussion), TE Austin Hooper (Knee)

Carolina
OUT: DE Ryan Delaire (Knee)

Miami at Buffalo, 1 p.m.

Miami
OUT: QB Ryan Tannehill (Knee)
DOUBTFUL: LB Jelani Jenkins (Knee), CB Byron Maxwell (Ankle)
QUESTIONABLE: S Isa Abdul-Quddus (Ankle), LB Kristian Alonso (Hamstring), T Jermon Bushrod (Shoulder), CB Bobby McCain (Knee), DE Mario Williams (Ankle)

Buffalo
OUT: LB Lerentee McCray (Concussion)
DOUBTFUL: T Cordy Glenn (Back)
QUESTIONABLE: LB Preston Brown (Foot), TE Charles Clay (Knee), RB Jerome Felton (Foot), G John Miller (Hip), WR Sammy Watikns (Foot), DT Kyle Williams (Back), DT Jerel Worthy (Shoulder)

Washington at Chicago, 1 p.m.

Washington
OUT: S Su’a Cravens S (Arm), CB Quinton Dunbar (Concussion)
QUESTIONABLE: TE Jordan Reed (Shoulder), DE Christopher Baker (Ankle), LB William Compton (Knee), LB Terence Garvin (Illness), LB Patrick Kerrigan (Elbow), LB Martrell Spaight (Shoulder)

Chicago
OUT: DT Eddie Goldman (Ankle), G Eric Kush (Concussion)
QUESTIONABLE: CB Bryce Callahan (Knee), RB Ka’Deem Carey (Shoulder), QB David Fales (Thumb), CB Cre’von LeBlanc (Knee),
DE Cornelius Washington (Back), LB Willie Young (Knee)

San Diego at Cleveland, 1 p.m.

San Diego
OUT: RB Melvin Gordon (Hip)
DOUBTFUL: CB Craig Mager (Shoulder)
QUESTIONABLE: T King Dunlap (Knee), G Orlando Franklin (Illness), WR Jeremy Butler (Ankle)

Cleveland
QUESTIONABLE: LB Dominique Alexander (Abdomen), TE Randall Telfer (Ankle)

Minnesota at Green Bay, 1 p.m.

Minnesota
OUT: G Brandon Fusco (Concussion), RB Adrian Peterson (Knee), WR Laquon Treadwell (Ankle), RB Zachary Line (Concussion)
QUESTIONABLE: WR Stefon Diggs (Hip), S Harrison Smith (Ankle)

Green Bay
OUT: LB Jayrone Elliott (Hand), RB James Starks (Concussion)
QUESTIONABLE: WR Randall Cobb (Ankle), LB Nicholas Perry (Hand), CB Damarious Randall (Shoulder), C Joseph Tretter (Knee)

Tennessee at Jacksonville, 1 p.m.

Tennessee
OUT: CB Jason McCourty (Chest)
QUESTIONABLE: LB Sean Spence (Ankle)

Jacksonville
OUT: WR Arrelious Benn (Concussion), DT Jordan Hill (Calf), WR Allen Hurns (Hamstring), LB Sean Porter (Hamstring), RB
Denard Robinson (Ankle), WR Neal Sterling (Concussion)
New York Jets at New England, 1 p.m.

New York Jets
OUT: LB Lorenzo Mauldin (Ankle), DT Stephen McLendon (Hamstring)
DOUBTFUL: RB Matt Forte (Knee)
QUESTIONABLE: WR Brandon Marshall (Shoulder), RB Khiry Robinson (Leg), DE Muhammad Wilkerson (Ankle)

New England
OUT: WR Danny Amendola (Ankle)
QUESTIONABLE: LB Qualin Hightower (Knee), TE Martellus Bennett (Ankle), QB Tom Brady (Thigh), S Jordan Richards (Knee), WR Matt Slater (Foot)

Tampa Bay at New Orleans, 4:25 p.m.

Tampa Bay
OUT: T Gosder Cherilus (Groin), T Demar Dotson (Concussion), DE William Gholston (Elbow)
QUESTIONABLE: DT Gerald McCoy (Foot)

New Orleans
OUT: CB Delvin Breaux (Shoulder)
QUESTIONABLE: LB Dannell Ellerbe (Foot), RB John Kuhn (Hip), LB Craig Robertson (Shoulder), C Max Unger (Foot)

Indianapolis at Oakland, 4:05 p.m.

Indianapolis
OUT: LB Chris Carter (Shoulder)
QUESTIONABLE: CB Rashaan Melvin (Knee), T Joseph Reitz (Back)

Oakland
OUT: S Karl Joseph (Toe), DT Stacy McGee (Ankle), LB Shilique Calhoun (Knee)
QUESTIONABLE: WR Amari Cooper (Shoulder), WR Michael Crabtree (Finger), G Kelechi Osemele (Ankle), LB Perry Riley (Hamstring), LB Malcom Smith (Hamstring)

San Francisco at Los Angeles, 4:25 p.m.

San Francisco
DOUBTFUL: CB Dontae Johnson (Groin), T Joe Staley (Hamstring)
QUESTIONBLE: C Marcus Martin (Ankle), DT Glenn Dorsey (Knee)

Los Angeles
DOUBTFUL: CB Lamarcus Joyner (Ankle), S Maurice Alexander (Concussion), WR Michael Thomas (Hip)
QUESTIONABLE: WR Bradley Marquez (Knee)

Arizona at Seattle, 4:25 p.m.

Arizona
OUT: CB Marcus Cooper (Back), T DeMarcus Humphries (Concussion)
QUESTIONABLE: CB Brandon Williams (Back), WR John Brown (Illness)

Seattle
OUT: RB C.J. Prosise (Shoulder)

Cincinnati at Houston, 8:25 p.m.

Cincinnati
OUT: G Clint Boling (Shoulder), LB Vontaze Burfict (Knee), TE Tyler Eifert (Back), TE Tyler Kroft (Knee)
QUESTIONABLE: WR Adriel Green (Hamstring), RB Jeremy Hill (Knee), DE Michael Johnson (Shoulder)

Houston
QUESTIONABLE: RB Lamar Miller (Ankle), CB Jonathan Joseph (Ribs)

Baltimore at Pittsburgh, 4:30 p.m. on Sunday

Baltimore

Pittsburgh
OUT: S Shamarko Thomas (Concussion)
DOUBTFUL: TE Ladarius Green (Concussion), WR Sammie Coates (Hamstring)
QUESTIONABLE: DE Stephon Tuitt (Knee), LB Anthony Chickillo (Ankle), WR Darrius Heyward-Bey (Foot), DE Ricardo Mathews (Ankle)

Denver at Kansas City, 8:30 p.m. on Sunday

Denver
OUT: TE Alexander Derby (Concussion), TE Virgil Green (Concussion), LB Brandon Marshall (Hamstring), S Terrell Ward (Concussion)
QUESTIONABLE: DE Derek Wolfe (Neck)

Kansas City
OUT: CB Phillip Gaines (Knee)
QUESTIONABLE: LB Justin Houston (Knee)

Detroit at Dallas, 8:30 p.m. on Monday – Injury report unavailable at press time, will run on Monday.

Saturday, Sunday and Monday Weather

Saturday, December 24
ATLANTA at Carolina, 1 p.m. (Overcast and 56 degrees)
Miami at Buffalo, 1 p.m. (Cloudy and 36 degrees)
San Diego at Cleveland, 1 p.m. (Cloudy and 38 degrees)
Tennessee at Jacksonville, 1 p.m. (Sunny and 76 degrees)
New York Jets at New England, 1 p.m. (Overcast with a 40 percent chance of rain and 42 degrees)
Washington at Chicago, 1 p.m. (Mostly cloudy and 35 degrees)
Minnesota at Green Bay, 1 p.m. (Partly cloudy and 35 degrees)
Tampa Bay at New Orleans, 1 p.m. (Game indoors)
Indianapolis at Oakland, 4:05 p.m. (Sunny and 50 degrees)
San Francisco at Los Angeles, 4:25 p.m. (Partly cloudy and 57 degrees)
Arizona at Seattle, 4:25 p.m. (Overcast with a 30 percent chance of rain and 37 degrees)
Cincinnati at Houston, 8:25 p.m. (Game indoors)
Baltimore at Pittsburgh, 4:30 p.m. Sunday (Sunny and 42 degrees)
Denver at Kansas City, 8:30 p.m. Sunday (Overcast and windy with a 50 percent chance of showers and 52 degrees)
Detroit at Dallas, 8:30 p.m. Monday (Game indoors)

Broadcast information, Officials and Injury Report courtesy the National Football League, odds courtesy Don Best, weather information courtesy The Weather Channel.

With three weeks remaining in the regular season, the suspense continues to build as teams make their final playoff push. Twenty-six teams remain in contention for a trip to Super Bowl LI.

The Dallas Cowboys are the only team that has clinched a spot in the postseason. So as we approach the final three weeks of the regular season, there are still 11 playoff berths up for grabs.

Dallas (11-2) can clinch both the NFC East division title and a first-round bye with a win and a New York Giants loss. If the Cowboys win and the game between the Giants and Detroit ends in a tie, Dallas will also secure home-field advantage throughout the NFC playoffs. The Lions (9-4) can win the NFC North with a victory and a Green Bay loss. Seattle (8-4-1) can clinch the NFC West with a win or an Arizona loss. The Giants (9-4) can secure a playoff berth with a win and losses by Washington, Green Bay and Minnesota. Seattle won the NFC West Thursday night with a 24-3 win over Los Angeles in the land of Grunge, Salmon and Starbucks.

New England (11-2) can clinch the AFC East division title and a first-round bye with a win. If the Patriots lose in Week 15, New England can still win the division with a Miami loss and can still secure a first-round bye with a Miami loss and either a Pittsburgh loss or a Kansas City win. Kansas City (10-3) can clinch a playoff berth with a win or with losses by Denver and either Pittsburgh or Baltimore. Oakland (10-3) can secure a playoff spot with a win. There are also various scenarios for Oakland to advance to the postseason this week even if the Raiders lose. In other words, this is going to cause more confusion than a mouse in a burlesque show (apologies to Foghorn Leghorn!)

2016 NFL PLAYOFF SCENARIOS FOR WEEK 15

AFC

New England (11-2) at Denver (8-5), Sunday

New England clinches AFC East division with:
New England win or tie OR
Miami loss or tie

New England clinches a first-round bye with:
New England win or tie OR
Miami loss or tie + Pittsburgh loss or tie
Miami loss or tie + Kansas City win

Kansas City (10-3) vs. Tennessee (7-6), Sunday

Kansas City clinches a playoff berth with:
Kansas City win OR
Kansas City tie + Miami loss OR
Kansas City tie + Denver loss or tie OR
Denver loss + Baltimore loss or tie OR
Denver loss + Pittsburgh loss or tie

Oakland (10-3) at San Diego (5-8), Sunday

Oakland clinches a playoff berth with:
Oakland win OR
Oakland tie + Miami loss OR
Oakland tie + Denver loss OR
Oakland tie + Miami tie + Denver tie OR
Oakland tie + Miami tie + Kansas City win OR
Miami loss + Pittsburgh loss or tie + Denver loss OR
Miami loss + Pittsburgh loss or tie + Kansas City win or tie OR
Miami loss + Baltimore loss or tie + Denver loss OR
Miami loss + Baltimore loss or tie + Kansas City win or tie

NFC

CLINCHED: Dallas – playoff berth; Seattle – NFC West

Dallas (11-2) vs. Tampa Bay (8-5), Sunday night

Dallas clinches NFC East division and a first-round bye with:
Dallas win + New York Giants loss or tie OR
Dallas tie + New York Giants loss

Dallas clinches home-field advantage throughout NFC playoffs with:
Dallas win + New York Giants/Detroit tie

Detroit (9-4) at New York Giants (9-4), Sunday

Detroit clinches NFC North division with:
Detroit win + Green Bay loss or tie OR
Detroit tie + Green Bay loss + New York Giants loss or tie

New York Giants (9-4) (vs. Detroit (9-4), Sunday)

New York clinches a playoff berth with:
New York Giants  win + Washington loss + New York Giants loss or tie + Green Bay loss or tie

ICYMI: Pittsburgh running back Le’Veon Bell rushed for 236 yards with three touchdowns and had four catches for 62 yards in the Steelers’ 27-20 win at Buffalo. Bell is 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).

Bell, who had 298 scrimmage yards in today’s victory, has 1,616 scrimmage yards in 10 games this season, the second-most in a player’s first 10 games of a season. Brown had 1,704 scrimmage yards in his first 10 games in 1963.

RISING UP: Atlanta quarterback Matt Ryan completed 18 of 28 passes (64.3 percent) for 237 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions for a 126.6 passer rating in the Falcons’ 42-14 win at Los Angeles. Ryan reached 4,000 passing yards (4,050) for the sixth consecutive season, tying Peyton Manning (1999-2004) for the second-longest streak in NFL history. New Orleans quarterback. On the other side of the ball, Atlanta linebacker Vic Beasley, Jr. had three sacks, one forced fumble and a 21-yard fumble-return touchdown in the Falcons’ win at Los Angeles. Beasley is the 10th player – and first Falcon – to record three sacks and a fumble-return touchdown in a single game since the sack became an official statistic in 1982.

Drew Brees, who passed for 257 yards in the Saints’ 16-11 loss at Tampa Bay, reached 4,000 passing yards (4,170) for his NFL-record 11th consecutive season.

•Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers completed 18 of 23 passes (78.3 percent) for 246 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions for a 150.8 passer rating in the Packers’ 38-10 win against Seattle. Rodgers, who has won 15 consecutive December starts at Lambeau Field, 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).

Rodgers threw two touchdown passes to wide receiver Jordy Nelson in the win over Seattle. Rodgers and Nelson have connected on 57 touchdown passes, tying Pro Football Hall of Famer Brett Farve and Antonio Freeman for the most touchdown passes from a quarterback to a receiver in franchise history.

DON’T COUNT THE LIONS OUT! Detroit quarterback Matthew Stafford rushed for a seven-yard touchdown with 3:17 remaining in the fourth quarter in the Lions’ 20-17 victory over Chicago. Stafford has 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.

HAIL TO THE REDSKINS! Washington wide receiver De Sean Jackson had three catches for 102 yards and one touchdown in the Redskins’ 27-22 win at Philadelphia. Jackson, who had an 80-yard touchdown catch in the victory, has 22 career touchdowns of at least 60 yards, the second-most in NFL history. Only Pro Football Hall of Famer Jerry Rice (23) has more 60+ yard touchdowns.

Philadelphia’s Darren Sproles had a touchdown catch in the loss against Washington, his 30th career touchdown reception. Sproles is the first player in NFL history to have at least 30 receiving touchdowns (30), 20 rushing touchdowns (21), a punt-return touchdown (seven) and a kick-return touchdown (two).

COMEBACKS GALORE: There have been 61 games won by teams that trailed in the fourth quarter through Week 14, the third-most such games in the first 14 weeks of a season in NFL history.

Four teams – Detroit, Minnesota, the New York Jets and Washington – were victorious in Week 14 after trailing in the fourth quarter.

The most games won after trailing in the fourth quarter through Week 14 in NFL history:

SEASON – GAMES WON AFTER TRAILING IN 4TH QUARTER THROUGH WEEK 14
2012 – 64
1989 – 64
2016 – 61
2011 – 60
2015 – 59

Detroit quarterback Matthew Stafford rushed for a seven-yard touchdown with 3:17 remaining in the fourth quarter in the Lions’ 20-17 victory over Chicago. The Lions have won eight games when trailing in the fourth quarter this season, the most in a single season in NFL history.

The teams with the most wins after trailing in the fourth quarter in a single season in NFL history:

TEAM (SEASON – GAMES WON AFTER TRAILING IN 4TH QUARTER)
Detroit (2016 – 8)
Indianapolis (2009 – 7)
Many tied with 6

EXCITING FINISHES: There have been 155 games within one score in the fourth quarter through Week 14, the most such games in the first 14 weeks of a season in NFL history.

Twelve games were within one score in the fourth quarter in Week 14, including Washington’s 27-22 win at Philadelphia. Redskins running back CHRIS THOMPSON rushed for a go-ahead 25-yard touchdown with 1:53 remaining in the fourth quarter, the longest game-winning touchdown run inside the two-minute warning of the fourth quarter in franchise history.

The most games within one score in the fourth quarter through Week 14 in NFL history:

SEASON – GAMES WITHIN ONE SCORE IN 4TH QUARTER THROUGH WEEK 14
2016 – 155
2004 – 145
2015 – 143
2013 – 143
2012 – 143

Additionally, there have been 144 games within seven points in the fourth quarter, including 11 last week, through Week 14, the most such games in the first 14 weeks of a season in NFL history.

The most games within seven points in the fourth quarter through Week 14 in NFL history:

SEASON – GAMES WITHIN SEVEN POINTS IN 4TH QUARTER THROUGH WEEK 14
2016 – 144
2015 – 138
2004 – 138
2013 – 137
2011 – 137

CLOSE GAMES: There have been 122 games decided by eight points or fewer and 112 games decided by seven points or fewer through Week 14, both the most such games in the first 14 weeks of a season in league annals. In Week 14, 11 games were decided by eight points or fewer, with 10 of those contests decided by seven points or fewer.

The most games decided by eight points or fewer through Week 14 in NFL history:

SEASON – GAMES DECIDED BY EIGHT POINTS OR FEWER THROUGH WEEK 14
2016 – 122
2012 – 115
2015 – 114
2002 – 112
2013 – 110

The most games decided by seven points or fewer through Week 14 in NFL history:

SEASON  -GAMES DECIDED BY SEVEN POINTS OR FEWER THROUGH WEEK 14
2016 – 112
2015 – 108
2012 – 105
2011 – 103
2013 – 102
2002 – 102

STELLAR STEELERS: Pittsburgh running back Le’Veon Bell rushed for a franchise-record 236 yards with three touchdowns, and added 62 receiving yards in the Steelers’ 27-20 win at Buffalo. Bell put himself in some really good company as he joined Pro Football Hall of Famer Jim Brown (November 19, 1961) as the only players in NFL history with at least 225 rushing yards, three rushing touchdowns and 50 receiving yards in the same game.

PLAYER, TEAM (DATE – RUSHING YARDS; RUSHING TDS; RECEIVING YARDS
Le’Veon Bell, Pittsburgh (December 11, 2016 – 236;3;62)
Jim Brown, Cleveland (Novemver 19, 1961 – 237;4;52)^
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

Bell ranks third in the NFL with 1,616 scrimmage yards (1,053 rushing, 563 receiving) despite only appearing in 10 games this season. Bell’s 1,616 yards from scrimmage are the second-most in NFL history by a player in his first 10 games of a season, trailing only Brown’s 1,704 yards (1,447 rushing, 257 receiving) through 10 games in 1963.

The most scrimmage yards by a player through his first 10 games of a season:

PLAYER, TEAM (SEASON)(RUSHING YARDS/RECIEVEING YARDS/SCRIMMAGE YARDS)
Jim Brown, Cleveland (1963)(1,447/257/1,704)^
Le’Veon Bell, Pittsburgh (2016)(1,053/563/1,616)
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

Pittsburgh wide receiver Antonio Brown had five catches for 78 yards in the Steelers’ victory. Brown, who has 93 catches for 1,130 yards and 11 touchdowns this season, is the sixth player in NFL history to record at least 90 receptions, 1,100 receiving yards and 10 touchdown catches in three consecutive seasons.

The players with 90+ receptions, 1,100+ receiving yards and 10+ touchdown catches in the most consecutive seasons:

PLAYER, TEAM (SEASONS, CONSECUTIVE SEASONS WITH 90+ CATCHES, 1,100 RECEIVING YARDS & 10+ REC. TDS)
Marvin Harrison, Indianapolis (1999-2003, 5)^
Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh (2014-2016, 3)*
Demaryius Thomas, Denver (2012-2014, 3)
Terrell Owens, San Francisco (2000-2002, 3)
Jerry Rice, San Francisco (1993-1995, 3)^
Sterling Sharpe, Green Bay (1992-1994, 3)
*Active streak
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

HOME SWEET HOME: New England quarterback Tom Brady passed for 406 yards with three touchdowns for a 116.8 passer rating in the Patriots’ 30-23 victory over Baltimore on Monday Night Football. Brady has 28,464 passing yards in 109 career games at New England’s Gillette Stadium, which is the most passing yards by a quarterback at a single stadium in NFL history. Pro Football Hall of Famer Brett Farve, who passed for 28,240 yards in 120 career games at Green Bay’s Lambeau Field, previously held the record.

The most passing yards by a quarterback at a single stadium in NFL history:
PLAYER, TEAM (STADIUM, GAMES/PASSING YARDS)
Tom Brady, New England (Gillette Stadium, 109/28,464)
Brett Favre, Green Bay (Lambeau Field, 120/28,240)^
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

BIG-PLAY OBJ: New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham, Jr. had four catches for 94 yards, including a 61-yard touchdown reception in the Giants’ 10-7 victory over Dallas on Sunday Night Football. Beckham has nine career touchdown catches of at least 60 yards, the second-most by a player in his first three seasons in the league. Harlon Hill recorded 10 touchdowns of 60 or more yards in his first three seasons with the Bears from 1954-56.

The players with the most 60+ yard touchdown receptions in their first three seasons:

PLAYER, TEAM (SEASONS, 60+ YARD RECEIVING TOUCHDOWNS)
Harlon Hill, Chicago (1954-1956, 10)
Odell Beckham Jr., New York Giants (2014-2016, 9)*
Victor Cruz, New York Giants (2010-2012, 7)
Homer Jones, New York Giants (1964-1966, 7)
Charley Taylor, Washington (1964-1966, 7)^
*In third season
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

PACKER PAIRING: Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers passed for 246 yards with three touchdowns, including two to wide receiver Jordy Nelson in the Packers’ 38-10 victory over Seattle. Rodgers and Nelson have connected on 57 touchdown passes, tying Pro Football Hall of Famer Brett Farve and Antonio Freeman for the most touchdown passes from a quarterback to a receiver in franchise history.

The most touchdown passes from a quarterback to a receiver in Green Bay history:

QUARTERBACK/RECEIVER (RECEIVING TDS)
Aaron Rodgers/Jordy Nelson (57)*
Brett Favre/Antonio Freeman (57)
Aaron Rodgers/James Jones (41)
Brett Favre/Sterling Sharpe (41)
*Active teammates

Rodgers and Nelson have combined for the most touchdowns among active quarterback and wide receiver duos, and trail only the quarterback and tight end combinations of San Diego’s Philip Rivers and Antonio Gates (82 touchdowns) and New England’s Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski (67 touchdowns) among active teammates.

QUARTERBACK/RECEIVER, TEAM (RECEIVING TDS)
Philip Rivers/Antonio Gates, San Diego (82)
Tom BradyRob Gronkowski, New England (67)
Aaron Rodgers/Jordy Nelson, Green Bay (57)
Tony Romo/Dez Bryant, Dallas (50)
Ben Roethlisberger/Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh (49)

WINNING IN MANY WAYS: Miami kicker Andrew Franks converted a 21-yard field goal attempt as time expired in the Dolphins’ 26-23 victory over Arizona. The Dolphins tied a franchise record with five game-winning scores in the fourth quarter this season and are the second team in NFL history (Indianapolis, 2008) to have scored game-winning points in the fourth quarter on five different play types (rush, reception, kickoff return, interception return and field goal) in a single season.

The game-winning scores in the fourth quarter by Miami in 2016:

OPPONENT – WEEK (GAME-WINNING SCORE, TIME REMAINING IN 4TH QUARTER)
Buffalo – 7 (RB Damien Williams 12-yard run, 3:56)
New York Jets – 9 (KR-RB Kenyan Drake 96-yard kickoff return, 5:15)
San Diego – 10 (LB Kiko Alonso 60-yard interception return, 1:01)
Los Angeles – 11 (WR DeVante Parker 9-yard pass from QB Ryan Tannehill, 0:36)
Arizona – 14 (K Andrew Franks 21-yard field goal, 0:00)

HILL THRILLS: Kansas City wide receiver/return specialist Tyreek Hill had a 78-yard punt-return touchdown and a 36-yard touchdown reception in the Chiefs’ 21-13 win over Oakland on Thursday Night Football. Hill, who was named the AFC Offensive Player of the Week in Week 12 after recording a rushing, receiving and kickoff-return touchdown in the same game, is the third rookie – and the first since Pro Football Hall of Famer Gale Sayers in 1965 – to score a rushing, receiving, kickoff-return and punt-return touchdown in a single season.

The rookies with a rushing, receiving, kick-return and punt-return touchdown in a single season:

PLAYER –  TEAM, SEASON (RUSH TDS/RECEIVING TDS/KICK RETURN TDS/PUNT RETURN TDS)
Tyreek Hill – Kansas City, 2016 (1/6/1/1)
Gale Sayers – Chicago, 1965 (14/6/1/1)^
Bobby Mitchell – Cleveland, 1958 (1/3/1/1)^
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

WHAT TO LOOK FOR – WEEK 15

STAYIN’ ALIVE: With three weeks to play in the regular season, 26 teams remain in contention for a trip to Super Bowl LI.

That is one off of the most teams (27) remaining in contention with three weeks to play since the NFL instituted the 16-game schedule in 1978.

The most teams remaining in contention for a trip to the Super Bowl with three weeks to play since 1978:

YEAR – TEAMS REMAINING IN SUPER BOWL CONTENTION WITH THREE WEEKS TO PLAY
2004 – 27
1995 – 27
1982 – 27
2016 – 26
2015 – 25
2013 – 25
2006 – 25
1994 – 25

BURSTING BROWN: What can Brown do for Pittsburgh? Pittsburgh wide receiver Antonio Brown had five receptions for 78 yards in the Steelers’ 27-20 win at Buffalo last week, increasing his season total to 93 receptions. With seven receptions on Sunday at Cincinnati, Brown, who has had three consecutive 100-catch seasons since 2013, will tie Pro Football Hall of Famer MARVIN HARRISON (four from 1999-2002) for the most consecutive 100-catch seasons in NFL history.

The players with the most consecutive 100-catch seasons:

PLAYER (SEASONS) TEAM – CONSECUTIVE SEASONS WITH 100+ CATCHES
Marvin Harrison (1999-2002) Indianapolis – 4^
Antonio Brown (2013-2015) Pittsburgh – 3*
Brandon Marshall (2007-2009), Denver – 3
Wes Welker (2007-2009), New England – 3
Herman Moore (1995-1997), Detroit – 3
Jerry Rice (1994-1996), San Francisco – 3^
*Active streak
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

DOMINANT DAVID: Arizona running back David Johnson had 121 yards from scrimmage (80 rushing, 41 receiving) in the Cardinals’ 26-23 loss to Miami last week, his record-tying 13th consecutive game with 100+ scrimmage yards to start a season (EDGERRIN JAMES, 2005). Johnson’s streak of 13 games in a row with 100 or more scrimmage yards is tied for the third-longest streak at any point in a single season in NFL history.

With at least 100 scrimmage yards on Sunday against New Orleans, Johnson would surpass James for the most consecutive games with 100+ scrimmage yards to begin a season.

The most consecutive games with at least 100 scrimmage yards to start a season:

PLAYER (SEASON), TEAM – CONSECUTIVE GAMES WITH 100+ SCRIMMAGE YARDS
David Johnson (2016), Arizona – 13*
Edgerrin James (2005), Indianapolis – 13
Edgerrin James (2000), Indianapolis – 12
Larry Brown (1972), Washington – 10
*Active streak

Johnson would also tie Pro Football Hall of Famer Marcus Allen (14, 1985) for the second-longest streak with 100 or more scrimmage yards at any point in a single season.

The most consecutive games with at least 100 scrimmage yards at any point in a single season:

PLAYER (SEASON), TEAM – CONSECUTIVE GAMES WITH 100+ SCRIMMAGE YARDS
Barry Sanders (1997), Detroit – 15^
Marcus Allen (1985), Los Angeles Raiders – 14^
David Johnson (2016), Arizona – 13*
Edgerrin James (2005), Indianapolis – 13
*Active streak
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

MARVELOUS MACK: Oakland defensive end Khalil Mack ranks second in the AFC with 11 sacks this season and has recorded at least one sack in eight consecutive games.

With at least one sack on Sunday at San Diego, Mack would tie for the second-longest streak of consecutive games with a sack since it became an official stat in 1982. Mack would be the first player to record a sack in nine consecutive games in a single season.

The players with the most consecutive games with a sack since 1982:

PLAYER, SEASON(S); TEAM – CONSECUTIVE GAMES WITH A SACK
DeMarcus Ware, 2007-2008; Dallas – 10
Simon Fletcher, 1992-1993; Denver – 10
Dwight Freeney, 2008-2009; Indianapolis – 9
Kevin Greene, 1997-1998; San Francisco/Carolina – 9^
Bruce Smith, 1986-1987; Buffalo – 9^
Khalil Mack, 2016; Oakland – 8*
*Active streak
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

TERRIFIC TRAVIS: Kansas City tight end Travis Kelce had five receptions for 101 yards in the Chiefs’ 21-13 victory over Oakland in Week 14, marking his fourth consecutive game with at least 100 receiving yards.

With 100 receiving yards on Sunday against Tennessee, Kelce would become the only tight end in NFL history with five consecutive games with 100 or more receiving yards.

The tight ends with the most consecutive games with at least 100 receiving yards:

PLAYER, TEAM (SEASON – CONSECUTIVE GAMES WITH 100+ RECIEVING YARDS)
Travis Kelce, Kansas City (2016 – 4)*
Jimmy Graham, New Orleans (2013 – 4)
Jimmy Graham, New Orleans (2011 – 4)
Tony Gonzalez, Kansas City (2000 – 4)
*Active streak

Week 15 got underway in the Pacific Northwest as Seattle took ownership of the NFC West title Thursday night against Los Angeles at CenturyLink Field in the land of Grunge, Salmon and Starbucks and concludes in Landover as Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers take on the Washington Redskins at FedEx Field on ESPN at 8:30 p.m. The Sunday action concludes in the Lone Star State as Dallas and Tampa Bay meet in prime time on Sunday night at 8:30 p.m. on NBC.

As for week 14… 13 and 3 for last week. For the season, we’re 143-63. There’s two more weeks of football left in the season. For some teams, it’s a chance to improve on last year and make the playoffs. For others, the last two weeks are a chance to re-boot and look forward to 2017.

With that, here’s the Sunday and Monday picks for week 15.

San Francisco (1-12) at ATLANTA (8-5), 4:05 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 714. The 1-12 49ers, struggling to the finish line in the 2016 season, travel east to face the Atlanta Falcons in the Georgia Dome.

The 49ers let a 17-14 lead get away from them against the New York Jets last Sunday in Santa Clara and lost in overtime 23-17. San Francisco led 17-3 at the half before the Jets chipped away at the lead, tying the contest on a 50-yard field goal by Nick Folk with 38 seconds left in regulation and eventually won in the extra period when Bilal Powell scored from 19-yard run with 8:35 left in the overtime. San Francisco wasted a great effort by RB Carlos Hyde, who ran for 193 yards, while Powell ran for 145 yards and a pair of TDs, including the game-winner (San Francisco outrushed New York 248-188). Colin Kaepernick threw for 133 yards without a TD, while the Jets’ Bryce Petty threw for 257 yards and a TD but was sacked six times.

Even with no Julio Jones or Mohamed Sanu, the Falcons made their trip to the West Coast successful as they silenced the Los Angeles Rams 42-14 at the Coliseum Sunday afternoon. The Falcons, sitting on top of the NFC South mountain, took advantange of four turnovers in the contest to score 28 points as the Rams trailed 21-0 at the half. Los Angeles outrushed Atlanta 104-66 with Todd Gurley leading all rushers with 61 yards on the ground, while Matt Ryan reached the 4,000 yard plateau for the eighth straight season, as he threw for 237 yards and three TDs, doing it without Jones (turf toe) or Sanu (groin). Jarred Goff threw for 235 yards and scored the Rams’ second TD but threw a pair of interceptions and was sacked three times.

San Francisco leads the series (which includes contests played at Keezar Stadium, Fulton County Stadium and Candlestick Park) 46-29-1, the 49ers have outscored Atlanta 1,821-1,317 and have  won the last two regular season contests, including a 17-16 win last year in Santa Clara (Atlanta’s last win in the series came in the Big Peach by a final of 16-14 in 2010).

They met in northern California in week nine and Atlanta trailed 17-13 at the break before Matt Bryant kicked a 19-yard field goal with 2:56 left to play to pull to within one. San Francisco then proceeded to run the clock out and take the one-point win at Levis’ Stadium. Atlanta rushed for a season-low 17 yards in the one-point loss on the West Coast, while San Francisco ran for 133, Ryan threw for 303 yards with a TD, connecting with DeVonta Freeman on a 17-yard toss, while Gabbert threw for 185 yards with a pair of interceptions.

Atlanta’s favored by 13 1/2 and the over/under’s 51 1/2. The 51 1/2 makes sense. The 13 1/2? Not so much. The 49ers are a bad team but they’re not 13 1/2 bad. Still, they’re a bad team. Atlanta prevails in the Big Peach but expect San Francisco to at least give them a fight.

Philadelphia (5-8) at Baltimore (7-6), 1 p.m. on and DirecTV 709. They’re only 99 miles and 1 hour and 36 minutes away from each other. The Baltimore Ravens return to Charm City for an afternoon contest with the Philadelphia Eagles in only their fifth meeting all time. Both teams enter the Sunday contest at M&T Bank Stadium with losses under their wings.

The Eagles’ dimming playoff hopes took another hit last Sunday in the City of Brotherly Love, falling to NFC East rival Washington 27-22 at Lincoln Financial Field. Philly led 13-7 at the break before the defending NFC East champs rallied in the second half, outscoring the Eagles 20-9 in the final 30 minutes of action. The Eagles took a 22-21 lead with 4:59 to play in the contest on a 41-yard field by Caleb Sturgis before Washington took the lead back and for keeps when Chris Thompson scored on a 25-yard run with 1:53 left. Philadelphia then got the ball back and got as close as Washington’s 14-yard when rookie QB Carson Wentz was sacked and fumbled the ball, which was recovered by DE Trent Murphy. Washington would go on to run out the clock and take the win. In dropping their fourth contest in a row, the Eagles were held to 95 yards rushing, while Washington racked up 107. Wentz threw for 314 yards and a TD to Darren Sproles (who left the game with a concussion) with four sacks and an interception, while Kirk Cousins threw for 234 yards and a pair of TDs.

Baltimore took New England to the end before falling to Tom Brady and the New England Patriots 30-23 Monday night in Foxboro. The Ravens trailed 16-3 at the intermission before they took advantage of two Patriot special teams turnovers in the third quarter that gave them a chance to take the win on the road, pulling to within three with 6:35 to play when Justin Tucker connected on a 38-yard field goal. Brady and the Pats would then ice the game away when he and WR Chris Hogan connected on a 79-yard strike 17 seconds later. New England outrushed the Ravens 95-42, while Brady threw for 406 yards and three TDs, while Joe Flacco threw for 324 yards and two TDs (each man threw an interception in the Monday night contest).

Philly leads the series 2-1-1 and the Eagles have outscored Baltimore 79 to 56. Philly won the last meeting, coming away 24-23 winners in the City of Brotherly Love in 2012, while Baltimore’s lone win in the series came in 2008 in Charm City by a final of 36-7. Baltimore’s favored by 6 and the over/under’s 41 1/2. Both numbers make a lot of sense. Both teams are trying to get to the playoff party and in the end, someone’s gonna get their wings clipped. Baltimore covers the 6 in Charm City and puts another dent in the Eagles’ playoff hopes in the process.

Cleveland (0-13) at Buffalo (6-7), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 705. They meet on the shores of Lake Erie. One team trying to make the post-season, the other team just trying to win a game. A pair of lakeside teams meet in upstate New York as Cleveland travels to Orchard Park for a contest with the Buffalo Bills.

The Browns’ woes continued at home last Sunday against their in-state and AFC North rivals Cincinnati as they lost to the Bengals 23-10 along the shores of Lake Erie. Although they trailed Cincinnati 20-0 at the half, the Browns did manage to give their fans something to cheer for as they outscored the Bengals 10-3 in the second half. It was a battle of the running backs as Cincinnati’s Jeremy Hill (111 yards, TD) and Cleveland’s Isaiah Crowell (113 yards) each led their clubs at snowy FirstEnergy Stadium last Sunday (game time temperature, you ask? A balmy 28 with a wind chill of 16). The Bengals outrushed Cleveland 213-169, while Andy Dalton threw for 180 yards and a pair of TDs, while Robert Griffin III made his return to Cleveland, throwing for 104 yards, three sacks and an interception.

Buffalo also lost at home, falling to Pittsburgh 27-20 Sunday afternoon at snowy New Era Stadium in Orchard Park (you’re wondering how cold it was… game-time temperature at kickoff was a somewhat balmy 27 degrees with an 18 wind chill and snow throughout the game). The Bills trailed 14-7 at the intermission and pulled to within 7 when LeSean McCoy scored on a 3-yard run with 1:25 left to play in the contest. Buffalo found themselves held to 67 yards rushing, while Pittsburgh’s LeVeon Bell ran for 236 yards and three TDs (the Steelers tallied 240 yards rushing), while the Bills picked off Ben Roethlisberger three times.

Cleveland leads the series 11-8, while the Bills have outscored the Browns 356-332 and won the last meeting 2014 in Orchard Park by a final of 26-10, while Cleveland’s last win came in 2013, along the shores of Lake Erie, coming away 37-24 winners. Buffalo’s favored by 10 and the over/under’s 42 1/2. If you’re a Browns fan, you might want to skip this one and watch that Mythbusters marathon on Science Channel. Bills win this one in upstate New York but expect Cleveland to put up a fight.

Green Bay (7-6) at Chicago (5-8), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 710. It’s round two for a pair of NFC North rivals as Green Bay makes their way South to the Windy City for a date with Da Bears.

Green Bay took Seattle to the woodshed at frosty Lambeau last Sunday, taking down the Seahawks 33-10. Rodgers and the Packers led Seattle 14-3 at the half and then shut down Seattle the rest of the way. Even though they were outrushed 136-93 by Seattle, Rodgers threw for 246 yards and three TDs, while Seattle’s Russell Wilson threw for 240 yards and a TD with five interceptions.

Da Bears let a 17-13 lead in the Motor City get away from them as they would fall to Matthew Stafford (223 yards, TD) and the Detroit Lions 20-17 at Ford Field. Trailing 10-3 at the half, Chicago took the lead with 7:07 left in the contest when CB Connor LeBlanc picked off Stafford and returned the ball 24 yards to lead 17-13. That lead would not last all that long as the Lions used a 7-play, 76-yard drive that took all of 3:50 to take the lead back and for keeps when Stafford scored from 7 yards out with 3:17 left. Chicago would get the ball back one more time after the Lions’ score and advanced their way downfield before their drive fell short at Detroit’s 14-yard line. Detroit outrushed Da Bears 114-92, while Chicago’s Matt Barkley threw for 212 yards and a TD.

They met in Lambeau in week seven on a Thursday night and the Packers manhandled Chicago 26-10. Green Bay led 6-3 at halftime before pulling away from Da Bears in the second half. Rodgers (326 yards) and Davante Adams connected on a pair of TDs, while Randall Cobb chipped in with a third. Green Bay outrushed Chicago 103-69 and picked off Matt Barkley twice in the win in the land of beer, cheese and Bratwurst.

The Packers covered the 8 1/2 point spread in the week seven contest, winning by 16 but both clubs missed the 45 1/2 over/under, scoring 36 points. The Packers are favored again, this time by 6 1/2 and the over/under this time is 42 1/2. Chicago’s out of the post-season picture, while Green Bay is trying to make up ground on Detroit and Minnesota in the NFC North. There is one more factor and that’s Mother Nature. According to our friends at The Weather Channel, Sunday’s game could be the 5th coldest in the history of Soldier Field, so bundle up if ya go. Green Bay may not make the post-season but the Packers complete the sweep in the series and takes the win in the Windy City.

Jacksonville (2-11) at Houston (7-6), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 706. The kings of the AFC South mountain host the struggling Jacksonville Jaguars as the Texans return home to the Lone Star State.

Jacksonville let a 9-9 tie against Minnesota at EverBank Field get away from them as the Vikings went on to win 25-16 in the Sunshine State. Both clubs rushed for 85 yards in the contest, while both Sam Bradford (292 yards) and Blake Bortles (257 yards) each threw a TD pass (Bortles was sacked four times).

Houston came away 22-17 winners over Indianapolis at Lucas Oil Stadium last Sunday. The Texans led 13-3 at the half and got five Nick Novak field goals, including the one that iced the contest away from 34 yards with 2:47 left to play, to take the road win and complete the sweep against the Colts. Texans RB Lamar Miller ran for 107 yards and a 2-yard TD run in the 2nd quarter for the win, as Houston outrushed Indy 185-83, picking off Andrew Luck (276 yards, two TDs) twice, while Brock Osweiler threw for 147 yards in the win.

Houston leads the series 17-11, have outscored Jacksonville 648-553 and swept the last two series, including sweeping the series last year (Jacksonville’s last win in the series came in 2013, when they managed to sweep the series that season).

Week 6… Jacksonville…. First meeting. Houston led 10-7 in the Sunshine State at the half and went on to win 31-20. The Texans would score 21 fourth quarter points unchallenged in the win over the Jaguars and picked off Bortles three times. As far as the rushing game went, it wasn’t a thing of beauty, as neither club broke the 100-yard barrier (Houston outrushed Jacksonville 95-83). As for the air attack, Hoyer threw for 293 yards and Bortles threw for 331 (each man threw three TDs with Bortles throwing three interceptions).

Round 2… week 17… Houston. While Jacksonville was out of the playoff picture, the Texans were getting ready for their AFC Wild Card meeting with Kansas City. For Houston, it was second verse, same as the first. Houston came away 30-6 winners in the rematch in the Lone Star State, leading 20-3 at the break. Nick Novak kicked three field goals for the Texans at NRG Stadium, Hoyer and RB Jonathan Grimes hooked up on the game’s first TD and CB Kareem Jackson picked off Bortles and ran the ball back 27 yards for a TD to seal Jacksonville’s fate. Texans’ RB Alfred Blue ran roughshod over the Jaguars, tallying 102 of his team’s 160 yards, while the Houston defense held Jacksonville to 32 yards, sacking Bortles eight times and picking him off twice.

Houston’s favored by 6 and the over/under’s 39. If nothing else, the Texans could very well improve their playoff chances with a win, while the Jaguars look to at least make things a bit harder for their AFC South rivals. Houston wins and covers the 6.

Tennessee (7-6) at Kansas City (10-3), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 707. The much-improved Tennessee Titans travel to the Show-Me State for a Sunday afternoon contest with the Kansas City Chiefs, who sit atop first place in the AFC West.

Tennessee shutout Denver for three quarters before taking down the defending Super Bowl champions 13-10 at Nissan Stadium. The Titans led 13-0 after three quarters of play before Denver got back into the contest, scoring their 10 points in the fourth quarter unchallenged. Tennessee ran for 180 yards in the 3-point win in the Volunteer State, while holding Denver to a season-low 18 yards. Marcus Mariota threw for only 88 yards but did not throw an interception, while Trevor Sieman threw for 334 yards and a TD but was sacked three times.

The Chiefs took over first place in the AFC West last Thursday night at Arrowhead with their 21-13 win over rival Oakland. Kansas City trailed 3-0 after K Sebastian Janikowski opened the scoring with a 44-yard field goal and took the lead for good when WR Tyreek Hill connected on a 36 yard TD pass from Alex Smith with 14:51 left before halftime. Hill then struck again, returning a punt 78 yards for his second TD of the night. Raiders RB Latavius Murray and Janikowski would pull the Raiders closer but the Chiefs prevailed to take the win. Oakland did manage to outrush Kansas City 135-65 (Murray led all rushers with 103), while Carr threw for 117 yards and Smith threw for 264.

Including games that were played in Houston when the Titans were known as the Oilers and the Chiefs were known as the Dallas Texans before moving to Missouri and playing at Swope Field, Kansas City leads the series 27-21 and they’ve outscored Tennessee 1,032-865. Tennessee won the last meeting with the Chiefs, coming away 26-10 winners at Arrowhead in 2014, while the Chiefs’ last win in the series came in 2013 in the Music City by a final of 26-17. Kansas City’s favored by 5 1/2 and the over/under’s 42 1/2. Both numbers make a lot of sense. The Chiefs are looking to be home for the holidays, while the Titans are looking to knock Houston off the top of the AFC South mountain. Everything’s up to date in Kansas City and so are the Chiefs, who takes this one and covers the 5 1/2.

Indianapolis (6-7) at Minnesota (7-6), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 708. Luck vs. Bradford. The Indianpolis Colts travel to the land of 10,000 Lakes for a Sunday afternoon affair with the Minnesota Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium.

The Colts fell to AFC South rivals Houston 22-17 winners in Indianapolis at Lucas Oil Stadium last Sunday. Indy trailed 13-3 at the half and kept things close but still lost as Texans’ K Nick Novak connected on five field goals, including the one that iced the contest away from 34 yards with 2:47 left to play, to take the road win and complete the sweep against the Colts. Texans RB Lamar Miller ran for 107 yards and a 2-yard TD run in the 2nd quarter for the win, as Houston outrushed Indy 185-83, picking off Andrew Luck (276 yards, two TDs) twice, while Brock Osweiler threw for 147 yards in the win.

Minnesota broke a 9-9 tie against Jacksonville at EverBank Field and came away 25-16 winners in the Sunshine State. Both clubs rushed for 85 yards in the contest, while both Sam Bradford (292 yards) and Blake Bortles (257 yards) each threw a TD pass (Bortles was sacked four times).

The Colts lead the series 15-7-1 (which includes games that took place in Baltimore and Bloomington), the Colts have outscored the Vikings 585-482 and have won the last four meetings in the series, including a 23-20 win in the Hoosier State in 2012, while Minnesota’s last win in the series came in the Land of 10,000 Lakes by a final of 39-28 in 1997. The Vikings are favored by 4 1/2 and the over/under’s 44 1/2. Both teams are fighting for their playoff lives and the loser is pretty much done, while the winner gets to live and fight another day. Minnesota wins this one but expect Indy to make it closer than the 4 1/2.

Detroit (9-4) at New York Giants (9-4), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 712. A pair of contending teams that could meet in the postseason met in upstate New Jersey as Matthew Stafford and the Detroit Lions take on Eli Manning and the New York Giants at Met Life Stadium.

The first-place Lions trailed Chicago 17-13 late in their contest with Chicago before Matthew Stafford (223 yards, TD) and the Lions took a 20-17 win at Ford Field. Detroit led 10-3 at the half, before Chicago took the lead with 7:07 left in the contest when CB Connor LeBlanc picked off Stafford and returned the ball 24 yards to lead 17-13. That lead would not last all that long as the Lions used a 7-play, 76-yard drive that took all of 3:50 to take the lead back and for keeps when Stafford scored from 7 yards out with 3:17 left. Chicago would get the ball back one more time after the Lions’ score and advanced their way downfield before their drive fell short at Detroit’s 14-yard line. Detroit outrushed Da Bears 114-92, while Chicago’s Matt Barkley threw for 212 yards and a TD.

The Giants completed the sweep of their series with Dallas as they beat their NFC East rivals 10-7 at Met Life Stadium. Dallas led 7-0 at the half before the Giants scored their points in the third period unchallenged. Big Blue ended Dallas’ bid for a shutout when Robbie Gould connected on a 39-yard field goal with 5:50 left. Manning (193 yards) then broke the hearts and spirits of Cowboys fans when he and Odell Beckham Jr. hooked up on a 61-yard TD pass with 67 seconds left in the contest. Rookie RB Ezekiel Elliot accounted for 107 of Dallas’ 108 yards on the ground, while the Giants tallied 93 and the Giants defense sacked Dak Prescott (165 yards) three times and picked him off twice.

Including contests that took place at Tiger and Yankee Stadiums and in Portsmouth when the team were known as the Spartans, the Lions lead the series 21-20-1 and Detroit has outscored the Giants 727-625. The Lions were winners in the last meeting between the clubs, taking a 35-14 win at Ford Field in 2014, while the Giants’ last win also came in the Motor City, with New York winning 23-20 in overtime in 2013. New York’s favored by 5 and the over/under’s 41 1/2. Is this a preview of the post-season? It could happen. The Lions right now are the two seed in the NFC, while the Giants are the six seed, which means if they were to meet, it would be in Detroit. Right now, they’re in New Jersey and the Giants prove to the world that the win over Dallas was not a fluke and they’ll take this one at home and cover the 5 1/2.

Pittsburgh (8-5) at Cincinnati (5-7-1), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 711. They meet again, this time in the Buckeye State. Pittsburgh, in first in the AFC North, travels to Cincinnati for a week two rematch along the shores of the Ohio River.

Pittsburgh held off Buffalo 27-20 Sunday afternoon at snowy New Era Stadium in Orchard Park in a game that had snow throughout the contest and played in 27 degree weather with a 18 wind chill. Pittsburgh led 14-7 at the intermission before Buffalo pulled to within 7 when LeSean McCoy scored on a 3-yard run with 1:25 left to play in the contest. LeVeon Bell was almost the second coming of Franco Harris, rushing for 236 yards and three TD, while the Steelers held the Bills to 67 yards rushing (the Steelers tallied 240 yards rushing), while the Bills picked off Ben Roethlisberger three times.

Cincy continued the woes of Browns’ fans last Sunday along the shores of Lake Erie against Cleveland as they took the home team to the woodshed, coming away with a 23-10 win on the road. The Bengals led 20-0 at the intermission before Cleveland put on a small rally in the second half. Cincinnati’s Jeremy Hill (111 yards, TD) and Cleveland’s Isaiah Crowell (113 yards) put on a rushing clinic as each led their clubs at snowy FirstEnergy Stadium last Sunday (game time temperature, you ask? A balmy 28 with a wind chill of 16). The Bengals outrushed Cleveland 213-169, while Andy Dalton threw for 180 yards and a pair of TDs, while Robert Griffin III made his return to Cleveland, throwing for 104 yards, three sacks and an interception.

In the week two contest in the Steel City, Pittsburgh led 10-6 at halftime at Heinz Field, then pulled away from the Bengals to take the 24-16 win. Roethlisberger threw three TDs against their AFC North rivals in western Pennsylvania as the Steelers held Cincinnati to 46 yards rushing (Pittsburgh ran for 124). Despite throwing a pair of interceptions, Roethlisberger still managed to throw for 259 yards and the three TDs, while Dalton threw for 366 (each man was sacked once).

Pittsburgh was favored by 3 1/2 and covered the spread, winning by 8. That was the good news. The bad news? Neither club reached the 48 1/2 over/under, scoring 40 points. This time, the Steelers are again the favorites, this time by 3 with a 44 over/under. The last time Pittsburgh swept the series with the Bengals was in 2014, taking a 42-21 win in Cincinnati and a 27-17 win in Pittsburgh. Cincy’s trying to stay alive in the AFC North and while they may not cover the 3, they get revenge from their week two loss in front of the home crowd.

New Orleans (5-8) at Arizona (5-7-1), 4:05 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 713. It’s gumbo vs. Southwestern as the New Orleans Saints travel to Glendale for a late afternoon contest with the Arizona Cardinals. Both teams saw their playoff hopes take a hit as both lost their contests last Sunday and both lost on the road.

Drew Brees (257 yards, three interceptions) was held to his second game without a TD pass (the last time that happened was 2009) as the Saints fell to Tampa Bay 16-11 in the Sunshine State. New Orleans trailed 13-8 at the half and then pulled to within 2 at 13-11 with 3:35 left in the third when Will Lutz connected on a 22-yard field goal. Tampa Bay then pushed the lead back to five with 12:46 left to play in regulation when Rueben Aguayo connected on a 26-yar field goal. The Saints had one last chance to take the lead late in the contest before S Keith Tandy gave Brees his third interception of the afternoon. Tampa Bay outrushed their NFC South foes 104-46, Jameis Winston threw for 184 yards without an interception and Doug Martin accounted for the contest’s only TD, scoring from 1 yard out with 14:50 left before the intermission.

Arizona trailed Miami 14-9 at halftime at Hard Rock Stadium before the Cardinals managed to tie the contest up on an 8-yard TD pass from Carson Palmer to WR J.J. Nelson with 3:01 left in regulation before losing to the Dolphins 26-23 in the final seconds. The Desert Angry Birds pulled to within 8 at 23-15 thanks to a 2-point defensive conversion by S Walt Aikens before Arizona evened the score. Arizona then punted the ball back to Miami, who marched downfield, using an 6-play, 44-yard drive that used all of the 1:29 left in regulation when Dolphins K Andrew Franks connected on a 21-yard field goal as the clock struck :00. Arizona did outush the Dolphins 175-83, while Ryan Tannehill threw for 195 yards and three TDs before spraining his ACL (Palmer threw for 145 yards and had a pair of TDs but also threw a pair of interceptions).

The Desert Angry Birds lead the series 15-13 (which includes contests that took place in St. Louis) and they’ve outscored the Saints 630-595. Arizona won the last meeting with the Saints last year in Glendale by a final of 31-19 (New Orleans’ last win over Arizona came in 2013 in the Big Easy by a final of 31-7).

They met right out of the gate to start the 2015 campaign and Arizona led 14-10 at the break and held serve after that, outscoring the Saints 17-9 in the second half. Arizona outrushed New Orleans 120-54 and Palmer threw three TDs, accounting for 307 yards, while Brees threw for 355 yards with a TD, two sacks and and interception. The odds makers like Arizona as a 2 1/2 favorite with a 50 over/under. For both teams, they know that they have to keep winning and have some luck on their side. The Desert Angry Birds win this one in the desert and cover the 2 1/2.

New England (11-2) at Denver (8-5), 4:25 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 715. They met in the AFC Championship game to decide who would go to Santa Clara. Last year, it was Brady vs. Manning. This year, same teams, different cast as the Patroits travel westward to meet the defending Super Bowl champs at Sports Authority Field.

New England and Tom Brady fought off Baltimore, taking a 30-23 win Monday night in Foxboro. The Pats led 16-3 at the intermission before the Ravens took advantage of two Patriot special teams turnovers in the third quarter that gave them a chance to take the win on the road, pulling to within three with 6:35 to play when Justin Tucker connected on a 38-yard field goal. Brady and the Pats would then ice the game away when he and WR Chris Hogan connected on a 79-yard strike 17 seconds later. New England outrushed the Ravens 95-42, while Brady threw for 406 yards and three TDs, while Joe Flacco threw for 324 yards and two TDs (each man threw an intercaption in the Monday night contest).

Denver trailed Tennessee for three quarters before the defending Super Bowl champions rallied, only to lose to the Titans 13-10 at Nissan Stadium. Tennessee led 13-0 after three quarters of play before Denver got back into the contest, scoring their 10 points in the fourth quarter unchallenged. Tennessee ran for 180 yards in the 3-point win in the Volunteer State, while holding Denver to a season-low 18 yards. Marcus Mariota threw for only 88 yards but did not throw an interception, while Trevor Sieman threw for 334 yards and a TD but was sacked three times.

The defending Super Bowl champs lead the series 26-20 and Denver has outscored New England 1,074-1,007. There was one regular season meeting and one post-season meeting between the two clubs last year, both in Denver and both won by the Broncos (New England’s last win in the series came in 2014 in Foxboro by a final of 43-21.

Round one … Sports Authority Field at Mile High. A week 12 meeting in 23 degree weather (wind chill of a balmy 19) saw New England lead 14-7 at the half, before Denver roared back in the final 30 minutes of regulation to lead 24-21 on a 4-yard pass from Osweiler to Andrew Caldwell with 69 seconds left. That lead would not last very long as the Pats’ Stephen Gostkowski kicked a 47-yard field goal as time expired in regulation to send the contest into overtime. Brady and the Pats got the ball to start the overtime but went backwards instead of forward, as they only got the ball to their 29 yard line. New England punted and Denver got the ball back, needing only three plays, 57 yards and 79 seconds of time to send the crowd home happy as C.J. Anderson 48 yards unchallenged for the game-winning TD.

Anderson rushed for 113 yards with a pair of TDs (the second one the game-winner), as the Broncos outrushed New England 179-39. Brady threw for 280 yards and three TDs, while Osweiler threw for 270 yards with a TD (each man was sacked three times).

Round two… Sports Authority Field at Mile High and this time, it’s the AFC Championship game, for all the marbles. The weather was a little better (game time temp was 46 with a 43 wind chill) but the result for Denver was the same… a win. the Broncos led 17-9 at the half and came away 20-18 winners in the Winner-take-all affair. Denver would go on to hold off a late New England rally when Brady and TE Rob Gronkowski connected on a 4-yard TD pass with 12 seconds left in regulation. New England, who rushed for 44 yards, tried the onside kick, which Denver recovered and ran out the clock. The Broncos, who tallied 99 yards on the ground, got 176 yards in passing from a kid named Manning, who also threw a pair of TDs without an interception (Brady was sacked four times and picked off twice).

New England’s favored by 3 over the defending Super Bowl champs in the Mile High City and the over/under’s 44. History has a way of repeating itself. With that, the defending Super Bowl champs win at home over Brady and the Pats and cover the 3.

Oakland (10-3) at San Diego (5-8), 4:25 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 716. They met in northern California early in the season. This time, it’s Oakland’s turn to make the 7-hour, 491-mile trip down I-5 to face the Chargers at Qualcomm.

Oakland saw their grip on first place in the AFC West last Thursday night get away from them at Arrowhead with their 21-13 loss to Kansas City. The Silver and Blakc led 3-0 after K Sebastian Janikowski opened the scoring with a 44-yard field goal and lost the lead for good when WR Tyreek Hill connected on a 36 yard TD pass from Alex Smith with 14:51 left before halftime. Hill then Oakland struck again, returning a punt 78 yards for his second TD of the night. Raiders RB Latavius Murray and Janikowski would pull the Raiders closer but the Chiefs prevailed to take the win. Oakland did manage to outrush Kansas City 135-65 (Murray led all rushers with 103), while Carr threw for 117 yards and Smith threw for 264.

The Bolts could never get on track against Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers, as the defending NFC champs took care of San Diego, taking a 28-16 win in Charlotte at Bank of America Stadium. Carolina held San Diego to 58 yards on the ground, while the Panthers clawed out 126 yards rushing. Newton threw for 160 yards and connected with WR Devin Funchess for a 6-yard TD pass, while Graham Gano kicked four field goals in the 12-point win. San Diego’s Philip Rivers threw for 236 yards and a pair of TDs but was picked off three times and sacked five times, the last coming as a safety for Carolina when DE Mario Addison sacked him in the end zone with 10:09 left in the contest.

They met in week five in Oakland and the Raiders held off San Diego, beating the Chargers 34-31. Oakland trailed 10-9 at halftime before outscoring the Bolts 25-21 in the final 30 minutes of action, then held off a late San Diego drive that would have resulted in a game-tying field goal by Drew Kaser from 35 yards but the snap went off kilter and the Raiders got the ball back. San Diego again tried to march down the field for what would have been the go-ahead TD as Rivers threw to WR Travis Benjamin for no gain. Benjamin then fumbled the ball out of bounds, which ended the contest. Oakland outrushed San Diego 89-72 and Rivers threw for 359 yards with four TDs but threw two interceptions and was sacked twice (Carr threw for 317 yards with a pair of TDs in the three-point win.)

Oakland was favored by 3 1/2 (winning by 3) and the contest had a 50 over/under, which both clubs handled by scoring 65. The Raiders are a 3 point favorite in sunny San Diego and the over/under this time around is 50. The Raiders are trying to keep pace with Kansas City, while Charger fans are looking for hope in order to crash the post-season party. Charger fans get put out of their misery this week. Oakland covers the 3 and wins at Qualcomm.

Tampa Bay (8-5) at Dallas (11-2), 8:30 p.m. on NBC. A pair of young guns meet in the Lone Star State as Jameis Winston and Dak Prescott meet in Arlington in a Sunday night prime time contest at Jerry World.

Tampa Bay held Drew Brees (257 yards, three interceptions) to his second game without a TD pass (the last time that happened was 2009) as the Bucs held off the Saints, taking a 16-11 win in the Sunshine State. New Orleans trailed 13-8 at the half and then pulled to within 2 at 13-11 with 3:35 left in the third when Will Lutz connected on a 22-yard field goal. Tampa Bay then pushed the lead back to five with 12:46 left to play in regulation when Rueben Aguayo connected on a 26-yar field goal. The Saints had one last chance to take the lead late in the contest before S Keith Tandy gave Brees his third interception of the afternoon. Tampa Bay outrushed their NFC South foes 104-46, Winston threw for 184 yards without an interception and Doug Martin accounted for the contest’s only TD, scoring from 1 yard out with 14:50 left before the intermission.

The New York Giants completed the sweep of their series with Dallas as they beat their NFC East rivals 10-7 at Met Life Stadium. Dallas led 7-0 at the half before the Giants took the lead back and for keeps as they scored their points in the third period unchallenged. Big Blue ended Dallas’ bid for a shutout when Robbie Gould connected on a 39-yard field goal with 5:50 left. Manning (193 yards) then broke the hearts and spirits of Cowboys fans when he and Odell Beckham Jr. hooked up on a 61-yard TD pass with 67 seconds left in the contest. Rookie RB Ezekiel Elliot accounted for 107 of Dallas’ 108 yards on the ground, while the Giants tallied 93 and the Giants defense sacked Dak Prescott (165 yards) three times and picked him off twice.

Dallas leads the series 11-4 and the Cowboys have outscored Tampa Bay 274-208. Tampa Bay won the last meeting, which took place last year, when they won 10-6 in the Sunshine State (Dallas’ last win over Tampa Bay came in 2012 in Arlington by a final of 16-10).

In the week five affair at Raymond James Stadium, Tampa Bay trailed a Tony Romo-less Dallas team 6-3 at the break before they rallied in the fourth quarter with Winston scoring the contest’s only TD from 1 yard out with 54 seconds left. Tampa Bay outrushed Dallas 84-72 and Winston threw for 264 yards with a pair of interceptions, while Matt Cassell threw for 186 yards (Winston was sacked twice, while Cassell was sacked three times).

Dallas is favored by 7 and the over/under’s 46. One has already made the playoffs, the other’s trying to get into the playoff party. That alone makes this one “DRILL WORTHY!” (For those of you that know what The Drill is, you are excused. Everyone else, pay attention. We don’t want any rookie mistakes here, k?) After you go to the 9:30 mass on Sunday (the 4:30 vigil mass on Saturday counts as a mass attended, people! Don’t make us send the nuns after you! If we do, it is SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO OVER!), head to your favorite store (a trip to Wal Mart, Target, K-Mart or Costco counts) and get the vittles and the beverages (soda, beer, wine, coffee, et al… if you live in a state that allows the purchase of the items in question) and invite the co-workers, the neighbors (including that really cute kindergarden teacher that knows what to do with a cover-2 defense) and your cousin Connie (remember her? She’s the one that’s been married twice that’s just turned 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?”

Tampa Bay will know if they’re ahead of Atlanta or behind the Falcons when their game in the Big Peach ends around 7 p.m. Eastern. The Falcons would like to get some help from Dallas to keep their NFC South rivals in their rearview mirror. Dallas may not cover the 7 but they take the win in JerryWorld.

Carolina (5-8) at Washington (7-5-1), 8:30 p.m. Monday on ESPN. Week 15 closes out in Landover as a pair of teams looking for a playoff berth as the Panthers take on Washington at FedEx Field.

Cam Newton and the Panthers took San Diego to the woodshed last Sunday at Bank of America Stadium, taking a 28-16 win in Charlotte. The defending NFC champs held San Diego to 58 yards on the ground, while the Panthers clawed out 126 yards rushing. Newton threw for 160 yards and connected with WR Devin Funchess for a 6-yard TD pass, while Graham Gano kicked four field goals in the 12-point win. San Diego’s Philip Rivers threw for 236 yards and a pair of TDs but was picked off three times and sacked five times, the last coming as a safety for Carolina when DE Mario Addison sacked him in the end zone with 10:09 left in the contest.

Washington put a dent in Philadelphia’s playoff hopes last Sunday in the City of Brotherly Love, beating their NFC East rivals 27-22 at Lincoln Financial Field. Washington trailed Philly led 13-7 at the break before the defending NFC East champs rallied in the second half, outscoring the Eagles 20-9 in the final 30 minutes of action. The Eagles took a 22-21 lead with 4:59 to play in the contest on a 41-yard field by Caleb Sturgis before Washington took the lead back and for keeps when Chris Thompson scored on a 25-yard run with 1:53 left. Philadelphia then got the ball back and got as close as Washington’s 14-yard when rookie QB Carson Wentz was sacked and fumbled the ball, which was recovered by DE Trent Murphy. Washington would go on to run out the clock and take the win. In dropping their fourth contest in a row, the Eagles were held to 95 yards rushing, while Washington racked up 107. Wentz threw for 314 yards and a TD to Darren Sproles (who left the game with a concussion) with four sacks and an interception, while Kirk Cousins threw for 234 yards and a pair of TDs.

Washington leads the series 7-5 and the Panthers have outscored Washington 270-247. Carolina has won the last four meetings, including a 44-16 win in Charlotte last year. They met in the Tar Heel State in week 11 and Carolina led 31-14 at the intermission before pulling away from Washington in the second half. Newton threw five TDs in the contest, racking up 246 yards in the contest, while Jonathan Stewart ran for 102 yards (Carolina outrushed Washington 142-14) and the Panther defense made life less than plesant for Cousins, who threw for 207 yards with a TD and was sacked five times.

Washington on Monday night is one game below the .500 mark at 28-29 (the Redskins lost at home to Pittsburgh in week one), while the Panthers are 8-6 (Carolina lost at home to Tampa Bay in week five). The ‘Skins are favored by 4 1/2 and the over/under’s 51. While this one’s not a great game, it’ll be a good one to watch, so you might want to tape “2 Broke Girls” and “Scorpion” this week. “HAIL TO THE REDSKINS!” Washington covers the 4 1/2 and wins in Landover.

Chicago at Green Bay, 8:25 p.m. on CBS, NFL Network and Twitter. They meet for the 191st time in the regular-season, the most between two teams in NFL history, it’s Packers vs. Da Bears. Chicago at Green Bay at Lambeau. It’s the opener for week seven action in the 2016 campaign as a pair of NFC North rivals meet in the land of beer, cheese and Bratwurst on Thursday night.

Both teams are looking to get back to the win column, with both losing at home last Sunday.

Da Bears lead the series 93-91-6 (which includes contests that took place at Wrigley Field and Milwaukee County Stadium and the Bears were known as the Chicago Staleys) and Chicago has outscored Green Bay 3,247-3,244. They split last season’s contests and took wins in the other team’s stadium.

Round 1?

The Pack and Da Bears meet in week one in the Windy City and Green Bay rallied from a 13-10 deficit at the intermission to come away with the 31-23 win at Soldier Field. Rodgers threw for 189 yards and three TDs without being sacked or intercepted, while Cutler threw for 225 with a TD and a pick. Da Bears managed to outrush Green Bay 189-133, with Matt Forte doing most of the heavy lifting, rushing for 141 yards and a TD. Both clubs did quite well on third down tries in the season opener, as Green Bay was 6 of 10, while Da Bears were 11 of 17 in the contest. As far as fourth down tries? They did a pretty good job in that column; Green Bay 1 of 1, Chicago 2 of 3 and time was on the side of Chicago, who held the ball for 31:52, while the Packers kept it for 28:08.

That was round one between the two NFC North (or NFC Norris, as ESPN’s Chris Berman calls the divison).

Round 2?

Lambeau Field… a somewhat chilly Thanksgiving night in upstate Wisconin (39 degrees at kickoff, wind chill of 29… so cold you eat gravy like ice cream)… it would have seemed as if both teams overdid it on the Thanksgiving Day eats but Chicago managed to get revenge from their 8-point loss in the Windy City in the season opener and squeaked by with a 17-13 win on the not-quite-Frozen Tundra. Chicago led 14-13 at the break, pulled away in the fourth quarter on a 21-yard field goal by Robbie Gould with 12:15 left and then held off the Packers as they made a dash for a score that would have given them the win at home as four Rodgers pass attempts late in the game fell short of their intended marks.

Chicago would then get the ball back on downs and run out the clock for the win. Green Bay did manage to outrush Da Bears 177-101 and this time, it was the Packers’ Eddie Lacy that was the leading rusher with 105 yards and caught Rodgers’ only TD pass of the contest, a 25-yard strike to open the scoring in the contest. In the Turkey Day contest, Rodgers outpaced Cutler 202-200, with each man throwing a TD pass in the contest.

As good as they were on third down in the first meeting, such was not the case in the second meeting, as both clubs struggled in the Thursday night affair (Green Bay 3 of 11; Chicago 5 of 14) and the Packers were 0 of 2 on fourth down tries. As was the case in the first meeting, Da Bears ruled the clock, keeping the ball to themselves for 31:12, while the Packers kept the pigskin for 28:48.

Green Bay’s favored by 8 1/2 and the over/under’s 45 1/2. While most of Chicago will be paying attention to what’s going on in Wrigleyville, it still could very well be entertaining to watch. Da Bears would love nothing more than to take a second win in Lambeau but Green Bay will have something to say about it. Packers may not cover the 8 1/2 but they win at home in the land of beer, cheese and Bratwurst.

Jim Nantz and Phil Simms along with reporter Tracy Wolfson call the action and are joined by kicking analyst Jay Feely.

At 6 p.m. on NFL Network, TNF GameDay Presented by KFC previews the Bears-Packers matchup from NFL Network’s studios in Los Angeles. Host Rich Eisen is joined by analysts Steve Mariucci and Michael Irvin to provide news and analysis two hours before kickoff, while host Amber Theoharis and analyst LaDainian Tomlinson join from outside Lambeau Field. Reporters Tracy Wolfson and Mike Garafolo join to provide the latest news leading up to kickoff.

At 7:30 p.m. on CBS, NFL Network and Twitter, NFL Thursday Night Kickoff airs from inside Lambeau Field with James Brown, Deion Sanders and Bill Cowher. Coverage continues at 8 p.m. with NFL Thursday Night Kickoff Presented by Tostitos providing the final say leading up to kick-off between Bears-Packers.

Among the pregame topics are:

A visit with legendary Packers quarterback Bart Starr to watch last Sunday’s Green Bay-Dallas game with him and his wife of 62 years, Cherry. The winning quarterback of Super Bowl I is 82 and struggles with health issues but is still energized by his favorite team. Starr sits down to revisit a lifetime of memories

Former Packers wide receiver James Jones joins to discuss quarterback Aaron Rodgers

Is there cause for concern with Aaron Rodgers and the Packers’ offense?

How do the Packers get the running game going without running back Eddie Lacy?

What is next for quarterback Jay Cutler and the Bears?

At halftime, Brown, Sanders and Cowher break down the first half on the Lexus Halftime show.

Immediately following the game, the Mazda Postgame show airs live on NFL Network, CBS and Twitter from both Los Angeles and Lambeau Field providing highlights, analysis and live interviews.

Twitter will stream CBS’s broadcast of Bears-Packers, providing free, live streaming video on the Twitter platform on mobile phones, tablets, PCs and connected TVs. Fans can visit Twitter Moments or TNF.Twitter.com to view the live stream.

The entire 18-game Thursday Night Football schedule, including the live games and pre- and postgame shows, will also be streamed live on the NFL Mobile from Verizon app (NFL.com/mobile), the NFL app on XBOX, including interactive features from Microsoft, and through Watch NFL Network on tablets, PCs and various connected TV devices (NFL.com/watch), with participating television providers. Learn all of the ways to watch at NFL.com/TNF. An audio broadcast of the game is available on SiriusXM, TuneIn and Westwood One Radio Sports.

Thursday Night Football is available in Spanish via SAP (Secondary Audio Program) with Roberto Abramowitz calling the action on CBS and NFL Network.

Referee: John Parry

Broadcast Information: 8:25 p.m. on CBS, NFL Network and Twitter: Jim Nantz, Phil Simms, Tracy Wolfson (Field reporter). Westwood One: Ian Eagle, Tony Boselli. SIRIUS: 88 (WestWood1), 83 (Chicago), 81 (Green Bay). XM: 88 (WestWood1), 226 (Chicago), 225 (Green Bay)

Injury Report
Chicago
OUT: CB Deiondre’ Hall (Ankle), WR William Royal (Toe)
DOUBTFUL: QB Jay Cutler (Thumb), DT Eddie Goldman (Ankle), RB Jeremy Langford (Ankle), G Josh Sitton (Ankle)
QUESTIONABLE: LB Samuel Acho (Ribs), CB Bryce Callahan (Hamstring), CB Tracy Porter (Knee), RB Ka’Deem Carey (Hamstring), LB Leonard Floyd (Calf), LB Jerrell Freeman (Wrist), TE Zachary Miller (Ribs)

Green Bay
OUT: S Ayorunmi Banjo (Hamstring), TE Jared Cook (Ankle), RB Eddie Lacy (Ankle), CB Damarious Randall (Groin), CB Quinten Rollins (Groin), RB James Starks (Knee), WR Jared Abbrederis (Quadricep)
QUESTIONABLE: WR Davante Adams (Concussion)

Weather Outlook: Partly cloudy and 47 degrees.

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

Sunday and Monday Broadcast Information (all times Eastern)

ATLANTA at Seattle, 4:25 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 716: Chris Myers, Ronde Barber, Jennifer Hale (Field reporter). Westwood One: Kevin Lee, Mike Holmgren. SIRIUS: 93 (Atlanta), 81 (Seattle). XM: 228 (Atlanta), 225 (Seattle).

Jacksonville at Chicago, 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 705: Andrew Catalon, Steve Tasker, Steve Beuerlein (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 126 (Jacksonville), 135 (Chicago). XM: 381 (Jacksonville), 232 (Chicagp).

Pittsburgh at Miami, 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 706: Spero Dedes, Solomon Wilcots, Chris Fischer (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 84 (Pittsburgh), 134 (Miami). XM: 386 (Pittsburgh), 230 (Miami).

Cincinnati at New England, 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 707: Ian Eagle, Dan Fouts, Evan Washburn (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 112 (Cincinnati), 82 (New England). XM: 385 (Cincinnati), 82 (New Englan).

Baltimore at New York Giants, 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 708: Greg Gumbel, Trent Green, Jamie Erdahl (Field reporter). Westwood One: John Sadak, Ross Tucker. SIRIUS: 121 (Baltimore), 133 (New York Giants). XM: 382 (Baltimore), 231 (New York Giants).

Cleveland at Tennessee, 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 709: Tom McCarthy, Adam Archuleta. SIRIUS: 119 (Cleveland), 145 (Tennessee). XM: 382 (Cleveland), 227 (XM).

San Francisco at Buffalo, 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 710: Dick Stockton, Chris Spielman, Krista Pink (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 137 (San Francisco), 81 (Buffalo). XM: 380 (San Francisco), 225 (Buffalo).

Los Angeles at Detroit, 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 711: Justin Kutcher, Charles Davis, Peter Schrager (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 138 (Los Angeles), 83 (Detroit). XM: 388 (Los Angeles), 226 (Detroit).

Carolina at New Orleans, 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 712: Sam Rosen, Daryl Johnston, Laura Okmin (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 146 (Carolina), 136 (New Orleans). XM: 383 (Carolina), 229 (New Orleans).

Philadelphia at Washington, 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 713: Kenny Albert, John Lynch, Pam Oliver (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 132 (Philadelphia), 93 (Washington). XM: 387 (Philadelphia), 228 Washington).

Kansas City at Oakland, 4:05 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 714: Kevin Harlan, Rich Gannon. SIRIUS: 136 (Kansas City), 145 (Oakland). XM: 229 (Kansas City), 227 (Oakland).

Dallas at Green Bay, 4:25 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 715: Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Erin Andrews (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 83 (Dallas), 82 (Green Bay). XM: 2226 (Dallas), 82 (Green Bay).

Indianapolis at Houston, 8:30 p.m. on NBC: Al Michaels, Chris Collinsworth, Michele Tafoya (Field reporter). Westwood One: Kevin Kugler, James Lofton. SIRIUS: 88 (WestWood1), 83 (Indianapolis), 81 (Houston). XM: 226 (Indianapolis), 225 (Houston).

New York Jets at Arizona, 8:30 p.m. Monday on ESPN: Sean McDonough, Jon Gruden, Lisa Salters (Field reporter). Westwood One: Kevin Harland, Kurt Warner, Max Starks. SIRIUS: 88 (WestWood1), 83 (New York Jets), 81 (Arizona). XM: 226 (New York Jets), 225 (Arizona).

Sunday and Monday Officials
ATLANTA at Seattle, 4:25 p.m. – Tony Corrente
Jacksonville at Chicago, 1 p.m. – Clete Blakeman
Pittsburgh at Miami, 1 p.m. – Ed Hochuli
Cincinnati at New England, 1 p.m. – Ronald Torbert
Baltimore at New York Giants, 1 p.m. – Jeff Triplette
Cleveland at Tennessee, 1 p.m. – Carl Cheffers
San Francisco at Buffalo, 1 p.m. – Gene Steratore
Los Angeles at Detroit, 1 p.m. – John Hussey
Carolina at New Orleans, 1 p.m. – Walt Anderson
Philadelphia at Washington, 1 p.m. – John Parry
Kansas City at Oakland, 4:05 p.m. – Pete Morelli
Dallas at Green Bay, 4:25 p.m. – Brad Allen
Indianapolis at Houston, 8:30 p.m. – Bill Vinovich
New York Jets at Arizona, 8:30 p.m. Monday – Jerome Boger

Sunday and Monday Odds

Sunday’s Games
Favorites            Spread        Underdog                 O/U
SEATTLE              –  6 1/2      Atlanta                  46
NEW ENGLAND          –  8          Cincinnati               48
NEW YORK GIANTS      –  3          Baltimore                44 1/2
Carolina             –  2 1/2      NEW ORLEANS              55 1/2
Pittsburgh           –  7          MIAMI                    48
CHICAGO              –  2          Jacksonville             47
BUFFALO              –  7 1/2      San Francisco            44 1/2
DETROIT              –  3 1/2      Los Angeles              43 1/2
TENNESSEE            –  7          Cleveland                45 1/2
Philadelphia         –  2          WASHINGTON               45
OAKLAND              –  1          Kansas City              46 1/2
GREEN BAY            –  4 1/2      Dallas                   47 1/2
HOUSTON              –  3          Indianapolis             46

Monday’s Game
Favorites            Spread        Underdog                 O/U
ARIZONA              –  7 1/2      New York Jets            47

Sunday and Monday Injuries

Atlanta at Seattle, 4:25 p.m.

Atlanta
OUT: LB Paul Worrilow (Groin)

Seattle
OUT: DE Quinton Jefferson (Thumb), RB Thomas Rawls (Fibula)
QUESTIONABLE: S Kameron Chancellor (Groin), DE Frank Clark (Hamstring), RB C.J. Prosise (Wrist), DT Garrison Smith (Oblique)

San Francisco at Buffalo, 1 p.m.

San Francisco
OUT: CB Jimmie Ward (Quadricep)
QUESTIONABLE: LB Ahmad Brooks (Groin), DT DeForest Buckner (Foot), DT Glenn Dorsey (Knee), S Jaquiski Tartt (Quadricep)

Buffalo
DOUBTFUL: DT Marcell Dareus (Hamstring)
QUESTIONABLE: T Cyrus Kouandjio (Ankle), LB Zach Brown (Foot), DT Corbin Bryant (Ankle), TE Charles Clay (Knee), T Cordy Glenn (Ankle), C Patrick Lewis (Knee), P Colton Schmidt (Quadricep), CB Corey White (Shoulder), S Aaron Williams (Ankle)

Jacksonville at Chicago, 1 p.m.

Jacksonville
QUESTIONABLE: TE Neal Sterling (Foot), RB William Grant (Toe), WR Rashad Greene (Achilles)

Chicago
OUT: CB Deiondre’ Hall (Ankle)
DOUBTFUL: QB Jay Cutler (Thumb), DT Eddie Goldman (Ankle), RB Jeremy Langford (Ankle)
QUESTIONABLE: WR William Royal (Calf), LB Samuel Acho (Ribs), CB Bryce Callahan (Hamstring), RB Ka’Deem Carey (Hamstring), LB Leonard Floyd (Calf), LB Jerrell Freeman (Wrist), WR Alshon Jeffery (Hamstring), TE Zachary Miller (Ribs), CB Tracy Porter (Knee), G Josh Sitton (Shoulder), LB Willie Young (Knee)

Los Angeles at Detroit, 1 p.m.

Los Angeles
OUT: CB Trumaine Johnson (Ankle)
QUESTIONABLE: DT Michael Brockers (Hip), DE William Hayes (Ankle), DE Robert Quinn (Shoulder), G Cody Wichmann (Ankle)

Detroit
OUT: TE Eric Ebron (Ankle), LB DeAndre Levy (Quadricep), DT Etuini Ngata (Shoulder), RB Theo Riddick (Ankle)
QUESTIONABLE: G Lawrence Warford (Hip), RB Dwayne Washington (Ankle), DE Ezekiel Ansah (Ankle), WR Anquan Boldin (Ankle), S Don Carey (Ribs), DT A’Shawn Robinson (Shoulder), G Laken Tomlinson (Neck)

Pittsburgh at Miami, 1 p.m.

Pittsburgh
OUT: T Marcus Gilbert (Ankle), DE Cameron Heyward (Hamstring), S Shamarko Thomas (Groin), C Cody Wallace (Knee), WR Markus Wheaton (Shoulder), LB Ryan Shazier (Knee)
QUESTIONABLE: WR Sammie Coates (Finger)

Miami
OUT: TE Jordan Cameron (Concussion), CB Xavien Howard (Knee)
QUESTIONABLE: S Reshad Jones (Groin), WR Jakeem Grant (Ankle), TE MarQueis Gray (Calf), S Isa Abdul-Quddus (Knee), RB
Arian Foster (Hamstring), LB Jelani Jenkins (Groin), S Anthony Steen (Ankle), T Laremy Tunsil (Ankle)

Cincinnati at New England, 1 p.m.

Cincinnati
QUT: TE Tyler Eifert (Back)

New England
OUT: LB Jonathan Freeny (Shoulder)
QUESTIONABLE: RB Brandon Bolden (Knee), TE Greg Scruggs (Knee), TE Martellus Bennett (Ankle), RB LeGarrette Blount (Hip),
T Marcus Cannon (Calf), LB Jamie Collins (Hip), WR Julian Edelman (Foot), QB Jimmy Garoppolo (Shoulder), TE Rob Gronkowski (Hamstring), LB Shea McClellin (Concussion), WR Malcolm Mitchell (Hamstring), G Joseph Thuney (Shoulder), DT Vincent Valentine (Back)

Carolina at New Orleans, 1 p.m.

Carolina
OUT: CB James Bradberry (Foot), DT Vernon Butler (Ankle), T Michael Oher (Concussion), DT Paul Soliai (Foot), CB Robert McClain (Hamstring)
QUESTIONABLE: QB Cam Newton (Concussion), RB Jonathan Stewart (Hamstring), WR Kelvin Benjamin (Knee), DE Charles Johnson (Quadricep)

New Orleans
OUT: T Terron Armstead (Knee), CB Delvin Breaux (Fibula), LB Dannell Ellerbe (Quadricep)
QUESTIONABLE: DE Paul Kruger (Back), TE Josh Hill (Ankle), C Senio Kelemete (Hamstring), LB James Laurinaitis (Quadricep)

Baltimore at New York Giants, 1 p.m.

Baltimore
OUT: Elvis Dumervil (Foot)
DOUBTFUL: WR Devin Hester (Thigh), LB Clinton Mosley (Thigh), WR Stevonne Smith (Ankle), G Marshal Yanda (Shoulder), T Ronnie Stanley (Foot)
QUESTIONABLE: S Kendrick Lewis (Thigh), T Richard Wagner (Thigh), WR Mike Wallace (Chest), CB Shareece Wright (Back)

New York Giants
OUT: S Natneal Berhe (Concussion), T Marshall Newhouse (Calf), S Darian Thompson (Foot)
QUESTIONABLE: CB Eli Apple (Groin), WR Dwayne Harris (Toe), RB Rashad Jennings (Thumb), LB Devon Kennard (Concussion), DE Jason Pierre-Paul (Groin), CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (Groin)

Cleveland at Tennessee, 1 p.m.

Cleveland
OUT: G Joel Bitonio (Foot), WR Corey Coleman (Hand), TE Seth DeValve (Knee), TE Randall Telfer (Ankle), QB Josh McCown (Shoulder)
QUESTIONABLE: DE Xavier Cooper (Shoulder), CB Tramon Williams (Shoulder), TE Gary Barnidge (Forearm), CB Joseph Haden (Groin)

Tennessee
OUT: DT Al Woods (Calf)
QUESTIONABLE: CB Cody Riggs (Hamstring)

Philadelphia at Washington, 1 p.m.

Philadelphia
QUESTIONABLE: CB Leodis McKelvin (Hamstring), DT Fletcher Cox (Ankle)

Washington
OUT: WR Joshua Doctson (Achilles)
QUESTIONABLE: TE Jordan Reed (Concussion), CB Bashaud Breeland (Ankle), S Su’a Cravens (Concussion), CB Dashaun Phillips (Hamstring)

Kansas City at Oakland, 4:05 p.m.

Kansas City
Kansas City reported no injuries

Oakland
OUT: G Vadal Alexander (Ankle), RB Latavius Murray (Toe), T Menelik Watson (Calf)
QUESTIONABLE: S Nathaniel Allen (Quadricep), G Jonathan Feliciano (Calf), RB Taiwan Jones (Knee), T Matt McCants (Knee), LB Malcolm Smith (Quadricep), TE Clive Walford (Knee)

Dallas at Green Bay, 4:25 p.m.

Dallas
OUT: T Charles Green (Foot), QB Tony Romo (Back), CB Orlando Scandrick (Hamstring)
QUESTIONABLE: RB Lance Dunbar (Knee), T Tyron Smith (Back), LB Kyle Wilber (Neck), K Dan Bailey (Back), WR Terrance Williams (Shoulder), TE Chris Witten (Chest), WR Dez Bryant (Knee), CB Morris Claiborne (Ankle), DE David Irving (Concussion)

Green Bay
OUT: S Ayorunmi Banjo (Hamstring), TE Jared Cook (Ankle), CB Samuel Shields (Concussion)
QUESTIONABLE: RB James Starks (Knee), RB Eddie Lacy (Ankle), CB Damarious Randall (Groin)

Indianapolis at Houston, 8:30 p.m.

Indianapolis
OUT: CB Darius Butler (Hand), C Jonotthan Harrison (Illness), DT Zachariah Kerr (Ankle), WR Donte Moncrief (Shoulder)
QUESTIONABLE: WR Jaquan Bray (Shin), CB Patrick Robinson (Knee), WR Eugene Hilton (Hip)

Houston
OUT: G Jeffery Allen (Concussion), TE Stephen Anderson (Hamstring), S Quintin Demps (Calf), RB Jonathan Grimes (Ankle), LB Brian Peters (Quadricep)
QUESTIONABLE: T Derek Newton (Ankle), WR William Fuller (Hamstring), CB Kareem Jackson (Hamstring)

New York Jets at Arizona, 8:30 p.m. Monday

New York Jets
DOUBTFUL: LB David Harris (Hamstring)
QUESTIONABLE: C Nick Mangold (Knee), CB Darrelle Revis (Hamstring), TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins (Ankle)

Arizona
Arizona reported no injuries

Sunday and Monday Weather
ATLANTA at Seattle, 4:25 p.m. (Showers and 57 degrees)
Jacksonville at Chicago, 1 p.m. (Cloudy and 67 degrees)
Pittsburgh at Miami, 1 p.m. (Overcast and 80 degrees)
Cincinnati at New England, 1 p.m. (Partly cloudy and 68 degrees)
Baltimore at New York Giants, 1 p.m. (Mostly cloudy and 69 degrees)
Cleveland at Tennessee, 1 p.m. (Partly cloudy and 80 degrees)
San Francisco at Buffalo, 1 p.m. (Overcast and 74 degrees)
Los Angeles at Detroit, 1 p.m. (Game indoors)
Carolina at New Orleans, 1 p.m. (Game indoors)
Philadelphia at Washington, 1 p.m. (Sunny and 68 degrees)
Kansas City at Oakland, 4:05 p.m. (Cloudy and 65 degrees)
Dallas at Green Bay, 4:25 p.m. (Sunny and 66 degrees)
Indianapolis at Houston, 8:30 p.m. (Game indoors; if roof is open, partly cloudy and 83 degrees)
New York Jets at Arizona, 8:30 p.m. Monday (Game indoors; if roof is open, clear and 85 degrees)

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