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With the release of the 2017 NFL regular season schedule, NFL Network announced it will televise 18 games over the course of the upcoming season, featuring nine Divisional matchups and 11 playoff teams from 2016.

As part of the 18-game schedule, 13 regular season Thursday Night Football games will be televised nationally by NFL Network, either exclusively or as a simulcast of the respective CBS or NBC broadcast.

Presented by Bud Light, the slate of 13 regular season Thursday Night Football games kicks off when the Houston Texans visit the Cincinnati Bengals on Thursday, September 14 exclusively on NFL Network. All Thursday Night Football games will again kickoff at 8:25 p.m. Eastern.

Both CBS and NBC will produce Thursday Night Football with their lead broadcasters and production teams and both will contribute to the production of Thursday Night Football exclusively on NFL Network.

Along with the simulcast on NFL Network, Amazon’s Prime Video will stream 11 games, including 10 Thursday Night Football games broadcast by CBS and NBC, as well as a Christmas Day game broadcast by NBC, to the tens of millions of Amazon Prime members worldwide, once again securing the league’s “Tri-Cast” model of broadcast (NBC/CBS), cable (NFL Network) and digital (Amazon Prime Video) distribution.

In addition to the 13 regular season Thursday Night Football games, NFL Network will televise a Week 8 International Series matchup from London, a Week 15 Saturday double header, and two Week 16 games.

The entire 18-game NFL Network schedule will also be streamed live on the NFL Mobile from Verizon app (NFL.com/mobile), the NFL app on Xbox One and Windows 10, and through Watch NFL Network on tablets, PCs and various connected TV devices (NFL.com/watch), with participating television providers.

2017 NFL NETWORK SCHEDULE
Week 2: Thursday, September 14 – Houston at Cincinnati (NFL Network)
Week 3: Thursday, September 21 – Los Angeles Rams at San Francisco (NFL Network)
Week 4: Thursday, September 28 – Chicago at Green Bay (CBS/NFL Network/Amazon Prime Video)
Week 5: Thursday, October 5 – New England at Tampa Bay (CBS/NFL Network/Amazon Prime Video)
Week 6: Thursday, October 12 – Philadelphia at Carolina (CBS/NFL Network/Amazon Prime Video)
Week 7: Thursday, October 19 – Kansas City at Oakland (CBS/NFL Network/Amazon Prime Video)
Week 8: Thursday, October 26 – Miami at Baltimore (CBS/NFL Network/Amazon Prime Video)
Week 8: Sunday, October 29 – Minnesota at Cleveland in London (NFL Network)
Week 9: Thursday, November 2 – Buffalo at New York Jets (NFL Network)
Week 10: Thursday, November 9 – Seattle at Arizona (NBC/NFL Network/Amazon Prime Video)
Week 11: Thursday, November 16 – Tennessee at Pittsburgh (NBC/NFL Network/Amazon Prime Video)
Week 13: Thursday, November 30 – Washington at Dallas (NBC/NFL Network/Amazon Prime Video)
Week 14: Thursday, December 7 – New Orleans at ATLANTA (NBC/NFL Network/Amazon Prime Video)
Week 15: Thursday, December 14 – Denver at Indianapolis (NBC/NFL Network/Amazon Prime Video)
Week 15: Saturday, December 16 – Chicago at Detroit (NFL Network)
Week 15: Saturday, December 16 – Los Angeles Chargers at Kansas City (NFL Network)
Week 16: Saturday, December 23 – Indianapolis at Baltimore (NFL Network)
Week 16: Monday, December 25 – Pittsburgh at Houston (NBC/NFL Network/Amazon Prime Video)
For more information about ways to watch Thursday Night Football, visit: nfl.com/tnf

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The National Football League this afternoon issued a statement regarding tonight’s AFC Divisional game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead. The game is still on the docket for this evening with an 7:20 Central Time kickoff.

The statement, coming from the league office in New York City, reads as follows:

Tonight’s Steelers-Chiefs Divisional Playoff game on NBC will move forward as announced at 8:20 p.m. ET. We feel comfortable, after consulting with local and state authorities and both teams, that we can proceed tonight without resulting in any negative impact on public safety resources. We will continue to monitor the weather and urge anyone traveling to the game to use appropriate caution and heed any warnings from local authorities.

The Chiefs on their website issued this statement regarding the game and the weather.

Fans are encouraged to stay informed of weather conditions for Sunday’s game by closely monitoring the local weather forecast. Fans are also advised to stay up-to-date on road conditions in the metro area by following both the Missouri Department of Transportation and the Kansas Department of Transportation on their social media accounts – including @MoDOT_KC and @KansasCityKDOT on Twitter and MoDOT Kansas City and KDOT on Facebook.

Fans should still use extreme caution and care when traveling to the Truman Sports Complex on Sunday. Local officials, as well as the Chiefs, are recommending that fans stay on major highways as much as possible, leave early to allow plenty of time for travel and remain patient as weather will be a factor for everyone’s commute.

The release further added:

Due to the unique nature of the postseason and the weather forecast, the team has slightly adjusted all gate times for the parking lots and the stadium for Sunday’s AFC Divisional Game. Parking lots will open at 2 p.m. Open park will last from 2-3 p.m. and direct parking will begin at 3 p.m. Arrowhead Stadium gates will open to all ticket holders at 5 p.m. For guests with tickets on the Scout Investments Club Level, stadium gates will open at 4 p.m. The Draft Room will also open at 4 p.m.

The weather outlook, according to The Weather Channel, calls for a low of 34 degrees with light rain.

 

 

 

Saturday and Sunday Broadcast Information (All times Eastern)

Seattle at Atlanta, 4:35 p.m. Saturday on FOX: Kevin Burkhardt, John Lynch, Pam Oliver, Peter Schrager (Field reporters). WW1: Kevin Kugler, James Lofton, Derek Rackley (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 88 (WestWood1), 81 (Seattle), 82 (Atlanta). XM: 88 (WestWood1), 225 (Seattle), 82 (Atlanta).

Houston at New England, 8:15 p.m. Saturday on CBS: Jim Nantz, Phil Simms, Tracy Wolfson, Jay Feely (Field reporters). SIRIUS: 88 (WestWood1), 81 (Houston), 82 (New England). XM: 88 (WestWood1), 225 (Houston), 82 (New England).

Green Bay at Dallas, 4:40 p.m. Sunday on FOX: Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Erin Andrews, Chris Myers (Field reporters). WW1: Tom McCarthy, Tony Boselli, Scott Kaplan (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 88 (WestWood1), 81 (Green Bay), 82 (Dallas). XM: 88 (WestWood1), 225 (Green Bay), 82 (Green Bay).

Pittsburgh at Kansas City, 8;30 p.m. Sunday on NBC: Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth, Michele Tafoya, Heather Cox (Field reporters). SIRIUS: 88 (WestWood1), 81 (Pittsburgh), 82 (Kansas City). XM: 88 (WestWood1), 225 (Pittsburgh), 82 (Kansas City).

Saturday and Sunday Officials
Seattle at ATLANTA, 4:35 p.m. Saturday – Gene Steratore
Houston at New England, 8:15 p.m. Saturday – Pete Morelli
Green Bay at Dallas, 4:40 p.m. Sunday – Tony Corrente
Pittsburgh at Kansas City, 8:30 p.m. Sunday – Carl Cheffers

Saturday and Sunday Odds (Home team in CAPS)

Saturday’s Games
Favorite             Spread      Underdog             O/U
ATLANTA              –  4 1/2    Seattle              51
NEW ENGLAND          – 16        Houston              44 1/2

Sunday’s Games
Favorite             Spread      Underdog             O/U
DALLAS               –  4 1/2    Green Bay            52
KANSAS CITY          –  2        Pittsburgh           45

Saturday and Sunday Injury Report

Seattle at ATLANTA, 4:35 p.m. Saturday

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

Atlanta – Atlanta reported no injuries

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

Houston
QUESTIONABLE: S Quintin Demps (Hamstring), LB John Simon (Chest)

New England
QUESTIONABLE: WR Malcolm Mitchell (Knee)

Green Bay at Dallas, 4:35 p.m. Sunday

Green Bay
OUT: WR Jordy Nelson (Ribs), RB James Starks (Concussion), C Joseph Tretter (Knee)
QUESTIONABLE: LB Jayrone Elliott (Hand), WR Jeff Janis (Quadricep), CB Quinten Rollins (Neck)

Dallas
QUESTIONABLE: CB Morris Claiborne (Groin), DT Tyrone Crawford (Shoulder), LB Justin Durant (Elbow), DE Demarcus Lawrence (Back), DT Terrell McClain (Ankle), T Tyron Smith (Knee), DT Cedric Thornton (Ankle)

Pittsburgh at Kansas City, 8:30 p.m. Sunday

Pittsburgh
OUT: LB Anthony Chickillo (Ankle)
DOUBTFUL: TE Ladarius Green (Concussion)
QUESTIONABLE: DE Ricardo Mathews (Ankle), RB Fitzgerald Toussaint (Concussion)

Kansas City – Kansas City reported no injuries
Saturday and Sunday Weather
Seattle at ATLANTA, 4:35 p.m. Saturday (Game indoors)
Houston at New England, 8:15 p.m. Saturday (Mostly cloudy and 26 degrees)
Green Bay at Dallas, 4:35 p.m. Sunday (Game indoors)
Pittsburgh at Kansas City, 8:30 p.m. Sunday (Cloudy and 34 degrees)

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

And then there were eight.

The tournament continues. Football’s answer to “Musical Chairs” continues. As long as the music plays, there’s still the chance that someone’s going to get to sit down. It’s when the music stops that the chaos begins and in the end, someone’s not going to get to sit down and suffice it to say, they’re out.

The NFL heads into the Divisional Playoffs and all four games are rematches from the regular season, the first time that has happened since the 2010 season. Each of the remaining eight teams won its division, the first time all eight teams in the Divisional round were division winners since 2011. Four more teams will be clearing their lockers on Monday and four more will advance a little closer to the Lombardi Trophy (more about him in a later post).

On Saturday, Atlanta (11-5), the NFC South champions, will host NFC West-champion Seattle (11-5-1) at the Georgia Dome to kick off the weekend on FOX at 4:35 p.m. That night in primetime on CBS at 8:15 p.m., New England (14-2), who won the AFC East and secured the No. 1 seed in the AFC, will host AFC South-champion Houston (10-7) at Gillette Stadium.

On Sunday, Kansas City (12-4), Dallas (13-3), who won the NFC East and secured the No. 1 seed in the NFC, will host Green Bay (11-6) at AT&T Stadium at 4:40 p.m. on FOX. Kansas City, the AFC West champions, will welcome AFC North-champion Pittsburgh (12-5) to Arrowhead Stadium on NBC at 8:30 p.m. because of weather in Kansas City (the original time was 1:05 p.m.).

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

Four games last week to start the playoffs and four wins. Can’t do any better than that. For the season, we’re 178-80.

This is week 18, for those of you keeping score. As was the case last week and in week 17, we’re going to make all the games “DRILL WORTHY!” (For those of you that know what The Drill is, you are excused. Everyone else, pay attention. We don’t want any rookie mistakes here, k?) After you go to the 9:30 mass on Sunday (the 4:30 vigil mass on Saturday counts as a mass attended, people! Don’t make us send the nuns after you! If we do, it is SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO OVER!), head to your favorite store (a trip to Wal Mart, Target, K-Mart or Costco counts) and get the vittles and the beverages (soda, beer, wine, coffee, et al… if you live in a state that allows the purchase of the items in question) and invite the co-workers, the neighbors (including that really cute kindergarten teacher that knows what to do with a cover-2 defense) and your cousin Connie (remember her? She’s the one that’s been married twice that’s just turned 57 last June and dates a 42-year old ex-Marine, who’s now a football coach at the high school in your town. She’s also the one that ate an entire Oreo cheesecake, two bags of Cool Ranch Doritos, two bacon cheeseburgers with blue cheese and chugged two 2-liter Cokes at your Super Bowl party last year and didn’t gain a pound. You look at her and say to yourself, “what the hell?”

Four more games. Four teams (Oakland, Detroit, Miami and the New York Giants) are sitting at home and have already cleared out their lockers by the time these games get underway and four more teams will follow suit this weekend. It’s not fair but it’s football and this time of year, it’s not like regular season where if you lose, you play next week.

The rules are different this time. It’s all for the Lombardi.

Win.

Advance to the next round.

Lose.

Kickoff is next September.

It’s so simple even a five-year old gets it.

With that, here are this weekend’s Divisional Playoff games.

Seattle (10-5-1, 3rd seed) at Atlanta (11-5, 2nd seed), 4:35 p.m. Saturday on FOX. Divisional week gets underway in the Big Peach as Atlanta and Matt Ryan host Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks in a Saturday afternoon contest in the Georgia Dome. Seattle advanced to the playoffs for 5th consecutive season and have won 10+ games in each of past 5 seasons. Seattle aims for 3rd Super Bowl appearance in past 4 seasons, winning 7 of past 9 postseason games and have playoff wins in each of past 5 postseasons and Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll is 9-4 (.692) in playoffs with Seattle.

Atlanta won the NFC South and advanced to postseason for 1st time since 2012. The Falcons are 4-3 at home in playoffs in franchise history and are ranked 1st in NFL in total points (540) and 2nd in total offense (415.8 yards per game). Head coach Dan Quinn makes postseason debut in 2nd season in the Big Peach and spent four season with Seattle in the land of Grunge, Salmon and Starbucks (2009-10, 2013-14) and was team’s defensive coordinator in 2013-14.

Seattle enters the second round of the playoffs after they came away 26-6 winners over Detroit last Saturday night in the land of Grunge, Salmon and Starbucks. The Seahawks held a slim 10-3 lead over Matthew Stafford and the Lions at the half, then scored their final 16 points of the contest in the fourth quarter unchallenged. Seahawks RB Thomas Rawls ran for 161 yards in the contest, as Seattle outrushed the Lions 177-49, while Wilson threw for 224 yards and a pair of TDs, with Stafford throwing for 205 yards with three sacks.

Atlanta comes off the bye week after their 38-32 win over New Orleans to close out the regular season and secure the number two seed in the NFC. The Falcons led from start to finish in their win over their NFC South rivals, taking a 35-13 lead into the halftime, then holding on for dear life in the final regular season game at the Georgia Dome. Atlanta outrushed New Orleans 142-132 (the Saints’ Mark Ingram led all rushers with 103 yards and a TD), while Ryan threw for 331 yards and four TDs, connecting with Julio Jones and Mohamed Sanu on two of those tosses. Atlanta was 6 of 11 on third down conversions and kept the ball for 29:45, while the Saints ruled the clock, keeping the ball for 30:15 and went 7 of 16 and 3 of 3 on third and fourth downs.

The Seahawks came away 26-24 winners in the land of Grunge, Salmon and Starbucks in week 6. Atlanta, who trailed 17-3 at the half, let a 24-17 lead after three quarters of play get away from them as the Seahawks took the lead back for good with 1:57 left when Stephen Hauschka kicked a 44-yard field goal. Atlanta then got the ball back and threw four incomplete passes to seal their fate. Seattle outrushed Atlanta 72-52, while Ryan threw for 335 yards and three TDs, connecting with WR  Jones and Sanu on two of those strikes, while Wilson threw for 270 yards in the contest in the Pacific Northwest. Atlanta was 3 of 11 on third down tries, 1 of 2 on fourth down and kept the ball for 29:51, while the Seahawks, who held the pigskin for 30:09, went 5 of 14 on third down tries.

RECORD VS. COMMON OPPONENTS

Atlanta: 9-2 (Arizona 1-0; Carolina 2-0; Green Bay 1-0; Los Angeles 1-0; New Orleans 2-0; Philadelphia 0-1; San Francisco 1-0; Tampa Bay 1-1)

Sea: 5-5-1 (Arizona 0-1-1; Carolina 1-0; Green Bay 0-1; Los Angeles 1-1, New Orleans 0-1; Philadelphia 1-0; San Francisco 2-0; Tampa Bay 0-1)

Seattle was favored by 6 1/2 and although they won, they didn’t cover the spread, winning by only 2. Both teams did manage to cover the 46 over/under by combining for 50 points. Atlanta and Seattle have met only once in the post-season and that meeting took place in the Big Peach in 2012, with the Falcons taking a 30-28 win. Atlanta’s favored by 4 1/2 and the over/under’s 51. Both numbers make a lot of sense. Seattle’s looking to prove to the Falcons that the first meeting was not a fluke. The Falcons are looking for revenge from their loss in the land of Grunge, Salmon and Starbucks. It’ll be closer than the 4 1/2 but revenge prevails. Falcons win at home in the Big Peach.

Houston (9-7, 4th seed) at New England (14-2, 1st seed), 8:15 p.m. Saturday on CBS. Divisional Saturday concludes in Foxboro as New England hosts the Houston Texans in a week three rematch at Gillette Stadium.

Houston took care of Oakland last Saturday at NRG Stadium by a 27-14 final. The Texans led 20-7 at the half and never looked back, holding the Silver and Black to 64 yards, while rushing for 123 yards of their own. Brock Osweiler threw for 168 yards and a TD to DeAndre Hopkins, while the Raiders’ Connor Cook threw for 161 yards and a TD with three sacks and three interceptions. As far as third downs tries… the contest in the Lone Star State was not much to write home about, as the Texans were 4 of 15, while Oakland was 2 of 16, 1 of 2 on fourth down conversions. Houston in the win ruled the clock, keeping the ball for 33:29, while the Raiders held the pigskin for 26:31.

New England enjoyed their time off after they were 35-14 winners against Miami two weeks ago in the Sunshine State. Brady burned Miami for three TD passes as the Pats took a 20-7 lead at the break and never looked back. New England outrushed Miami 120-75 and Brady threw for 276 yards and the three TDs, while Miami’s Matt Moore threw for 205. Both clubs were 7 of 12 on third down conversions in the Sunshine State, while the Pats kept the ball for 31:22 to Miami’s 28:38.

New England and a Brady-less Patriots shut out Texans 27-0 in week three on a Thursday night. New England jumped out to a 10-0 lead at the break  in the contest that saw Watt get injured (back) and the Pats then added 17 second half points unchallenged. Jacoby Brissett, in for the suspended Brady, threw for 103 yards, while LeGarrett Blount ran for 105 yards and a pair of TDs (New England outrushed Houston 185-109). Osweiler threw for 196 yards and a TD but was sacked twice. Neither club was spectacular on third down (New England was 4 of 14, while the Texans were 6 of 15, 0 of 3 on fourth down). Houston did rule the clock, keeping the ball for 31:22, while the Brady-less Pats kept it for 28:38.

Houston won consecutive AFC South titles for 2nd time in franchise history (2011-12). Meanwhile, New England has won 8 consecutive division titles, longest streak in NFL history. Since 2001, have won 4 Super Bowl titles, the most in NFL. New England is 29-19 (.604) all-time postseason record, 3rd highest winning pct. in playoff history, while head coach BILL Belichick has 23 career postseason wins, most all-time. The Pats have won 4 Super Bowl titles (XXXVI, XXXVIII, XXXIX, XLIX), tied with Chuck Noll for most in NFL history.

Houston was favored by 2 1/2 in the week three contest (New England easily covered the spread with their 27-point win) and the 41 over/under was safe, as the Pats scored all 27 points. New England and Houston have played once in the post-season and the Pats were 41-28 winners in Foxboro in 2012. This time? The Pats are a huge favorite, thanks to the boys and girls in Vegas. How huge? 16 points, the largest in this year’s playoffs. The over/under’s 44 1/2. The 44 1/2 makes sense. The 16? What the hell, fellas? That’s a little on the high side. It’s going to be closer than that. Still, this one might be entertaining to watch. Pats win but expect Houston to make things closer than 16.

Green Bay (10-6, 3rd seed) at Dallas (13-3, 1st seed), 4:40 p.m. Sunday on FOX. Divisional Weekend continues in the Lone Star State as a pair of franchises with a playoff history meet in Arlington when Dallas hosts the Green Bay Packers in a late afternoon contest at AT&T Stadium.

The Packers have won 13 NFL championships, most all-time. Green Bay’s .611 postseason winning pct. (33-21) is best in NFL history among teams with 50+ games played. This is the team’s 32nd playoff appearance, tied for most in NFL history. Mike McCarthy has led the team to playoffs in 9 of his 11 seasons as head coach and is 9-7. Green Bay rallied in the first half against Eli and the Giants, coming out on top 38-13 at chilly Lambeau Field (game-time temperature? A chilly – by Wisconsin standards – 14 degrees with a 4 degree wind chill). Green Bay trailed 6-0 after the first 15 minutes of action before the Packers scored twice in the second quarter and took the lead for keeps as the clock struck :00 in the first half when Aaron Rodgers and WR Randall Cobb connected on a 42-yard “Hail Mary” strike. The Giants would pull to within one with 5:16 left in the third when Manning and WR Tavarress King connected on a 41-yard TD pass to make it 14-13 Packers. Green Bay then restored order at home and scored their last 24 points of the contest unchallenged. Rodgers threw for 362 yards and four TDs, despite being sacked five times, while Manning threw for 299 yards and the one TD with a pair of sacks. Green Bay, who outrushed the Giants 75-70, went 5 of 14 on third down tries and kept the ball for 34:31, while the Giants kept it for 25:29, going 5 of 16 on third down (New York was 1 of 1 on fourth down, while the Packers were 1 of 2).

Dallas won the NFC East for 2nd time in past 3 seasons. This is team’s 32nd playoff appearance, tied for most in NFL history. The Cowboys have 34 postseason victories, 2nd most in NFL history, ranking them 1st in NFL in rush defense (83.5 yards per game). Head coach Jason Garrett is 1-1 (.500) as head coach in postseason. Dallas closed out their 2016 campaign on a less-than pleasant note against Philadelphia, falling to the Eagles 27-13 in the City of Brotherly Love.  Tied 10-10 at halftime time at Lincoln Financial Field, Dallas took a 13-10 lead on a 23-yard field goal by Dan Bailey with 9:18 left in the third before the Eagles took control of things in the last two quarters of the game, scoring their last 17 points unchallenged. Dallas did get a look at Tony Romo under center for the first time since he was injured against Carolina in the 2015 season, backing up Prescott with a TD pass to Terrance Williams in the contest. Romo threw for 29 yards and the lone TD, while Prescott threw for 37. Rookie RB Ezekiel Elliott was given the day off, as Dallas ran for 69 yards on the afternoon, while Philly tallied 114. Eagles rookie QB Carson Wentz threw for 245 yards and a pair of TDs to TE Zach Ertz. Dallas was 5 of 12 on third down conversions, keeping the ball for 24:18 to Philly’s 35:42 (the Eagles were 6 of 14 and 0 of 1 on third and fourth downs).

Dallas and Green Bay met at Lambeau in week six and took a 30-16 win in the land of beer, cheese and Bratwurst. The Cowboys led 17-6 at the half and never looked back, holding Green Bay to 78 yards on the ground, while Elliott ran for 157 of his team’s 191 yards. Prescott threw for 247 yards and three TDs, connecting with Chad Beasley on two of those tosses, while Rodgers threw for 294 yards and a TD pass to Cobb. Dallas was 3 of 11 on third down tries at Lambeau (1 of 1 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 29:50, while the Packers, who went 7 of 13 and 0 of 1 on third and fourth down, ruled the clock, keeping the ball for 30:10.

This is the eighth meeting in the post-season between the teams and Dallas has a 4-3 lead in the series. Dallas’ last win in the playoffs over the Packers came in 1985 when they were 38-27 winners at old Texas Stadium, while Green Bay’s last win in the post-season came at Lambeau in 2014 by a final of 26-21. That contest was the Dez Bryant catch-no catch contest, which Dallas led 14-10 at the half. Green Bay then rallied to take the 26-21 lead with 9:10 when Aaron Rodgers and Richard Rodgers connected on a 13-yd TD pass. Dallas then had one last chance to reclaim the lead and would have set up the game-winning score when Bryant and Romo connected on what they thought was a 31-yard pass to the Packers’ 1 yard line with 4:42 left in the contest. Green Bay then challenged the ruling on the field and the Packers won the challenge and Dallas gave up the ball on downs. Green Bay went on to run the clock out and take the win in the contest that took place in 24-degree weather in upstate Wisconsin.

In the week six contest at Lambeau, Green Bay was favored by 4 1/2 and Dallas covered the spread, winning by 14. Both clubs barely missed the 47 1/2 over/under, combining for 46 points. This time, the Cowboys are a 4 1/2-point favorite and the over/under’s 52. Revenge is on the docket for the Packers, while the Cowboys want to make sure Green Bay got the message the first time. Going with the upset here in the Lone Star State. Packers cover the 4 1/2 and win in Arlington.

Pittsburgh (11-5, 3rd seed) at Kansas City (12-4, 2nd seed), 8:30 p.m. Sunday on NBC. Divisional weekend concludes in the Midwest and travels to the Show-Me State as the Kansas City Chiefs host the Pittsburgh Steelers at Arrowhead in a week four rematch. Pittsburgh is 35-23 all-time postseason record, most playoff wins all-time, ranking them 5th all-time in postseason win pct. (.600). and have won 7 division titles since 2002. The Chiefs have won 10 of past 12 and since 2015, they have 23 wins, 2nd most in NFL. The contest was slated for a 1:05 p.m. Eastern kickoff but the league decided that because of the weather situation in Kansas City, they pushed the kickoff time back.

Pittsburgh manhandled Miami 30-12 at Heinz Field Sunday afternoon. Pittsburgh led 20-6 at the half and never were really threatened by the Dolphins, who were held to 52 yards rushing, while the Steelers’ LeVeon Bell ran for 167 yards and a pair of TDs (Pittsburgh tallied 179). Pittsburgh’s Ben Roethlisberger threw for 197 yards and a pair of TDs to Antonio Brown, while the Steelers’ defense sacked Matt Moore (289 yards, TD, interception) five times. Pittsburgh was 4 of 9 on third down conversions at Heinz Field and held on to the ball for 27:58, while the Dolphins kept the ball for 32:02, going 6 of 14 and 2 of 4 on third and fourth downs.

The Steelers beat Kansas City 43-14 in week four at Heinz Field. Pittsburgh led 29-0 at the half and never looked back. Roethlisberger threw for 300 yards and five TDs, while Bell ran for 144 yards (Pittsburgh outrushed Kansas City 149-87). Alex Smith threw for 287 yards and a pair of TDs but was sacked four times and picked off once. The victorious Steelers were 6 of 11 on third down tries in the Sunday night contest in the Steel City and kept the ball for 29:24, while Kansas City was 8 of 17 on third down (2 of 3 on fourth down) and held on to the ball for 30:36. This time, the Chiefs are a 2-point favorite in the Show-Me State and the over/under is 45. The home teams last week went 4-0 and we expect that trend to continue through the post-season party. Steelers make this one close but Chiefs keep things up to date in Kansas City and moves on to the championship round.

Saturday and Sunday Playoff Broadcast Information (All Times Eastern)

Oakland at Houston, 4:35 p.m. Saturday on ESPN/ABC: TBD. SIRIUS: 88 (WestWood1), 81 (Oakland), 82 (Houston). XM: 88 (WestWood1), 225 (Oakland), 82 (Houston).

Detroit at Seattle, 8:15 p.m. Saturday on NBC: Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth, Michele Tafoya, Heather Cox (Field reporters). SIRIUS: 88 (WestWood1), 81 (Detroit), 82 (Seattle). XM: 88 (WetsWood1), 225 (Detroit), 82 (Seattle).

Miami at Pittsburgh, 1:05 p.m. Sunday on CBS: TBD. SIRIUS: 88 (WestWood1), 81 (Miami), 82 (Pittsburgh). XM: 88 (WestWood1),
225 (Miami), 82 (Pittsburgh).

New York Giants at Green Bay, 4:40 p.m. Sunday on FOX: TBD. SIRIUS: 88 (WestWood1), 81 (New York Giants), 82 (Green Bay). XM: 88 (WestWood1), 225 (XM), 82 (Green Bay).

Saturday and Sunday Officials
Oakland at Houston, 4:35 p.m. Saturday – Ronald Torbert
Detroit at Seattle, 8:15 p.m. Saturday – Brad Allen
Miami at Pittsburgh, 1:05 p.m. Sunday – Craig Wrolstad
New York Giants at Green Bay, 4:40 p.m. Sunday – Ed Hochuli

Saturday and Sunday Odds (Home Teams in CAPS)

Saturday’s Games
Favorite         Spread       Underdog         O/U
HOUSTON          –  3 1/2     Oakland          36 1/2
SEATTLE          –  8         Detroit          42 1/2

Sunday’s Games
Favorite         Spread       Underdog         O/U
PITTSBURGH       – 10         Miami            47
GREEN BAY        –  4 1/2     New York Giants  44

Saturday and Sunday Injury Report  Oakland at Houston, 4:35 p.m. Saturday

Oakland
OUT: QB Derek Carr (Ankle), T Donald Penn (Knee)

Houston
OUT: QB Thomas Savage (Concussion), LB John Simon (Chest)

Detroit at Seattle, 8:15 p.m. Saturday

Detroit
QUESTIONABLE: LB DeAndre Levy (Knee), T Riley Reiff (Hip), WR Andre Roberts (Shoulder), C Travis Swanson (Concussion)

Seattle
OUT: DT Anthony McDaniel (Concussion), RB C.J. Prosise (Shoulder)

Miami at Pittsburgh, 1:05 p.m. Sunday

Miami
DOUBTFUL: CB Byron Maxwell (Ankle)
QUESTIONABLE: CB Tony Lippett (Thigh), LB Jelani Jenkins (Knee), S Bacarri Rambo (Chest)

Pittsburgh
QUESTIONABLE: LB Vince Williams (Shoulder), TE Ladarius Green (Concussion), S Robert Golden (Ankle)

New York Giants at Green Bay, 4:40 p.m. Sunday

New York Giants
DOUBTFUL: DE Owamagbe Odighizuwa (Hamstring)
QUESTIONABLE: DE Jason Pierre-Paul (Core Muscle)

Green Bay
OUT – CB Quinten Rollins (Neck), RB James Starks (Concussion)
QUESTIONABLE: CB Damarious Randall (Knee), C Joseph Tretter (Knee), T Bryan Bulaga (Abdomen), WR Randall Cobb (Ankle), LB Jayrone Elliott (Hand), LB Nicholas Perry (Hand), LB Joe Thomas (Back)

Saturday and Sunday Weather
Oakland at Houston, 4:35 p.m. Saturday (Game indoors)
Detroit at Seattle, 8:15 p.m. Saturday (Cloudy and 35 degrees)
Miami at Pittsburgh, 1:05 p.m. Sunday (Cloudy and 18 degrees)
New York Giants at Green Bay, 4:35 p.m. Sunday (Mostl cloudy and 14 degrees)

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

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.

It’s Christmas Day for football fans as action shifts to Saturday when 12 games are on the docket for Christmas Eve afternoon and evening. Then after you’ve unwrapped those gifts and fixed that broken toy or gotten batteries, two more games will grace the football docket and the final Monday night game of the season takes place in Jerry World (AT&T Stadium) as Dallas hosts the Detroit Lions.

Four teams have already punched their playoff tickets (Dallas, Seattle, New England and Oakland) and several more spots could be filled by the weekend. For those teams, it’s their Christmas celebration; for those that are out of the playoff race, it’s like a lump of coal and switches in their stockings.

Time is running out. With two weeks to go in the NFL regular season, it’s time for teams to make their final playoff push.

Through the first 15 weeks, four postseason berths have been clinched. New England (AFC East, first-round bye) and Seattle (NFC West) have each won its division. Dallas and Oakland have both secured a playoff spot. And with two weeks left in the regular season, there are still 22 teams in contention for a trip to Super Bowl LI.

There are eight playoff spots up for grabs, including six division titles. Think of it as football’s version of the kid’s party game “musical chairs.” As long as the music plays and everyone’s moving around in a circle, it’s all good. It’s chaos when the music stops.

In the AFC, New England (12-2) can secure home-field advantage. Oakland (11-3) can clinch the AFC West and a first-round bye. Pittsburgh (9-5) can claim the AFC North division title. Houston (8-6) can win the AFC South and Kansas City (10-4) and Miami (9-5) can each lock up a playoff berth.

In the NFC, Dallas (12-2) can clinch the NFC East, a first-round bye and home-field advantage. Seattle (9-4-1) can earn a first-round bye. Atlanta (9-5) can claim the NFC South or a playoff berth. Detroit (9-5) can lock up the NFC North or a playoff berth. The New York Giants (10-4), Green Bay (8-6) and Tampa Bay (8-6) can each clinch a playoff berth.

Week 16 kicked off Thursday night when Philadelphia beat the New York Giants 24-16. The action continues on Saturday as the majority of Week 16 games (12 games) will be played on Saturday, December 24 due to the Christmas holiday. There will be seven games played in the early afternoon window at 1 p.m. Eastern and four contests in the late afternoon slot at 4:05 and 4:25 p.m. Eastern. The day concludes with a Christmas Eve game in primetime as Houston hosts Cincinnati at 8:25 p.m. on NFLN. The Texans can lock up the AFC South with a win and a Tennessee loss.

There will be two games on Christmas starting with Pittsburgh hosting Baltimore in a key AFC North battle at 4:30 p.m. on NFLN. The Steelers can clinch the division with a victory. However, the Ravens can win the division with two wins in their final two games. The second Christmas game features an important AFC West matchup between Denver and Kansas City in primetime at 8:30 p.m. on NBC. The Chiefs will earn a playoff berth with a victory or a Baltimore loss.

The action in week 15 concludes on Monday night at 8:30 p.m. on ESPN with Dallas hosting Detroit. The Cowboys, who have already secured a playoff berth, are closing in on clinching the NFC East, a first-round bye and home-field advantage. The Lions can lock up the NFC North with a win and a Green Bay loss.

Here are the possible scenarios for week 16. Pay attention, please! This is going to cause more confusion than a mouse in a burlesque show (apologies to Foghorn Leghorn!).

AFC Scenarios

New England clinched the AFC East division title and a first-round bye (Week 15).
Oakland clinched a playoff berth (Week 15).

New England – New England can clinch home-field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs with:
1) New England win + Oakland loss or tie OR
2) New England tie + Oakland loss

Oakland – Oakland can clinch the AFC West division title and a first-round bye with:
1) Oakland win + Kansas City loss or tie OR
2) Oakland tie + Kansas City loss

Pittsburgh – Pittsburgh can clinch the AFC North division title with:
1) Pittsburgh win

Kansas City – Kansas City can clinch a playoff berth with:
1) Kanass City win or tie OR
2) Baltimore loss or tie

Houston – Houston can clinch the AFC South division title with:
1) Houston win + Tennessee loss

Miami – Miami can clinch a playoff berth with:
1) Miami win + Denver loss or tie OR
2) Miami tie + Baltimore loss + Denver loss + Houston loss or tie OR
3) Miami tie + Baltimore loss + Denver loss + Tennessee loss or tie

NFC Scenarios

Seattle clinched the NFC West division title (Week 15).
Dallas clinched a playoff berth (Week 13).

Dallas – Dallas can clinch the NFC East division title and home-field advantage throughout the playoffs with:
1) Dallas win or tie OR
2) New York Giants loss or tie

Seattle – Seattle can clinch a first-round bye with:
1) Seattle win + Detroit loss + Atlanta loss or tie

New York Giants – The New York Giants can clinch a playoff berth with:
1) New York Giants win or tie OR
2) Detroit loss or tie OR
3) Green Bay loss or tie OR
4) Tampa Bay loss or tie OR
5) Atlanta loss

Detroit – Detroit can clinch the NFC North division title with:
1) Detroit win + Green Bay loss or tie OR
2) Detroit tie + Green Bay loss

Detroit can clinch a playoff berth with:
1) Detroit win + Tampa Bay loss or tie OR
2) Detroit tie + Tampa Bay loss OR
3) Detroit tie + Tampa Bay tie + Atlanta win OR
4) Washington loss or tie + Tampa Bay loss + Atlanta win or tie

Atlanta – Atlanta can clinch the NFC South division title with:
1) Atlanta win + Tamap Bay loss or tie OR
2) Atlanta tie + Tampa Bay loss

Atlanta can clinch a playoff berth with:
1) Atlanta win + Atlanta clinches strength of victory tiebreaker over Detroit OR
2) Atlanta win or tie + Green Bay loss or tie OR
3) Atlanta win + Detroit loss or tie OR
4) Atlanta tie + Detroit tie OR
5) Washington loss or tie + Green Bay loss OR
6) Washington loss or tie + Green Bay tie + Detroit loss

Green Bay – Green Bay can clinch a playoff berth with:
1) Green Bay win + WAS loss or tie + Tampa Bay loss + ATL win or tie + Green Bay clinches strength of victory tiebreaker over Tampa Bay

Tampa Bay – Tampa Bay can clinch a playoff berth with:
1) Tampa Bay win + Green Bay loss + Detroit loss + Washington loss OR
2) Tampa Bay win + Green Bay loss + Detroit loss + Washington tie + Tampa Bay clinches strength of victory tiebreaker over Detroit

RISING ROOKIE: Dallas rookie running back Ezekiel Elliott rushed for 159 yards and a touchdown in the Cowboys’ 26-20 victory over Tampa Bay in Week 15, tying Pro Football Hall of Famer Eric Dickerson (1983) and Mike Anderson (2000) for the most games (five) with at least 130 rushing yards by a rookie in NFL history.

Elliott leads the NFL with 1,551 rushing yards. With 49 rushing yards on Monday night against Detroit, he would become the fifth rookie in NFL history with 1,600 rushing yards in a season.

Elliott needs 258 rushing yards over his final two contests to surpass 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)
Alfred Morris, 2012 (Washington – 1,613)
Ottis Anderson, 1979 (St. Louis Cardinals – 1,605)
Edgerrin James, 1999 (Indianapolis – 1,553)
Ezekiel Elliott, 2016 (Dallas – 1,551)*
*Through 14 games
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

Elliott ranks second in the league with 1,902 yards from scrimmage (1,551 rushing, 351 receiving). With 98 scrimmage yards against Detroit on Monday night, he 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)
Doug Martin – 2012 (Tampa Bay – 1,926)
Billy Sims – 1980 (Detroit – 1,924)
Ottis Anderson – 1979 (St. Louis Cardinals – 1,913)
Ezekiel Elliott – 2016 (Dallas – 1,902)*
*Through 14 games
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

FLYING FALCONS: Atlanta quarterback Matt Ryan passed for 286 yards and two touchdowns for a 144.5 rating and running back Devonta Freeman had 139 rushing yards and three touchdowns in the Falcons’ 41-13 victory over San Francisco in Week 15.

With at least 40 points at Carolina on Saturday, the Falcons, who have scored 40+ points in a league-leading five games this season, would tie the NFL record for the most games in a single season with at least 40 points.

The teams with the most 40+ point games in a single season in NFL history:

TEAM – SEASON, GAMES SCORING 40+ POINTS
Denver – 2013, 6
Green Bay – 2011, 6
New Orleans – 2011, 6
St. Louis Rams – 2000, 6
Houston Oilers – 1961, 6
Los Angeles Rams – 1950, 6
Atlanta Falcons – 2016, 5*
*Through 14 games

CATCHING ON: Arizona wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald (98) and Pittsburgh wide receiver Antonio Brown (96) rank first and second, respectively, in the NFL in receptions this season.

Fitzgerald and Brown can each record their fourth career season with at least 100 receptions and that would put them in some pretty good company, tying Pro Football Hall of Famers Marvin Harrison and Jerry Rice and Reggie Wayne for the fourth-most 100-catch seasons in NFL history.

The players with the most 100-catch seasons in NFL history:
PLAYER – TEAM(S) (SEASONS WITH 100+ RECEPTIONS)
Brandon Marshall – Denver, Chicago and New York Jets (6)
Andre Johnson – Houston (5)
Wes Welker – New England (5)
Marvin Harrison – Indianapolis (4)^
Jerry Rice – San Francisco (4)^
Reggie Wayne – Indianapois (4)
Antonio Brown – Pittsburgh (3)
Larry Fitzgerald – Arizona (3)
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

With four receptions on Sunday, Brown would record his fourth consecutive season with at least 100 receptions, tying Harrison (four from 1999-2002) for the most consecutive 100-catch seasons in NFL history.

The players with the most consecutive 100-catch seasons in NFL history:

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

DAVID DOING IT ALL: Arizona running back David Johnson leads the NFL with 1,938 scrimmage yards (1,138 rushing, 800 receiving) this season and has recorded at least 100 yards from scrimmage in each of the Cardinals’ first 14 games, becoming the first player in NFL history to begin a season with 14 consecutive games with at least 100 scrimmage yards.

With 62 rushing yards on Saturday at Seattle, Johnson would become the fourth different player in NFL history with at least 1,200 rushing yards and 800 receiving yards in the same season. Pro Football Hall of Famer Marshall Faulk accomplished the feat in three consecutive seasons from 1998-2000.

The players with 1,200+ rushing yards and 800+ receiving yards in a single season:

PLAYER – SEASON (TEAM – RUSHING YARDS; RECEIVING YARDS)
Le’Veon Bell – 2014 (Pittsburgh – 1,361; 854)
Steven Jackson – 2006 (St. Louis – 1,528; 806)
Marshall Faulk – 2000 (St. Louis – 1,359; 830)^
Marshall Faulk – 1999 (St. Louis – 1,381; 1,048)^
Marshall Faulk – 1998 (Indianapolis – 1,319; 908)^
David Johnson – 2016 (Arizona – 1,138; 800)*
*Through 14 games
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

GORE SOARS: Indianapolis running back Frank Gore has 1,142 scrimmage yards (891 rushing, 251 receiving) this season and has recorded at least 1,000 yards from scrimmage in 11 consecutive seasons beginning in 2006.

With 58 scrimmage yards on Saturday at Oakland, Gore would become the first player in NFL history with at least 1,200 scrimmage yards in 11 consecutive seasons, surpassing Pro Football Hall of Famers Curtis Martin (1995-2004), Emmitt Smith (1991-2000) and Barry Sanders (1989-1998), who each accomplished the feat in 10 consecutive seasons.

The most consecutive seasons with at least 1,200 scrimmage yards:

PLAYER; SEASONS (TEAM; CONSECUTIVE SEASONS WITH 1,200+ SCRIMMAGE YARDS)
Frank Gore; 2006-2015 (San Francisco and Indianapolis; 10)*
Curtis Martin; 1995-2004 (New England and New York Jets; 10)^
Emmitt Smith; 1991-2000 (Dallas; 10)^
Barry Sanders; 1989-1998 (Detroit; 10)^
*Active streak
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

THAT’S TIGHT: Carolina’s Greg Olsen leads all NFL tight ends with 992 receiving yards and ranks first among tight ends with 4,763 receiving yards since 2012.

With eight receiving yards against Atlanta on Saturday, Olsen, who has 1,000 receiving yards in each of the past two seasons, would become the first tight end in NFL history to record three consecutive seasons with at least 1,000 receiving yards.

The most consecutive seasons with 1,000 receiving yards by a tight end in NFL history:

PLAYER, TEAM (SEASONS, CONSECUTIVE SEASONS WITH 1,000 REC. YARDS)
Greg Olsen, Carolina (2014-2015, 2)*
Rob Gronkowski, New England (2014-2015, 2)
Jason Witten, Dallas (2009-2010, 2)
Tony Gonzalez, Kansas City (2007-2008, 2)
Shannon Sharpe, Denver (1996-1997, 2)^
Todd Christensen, Los Angeles Raiders (1983-1984, 2)
Kellen Winslow Sr., San Diego (1980-1981, 2)^

*Active streak
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

CLOSE GAMES: Like close football games? This is the season for you!

There have been 130 games decided by eight points or fewer and 120 games decided by seven points or fewer through Week 15, both the most such games in the first 15 weeks of a season in league annals. In Week 15, eight games were decided by eight points or fewer.

The most games decided by eight points or fewer through Week 15 in NFL history:

SEASON – GAMES DECIDED BY EIGHT POINTS OR FEWER THROUGH WEEK 15
2016 – 130
2002 – 123
2015 – 121
2012 – 119
2013 – 118

The most games decided by seven points or fewer through Week 15 in NFL history:

SEASON – GAMES DECIDED BY SEVEN POINTS OR FEWER THROUGH WEEK 15
2016 – 120
2015 – 113
2002 – 113
2013 – 110
2003 – 109

COMEBACKS GALORE: There have been 66 games won by teams that trailed in the fourth quarter through Week 15, the second-most such games in the first 15 weeks of a season in NFL history.

Five teams – Dallas Houston, Oakland, Pittsburgh and Tennessee – were victorious in Week 15 after trailing in the fourth quarter.

Tennessee overcame a 10-point fourth-quarter deficit, the largest fourth-quarter comeback of the week, to defeat Kansas City 19-17. Titans kicker Ryan Succup, who previously spent five seasons with the Chiefs, converted a game-winning 53-yard field goal as time expired and became the first kicker in NFL history to defeat his former team by converting a game-winning, come-from-behind 50+ yard field goal as time expired.

The most games won after trailing in the fourth quarter through Week 15 in NFL history:

SEASON – GAMES WON AFTER TRAILING IN 4TH QUARTER THROUGH WEEK 14
1989 – 67
2016 – 66
2012 – 65
2015 – 62
2011 – 62

EXCITING FINISHES: There have been 165 games within one score (eight points) in the fourth quarter through Week 15, the most such games in the first 15 weeks of a season in NFL history.

Ten games were within one score in the fourth quarter in Week 15.

The most games within one score in the fourth quarter through Week 15 in NFL history:

SEASON – GAMES WITHIN ONE SCORE IN 4TH QUARTER THROUGH WEEK 15
2016 – 165
2002 – 155
2013 – 154
2007 – 154
2004 – 154

Additionally, there have been 153 games within seven points in the fourth
quarter, including nine last week, through Week 15, the most such games in the
first 15 weeks of a season in NFL history.

The most games within seven points in the fourth quarter through Week 15 in NFL history:

SEASON – GAMES WITHIN SEVEN POINTS IN 4TH QUARTER THROUGH WEEK 15
2016 – 153
2013 – 148
2010 – 147
2004 – 147
2007 – 146

DALLAS DARLINGS: Dallas rookie running back Ezekiel Elliott rushed for 159 yards & one touchdown in the Cowboys’ 26-20 win over Tampa Bay. The performance marked Elliott’s fifth game with at least 130 rushing yards, tying Mike Andeson (2000) and Pro Football Hall of Famer Eric Dickerson (1983) for the most such games by a rookie in NFL history.

It was also Elliott’s 11th game this season with at least 90 rushing yards, tying Dickerson and George Rogers (1981) for the most games with 90 or more rushing yards by a rookie in NFL history.

Cowboys rookie quarterback Dak Prescott completed 32 of 36 passes (88.9 percent) for 279 yards in the win. Prescott’s 88.9 completion percentage is the second-highest in a single game in NFL history with a minimum of 30 attempts.

The players with the highest single-game completion percentage with a minimum of 30 attempts:

PLAYER (TEAM), DATE – OPPONENT (COMPLETIONS of ATTEMPTS, PERCENTAGE)  (MIN. 30 ATT.)
Rich Gannon (Oakland) 11/11/02 – Denver (34 of 38, 89.5)
Dak Prescott (Dallas) 12/18/16 – Tampa Bay (32 of 36, 88.9)
Drew Brees (New Orleans) 10/23/11 – Indianapolis (31 of 35, 88.6)
Eli Manning (New York Giants) 12/14/15 – Miami (27 of 31, 87.1)
Lynn Dickey (Green Bay) 9/4/83 – Houston Oilers (27 of 31, 87.1)
Ken Anderson (Cincinnati) 1/2/83 – Houston Oilers (27 of 31, 87.1)

WINNING WILSON: Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson passed for 229 yards and three touchdowns in the Seahawks’ 24-3 win against Los Angeles Thursday night in the Pacific Northwest.

The victory marked Wilson’s 34th career home win as a starter, surpassing Joe Flacco and Matt Ryan for the most home wins by a starting quarterback in his first five NFL seasons.

The quarterbacks with the most home wins in their first five NFL seasons:

PLAYER, TEAM (SEASONS, HOME WINS AS STARTER IN 1st 5 SEASONS)
Russell Wilson, Seattle (2012-2016, 34)*
Joe Flacco, Baltimore (2008-2012, 33)
Matt Ryan, Atlanta (2008-2012, 33)
*In 5th season

TERRIFIC TUCKER: Baltimore kicker Justin Tucker converted both field-goal attempts, including a 53-yarder, in the Ravens’ 27-26 victory over Philadelphia.

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

The players with the most field goals of at least 50 yards made in a single season:

PLAYER, TEAM (SEASON, 50+ YARD FIELD GOALS
Justin Tucker, Baltimore (2016, 10)*
Blair Walsh, Minnesota (2012, 10)
Jason Hanson, Detroit (2008, 8)
Morten Anderson, Atlanta (1995, 8)
*Through Week 15

MARVELOUS MANNING: New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning completed 20 of 28 passes (71.4 percent) for 201 yards and two touchdowns in the Giants’ 17-6 win against Detroit.

Manning, who has 4,017 career completions, became the seventh quarterback in NFL history to eclipse 4,000 career completions.

The players with at least 4,000 career completions:

PLAYER – CAREER COMPLETIONS
Brett Favre – 6,300^
Peyton Manning – 6,125
Drew Brees – 5,784*
Tom Brady – 5,202*
Dan Marino – 4,967^
John Elway – 4,123^
Eli Manning – 4,017*
*Active
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

TOP-10 RISERS: Indianapolis running back Frank Gore gained 115 scrimmage yards (101 rushing, 14 receiving) in the Colts’ 34-6 win at Minnesota.

Gore, who has 16,332 career yards from scrimmage, surpassed Pro Football Hall of Famer Tony Dorsett (16,293) for the 10th-most yards from scrimmage in NFL history.

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

PLAYER – CAREER YARDS FROM SCRIMMAGE
Jerry Rice – 23,540^
Emmitt Smith – 21,579^
Walter Payton – 21,264^
Marshall Faulk – 19,154^
LaDainian Tomlinson – 18,456
Barry Sanders – 18.190^
Marcus Allen – 17,654^
Curtis Martin – 17,430^
Thurman Thomas – 16,532^
Frank Gore – 16,332*
Tony Dorsett – 16,293^
*Active
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

Baltimore wide receiver Steve Smith, Sr. had 40 receiving yards and a touchdown in the Ravens’ 27-26 win over Philadelphia.

Smith now has 14,618 career receiving yards and surpassed Pro Football Hall of Famer Marvin Harrison (14,580) for the seventh-most receiving yards in NFL history.

The players with the most receiving yards in NFL history:

PLAYER – CAREER RECEIVING YARDS
Jerry Rice – 22,895^
Terrell Owens – 15,934
Randy Moss – 15,292
Isaac Bruce – 15,208
Tony Gonzalez – 15,127
Tim Brown – 14,934^
Steve Smith Sr. – 14,618*
Marvin Harrison – 14,580^
*Active
^Pro Football Hall of Famer
Dallas tight end Jason Witten had 10 receptions in the Cowboys’ 26-20 win over Tampa Bay Sunday night in Arlington.

Witten, who has 1,086 career receptions, surpassed Terrell Owens (1,078) for the seventh-most career receptions in NFL history.

The players with the most receptions in NFL history:

PLAYER – CAREER RECEPTIONS
Jerry Rice – 1,549^
Tony Gonzalez – 1,325
Larry Fitzgerald – 1,116*
Marvin Harrison – 1,102^
Cris Carter – 1,101^
Tim Brown – 1,094^
Jason Witten – 1,086*
Terrell Owens – 1,078
*Active
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

Arizona wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald had seven receptions in the Cardinals’ 48-41 loss against New Orleans. Fitzgerald, who was playing in his 200th career game, has 1,116 career receptions and surpassed Pro Football Hall of Famer Jerry Rice (1,115) for the most catches in a player’s first 200 games in NFL history.

Detroit wide receiver Anquan Boldin, who also played in his 200th career game in Week 15, had three receptions in the Lions’ 17-6 loss at the New York Giants. Boldin has 1,067 career catches, the fourth-most in a player’s first 200 games.

The players with the most receptions in their first 200 career games in NFL history:

PLAYER – RECEPTIONS IN 1st 200 CAREER GAMES
Larry Fitzgerald – 1,116
Jerry Rice – 1,115^
Marvin Harrison – 1,102^
Anquan Boldin – 1,067
Andre Johnson – 1,062
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

ICYMI: New England defeated Denver 16-3 to clinch the AFC East and earn a first-round bye. It marks the eighth consecutive division title for the Patriots, the longest streak in NFL history, breaking a tie with the 1973-79 Los Angeles Rams (seven). New England is the only team in NFL history to win 13 division titles in a 14-year span.

Just win baby! The Oakland Raiders defeated San Diego 19-16 and secured a playoff berth, their first since 2002.

The Seattle Seahawks clinched the NFC West on Thursday night with a 24-3 win over Los Angeles in the land of Grunge, Salmon and Starbucks.

Wide receivers Larry Fitzgerald of Arizona and Anquan Boldin of Detroit each played in his 200th career game today. Fitzgerald, who had seven catches against New Orleans, has 1,116 career receptions and passed Pro Football Hall of Famer Jerry Rice (1,115) for the most catches in a player’s first 200 games in NFL history.

Boldin, who had three catches against the New York Giants, has 1,067 career receptions, the fourth-most in a player’s first 200 games. The only players with more are Fitzgerald (1,116), Rice (1,115) and Pro Football Hall of Famer Marvin Harrison (1,102).

New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees completed 37 of 48 passes (77.1 percent) for 389 yards with four touchdowns and no interceptions for a 127.9 passer rating in the Saints’ 48-41 win at Arizona. Brees has 21 career games with at least four touchdown passes and no interceptions, putting himself in some pretty good company, tying Tom Brady for the most
in NFL history.

Arizona running back David Johnson had 108 scrimmage yards (53 rushing, 55 receiving) and two rushing touchdowns against New Orleans. Johnson is the first player in NFL history to begin a season with 14 consecutive games with at least 100 scrimmage yards, surpassing Edgerrin James (13 in 2005). Johnsonalso tied Pro Football Hall of Famer Marcus Allen (1985) for the second-longest streak with at least 100 scrimmage yards at any point in a single season. Only Pro Football Hall of Famer Barry Sanders (15 in 1997) has a longer single-season streak in NFL history.

In his first two seasons, Johnson has 21 rushing touchdowns, eight receivingtouchdowns and a kickoff-return touchdown. He and Pro Football Hall of Famer Gale Sayers are the only players in NFL history with at least 20 rushing touchdowns, five receiving touchdowns and a kickoff-return touchdown in a player’s first two seasons.

New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham, Jr. had six catches for 64 yards and a touchdown in the Giants’ 17-6 win over Detroit. Beckham, who has 85 catches for 1,173 yards and 10 touchdowns this season, is the first player in NFL history to record at least 80 catches and 1,000 receiving yards in each of his first three seasons.

Beckham is one of three players in NFL history with at least 1,000 receiving yards and 10 touchdown catches in each of his first three seasons, joining John Jefferson (1978-1980) and Randy Moss (1998-2000).

Green Bay running back Ty Montgomery rushed for 162 yards and two touchdowns in the Packers’ 30-27 win at Chicago. Montgomery is the second Packer to rush for at least 150 yards and two touchdowns in a game against the Bears (Ahman Green, September 29, 2003).

The two teams have met 192 times in the regular season, the most-played rivalry in NFL history. With Green Bay’s victory, the all-time series is now tied 93-93-6, marking the first time the series has been tied since 1933 (11-11-4).

Revenge is a dish best served cold: Tennessee kicker Ryan Succop converted a game-winning 53-yard field goal as time expired in the Titans’ 19-17 victory at Kansas City. Succop, who spent five seasons with the Chiefs from 2009-13, became the first kicker in NFL history to defeat his former team by converting a game-winning, come-from-behind 50+ yard field goal as time expired.

Pittsburgh kicker Chris Boswell converted all six field-goal attempts in the Steelers’ 24-20 win at Cincinnati. Boswell’s six made field goals tied a franchise record set by Gary Anderson (10/23/88) and Jeff Reed (12/1/02).

Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown had three catches for 58 yards in the win against the Bengals. Brown has 471 receptions since the start of 2013, the most catches by a player in any four-year span in NFL history. Pro Football Hall of Famer Marvin Harrison had 469 catches from 1999 to 2002.

As for last week, 10-6. For the season, 153-69. Yes, we’ve been on Santa’s nice list (wish we could say the same about the teams that aren’t in the playoff race… they’re on the naughty list).

As an added Christmas gift, we’re making every game on the docket DRILL WORTHY! (even you, Cleveland!) (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?” (Note…. you might want to do that shopping Saturday, since most stores will be closed because Christmas falls on a Sunday this year.)

Having said that, here are the Saturday, Sunday and Monday picks for week 16…

ATLANTA (9-5) at Carolina (6-8), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 709. They meet again, this time in Charlotte. A pair of NFC South rivals meet on Christmas Eve afternoon in the Tar Heel State as first place Atlanta meets Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers at Bank of America Stadium.

Atlanta surpassed their win total from 2015 after they manhandled Colin Kaepernick and the San Francisco 49ers 41-13 last Sunday at the Georgia Dome. The Falcons led the struggling 49ers 28-13 at the half and proceeded to shut out their guests from the West Coast 13-0 in the second half. DeVonta Freeman ran for 139 yards and three TDs, as Atlanta ran for 248 yards (San Francisco ran for 107) with Matt Ryan (286 yards) threw a pair of TDs (Kaepernick threw for 183 yards and a pair of TDs but was sacked twice).

Carolina kept their hopes of a playoff spot alive after their 26-15 win over Washington Monday night in Landover. The defending NFC champs led 13-9 at the break at FedEx Field, then took control of the Redskins in the second half. Carolina held Washington to 19 yards on the ground, while the Panthers tallied 148 (Jonathan Stewart led all rushers with 132) and Newton threw for 300 yards and a pair of TDs, one to WR Ted Ginn, Jr. (Washington’s Kirk Cousins threw for 315 but was sacked once and picked off once).

They met in week four in the Big Peach and Atlanta manhandled Newton and the Panthers, coming away 48-33 winners in the Georgia Dome. Atlanta led 17-10 at the intermission and never looked back, knocking Newton (165 yards, TD) out of the contest with a concussion, while Ryan burned Carolina for 503 yards and four TDs (Atlanta outrushed Carolina 90-49).

Carolina was favored by 3 1/2 in the week four meeting in the Big Peach and the over/under was 49 1/2. Both clubs covered the over/under with 51 total points and the Falcons covered the spread, winning by 15. Atlanta’s favored by 3 1/2 and the over/under’s 53. For Atlanta, a win means a playoff spot and a possible division title, dethroning Carolina in the process. For the Panthers, a win means that they stay alive for at least another week. History repeats here. Atlanta covers the 3 1/2 and wins the NFC South in the process.

Miami (9-5) at Buffalo (7-7), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 705. A pair of AFC East rivals meet in chilly upstate New York as one team, assured of a winning season, takes on their rivals, who look to go back to the post-season for the first time since Super Bowl XXVII. Miami and Buffalo meet in Orchard Park in ah week seven rematch along the shores of Lake Erie.

Miami assured themselves of a winning season last Saturday night in the Meadowlands after they came away 34-13 winners over the New York Jets. The ‘Fins led 13-10 at the half, then proceeded to shutout the Jets in the final 30 minutes of play at Met Life Stadium. Matt Moore, taking over for Ryan Tannehill (knee) threw for 236 yards and four TDs, connecting with TE Dion Sims on a pair of strikes, while Bryce Petty (235 yards, TD) and Ryan Fitzpatrick (31 yards) combined to throw three interceptions (Petty 2, Fitzpatrick 1) in the loss. New York did manage to hold Miami to 67 yards rushing, while tallying 116 but turned the ball over four times.

The Bills saved their playoff chances in upstate New York last Sunday, giving Cleveland their 14th straight loss, taking the Browns to task by a final of 33-13. Buffalo led 17-3 at the break and held Cleveland off in the second half for the win. LeSean McCoy ran for 153 yards for the Bills, tallying a pair of TDs in the win at New Era Field (Buffalo outrushed the Browns 280-107). The Bills sacked Robert Griffin III (196 yards) five times, while Tyrod Taylor threw for 174, with a TD pass to TE Charles Clay in his column.

They met in week seven in Miami Gardens at Hard Rock Stadium and the Dolphins took the 28-25 win over the Bills in the Sunshine State. Buffalo led 10-6 at the half before Miami charged back in the second half to take the win, with Jay Ajayi leading all rushers with 214 yards and a TD (Miami outrushed Buffalo 256-67), while Tannehill threw for 204 yards and a TD (Buffalo’s Tyrod Taylor threw for 224 yards and a TD but was sacked four times).

Buffalo was favored by 3 and the over/under was 45 in the week seven contest in the Sunshine State. Miami covered the spread with their 3-point victory over the Bills and both clubs covered the over/under with 53 points. Buffalo’s favored again, this time by 3 1/2 and the over/under this time around is 42. The Dolphins know that they control their destiny and can knock off the Bills with a win in upstate New York. The Bills don’t want to be voted off the playoff island yet and are looking for immunity from the football gods. Vice is nice and so are the Dolphins this week. Miami covers the 3 1/2 and wins in upstate New York.

San Diego (5-9) at Cleveland (0-14), 1 p.m. on CBS and DireCT 706. A pair of teams with no playoff hopes meet along the shores of Lake Erie as the San Diego Chargers look to be grinch-like and give the Cleveland Browns their 15th loss of the 2016 campaign.

The Bolts saw their playoff hopes vanish faster than a sugar cookie at a Christmas party last Sunday at Qualcomm as they fell to Oakland 19-16. San Diego took a 16-13 lead over the Silver and Black with 6:14 left in the third quarter when Philip Rivers and rookie TE Hunter Henry connected on a 7-yard TD pass. That lead would not last very long as the Raiders’ Sebastian Janikowski kicked a 21-yard field goal to tie the contest up with 8:38 left in regulation and then kicked a 44-yarder with 2:40 left to play. San Diego then had four shots to move the ball and perhaps tie things up at Qualcomm but Rivers was picked off by S Reggie Nelson, who ran the ball back to San Diego’s 13. The Raiders then ran out the clock and picked up a playoff spot, while the Chargers saw their hopes for post-season football go the way of a snowflake. Oakland outrushed San Diego 145-73 and while Rivers threw a pair of TDs, he was sacked twice and threw the interception that doomed San Diego (Derek Carr threw for 213 with a TD).

Cleveland picked up their 14th straight loss, losing to Buffalo 33-13 last Sunday in Orchard Park. Buffalo led 17-3 at the break and held Cleveland off in the second half for the win. LeSean McCoy ran for 153 yards for the Bills, tallying a pair of TDs in the win at New Era Field (Buffalo outrushed the Browns 280-107). The Bills sacked Robert Griffin III (196 yards) five times, while Tyrod Taylor threw for 174, with a TD pass to TE Charles Clay in his column.

San Diego leads the series 15-8-1, have outscored the Browns 576-468 and won the last meeting between the clubs, taking a 30-27 win last year at Qualcomm (Cleveland’s last win in the series came in 2012, when the Browns were 7-6 winners in Cleveland.

In the week four contest on the West Coast, Cleveland and San Diego found themselves tied 13-13 at the half and took the lead with 5:54 left in the third when Browns K Travis Coons connected on a 33 yard field goal for a 16-13. That lead would be short-lived as Rivers and TE Ladarius Green hooked up on a 19-yard TD strike with 4:23 left in the third. Cleveland would eventually re-tie the contest when Josh McCown (who took over for Johnny Manziel) and TE Gary Barnage connected on a 1-yard TD pass with 2:09 left. Thinking they had overtime at the very least in their grasp, San Diego attempted a 39-yard field goal by Josh Lambo. Lambo’s kick sailed wide left but Cleveland was flagged for being offside, giving the Chargers five more yards and new life. This time, Lambo connected on a 34-yard attempt as the clock struck :00 to give the Browns the loss. Cleveland outrushed San Diego 100-91 and Rivers threw for 358 yards and three TDs, while McCown threw for 356 yards with a pair of TDs and was sacked four times.

San Diego’s favored by 6 and the over/under’s 44. You might want to get that last minute Christmas shopping in and avoid this one. Chargers may not cover the 6 but they win in the Buckeye State and send the Browns to 0-15 in the process.

Tennessee (8-6) at Jacksonville (2-12), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 707. They won three games last year and changed coaches in mid-season. They’ve won five more games than they did last year. The improved Tennessee Titans travel to the Sunshine State for a meeting with the struggling Jacksonville Jaguars, who made a change of their own this week.

Tennessee took Kansas City to the wire last Sunday at Arrowhead and came away 19-17 winners over the Chiefs on the road. The Titans trailed 17-7 at the intermission and pulled to within 1 with 3:12 left in regulation when rookie RB Derek Henry scored on a 1-yard run to make it 17-16. Tennesee then went for two to take the lead but Marcus Mariota’s conversion try failed. After a Kansas City punt, the Titans got the ball back and made it all the way to the Chiefs’ 35 yard line, where they set up what would eventually be the game-winning field goal try by Ryan Succup (who kicked for the Chiefs last year). Succup’s first try was short but Kansas City burned a time out to make him think it over. Succop then connected on his second try, a 53-yarder, that sailed through the goal posts as the clock expired. Kansas City outrushed the Titans 158-148 in the chilly air at Arrowhead (gametime temperature? a balmy 1 degree with a wind chill of -9… hey, you asked!) and Mariota threw for 241 yards, while Alex Smith had 163 (both men threw an interception and both were sacked once).

As for Jacksonville… the Jaguars led 20-14 with 7:54 left to play in Houston before the Texans stormed back to come away 21-20 winners over Jacksonville at NRG Stadium. Jacksonville led 13-5 over the Texans, who benched Brock Osweiler (48 yards, two interceptions) in favor of Todd Savage. Houston outrushed Jacksonville 79-67 in the Lone Star State and Savage threw for 260 yards yards in the come from behind win, as RB Lamar Miller scored the game winner with 2:51 left from a yard away.

That was the first bit of bad news for the Jaguars. The team returned to the Sunshine State and fired head coach Gus Bradley (14-48 career record) the next day and put in Doug Marrone, the assistant head coach-offense/offensive line coach, as the interim head coach for the remainder of the season. Marrone is no stranger to being a head coach. He was at the helm of the Buffalo Bills from 2013 to 2014, before he infamously opted out of contract after the team came under new ownership. In his two seasons in upstate New York, he went 15-17 in two seasons as Bills coach but led the Bills to a 9-7 season in 2014, which was the first winning season for the franchise since 2004.

They met in the Music City in week eight on a Thursday night and the Titans came out 36-22 winners over Jacksonville. Tennessee led 27-0 at the half before Jacksonville managed to charge back and make things closer than Titan fans would have liked at Nissan Stadium. DeMarco Murray ran for 123 of Tennessee’s 214 yards with a TD and Mariota threw for 270 yards and a pair of TDs, while Jacksonville was held to 48 yards on the ground and Bortles threw for 337 yards and three TDs for the Jaguars.

Tennessee was favored by 3 1/2 and won by 14 in the week eight contest in the Music City. As for the 44 1/2 over/under? Both teams took care of that, scoring 58 points. Tennessee’s favored by 5 in the Sunshine State and the over/under this time is 44. Tennessee’s looking to make it to the post-season, while Jacksonville’s trying to spoil the Titans’ party. Jacksonville makes it close but the Titans win in Jacksonville.

New York Jets (4-10) at New England (12-2), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 708. This time, it’s in Foxboro. The Pats play host to the New York Jets in a week 13 rematch at Gillette. New England has secured the AFC East while the Jets are looking to spoil the Pats party in Foxboro.

GangGreen saw a 7-0 first quarter lead against Miami get away from them and eventually fell to their AFC East rivals 34-13 at Met Life Stadium last Saturday night. Miami led 13-10 at the half, then proceeded to shutout the Jets in the final 30 minutes of play at Met Life Stadium. Bryce Petty and Ryan Fitzpatrick combined for three interceptions in the loss at home (Petty had two picks, while Ryan had one) Matt Moore, taking over for Ryan Tannehill (knee) threw for 236 yards and four TDs, connecting with TE Dion Sims on a pair of strikes. Petty threw for 235 yards and a TD, while Fitzpatrick threw for 31. If there was a bright side for the J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS!, it was that New York did manage to hold Miami to 67 yards rushing, while tallying 116 but turned the ball over four times.

New England and Tom Brady ended their curse in Denver at Sports Authority Field at Mile High and defeated the defending Super Bowl champs on the road and in the chill 16-3 (game time temperature? 18 with a wind chill of 7… can you say COLD!?) The Pats broke a 3-3 tie after the first 15 minutes of action and scored their last 13 points without a challenge from Denver. New England led 10-3 at the intermission and never looked back. Denver was outrushed 136-58 by New England and Brady threw for 188 yards with no TD but did not throw an interception. Denver’s Trevor Seiman threw for 282 but was sacked four times in the loss.

They met in week 12 in upstate New Jersey and Brady and the Pats were 22-17 winners. Tied 10-10 at the half, New England would go on to outscore GangGreen 12-7 to take the win on the road. New York led 17-16 with 7:02 left to play after New England’s Stephen Gostkowski connected on a 41-yard field goal and saw the Pats take the lead for keeps when Brady and WR Malcolm Mitchell connected on their second TD pass of the afternoon, good for 8 yards with 1:56 left to play. New England outrushed GangGreen 91-64 and Brady outpaced Fitzpatrick 286-269 (each threw a pair of TDs).

The Pats were 8-point favorites in the Meadowlands but only won by five. The 47 1/2 over/under stayed safe, as both teams combined for only 39 points. New England’s favored by 16 and the over/under’s 44. The Jets are a somewhat bad team but they’re not 16 points bad. New England will win this one at Gillette but expect the J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS! to give them a battle.

Washington (7-6-1) at Chicago (3-11), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 710. Washington limps into the Windy City for an afternoon contest with Chicago, who is trying to keep their heads above water.

The Redskins saw their playoff hopes take a turn for the worst, as they fell to Carolina and Cam Newton 26-15 Monday night in Landover. The defending NFC East champs trailed 13-9 at the break at FedEx Field, then saw Carolina take control of the Redskins in the second half. While Carolina ran for 148 yards (with RB Jonathan Stewart accounting for 132), Washington was held to 19 yards on the ground. Newton threw for 300 yards and a pair of TDs, one to WR Ted Ginn, Jr., while Washington’s Kirk Cousins threw for 315 but was sacked once and picked off once).

Chicago and Green Bay played in somewhat chilly conditions (temperature of 11, wind chill of -4) at Soldier Field last Sunday before Da Bears fell to their NFC North rivals 30-27. Chicago pulled to within 3 with 7:34 left in the contest when rookie RB Jordan Howard scored from nine yards out and tied the contest on a 22 yard field goal by Connor Barth with 1:19 left. Chicago fans then had their hearts broken as Aaron Rodgers (252 yards) and WR Jordy Nelson connected on a 60-yard pass late in the contest. Green Bay then spiked the ball to kill the clock and Chicago burned a timeout with 3 seconds left, which allowed the Packers to set up Mason Crosby for a 32-yard field goal attempt. Crosby’s kick was true and as time ran out, Chicago suffered their 11th loss of the season. Green Bay outrushed Chicago 226-95, with the Packers’ Ty Montgomery rushing for 162 yards and a pair of TDs. Chicago’s Mark Barkley threw for 362 yards with a pair of TDs but was picked off three times.

Including games that took place in Boston when the Redskins were known as the Braves and Da Bears played their home games at Wrigley Field, Washington holds a 21-20-1 lead in the series, Chicago has outscored Washington 855-763 and the ‘Skins have won the last six contests in the series, including a 24-21 win last year in the Windy City (Chicago’s last win over Washington came in 2003 at Solider Field by a final of 27-24).

They met in the Windy City in week 14 and Washington led 14-7 at the intermission before Chicago tied things up with 1:24 left in the third quarter when RB Matt Forte scored on a 7-yard run. The tie would eventually be broken by Washington, who took the lead for keeps with a 47-yard field goal by Dustin Hopkins with 14:07 left to play in regulation. Chicago had a chance to send the contest into overtime with 1:45 left but Robbie Gould’s 50-yard field goal try sailed wide right, turning the ball over to Washington, who ran out the clock and took the win. Washington outrushed Chicago 99-87 and Cousins threw for 300 yards and a TD, while Jay Cutler threw for 315 yards and a pair of TDs (each man was sacked twice, while Cousins threw the game’s only interception).

Washington’s favored by 3 1/2 and the over/under’s 47. Will it be “Hail to the Redskins!” or “Hell, it’s the Redskins!?” We like hail. Washington may not make the postseason but they cover the 3 1/2 in the Windy City and take the win from Da Bears.

Minnesota (7-7) at Green Bay (8-6), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 711. A pair of NFC North rivals meet in a week two rematch in the land of cheese, beer and Bratwurst as the Packers host the Minnesota Vikings on the Frozen Tundra of Lambeau Field.

Minnesota struggled in their 34-6 loss to Andrew Luck and Indianapolis last Sunday at US Bank Stadium. The Vikings trailed 27-0 at the half and could never really get on track, getting only a pair of Keith Forbath field goals for their only points. The Colts outrushed Minnesota 161-34 in the return of RB Adrian Peterson, who tallied only 22 yards on six carries, while Indy’s Frank Gore led all rushers with 101 yards. Luck threw for 250 yards and a pair of TDs, while Sam Bradford threw for 291 yards but was sacked five times and picked off once.

Green Bay won a thriller in the Windy City as the Packers and Da Bears played in somewhat chilly conditions (temperature of 11, wind chill of -4) at Soldier Field last Sunday before Da Bears fell to their NFC North rivals 30-27. Chicago pulled to within 3 with 7:34 left in the contest when rookie RB Jordan Howard scored from nine yards out and tied the contest on a 22 yard field goal by Connor Barth with 1:19 left. Bears fans then had their hearts broken as Aaron Rodgers (252 yards) and WR Jordy Nelson told their fans to R-E-L-A-X as the two connected on a 60-yard pass late in the contest. After the Packers spiked the ball to kill the clock, Chicago burned a timeout with 3 seconds left, which allowed the Packers to set up Mason Crosby for a 32-yard field goal attempt. Crosby’s kick was true and as time ran out, Chicago suffered their 11th loss of the season. Green Bay outrushed Chicago 226-95, with the Packers’ Ty Montgomery rushing for 162 yards and a pair of TDs. Chicago’s Mark Barkley threw for 362 yards with a pair of TDs but was picked off three times.

The Packers are looking to avenge a 17-14 loss to the Vikings in the Land of 10,000 Lakes in week two. Minnesota led 10-7 at the break in the Sunday night contest at US Bank Stadium, then led 17-7 after three periods before the Packers pulled to within three when Rodgers scored on a 10-yard run with 12:41 left in regulation. Green Bay did outrush Minnesota 83-30 (Peterson was held to 19 yards) and Rodgers threw for 213 yards and a TD to Jordy Nelson (Rodgers was sacked five times), while Bradford tallied 286 yards in the air with a pair of TDs and four sacks.

In the week two Sunday night contest, Green Bay was favored by 2 1/2 and the over/under was 43 1/2. While both teams did not reach the over/under, scoring only 31 points, Minnesota did cover the spread with their 3-point victory in the Land of 10,000 Lakes. This time, the Packers are 6 1/2 points to the good at Lambeau and the over/under is 48. The Packers know that if they run the table and win out, the NFC North is theirs. Minnesota wants to make sure that doesn’t happen. Packers get revenge and Lambeau and win in the land of beer, cheese and Bratwurst.

Tampa Bay (8-6) at New Orleans (6-8), 4:25 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 712. Jameis Winston vs. Drew Brees. Round two of the Tampa Bay-New Orleans rivalry gets underway in the Big Easy at both teams are looking for a chance to knock Atlanta off the NFC South mountain.

Tampa Bay fell to Dallas 26-20 in Arlington last Sunday night. The Bucs led 20-17 with 4:12 left in the third when Winston (247 yards, two TDs, two interceptions) and TE Connor Brate connected on a 10-yard TD pass. Dallas, who led 17-6 at the half, roared back to take the lead for keeps with three Dan Bailey field goals in the fourth quarter. Dallas held Tampa Bay to 52 yards on the ground, while the Cowboys’ Ezekiel Elliott ran for 159 yards (Dallas ran for 185) and a TD that will be talked about for years when he leaped into the Salvation Army kettle behind the endzone (Elliott would not be fined by the league or the team and gave the charity a sizeable donation). Dallas’ Dak Prescott threw for 279 yards as Dallas clinched a playoff spot in the process.

New Orleans held on for dear life in the desert last Sunday against Arizona and came away 48-41 winners in Glendale. The contest, which eliminated Arizona from the post-season, had six lead changes and two ties at University of Phoenix Stadium and had New Orleans leading at the half 24-20. New Orleans outrushed Arizona 130-116 and Brees threw for 389 yards and four TDs, while Carson Palmer threw for 318 yards and a pair of TDs.

They met in the Sunshine State two weeks ago and Tampa Bay held Brees without a TD pass for the second consecutive contest, taking an 16-11 win at Raymond James Stadium. The Bucs’ Doug Martin scored the contest’s only TD on a 1-yard run in the second quarter. Tampa Bay ran for 104 yards in the five-point win, while holding New Orleans to 46 and sealed the win in the final seconds when Keith Tandy picked off Brees to send Bucs fans home happy. Winston threw for 184 yards in the win, while Brees tallied 257 yards in the NFC South contest with three interceptions.

Tampa Bay was favored by 2 1/2 and the contest had a 51 1/2 over/under. While both teams mustered 27 points, the Bucs did cover the spread with the 5-point win in the Sunshine State. New Orleans is favored by 3 with a 53 over/under in the Big Easy. Both teams are trying to catch the Falcons in the NFC South (Tampa Bay split the series with Atlanta, while New Orleans lost to the Falcons in the Big Easy in week three). The loser is pretty much done in the NFC South race, while the winner keeps hope alive for at least another week. Saints march over Tampa Bay in the Big Easy and covers the 3 like gumbo over dirty rice.

Indianapolis (7-7) at Oakland (11-3), 4:05 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 713. The Colts travel west to Oakland for a late Saturday afternoon contest with the Oakland Raiders in northern California.

The Colts and Luck manhandled Minnesota 34-6 last Sunday at US Bank Stadium. Indy led from start to finish and never were threatened, leading 27-0 at the half. Minnesota was held to a pair of Keith Forbath field goals for their only points. The Colts outrushed Minnesota 161-34 in the return of RB Adrian Peterson, who tallied only 22 yards on six carries, while Indy’s Frank Gore led all rushers with 101 yards. Luck threw for 250 yards and a pair of TDs, while Sam Bradford threw for 291 yards but was sacked five times and picked off once.

Oakland used a pair of Sebastian Janikowski field goals to take a 19-16 win over San Diego at Qualcomm last Sunday afternoon in southern California. The Chargers were up 16-13 over the Silver and Black with 6:14 left in the third quarter when Philip Rivers and rookie TE Hunter Henry connected on a 7-yard TD pass. That lead would not last very long as Janikowski kicked the first of his two second half field goals, a 21-yard field goal to tie the contest up with 8:38 left in regulation and then kicked a 44-yarder with 2:40 left to play. San Diego then had four shots to move the ball and perhaps tie things up at Qualcomm but Rivers was picked off by S Reggie Nelson, who ran the ball back to San Diego’s 13. The Raiders then ran out the clock and picked up a playoff spot, while the Chargers saw their hopes for post-season football go the way of a snowflake. Oakland outrushed San Diego 145-73 and while Rivers threw a pair of TDs, he was sacked twice and threw the interception that doomed San Diego (Derek Carr threw for 213 with a TD).

Including contests played in Baltimore and Los Angeles, the Raiders lead the series 7-6 and the Silver and Black have outscored the Colts 302-289. However… the Colts have won the last four contests, taking a 21-17 win in the Hoosier State in 2013, while Oakland’s last win came in 2001 by a final of 23-18 in Indianapolis. The Raiders are favored by 3 1/2 and the over/under is 53. Both numbers make sense. Indy makes this one interesting but the Raiders take this one in the Black Hole and covers the 3 1/2.

San Francisco (1-13) at Los Angeles (4-10), 4:25 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 714. A pair of NFC West cellar-dwellers meet in Tinseltown as the 49ers make their way down I-5 for a West Coast Christmas Eve affair in LA.

Colin Kaepernick and the San Francisco 49ers lost their 13th contest in a row, falling to Atlanta 41-13 last Sunday at the Georgia Dome. The struggling 49ers trailed 28-13 at the half in the Big Peach and were then shut out their hosts 13-0 in the second half. DeVonta Freeman ran for 139 yards and three TDs, as Atlanta ran for 248 yards (San Francisco ran for 107) with Matt Ryan (286 yards) threw a pair of TDs (Kaepernick threw for 183 yards and a pair of TDs but was sacked twice).

Los Angeles fell to Seattle 24-3 last Thursday night in the Pacific Northwest. The win by Seattle allowed them to capture the NFC West title, while ruining the coaching debut of interim head coach John Fassel in the process. After a scorless first quarter at Century Link Field, the Seahawks took a 10-3 lead at the intermission and were never really threatened by the Rams. Los Angeles was held to a 36-yard field by Greg Zuerlein with 55 seconds left before the half and held to 47 yards rushing. (Seattle had 72) The Seahawks did manage to hold Los Angeles to 47 yards on the ground, sacking Jeff Goff four times in the process. Russell Wilson, meanwhile, threw for 229 yards and three TDs in the somewhat lopsided win.

They met in northern California in week one at Levis’ Stadium and the 49ers picked up their only win of the 2016 campaign, shutting out the Rams 28-0. San Francisco led 14-0 at the half and then scored their other 14 points in the fourth quarter unchallenged. San Francisco outrushed the Rams 150-65 and Case Keenum threw for 130 yards but threw two interceptions, while Blaine Gabbert threw for 170 yards and a TD.

The Rams were favored by 2 1/2 with a 43 over/under in the week one contest in northern California and San Francisco covered the spread with their 28-point win. The over/under stayed safe as both clubs combined for only 28 points. Los Angeles is favored by 4 this time around and the over/under’s 40. You might want to take a pass on this one and get yourself ready for Midnight Mass. Rams butt their way into the win column this week and covers the 4.

Arizona (5-8-1) at Seattle (9-4-1), 4:25 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 715. The Seattle Seahawks, who won the NFC West, host the Arizona Cardinals in the Pacific Northwest in a late afternoon showdown in the land of Grunge, Salmon and Starbucks.

Cardinal fans saw their dim playoff hopes come to a crashing end as they fell to New Orleans Arizona 48-41 in Glendale. The contest had six lead changes and two ties at University of Phoenix Stadium and had New Orleans leading at the half 24-20. New Orleans outrushed the Desert Angry Birds 130-116 and Brees threw for 389 yards and four TDs, while Carson Palmer threw for 318 yards and a pair of TDs.

Seattle manhandled a helpless Los Angeles Rams team 24-3 last Thursday night in the Pacific Northwest, ruining the coaching debut of interim head coach John Fassel in the process. After a scorless first quarter at Century Link Field, Seattle took a 10-3 lead at the intermission and were never really threatened by the Rams, who was held to a 36-yard field by Greg Zuerlein with 55 seconds left before the half. While they didn’t breach the 100-yard mark (Seattle had 72), the Seahawks did manage to hold Los Angeles to 47 yards on the ground, sacking Jeff Goff four times in the process. Russell Wilson, meanwhile, threw for 229 yards and three TDs in the somewhat lopsided win.

Meeting on a Sunday night in the desert in week seven, Seattle and Arizona played to a 6-6 tie that saw all the scoring in the contest come by way of the kickers (Stephen Hauschka and Chris Catanzaro). Both kickers kicked field goals in the overtime and both had chances to give their team the win in the extra period but both attempts fell short of their marks. Arizona led 3-0 at the half before Hauschka sent the contest into overtime with a 40-yard effort with 4 minutes left in regulation. Arizona’s David Johnson led all rushers with 113 yards as the Desert Angry Birds outrushed Seattle 132-52, while Russell Wilson threw for 225 yards, with Carson Palmer throwing for 342 yards (both men did not throw an interception, while Palmer threw four interceptions).

In the week seven sister-kisser, the Desert Angry Birds were favored by 1 1/2 and the over/under was 43 1/2. Neither the over/under or the spread were in danger as they played to the tie and both teams scored 12 points. The Seahawks in the land of Grunge, Salmon and Starbucks are favored by 8 1/2 and the over/under’s 43 1/2. Seattle takes this one but they won’t cover the 8 1/2.

Cincinnati (5-8-1) at Houston (8-6), 8:25 p.m. on NFL Netowrk and Twitter. Andy Dalton comes back to his home state as the Bengals travel to Houston for a Christmas Eve contest with the Houston Texans in the Lone Star State.

Cincinnati let a 20-9 halftime lead against Pittsburgh get away from them at Paul Brown Stadium and fell to their AFC North rivals 24-20. The Bengals, who were eliminated from the post-season, held the Steelers to three Chris Boswell field gals in the first 30 minutes of action before Pittsburgh proceeded to shut out the Bengals in the second half, scoring their final 15 points unchallenged. After Boswell added another field goal, the Steelers took the lead for the first time and for keeps when Pittsburgh QB Ben Roethlisberger (286 yards, TD) and WR Eli Rodgers connected on a 24-yard TD pass with 7:29 left to play. The Bengals were held to 76 yards on the ground, while the Steelers tallied 97 and Andy Dalton threw for 157 yards with an interception for the Bengals.

The Texans trailed lowly Jacksonville 20-14 with 7:54 left to play in Houston before they stormed back to come away 21-20 winners over Jacksonville at NRG Stadium. Jacksonville led 13-5 over the Texans, who benched Brock Osweiler (48 yards, two interceptions) in the contest in favor of Todd Savage. Houston outrushed Jacksonville 79-67 in the Lone Star State and Savage threw for 260 yards yards in the come from behind win, as RB Lamar Miller scored the game winner with 2:51 left from a yard away.

The series is even at 4-4 and the Bengals have outscored Houston 158-146. Houston won the last meeting last year in Cincinnati 10-6 at Paul Brown Stadium (the Bengals’ last win in the series came in 2014 in Houston by a final of 22-13). The Bengals let a 6-3 lead get away from them in the fourth quarter as the Texans took the lead with 14:20 left to play when WR DeAndre Hopkins scored on a 22 yard pass from Tyler Yates. Houston outrushed Cincinnati in the Monday night contest 82-74 and Dalton threw for 197 yards but was sacked four times, while Blaine Hoyer threw for 123 yards (Yates threw for 69).

Houston’s favored by 2 and the over/under’s 41. The Bengals would like nothing more than to spoil the Texans’ playoff party plans. Houston’s dreaming of the playoffs for the second year in a row and they’ll have a lot to say about that. Cincy, you have a problem. Houston covers the 2 and wins in the Lone Star State.

Baltimore (8-6) at Pittsburgh (9-5), 4:30 p.m. Christmas Day on NBC. A pair of AFC North rivals meet in the Steel City on Christmas day as Baltimore travels to Pittsburgh for an afternoon contest with the Steelers at Heinz Field.

The Ravens were 27-26 winners over Philadelphia in Charm City Sunday afternoon. Baltimore trailed 11-10 with 14:38 to play before halftime on a 4-yard TD run by Philadelphia’s Ryan Matthews. Philadelph then took the lead back with 1:39 left in the half when Caleb Sturgis connected on a 34-yard field goal. That lead would not last very long as Ravens WR Steven Smith Sr. and Joe Flacco connected on a 34-yard TD pass with 9 seconds left before the intermission. Sturgis would eventually pull the Eagles to within 7 with a 29-yard field goal with 2:22 left in regulation. After the Ravens punted the ball back to Philly, they used a 9-play, 59-yard drive that used 95 seconds and ended when rookie QB Carson Wentz scrambled into the end zone from 4 yards out to pull to within 6. Philly then went for two in the hopes of taking the lead on the road and saving their playoff hopes but the try for two failed. Matthews led all rushers with 128 yards and the touchdown, while the Eagles outrushed Baltimore 169-151. Wentz threw for 170 yards and had the rushing TD and was picked off once, while Flacco threw for 206 yards and a pair of TDs.

The Steelers trailed Cincinnati 20-9 halftime lead before Pittsburgh chipped away at the lead and came out on top of the Bengals, taking a 24-20. The loss kept the Steelers in the playoff hunt, while elimnating the Bengals. Pittsburgh was held to three Chris Boswell field gals in the first 30 minutes of action before they proceeded to shut out the Bengals in the second half, scoring their final 15 points unchallenged. After Boswell added another field goal, the Steelers took the lead for the first time and for keeps when Pittsburgh QB Ben Roethlisberger (286 yards, TD) and WR Eli Rodgers connected on a 24-yard TD pass with 7:29 left to play. The Bengals were held to 76 yards on the ground, while the Steelers tallied 97 and Andy Dalton threw for 157 yards with an interception for the Bengals.

They met in week nine in Charm City and the Steelers lost to the Ravens 21-14. Baltimore led 13-0 after three quarters of play before the Steelers stormed back to make it a 7-point contest when Roethlisberger scored on a 1-yard run with 48 seconds left. Pittsburgh then tried an onside kick which failed somewhat miserably. The first meeting as far a rushing game was concerned was nothing to write home about, as neither team breached the 100 yard mark (Baltimore had 50, Pittsburgh had 36) and Roethlisberger threw for 264 yards and a TD to Antonio Brown, while Flacco threw for 241 yards and a TD (Roethlisberger was sacked twice, Flacco sacked three times).

Baltimore covered the 1 1/2-point spread with their 7-point win and the two teams combined for 35 points, missing the 44 over/under by 9. Pittsburgh’s favored by 5 and the over/under is 44. Someone is eventually going to be naughty and someone’s going to be eventually nice. Steelers make the nice list as they get revenge on the Ravens nevermore with the win at home and covers the 5.

Denver (8-6) at Kansas City (10-4), 8:30 p.m. Christmas Day on NBC. For the first time since 1971, the Kansas City Chiefs are playing a home game on Christmas Day, as they welcome the Denver Broncos to Arrowhead on a Sunday night.

The defending Super Bowl champs fell to New England and Tom Brady 16-3 at Sports Authority Field on a Sunday that was warm by Denver standars (game time temperature? 18 with a wind chill of 7) The Pats broke a 3-3 tie after the first 15 minutes of action and scored their last 13 points without a challenge from Denver. New England led 10-3 at the intermission and never looked back. Denver was outrushed 136-58 by New England and Brady threw for 188 yards with no TD but did not throw an interception. Denver’s Trevor Seiman threw for 282 but was sacked four times in the loss.

Kansas City found being taken to the wire last Sunday at Arrowhead by Tennessee and came away on the short end of a 19-17 loss at home in the Show-Me State. The Titans trailed 17-7 at the intermission and pulled to within 1 with 3:12 left in regulation when rookie RB Derek Henry scored on a 1-yard run to make it 17-16. Tennesee then went for two to take the lead but Marcus Mariota’s conversion try failed. After a Kansas City punt, the Titans got the ball back and made it all the way to the Chiefs’ 35 yard line, where they set up what would eventually be the game-winning field goal try by Ryan Succup (who kicked for the Chiefs last year). Succop’s first try was short but Kansas City burned a time out to make him think it over. Succop then connected on his second try, a 53-yarder, that sailed through the goal posts as the clock expired. Kansas City outrushed the Titans 158-148 in the chilly air at Arrowhead with a gametime temperature a balmy 1 degree with a wind chill of -9. Mariota threw for 241 yards, while Alex Smith had 163 (both men threw an interception and both were sacked once).

Denver and Kansas City met in the Mile High City in week 12 and the Broncos were 30-27 overtime losers on a Sunday night at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. The defending champs trailed 9-3 at the half, then rallied to take the lead with 3 minutes left when Trevor Siemian and WR Bennie Fowler connected on a 76 yard TD pass. That lead would not last very long as the Chiefs used a 13-play, 75-yard drive that lasted 2:48 when WR Tyreek Hill caught a 3-yard TD pass from Smtih with 12 seconds left. TE Demetrius Harris then tied the contest up when he caught Smith’s 2-point conversion try and that sent the game into overtime. Denver got the ball first in the overtime and scored their first and only points of the extra period when Brian McMannus kicked a 44 yard field goal with 8:51 left. Kansas City’s Chris Santos then responded with a field goal of his own from 37 yards with 4:19 left. The Broncos got the ball back the second time around but could do nothing with it. After a Denver punt, the Chiefs used a 4-play, 32-yard drive that took 61 seconds and ended when Santos connected on his second field goal, which was the game-winner from 34 yards away with 2 seconds left.

Denver outrushed Kansas City in the first meeting in week 12 124-83, while Siemian threw for 368 yards with three TDs but was sacked five times, while Smith threw for 220 yards with six sacks in addition to the one TD pass.

In the week 12 contest in Denver, the defending Super Bowl champs were favored by 3 1/2 and the over/under was 39 1/2. Kansas City won by 3, barely missing the spread. The two teams did manage to cover the over/under with 57 points in the Sunday night overtime contest. This time, the Chiefs are a 4-point favorite at Arrowhead and the over/under’s 37 1/2. Both nunbers make a lot of season The champs are reeling and need some luck. Kansas City is trying to make it to the post season for the second season in a row. The winner is all but assured of a spot in the post-season party, while the loser is all but done. The last time the Chiefs swept Denver? The 2000 season, when the Chiefs took a 23-22 win in Denver and then came home and beat the Broncos 20-7. Denver at the very least lives to fight another day, taking the win at Arrowhead and covering the 4.

Detroit (9-5) at Dallas (12-2), 8:30 p.m. Monday on ESPN. Week 16 closes out as Detroit and Dallas play in the final Monday night contest of the 2016 season. The Lions are looking for a playoff spot, while the Cowboys look to be the top season in the post-season tournament.

Detroit was held to a pair of Matt Prater field goals as they fell to the New York Giants 16-7 at Met Life Stadium. New York’s Eli Manning (201 yards) and WRs Sterling Sterling and Odell Beckham, Jr. connected on the contest’s only TDs in the game and the Giants’ defense held Matthew Stafford (273 yards, interception) and the Lions out of the end zone, stopping them in their final chance to score. New York outrushed Detroit 114-56 and led 10-3 at the half.

On the strength of a 159-yard effort by Ezekiel Elliott, Dallas came away 26-20 winners over Tampa Bay in Arlington last Sunday night. Dallas, who led 17-6 at the half at AT&T Stadium, trailed 20-17 with 4:12 left in the third when Jameis Winston (247 yards, two TDs, two interceptions) and TE Connor Brate connected on a 10-yard TD pass. Dallas roared back to take the lead for keeps with three Dan Bailey field goals in the fourth quarter. Dallas held Tampa Bay to 52 yards on the ground, while the Cowboys’ Elliott ran for a TD that will be talked about for years when he leaped into the Salvation Army kettle behind the endzone (Elliott would not be fined by the league or the team and gave the charity a sizeable donation, Dallas ran for 185 yards in the win in the Lone Star State). Dallas’ Dak Prescott threw for 279 yards as Dallas clinched a playoff spot in the process.

They’ve met 23 times, which includes games played at old Tiger Stadium and the Cotton Bowl and the Cowboys lead the series 12-11. Dallas has outscored Detroit 608-437. Detroit has won the last two meetings in the regular season, coming away 31-30 winners in the Motor City in 2013. Dallas’ last win over Detroit came in the Lone Star State in 2010 by a final of 35-19.

On Monday night, the Lions are 14-16-1 and went 1-1 last year, while the Cowboys are 44-33 and won their only MNF contest in the 2015 campaign.

Dallas is favored by 7 1/2 and the over/under’s 43. Both numbers make sense. While Detroit was waiting to see what Green Bay was doing Saturday afternoon at Lambeau, the Cowboys know that their hay’s in the barn. Dallas wins this one but don’t expect them to cover the 7 1/2.