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Championship Broadcast Information (All times Eastern)

AFC Championship: Tennessee at Kansas City, 3:05 p.m. on CBS: Jim Nantz, Tony Romo, Tracy Wolfson (field reporter), Jay Feely (field reporter); NATIONAL RADIO: Westwood One: Kevin Harlan, Tony Boselli, Laura Okmin (field reporter); SIRIUS: 82 (Tennessee), 83 (Kansas City); XM: 226 (Tennessee), 225 (Kansas City)

NFC Championship: Green Bay at San Francisco, 6:40 p.m. on FOX: Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Erin Andrews (field reporter), Chris Myers (field reporter); NATIONAL RADIO: Westwood One: Kevin Kugler, Kurt Warner, Ross Tucker (field reporter); SIRIUS: 82 (Green Bay), 83 (San Francisco); XM: 226 (Green Bay), 225 (San Francisco)

Officials
Tennessee at Kansas City, 3:05 p.m.: Tony Corrente
Green Bay at San Francisco, 6:40 p.m.: John Hussey

Odds (Home teams in Caps)
KANSAS CITY – 7 1/2 vs. Tennessee (52)
SAN FRANCISCO – 7 vs. Green Bay (45)

Injury Report

Tennessee at Kansas City, 3:05 p.m.

Tennessee
QUESTIONABLE: LB Jayon Brown (shoulder), T Jack Conklin (shoulder), LB Rashaan Evans (foot), WR Cody Hollister (ankle), WR Adam Humphries (ankle), CB Adoree’ Jackson (foot), LB David Long (knee)

Kansas City
QUESTIONABLE: DT Chris Jones (calf), RB LeSean McCoy (illness), QB Matt Moore (illness)

Green Bay at San Francisco, 6:40 p.m.

Green Bay
QUESTIONABLE: RB Dan Vitale (knee)

San Francisco: San Francisco reports no injuries

Sunday Weather
Tennessee at Kansas City, 3:05 p.m.: Sunny and 18 degrees
Green Bay at San Francisco: 6:40 p.m.: Cloudy and 53 degrees

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

Divisional Playoff Broadcast Information (All times Eastern)

NFC: Minnesota at San Francisco, 4:35 p.m. Saturday on NBC: Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth, Michele Tafoya (field reporter); NATIONAL RADIO: Westwood One: Ryan Radtke, Tony Boselli, Scott Kaplan (field reporter); SIRIUS: 82 (Minnesota), 83 (San Francisco); XM: 226 (Minnesota), 225 (San Francisco)

AFC: Tennessee at Baltimore, 8:15 p.m. Saturday on CBS: Ian Eagle, Dan Fouts, Evan Washburn (field reporter); NATIONAL RADIO: Westwood One: Brandon Gaudin, Ross Tucker, Laura Okmin (field reporter); SIRIUS: 82 (Tennessee), 83 (Baltimore); XM: 226 (Tennessee), 225 (Baltimore)

AFC: Houston at Kansas City, 3:05 p.m. Sunday on CBS: Jim Nantz, Tony Romo, Tracy Wolfson (field reporter), Jay Feely (field reporter); NATIONAL RADIO: Westwood One: Kevin Kugler, Trent Green, James Laurinaitis (field reporter); SIRIUS: 82 (Houston), 83 (Kansas City); XM: 226 (Houston), 225 (Kansas City)

NFC: Seattle at Green Bay, 6:40 p.m. Sunday on FOX: Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Erin Andrews (field reporter), Chris Myers (field reporter); NATIONAL RADIO: Westwood One: Kevin Harlan, James Lofton, Hub Arkush (field reporter); SIRIUS: 82 (Seattle), 83 (Green Bay); XM: 226 (Seattle), 225 (Green Bay)

Divisional Officials
NFC: Minnesota at San Francisco, 4:35 p.m. Saturday: Walt Anderson
AFC: Tennessee at Baltimore, 8:15 p.m. Saturday: Bill Vinovich
AFC: Houston at Kansas City, 3:05 p.m. Sunday: Shawn Hochuli
NFC: Seattle at Green Bay, 6:40 p.m. Sunday: Clete Blakeman

Divisional Odds (Home team in CAPS)

Saturday’s Games
NFC: SAN FRANCISCO – 6 1/2 vs. Minnesota (45 1/2)
AFC: BALTIMORE – 9 vs. Tennessee (47)

Sunday’s Games
AFC: KANSAS CITY – 9 1/2 vs. Houston (50)
NFC: GREEN BAY – 4 vs. Seattle (46)

Saturday and Sunday Injury Report

NFC: Minnesota at San Francisco, 4:35 p.m. Saturday

Minnesota
OUT: CB Mackensie Alexander (knee), S Jayron Kearse (toe, knee)
QUESTIONABLE: WR Adam Thielen (ankle)

San Francisco
QUESTIONABLE: DE Dee Ford (quadricep, hamstring), DE Kentavius Street (knee)

AFC: Tennessee at Baltimore, 8:15 p.m. Saturday

Tennessee
OUT: LB Jayon Brown (shoulder), WR Adam Humphries (ankle)
QUESTIONABLE: WR Cody Hollister (ankle)

Baltimore
QUESTIONABLE: TE Mark Andrews (ankle), RB Mark Ingram (calf)

AFC: Houston at Kansas City, 3:05 p.m. Sunday

Houston
QUESTIONABLE: S Jahleel Addae (knee), TE Jordan Akins (hamstring), CB Keion Crossen (hamstring), TE Darren Fells (hip), WR Will Fuller (groin), CB Johnathan Joseph (hamstring), WR Kenny Stills (knee)

Kansas City
OUT: CB Morris Claiborne (not injury related, shoulder)
QUESTIONABLE: DT Chris Jones (calf), TE Travis Kelce (knee)

NFC: Seattle at Green Bay, 6:40 p.m. Sunday

Seattle
DOUBTFUL: G Mike Iupati (neck)
QUESTIONABLE: DE Ezekiel Ansah (neck), S Marquise Blair (ankle), T Duane Brown (knee), T George Fant (groin), DT Quinton Jefferson (ankle)

Green Bay
QUESTIONABLE: DT Kenny Clark (back), DT Tyler Lancaster (illness), RB Dan Vitale (knee, illness), RB Dexter Williams (illness)

Saturday and Sunday Divisonal Weather
NFC: Minnesota at San Francisco, 4:35 p.m. Saturday: Partly cloudy and 54 degrees
AFC: Tennessee at Baltimore, 8:15 p.m. Saturday: Cloudy and 64 degrees
AFC: Houston at Kansas City, 3:05 p.m. Sunday: Partly cloudy and 37 degrees
NFC: Seattle at Green Bay, 6:40 p.m. Sunday: Overcast and 22 degrees

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

Wild Card Broadcast Information (All times listed Eastern)

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

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

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

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

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

Wild Card Odds (Home teams in CAPS)

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

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

Wild Card Saturday and Sunday Injury Report

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Minnesota

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

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

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

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

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

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

Black Monday has come and gone. Teams not in the post-season have made changes in the front office and coaching staffs and are preparing for the 2020 NFL Draft. 20 teams are at home, clearing out lockers, getting ready for next season, their dreams of holding the Lombardi Trophy shattered because of injuries, bad decisions on and sometime off the field damaging those hopes. 256 games in the regular season have been played. The regular season is over and in the books and the second season begins this Saturday.

For the 12 teams that are left standing, either as champions of their divisions or winners of that coveted Wild Card spot, it’s their second season. It’s a chance to hit the reset button and extend their season, even if it means by one game. There’s a SMALL plot twist in all of this.

You win this week, you’re playing next week.

You lose…. you’re clearing out your locker and your next game is September of 2020.

The NFL’s 100th season has reached the playoffs and the playoff field is as strong as it’s ever been. Six playoff teams – Baltimore (14-2), Kansas City (12-4) and New England (12-4) from the AFC and San Francisco (13-3), Green Bay (13-3) and New Orleans (13-3) from the NFC – won at least 12 regular-season games, tied for the most such teams in a single postseason in NFL history.

The seasons with the most playoff teams that won 12-or-more regular-season games:

SEASON – TEAMS
2019 – 6
2011 – 6
2003 – 6
Many – 5

The combined winning percentage (.708, 136-56) of this season’s field is the highest in 14 years, since it was .719 (138-54) in 2005.

The playoffs continue with the Divisional round on January 11-12, the Conference Championship Games on January 19 and Super Bowl LIV on February 2 at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami on FOX at 6:30 p.m. Eastern.

It’s football’s version of the children’s game of “Musicial Chairs.” As long as there’s a chair and the music is playing, everyone has a chance. It’s when the music stops and everyone scrambles for a chair that there’s chaos. One by one you take a chair out and start over until there’s a winner. It’s finality but it makes the NFL worth watching, even if your team is not in the mix.

New teams making the playoffs, terrific turnarounds, consistent teams excelling again, records falling and young players making their mark. The 2019 season had it all.

Youth and success at the quarterback position highlighted the 2019 regular season as 208 games featured at least one starting quarterback under the age of 27, the most in a single season in NFL history. In total, quarterbacks under the age of 27 started 287 games and recorded 144 wins in those starts this season, both the highest single-season totals since 1970. Three quarterbacks under the age of 25 – Baltimore’s Lamar Jackson (2018 NFL Draft), Kansas City’s Patrick Mahomes (2017 NFL Draft) and Houston’s DeShaun Watson (2017 NFL Draft) – have led their respective teams to division titles in each of the past two seasons.

Competitiveness was a constant theme throughout the regular season as 68 percent of games (174 of 256) were within one score (eight points) in the fourth quarter, tied for the fifth-most such games in a single season in NFL history, while 52.3 percent of games (134 of 256) were decided by eight-or-fewer points, also tied for the fifth-most such games in single season in league annals. Additionally, 57 games saw a team come back to win or tie after trailing in the fourth quarter.

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

Five of the 12 playoff teams are new to the postseason in 2019: Buffalo, Green Bay, Minnesota, San Francisco and Tennessee and since 1990 – a streak of 30 consecutive seasons – at least four teams have qualified for the playoffs in every season that were not in the postseason the year before. Both Green Bay (NFC North) and San Francisco (NFC West) won their division after missing the postseason in 2018 and at least two teams have won their divisions the season after missing the playoffs in 16 of the past 17 years.

Teams to win their division a season after missing the postseason since 2003:

SEASON – NEW DIVISION WINNERS AFTER MISSING POSTSEASON THE PREVIOUS SEASON
2019 – Green Bay, San Francisco
2018 – Baltimore, Chicago*, Dallas, Houston*
2017 – Jacksonville*, Los Angeles Rams, New Orleans, Minnesota, Philadelphia*
2016 – ATLANTA, Dallas*
2015 – Houston, Minnesota, Washington*
2014 – Dallas, Pittsburgh
2013 – Carolina*, Philadelphia*
2012 – Washington*
2011 – Denver*, Houston*, New York Giants, San Francisco
2010 – ATLANTA, Chicago, Kansas City*, Pittsburgh, Seattle
2009 – Cincinnati, Dallas, New England, New Orleans*
2008 – Arizona, Carolina, Miami*, Minnesota
2007 – Green Bay, Pittsburgh, Tampa Bay*
2006 – Baltimore*, New Orleans*, Philadelphia*, San Diego
2005 – Chicago*, Cincinnati, New York Giants, Tampa Bay*
2004 – ATLANTA*, Pittsburgh, San Diego*
2003 – Baltimore, Carolina*, Kansas City*, New England, St. Louis Rams
*Worst to first

OFFENSIVE TRENDS: The 2019 season will go down as one of the most prolific offensive seasons in league history.

Teams combined to score 1,332 total touchdowns, the third-most in a single season in NFL history, while the 11,680 total points were tied for the third-most in league annals.

MOST TOUCHDOWNS, NFL HISTORY

SEASON – TOUCHDOWNS
2018 – 1,371
2013 – 1,338
2019 – 1,332
2015 – 1,318

MOST TOTAL POINTS, NFL HISTORY

SEASON – TOTAL POINTS
2013 – 11,985
2018 – 11,952
2019 – 11,680
2015 – 11,680

With five teams – Baltimore (33.2 points per game), San Francisco (29.9), New Orleans (28.6), Tampa Bay (28.6) and Kansas City (28.2) – averaging at least 28 points per game, the 2019 season joined 2014 (six teams) as the only seasons with at least five teams averaging at least 28 points per game since 1970.

The Ravens, who scored at least 40 points in five different games this season, led the NFL with 3,296 rushing yards and surpassed the 1978 New England Patriots (3,165) for the most rushing yards by a team in a single season in NFL history.

PROLIFIC PASSERS: In 2019, league-wide passing numbers continued to trend at a historic pace, as the marks for passer rating (90.4 – second), completion percentage (63.5 percent – second), total completions (11,331 – fourth) and touchdown passes (797 – fifth) were all ranked in the top five for highest in a single season in NFL history.

SEASON – RATING
2018 – 92.9
2019 – 90.4
2015 – 90.2
2016 – 89.3
2014 – 88.9

SEASON – COMPLETION PCT.
2018 – 64.9
2019 – 63.5
2016 – 63.0
2015 – 63.0
2014 – 62.6

SEASON – COMPLETIONS
2015 – 11,527
2016 – 11,526
2018 – 11,462
2019 – 11,331
2014 – 11,200

SEASON – TD PASSES
2018 – 847
2015 – 842
2014 – 807
2013 – 804
2019 – 797

Eleven quarterbacks passed for at least 4,000 yards in 2019, including four with at least 4,500 passing yards: Tampa Bay’s Jameis Winston (5,109), Dallas’ Dak Prescott (4,902), the Los Angeles Rams’ Jared Goff (4,638) and the Los Angeles Chargers’ Philip Rivers (4,615).

Twelve quarterbacks threw at least 25 touchdown passes this season, including four with at least 30 touchdown passes: Baltimore’s LAMAR JACKSON (36), Winston (33), Seattle’s Russell Wilson (31) and Prescott (30).

Three rookie quarterbacks – New York Giants’ Daniel Jones, Jacksonville’s Gardner Minshew and Arizona’s Kyler Murray – each passed for at least 20 touchdowns this season, marking the second season in league annals in which at least three rookie quarterbacks each passed for at least 20 touchdowns (2012 – Robert Griffin III, Andrew Luck and Russell Wilson).

Nine quarterbacks had a passer rating of 100 or higher in 2019, including three with a passer rating of at least 110: Tennessee’s Ryan Tannehill (117.5), New Orleans’ Drew Brees (116.3) and Jackson (113.3). The nine quarterbacks with a passer rating of 100 or higher were tied with the 2018 season for the most in a single season in NFL history.

The seasons with the most quarterbacks having a passer rating of 100 or higher in NFL history:

SEASON – QUARTERBACKS WITH 100+ PASSER RATING
2019 – 9
2018 – 9
2013 – 7

ALL-PURPOSE BACKS: Sixteen players rushed for at least 1,000 yards, including four players with at least 1,300 rushing yards, this season: Tennessee’s Derrick Henry (1,540), Cleveland’s Nick Chubb (1,494), Carolina’s Christian McCaffrey (1,387) and Dallas’ Ezekiel Elliott (1,357).

Seven players recorded at least 10 rushing touchdowns in 2019: Henry (16), Green Bay’s Aaron Jones (16), McCaffrey (15), Minnesota’s Dalvin Cook (13), Elliott (12), the Los Angeles Rams’ Todd Gurley (12) and Baltimore’s Mark Ingram (10).

Twenty-six running backs totaled at least 1,000 scrimmage yards, including eight with at least 1,500 scrimmage yards, this season: McCaffrey (2,392), Elliott (1,777), Chubb (1,772), Henry (1,746), Jacksonville’s Leonard Fournette (1,674), Cook (1,654), Jones (1,558) and the Los Angeles Chargers’ Austin Ekeler (1,550).

Three running backs – Jones (19 scrimmage touchdowns), McCaffrey (19) and Henry (18) – each recorded at least 18 scrimmage touchdowns this season.

2019 was the third season in NFL history with three players totaling at least 18 scrimmage touchdowns each, joining 2005 (Shaun Alexander, Larry Johnson and Pro Football Hall of Famer LaDainian Tomlinson) and 1962 (Pro Football Hall of Famers Jim Brown and Jim Taylor and Abner Haynes).

RIDICULOUS RECEIVERS: Twenty-nine players had at least 1,000 receiving yards, including five with at least 1,200 receiving yards this season: New Orleans’ Michael Thomas (1,725), Atlanta’s Julio Jones (1,394), Tampa Bay’s Chris Godwin (1,333), Kansas City’s Travis Kelce (1,229) and Miami’s Devante Parker (1,202).

Five players had at least 100 receptions in 2019: Thomas (single-season NFL record 149), Carolina’s Christian McCaffrey (116), the Los Angeles Chargers’ Keenan Allen (104), Houston’s DeAndre Hopkins (104) and New England’s Julian Edleman (100).

Three players had at least 10 touchdown catches this season: Detroit’s Kenny Golladay (11), Baltimore’s Mark Andrews (10) and the Los Angeles Rams’ Cooper Kupp (10).

Five rookies recorded at least seven touchdown receptions in 2019: Tennessee’s A.J. Brown (eight), the New York Giants’ Darius Slayton (eight), Baltimore’s Marquise Brown (seven), Washington’s Terry McLaurin (seven) and Seattle’s D.K. Metcalf (seven). In total, rookies combined for 110 touchdown receptions in 2019 and surpassed 2014 (109 touchdown catches) for the most combined touchdown receptions by rookies in a single season since 1970.

DOMINANT DEFENDERS: Eighteen players recorded at least 10 sacks, including five with at least 14 sacks, in 2019: Tampa Bay’s Shaquil Barrett (19.5), Arizona’s Chandler Jones (19), New Orleans’ Cameron Jordan (15.5), Minnesota’s Danielle Hunter (14.5) and Pittsburgh’s T.J. Watt (14.5).

Five players registered at least five forced fumbles this season: Jones (eight), Watt (eight), Barrett (six), Washington’s Ryan Anderson (five) and Chicago’s Khalil Mack (five). 2019 was the first season since 2002 (Dwight Freeeney and Leonard Little) that two players had at least eight forced fumbles in the same season.

Ten players recorded at least five interceptions, including three with six interceptions, this season: New England’s Stephon Gilmore (six), Minnesota’s Anthony Harris (six) and Buffalo’s Tre’Davious White (six).

SEVEN FROM SUNDAY IN WEEK 17: Five of the 12 teams to qualify for the playoffs are new to the postseason in 2019, having missed the playoffs a year ago: Buffalo, Green Bay, Minnesota, San Francisco and Tennessee.

Since 1990 – a streak of 30 consecutive seasons – at least four teams have qualified for the playoffs in every season that were not in the postseason the year before.

Baltimore won the AFC North and finished as the AFC’s number 1 seed and the Ravens will have home-field advantage through the AFC playoffs. Kansas City won the AFC West, are the number 2 seed and the Chiefs clinched a first-round bye in the AFC playoffs. New England won the AFC East. The Patriots are the number 3 seed and will host number 6 seed Tennessee in the Wild Card round. The Titans clinched a playoff berth for the second time in the past three seasons. Houston won the AFC South, are the number 4 seed and the Texans will host number 5 seed Buffalo in the Wild Card round. The Bills clinched a playoff berth for the second time in the past three seasons.

San Francisco defeated Seattle and became the number 1 seed and have home-field advantage throughout the NFC playoffs. Green Bay won the NFC North and clinched the numbere 2 seed and a bye in the first round of the NFC playoffs. New Orleans won the NFC South and became the number 3 seed in the post-season tournament. They will face number 6 seed Minnesota in New Orleans. Philadelphia won the NFC East for the second time in the past three seasons, are the number 4 seed and the Eagles will host either Seattle in the NFC Wild Card round.

Three rookie quarterbacks – New York Giants’ Daniel Jones, Jacksonville’s Gardner Minshew and Arizona’s Kyler Murray – each passed for at least 20 touchdowns this season, marking the second season in league annals in which at least three rookie quarterbacks each passed for at least 20 touchdowns (2012 – Robert Griffin III, Andrew Luck and Russell Wilson).

Jones led all rookie quarterbacks with 24 touchdown passes in 2019, the fourth-most by a rookie quarterback in a single season in NFL history. Only Baker Mayfield (27 in 2018), Peyton Manning (26 in 1998) and Russell Wilson (26 in 2012) had more.

Murray passed for 3,722 yards and rushed for 544 yards this season and joined Cam Newton (2011) as the only rookies with at least 3,500 passing yards and 500 rushing yards in NFL history.

New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees passed for 253 yards and three touchdowns with zero interceptions for a 123.3 rating in the Saints’ 42-10 win at Carolina. Brees has 93 career games with at least three touchdown passes, tied with Peyton Manning (93) for the most in NFL history. Brees recorded his fourth consecutive game with at least three touchdown passes and zero interceptions and joined Russell Wilson (five games in 2015), Tom Brady (four in 2007) and Aaron Rodgers (four in 2014) as the only players with at least four consecutive games of at least three touchdown passes and zero interceptions in a single season in league annals.

In 2019, Brees recorded a 74.3 completion percentage (281 of 378), the second-highest single-season completion percentage in NFL history, trailing only the mark he set in 2018 (74.4 percent).

Carolina running back Christian McCAaffery recorded seven receptions and 98 scrimmage yards (72 receiving, 26 rushing) with a rushing touchdown on Sunday. McCaffrey led the NFL with 2,392 scrimmage yards this season, the third-most scrimmage yards in a single season in NFL history, trailing only Chris Johnson (2,509 in 2009) and Pro Football Hall of Famer Marshall Faulk (2,429 in 1999).

McCaffrey totaled 1,387 rushing yards and 1,005 receiving yards in 2019 and joined Roger Craig (1985) and Pro Football Hall of Famer Marshall Faulk (1999) as the only players with at least 1,000 rushing yards and 1,000 receiving yards in a single season in league annals. McCaffrey has 303 receptions since entering the NFL in 2017 and joined Michael Thomas (321 receptions) as the only players with at least 300 receptions in their first three seasons in NFL history.

Tennessee rookie wide receiver A.J. Brown had a 51-yard touchdown reception in the Titans’ Week 17 win. Brown has four touchdown catches of at least 50 yards in 2019 and joined Isaac Curtis (five in 1973), Willie Gault (four in 1983) and Pro Football Hall of Famer Randy Moss (five in 1998) as rookies with at least four touchdown receptions of 50-or-more yards since 1970.

Kansas City rookie wide receiver Mecole Hardman recorded a 104-yard kickoff return for a touchdown in the Chiefs’ Week 17 win. Hardman, who also had an 83-yard touchdown reception in 2019, is the fourth player and first rookie in NFL history with a kick return touchdown of at least 100 yards and touchdown reception of at least 80 yards in the same season in NFL history.

Detroit rookie quarterback David Blough, New England linebacker Elandon Roberts and Atlanta tackle Ty Sambrailo each recorded touchdown receptions in Week 17. Blough, who caught a 19-yard touchdown pass against Green Bay, joined Marcus Mariota (December 13, 2015) as the only rookie quarterbacks to register a touchdown reception since 1970.

Roberts caught a 38-yard touchdown pass against Miami, the longest touchdown reception by a linebacker since 1970.

Sambrailo recorded a 35-yard touchdown reception against Tampa Bay, the longest touchdown reception by an offensive lineman since 1970.

Other notable performances from Sunday include:

Batlimore led the NFL with 3,296 rushing yards in 2019 and surpassed the 1978 New England Patriots (3,165) for the most rushing yards by a team in a single season in NFL history.

New England quarterback Tom Brady passed for two touchdowns with one interception in Week 17 against Miami. Brady has 541 career touchdown passes and surpassed Peyton Manning (539) for the second-most touchdown passes in NFL history. Only Drew Brees (547) has more.

Tampa Bay quarterback Jameis Winston led the NFL with 5,109 passing yards in 2019 and became the eighth different quarterback to throw for at least 5,000 yards in a single season in league annals.

Denver running back Phillip Lindsay had 1,011 rushing yards in 2019 and became the first undrafted player to rush for at least 1,000 yards in each of his first two seasons since 1967.

Atlanta linebacker Deion Jones registered a game-winning 27-yard interception return for a touchdown on the first play of overtime in the Falcons’ 28-22 win at Tampa Bay. Jones is the seventh player with a game-winning interception return for a touchdown in overtime since 2002 and the first since Robert Alford (October 11, 2015).

Buccaneers rookie linebacker Devin White recorded a 91-yard fumble return for a touchdown in Week 17. White, who also had a 14-yard fumble return for a touchdown in Week 13, is the first rookie to return two opponent fumble recoveries for a touchdown in a single season since 1970.

WHAT TO LOOK FOR IN WILD CARD WEEKEND

NEW YEAR, NEW TEAMS: This season, five teams qualified for the playoffs after missing the postseason in 2018 – Buffalo, Green Bay, Minnesota, San Francisco and Tennessee – three of which will be active on Wild Card Weekend (Buffalo at Houston, Saturday at 4:35 p.m. on ESPN/ABC; Tennessee at New England, Saturday at 8:15 p.m. on CBS and Minnesota at New Orleans, Sunday at 1:05 p.m. on FOX).

Since the 12-team playoff format was adopted in 1990 – a streak of 30 consecutive seasons – at least four teams have qualified for the playoffs in every season that were not in the postseason the year before.

POSTSEASON DEBUTS: Three quarterbacks – Buffalo’s JOSH ALLEN, Philadelphia’s Carson Wentz and Tennessee’s Ryan Tannehill – are expected to make their first-career postseason starts on Wild Card Weekend.

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

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

YOUNG QUARTERBACKS KICK OFF WILD CARD WEEKEND: Saturday afternoon’s game featuring Buffalo quarterback Josh Allen (23 years, 228 days old) and Houston quarterback DeShaun Watson (24 years, 112 days old) marks the sixth postseason matchup between two quarterbacks under the age of 25 in the Super Bowl era.

In four of the five such matchups in the Super Bowl era, the quarterback of the home team has won.

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

SEASON – ROUND (HOME TEAM, QUARTERBACK; VISITOR, QUARTERBACK)(RESULT)
1985 – AFC Divisional (Miami, Dan Marino; Cleveland, Bernie Kozar)(Miami 24, Cleveland 21)(HOF)
2000 – NFC Wild Card (Philadelphia, Donovan McNabb; Tampa Bay, Shaun King)(Philadelphia 21, Tampa Bay 3)
2000 – NFC Divisional (Minnesota, Daunte Culpepper; New Orleans, Aaron Brooks)(Minnesota 34, New Orleans 16)
2011 – AFC Wild Card (Houston, T.J. Yates; Cincinnati, Andy Dalton)(Houston 31, Cincinnati 10)
2012 – NFC Wild Card (Washington, Robert Griffin III; Seattle, Russell Wilson)(Seattle 24, Washington 14)

CLASH OF THE TITANS: Saturday night’s matchup between Tennessee (9-7) and AFC East Champion New England (12-4) pairs the league’s top-rated quarterback Ryan Tannehill (117.5 passer rating) and the league’s leading rusher Derrick Henry (1,540 rushing yards), against a Patriots defense that led the NFL in total defense (275.9 yards per game) and scoring defense (14.1 points against per game) in 2019.

Tennessee is the fourth team since 1970 to have the league’s top-rated quarterback and league-leading rusher in the same season.

New England is the first team to allow an average of 15 or fewer points per game since the 2013 Seattle Seahawks (14.4). Seattle would go on to win Super Bowl XLVIII. Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, who has led New England to 11 consecutive division titles and six overall Super Bowl championships, is the postseason’s all-time leader in games played (40), passing yards (11,179) and touchdown passes (73).

New England running back Sony Michel led the NFL with six rushing touchdowns in the 2018 postseason – tied for the second-most in a single postseason in league history. If Michel, who had at least one rushing touchdown in each of his first three career postseason games, has a rushing touchdown against Tennessee, he would join Pro Football Hall of Famers Terrell Davis and Curtis Martin, as well as Arian Foster, as the only players with a rushing touchdown in each of their first four career postseason games in NFL history.

New England wide receiver Julian Edelman has 115 receptions for 1,412 receiving yards in 18 career postseason games – both the second-most in NFL history. Only Pro Football Hall of Famer Jerry Rice (151 receptions, 2,245 receiving yards) has more.
In Super Bowl LIII, Edelman had 10 receptions for 141 receiving yards and was named the Super Bowl’s Most Valuable Player, marking his sixth-career postseason game with at least 100 receiving yards.

With at least 100 receiving yards against Tennessee, Edelman would surpass Pro Football Hall of Famer Michael Irvin (six games) for the second-most career postseason games with at least 100 receiving yards in NFL history.

The players with the most career postseason games with at least 100 receiving yards in NFL history:

PLAYER, TEAM (GAMES)
Jerry Rice, San Francisco (8) (HOF)
Julian Edelman, New England (6)
Michael Irvin, Dallas (6) (HOF)

EASY BREESY: New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees will make his 16th career postseason start on Sunday against Minnesota. Brees currently ranks in the top five in both postseason completion percentage and passer rating (minimum of 150 attempts) in league history.

The quarterbacks with the highest career postseason passer rating (min. 150 attempts):

QUARTERBACK (COMPLETIONS/ATTEMPTS – YARDS; TD/INTERCEPTIONS, RATING)
Bart Starr (130/213 – 1,753; 15/3, 104.8)(HOF)
Kurt Warner (307/462 – 3,952; 31/14, 102.8)(HOF)
Matt Ryan (237/351 – 2,672; 20/7, 100.8)
Drew Brees (408/615 – 4,759; 33/11, 100.0)*
Aaron Rodgers (378/595 – 4,457; 36/10, 99.4)*
*Active in 2019 playoffs

The quarterbacks with the highest career postseason completion percentage (min. 150 attempts):

QUARTERBACK (COMPLETIONS/ATTEMPTS, PCT.)
Nick Foles (143/210, 68.1)
Matt Ryan (237/351, 67.5)
Kurt Warner (307/462, 66.5)(HOF)
Drew Brees (408/615, 66.3)*
Ken Anderson (110/166, 66.3)

*Active in 2019 playoffs

Additionally, Brees has 4,759 career postseason passing yards. With at least 241 passing yards on Sunday, he would become the sixth player in NFL history with at least 5,000 career postseason passing yards, joining Tom Brady (11,179), Peyton Manning (7,339), Pro Football Hall of Famers Brett Farve (5,855) and Joe Montana (5,772), as well as Ben Roethlisberger (5,256).

BATTLE OF THE BIRDS: Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson passed for 4,110 passing yards this season and joined Peyton Manning and Cam Newton as the only players with at least 3,000 passing yards in each of their first eight seasons in NFL history. Wilson also became the first quarterback in league history to finish with a winning record in each of his first eight seasons.

Wilson has 94 career wins (including postseason) since entering the NFL in 2012, the second-most in a player’s first eight seasons in NFL history.

The quarterbacks with the most career wins, including postseason, in their first eight seasons in NFL history:

PLAYER, TEAM (SEASONS; WINS)
Tom Brady, New England (2000-07; 100)
Russell Wilson, Seattle (2012-19; 94)*
Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh (2004-11; 90)
*In eighth season

Seattle running back Marshawn Lynch has recorded at least 100 rushing yards in six of his 11 career postseason appearances. With at least 100 rushing yards against Philadelphia, Lynch would tie Pro Football Hall of Famers Terrell Davis (seven games) and Emmitt Smith (seven games) for the most career postseason games with at least 100 rushing yards in NFL history.

The players with the most career postseason games with at least 100 rushing yards in NFL history:

PLAYER – GAMES WITH 100+ RUSHING YARDS
Terrell Davis – 7 (HOF)
Emmitt Smith – 7 (HOF)
Marshawn Lynch – 6*
John Riggins – 6 (HOF)
Thurman Thomas – 6 (HOF)
(HOF)- Hall of Fame
*Entering postseason

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

As good as things were in week 16 (12-4), we kinda slipped in week 17, going 7-9 and for the season, 141-115. Wild Card weekend gets underway in the Lone Star State as Houston welcomes the return of DL J.J. Watt as they host the Buffalo Bills and concludes in the City of Brotherly Love as Philadelphia and Seattle meet in a week 12 rematch at Lincoln Financial Field. Here are the Saturday and Sunday picks for Wild Card Weekend.

Buffalo (10-6, 1st Wild Card) at Houston (10-6, AFC South champion), 4:35 p.m. Saturday on ESPN, with simulcast on ABC. The AFC gets center stage all to themselves as a pair of 10-6 teams meet in the Lone Star State Saturday afternoon. Houston, winners of the AFC South, host the Buffalo Bills, who circled their wagons and won the 1st AFC Wild Card spot, meet at NRG Stadium. Both clubs enter the contest with home losses under their belts last Sunday.

The Bills, seeking their first playoff win since 1995, watched Sam Darnold and the New York Jets erase a 3-3 tie at the end of the third quarter in Orchard Park, taking a 13-6 loss to their AFC East rival in upstate New York. Buffalo trailed 3-0 at the intermission as Jets K Steve Ficken opened the scoring in the contest with a 30-yard field goal (the two clubs played a scoreless first quarter). The Bills’ Stephen Hauschka would even things up in the third quarter, connecting on a 28-yard field goal with 89 seconds left in the third. The J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS! would reclaim the lead for keeps early in the fourth quarter as Darnold and WR Jamison Crowder connected on a 1-yard TD toss. Ficken would boost GangGreen’s lead to 10 with 2:05 left before Hauscka connected on a 29-yard field goal with 47 seconds left in the contest. Buffalo then went for the onside kick, which the J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS! would recover and the vistors would run the clock out to take the win.

Neither club would breach the 100-yard barrier in upstate New York but the J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS! would out-rush Buffalo 86-73 with LeVeon Bell leading the way with 41 yards in the contest. Darnold threw for 199 yards with the TD in the third quarter (he was sacked twice and threw an interception), while Josh Allen threw for 5 yards before backup QB Matt Barkley took over, throwing for 232 yards with a sack and a pair of interceptions. Buffalo went 4 of 14 on third down and kept the ball for 28:39, while GangGreen ruled the clock, keeping the ball for 31:21, while going 5 of 14 on third down.

Houston found themselves on the short end of a 35-14 loss against Tennessee in the Lone Star State. The Titans, needing to win to get into the post-season party, broke a 7-7 after the first quarter and proceeded take a 14-7 lead into the intermission on a 1-yard TD toss from Ryan Tannehill to TE MyCole Pruitt with 9:42 left in the half. Titans RB Derrick Henry would give Tennesee a 2-TD lead early in the third on the first of his three TDs in the contest before Texans backup QB A.J. McCarron (taking over over DeShaun Watson) scored from a yard out with 69 seconds left in the quarter to narrow the gap to seven. Henry was not finished, as he would score on a 1-yard run early in the final 15 minutes of play, then put a dagger in the hearts of Texans fans, as he would run 53 yards untouched for his final TD of the afternoon.

Henry led all rushers with 211 yards and the three TDs as Tennessee out-rushed Houston 245-109 with Tannehill throwing for 198 yards with a pair of TDs, no sacks or interceptions, while McCarron threw for 225 yards with four sacks and an interception. Tennessee went 5 of 10 on third down tries and they held the ball for 28:21, while the Texans actually were rulers of the clock, keeping the ball for 31:39, while going 3 of 12 on third down, 2 of 4 on fourth down.

This is the first playoff meeting between the two teams in the history of the franchises and for the Bills, it’s their second trip in the last three seasons, while the Texans will be making their fourth consecutive trip to the post-season party. Houston is favored by 3 with a 42 1/2 over/under. For the Bills, they would like to at least move on to the next round; for the Texans, they have the same goal. The winner advances… the loser is done. Texans cover the 3 at home in the Lone Star State and advance to the Divisional Round.

Tennessee (9-7, 2nd Wild Card) at New England (12-4, AFC East champion), 8:15 p.m. Saturday on CBS. Saturday Wild Card action concludes in Foxboro as Tom Brady and the defending Super Bowl champions host the Tenneseee Titans at Gillette Stadium. The Titans look to knock off the champs in their building, while the Patriots look to right their ship from last week against Miami.

Breaking a 7-7 tie at the end of the first quarter, Tennesse floored the gas in Houston and came away 35-14 winners in the Lone Star State. The Titans, needing to win to get into the post-season party, broke a 7-7 after the first quarter and proceeded take a 14-7 lead into the intermission on a 1-yard TD toss from Ryan Tannehill to TE MyCole Pruitt with 9:42 left in the half. Titans RB Derrick Henry would give Tennesee a 2-TD lead early in the third on the first of his three TDs in the contest before Texans backup QB A.J. McCarron (taking over over DeShaun Watson) scored from a yard out with 69 seconds left in the quarter to narrow the gap to seven. Henry was not finished, as he would score on a 1-yard run early in the final 15 minutes of play, then put a dagger in the hearts of Texans fans, as he would run 53 yards untouched for his final TD of the afternoon.

Henry led all rushers with 211 yards and the three TDs as Tennessee out-rushed Houston 245-109 with Tannehill throwing for 198 yards with a pair of TDs, no sacks or interceptions, while McCarron threw for 225 yards with four sacks and an interception. Tennessee went 5 of 10 on third down tries and they held the ball for 28:21, while the Texans actually were rulers of the clock, keeping the ball for 31:39, while going 3 of 12 on third down, 2 of 4 on fourth down.

New England lost their chance to have a first-round bye as AFC East rival left Foxboro and Gillette Stadium 27-24 winners in the season finale. The Patriots trailed 17-10 at the intermission before tying things up with 4:26 left in the third when Brady and LB Elandon Roberts connected on a 38-yard TD pass. Miami reclaimed the lead with 8:29 left in the contest on a 32-yard field goal by Jason Sanders to lead by 3 before New England took the lead back, as Brady and RB James White connected on a 13-yard TD pass with 3:53 left in regulation. Miami would respond and reclaim the lead on a 5-yard TD pass from Ryan Fitzpatrick to WR Mike Gesicki with 24 seconds left. New England got the ball on their 25-yard line with the 24 seconds left and got as close as their 37-yard line with 2 seconds left when they tried several lateral passes in hope of either scoring a TD or getting a defensive penalty. Neither of those two things came to pass as Miami would hold off their efforts.

New England did manage to out-rush Miami 135-63 with Patriots RB Sony Michel leading the way with 74 yards and a TD; Brady threw for 221 yards and the two TDs (Brady was picked off once and sacked once), while Fitzpatrick threw for 320 yards with a rushing TD of his own in addition to the Gesicki TD (he was sacked twice but did not throw an interception). New England was 3 of 9 on third down tries and kept the ball for 26:09, while Miami was 5 of 12 on third down, 0 of 1 on fourth down and ruled the clock, keeping the ball for 33:51.

The Titans/Patriots game is the sixth playoff meeting in the history of the NFL where an opposing coach has played for another coach (Titans coach Mike Vrabel played for Bellicheck from 2001 to 2008). They’ve met in the post-season three times and the Patriots lead the series 2-1 and including games that were played in Houston and at Fenway Park, the Patriots have outscored Tennessee 66-59. Their last post-season meeting took place in 2017 in Foxboro and the Patriots came away with the 35-14 win in the Divisonal round, while Tennessee’s lone win in post-season came in 1978, when the team was known as the Oilers and they left Foxboro 31-14 (also in the Divisional round) winners. New England’s favored by 4 1/2 and the over/under’s 43 1/2. Tennessee would like nothing more than to knock off New England in their back yard. The Patriots? They have other plans and look to right their ship from the loss in the season finale at home. New England may not cover the 4 1/2 but the Pats get their ducks in a row and move on to the next round.

Minnesota (10-6, 2nd Wild Card) at New Orleans (13-3, NFC South champion), 1:05 p.m. Sunday on FOX. It’s the NFC’s turn to have the stage as Minnesota and New Orleans meet in the NFC’s Wild Card round in the Big Easy. The Saints, the number 3 seed in the post-season, take on the 6th-seeded Vikings, with Minnesota coming off a loss at home to Chicago, while the Saints manhandled Carolina in the Tar Heel State in their regular-season finales.

The Vikings dropped a 21-1 decision to NFC North rival Chicago at US Bank Stadium last Sunday. Minnesota trailed 11-6 at the intermission, then took a 19-18 lead with 4:53 left in the contest on a 34-yard field goal by Dan Bailey before Chicago reclaimed the lead for good with 10 seconds left on a 22-yard field goal by Eddie Pinerio.

Minnesota out-rushed Da Bears 174-158 with Viking RB Mike Boone leading all rushers with 148 yards, while Chicago was led by David Montgomery with 113 yards (both men had a rushing TD in the contest). Sean Mannion, taking over for Kirk Cousins (rest) threw for 126 yards with a pair of interceptions, while Mitchell Trubisky threw for 207 yards and was sacked four times (neither threw a TD pass). Minnesota went 4 of 9 on third down tries in the Twin Cities and held on to the ball for 22:20, while Da Bears kept the pigskin in hibernation for 37:40, going 7 of 16 on third down, 1 of 2 on fourth down.

The Saints gave Carolina their eighth loss in a row in Charlotte, coming out of the Tar Heel State 42-10 winners at Bank of America Stadium. Saints running back Alvin Kamara (39 rushing yards) opened the scoring with a pair of first-quarter TDs as the Saints would go on to lead 35-3 at the break. New Orleans out-rushed Carolina 115-41 as Drew Brees threw for 253 yards and three TDs without a sack or interception (he would be replaced by Teddy Bridgewater), while Kyle Allen threw for 295 yards with a sack and an interception. The Saints were 4 of 11 on third down and held on to the pigskin for 35:40, while the Panthers, keeping the pigskin for 24:20, went 5 of 16 on third down, 1 of 2 on fourth down.

In post-season play, the Vikings lead the series 3-1 and Minnesota has outscored the Saints 135-81. New Orleans’ lone win in the post-season series came in the Big Easy in 2009 as the Saints needed overtime to win 31-28 in the Superdome. It was their last meeting in the Twin Cities in 2017 that was a classic as the Vikings rallied to win 29-24 in the NFC Divisional playoff.

In that meeting, Minnesota and New Orleans played in a manner that not even Hollywood could have expected, with the plot line turning Minnesota’s way as the Vikings rallied to take the win over Drew Brees and the Saints at US Bank Stadium. The Vikings led 17-0 at the intermission against New Orleans before the Saints’ Michael Thomas ended Minnesota’s bid for a shutout when he and Drew Brees connected on a 14-yard TD pass with 1:18 left in the third quarter. Brees and Thomas would connect again with 13:09 left in the contest when they connected on a 3-yard toss.

After Kyle Horbath gave the Vikings a 20-14 lead with 10:12 left to play, New Orleans took the lead for the first time in the game when rookie RB Alvin Kamara caught a 14 yard TD pass from Brees with 3:01 left to. That lead would not last long, as once again it was Horbath putting the Vikings back on top with a 52-yard field goal with 89 seconds left.

New Orleans was not about to be outdone as they would use an 11-play, 50-yard drive that used 64 seconds of clock and took the lead back when K Wil Lutz connected on a 43-yard field goal with 25 seconds left. Minnesota, without time outs, engineered a drive that almost didn’t see the light of day as Case Keenum and Stefon Diggs opened with a 19-yard pass to their 39-yard line. After two Keenum passes were incomplete, the Vikings needed and got a miracle when Diggs caught Keenum’s desparation pass and took it into the end zone for a 61-yard TD pass as time expired for a walk-off TD to send Minnesota fans home happy and the Vikings to the NFC Championship Game.

Minnesota out-rushed New Orleans 95-80 and Keenum threw for 318 yards, while Brees threw for 294 (both men were sacked twice, Keenum threw an interception, while Brees threw two) and Diggs led all recievers with 137 yards on six catches, including the game-winner. Minnesota on third down was 10 of 17 and held the ball for 33:17, including the game-winning drive, while the Saints held the pigskin for 26:43, going 2 of 9 on third down and 1 of 1 on fourth down.

Minnesota in the 2017 Divisional was favored by 3 1/2 and the Vikings covered with their 5-point last-second win and the 44 1/2 over/under was taken care of, as the two clubs combined for 53 points. The Saints are favored by 8 in the Big Easy and the over/under’s 48. The winner gets to go to Green Bay next week and the Saints would like to make travel plans for next week, while the Vikings could get another shot at their NFC North rival with a win. Minnesota pulls off the upset in the Big Easy and could cover the 8.

Seattle (11-5, 1st Wild Card) at Philadelphia (9-7, NFC East champion), 4:40 p.m. Sunday on NBC. They met in the regular season. They meet again. Starbucks vs. Cheesesteak. Carson Wentz and the Eagles host Russell Wilson and Seattle in the late afternoon Wild Card game in the City of Brotherly Love.

A Seattle rally in the final seconds in the land of Grunge, Salmon and Starbucks fell short as San Francisco held off the Seahawks 26-21 at Century Link Field last Sunday night, in a contest that gave the 49ers the NFC West title and revenge for their week 10 overtime loss in Santa Clara.

Seattle, 5-0 against Philadelphia since 2010 when Pete Carroll took over, trailed 13-0 at the break as the 49ers scored their first half points unchallenged before the home team would break San Francsico’s bid for a shutout when Wilson and WR Tyler Lockett connected on a 14-yard TD toss late in the third quarter.
San Francisco made it a 19-7 contest when RB Raheem Mostert scored from 2 yards away but the 49ers would miss the two-point conversion with 3:25 left in the quarter. Newly re-accquired RB Marshawn Lynch then pulled his team to within five with 9:55 left in the contest when he scored on a 1-yard run. Mostert pushed the 49ers lead back up to 12 with 5:51 left when he scored on a 13-yard run before Seattle stormed back again, trailing by only 5 with 3:36 left when Wilson and WR DK Metcalf connected on a 14-yard scoring pass.

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

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

The Eagles, in a need-to-win situation in the Meadowlands last Sunday, erased a 17-17 tie at the end of the third quarter, scoring 14 fourth-quarter points unchallenged to win the East against the New York Giants by a final of 34-17 at Met Life Stadium. Philadelphia led 10-3 at the half after taking that lead when Wentz and TE Josh Perkins connected on a 24-yard TD toss with 1:52 left in the half. New York would tie the contest halfway through the third quarter when WR Golden Tate and QB Daniel Jones connected on a 20-yard TD toss. Philadelphia then took the lead back on a 7-yard run with 2:21 left in the quarter but the Giants re-tied the contest on a 68-yard run by RB Sequan Barkley with 2:05 left in the quarter. Perkins would then chip in with a 50-yard run and Scott would add a pair of 2-yard runs to seal New York’s fate and take the NFC East title.

Big Blue BARELY out-rushed the Eagles 122-121 with Barkley leading all rushers with 92 yards and Scott tallying 54 for the Eagles with the three TDs. Wentz threw for 289 yards and the Perkins TD (Wentz was sacked once but did not throw an interception), while Jones tallied 301 yards with the Tate TD pass (Jones was sacked four times and threw an interception). The Eagles were 4 of 15 on third down conversions at Met Life Stadium and ruled the clock, as they held the ball for 31:25, while the Giants kept the pigskin for 28:35 (both clubs were at the 50 percent mark on fourth down; Philadelphia was 1 of 2, the Giants were 2 of 4).

While this is their first meeting in post-season play, they did meet in the City of Brotherly Love in week 12 and the Seahawks would prevail, leaving Lincoln Financial Field 17-9 winners. Seattle erased a 3-0 lead with a Wilson TD pass to WR Malik Turner, then took a 10-3 at the half on a Justin Myers field goal late in the second quarter. Seattle RB Rashaad Penny then gave his team a 10-point lead with 11:56 left in the contest on a 58-yard run before the Eagles would rally, pulling themselves to within 8 with 20 seconds left when Wentz and TE Zach Ertz connected on a TD toss. The Eagles then went for two in hopes of knocking the deficit down to six but the try failed. Philadelphia then tried an onside kick, which Seattle promptly recovered. Seattle then ran out the clock and took the win on the East Coast in the late afternoon affair.

Penny led all rushers with 129 yards and the TD as Seattle out-rushed the Eagles 174-106 (Miles Sanders led the Eagles with 63 yards) and Wilson threw for 200 yards with the Turner TD toss (he was sacked six times and threw an interception), while Wentz was good for 256 yards with the Ertz TD toss (Wentz was sacked three times and threw a pair of interceptions). Seattle was 5 of 14 on third down and kept the ball for 28:07, while the Eagles actually ruled the clock, keeping the ball for 31:53, while going 4 of 12 on third down, 0 of 1 on fourth down.

In the week 12 contest, Philadelphia was favored by 2 1/2 in the late afternoon contest in the Keystone State and Seattle would cover, winning by 8. The 49 over/under? It went untouched, as the two clubs combined for only 26 points. In the rematch, the Seahawks are a 1 1/2-point favorite in the City of Brotherly Love and the over/under’s 46. Both numbers make a lot of sense and both teams can score points if need to and this one could be a repeat of their last meeting. The only difference will be the result. The winner gets to play next weekend, while the loser gets to go home. Fly, Eagles, Fly! Like a cheesesteak with peppers, Philadelphia covers the 1 1/2 and wins in the City of Brotherly Love.

Sunday Broadcast Information (all times Eastern)

ATLANTA (6-9) at Tampa Bay (7-8), 1 p.m. on FOX and 712: Tim Brando, Matt Millen, Sara Walsh (field reporter); SIRIUS: 98 (ATLANTA), 119 (Tampa Bay); XM: 387 (ATLANTA), 232 (Tampa Bay)

New York Jets (6-9) at Buffalo (10-5), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 705: Tom McCarthy, Jay Feely; SIRIUS: 113 (New York Jets), 134 (Buffalo); XM: 383 (New York Jets), 228 (Buffalo)

Cleveland (6-9) at Cincinnati (1-14), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 708: Brandon Gaudin, Robert Smith, Megan Olivi (field reporter); SIRIUS: 211 (Cleveland), 136 (Cincinnati); XM: 385 (Cleveland), 230 (Cincinnati)

Chicago (7-8) at Minnesota (10-5), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 711: Dick Stockton, Mark Schlereth, Jennifer Hale (field reporter); SIRIUS: 133 (Chicago), 82 (Minnesota); XM: 382 (Chicago), 227 (Minnesota)

Miami (4-11) at New England (12-3), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 707: Greg Gumbel, Trent Green, Melanie Collins (field reporter); SIRIUS: 137 (Miami), 81 (New England); XM: 380 (Miami), 225 (New England)

New Orleans (12-3) at Carolina (5-10), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 709: Kenny Albert, Ronde Barber, Lindsay Czarniak (field reporter); SIRIUS: 108 (New Orleans), 135 (Carolina); XM: 384 (New Orleans), 229 (Carolina)

Green Bay (12-3) at Detroit (3-11-1), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 710: Kevin Burkhardt, Charles Davis, Pam Oliver (field reporter); SIRIUS: 138 (Green Bay), 83 (Detroit); XM: 381 (Green Bay), 226 (Detroit)

Los Angeles Chargers (5-10) at Kansas City (11-4), 4:25 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 706: Kevin Harlan, Rich Gannon; SIRIUS: 111 (Los Angeles Chargers), 121 (Kansas City); XM: 386 (Los Angeles Chargers), 231 (Kansas City)

Philadelphia (8-7) at New York Giants (4-11), 4:25 p.m. on FOX on FOX and DirecTV 718: Thom Brennaman, Chris Spielman, Shannon Spake (field reporter); SIRIUS: 138 (Philadelphia), 83 (New York Giant); XM: 381 (Philadelphia), 226 (New York Giant)

Tennessee (8-7) at Houston (10-5), 4:25 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 708: Jim Nantz, Tony Romo, Tracy Wolfson (field reporter); SIRIUS: 133 (Tennessee), 82 (Houston); XM: 382 (Tennessee), 227 (Houston)

Pittsburgh (8-7) at Baltimore (13-2), 4:25 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 714: Ian Eagle, Dan Fouts, Evan Washburn (field reporter); SIRIUS: 137 (Pittsburgh), 81 (Baltimore); XM: 380 (Pittsburgh), 225 (Baltimore)

Indianapolis (7-8) at Jacksonville (5-10), 4:25 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 709: Spero Dedes, Adam Archuleta; SIRIUS: 108 (Indianapolis), 135 (Jacksonville); XM: 384 (Indianapolis), 229 (Jacksonville)

Oakland (7-8) at Denver (6-9), 4:25 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 713: Andrew Catalon, James Lofton; SIRIUS: 211 (Oakland), 136 (Denver); XM: 385 (Oakland), 230 (Denver)

Washington (3-12) at Dallas (7-8), 4:25 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 717: Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Erin Andrews (field reporter), Kristina Pink (field reporter); SIRIUS: 113 (Washington), 134 (Dallas); XM: 383 (Washington), 228 (Dallas)

Arizona (5-9-1) at Los Angeles Rams (8-7), 4:25 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 719: Chris Myers, Daryl Johnston, Laura Okmin (field reporter); SIRIUS: 111 (Arizona), 121 (Los Angeles Rams); XM: 386 (Arizona), 231 (Los Angeles Rams)

San Francisco (11-3) at Seattle (11-4), 8:20 p.m. on NBC: Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth, Michele Tafoya (field reporter); NATIONAL RADIO: Westwood One: Kevin Kugler, Jason Taylor; SIRIUS: 81 (San Francisco), 83 (Seattle); XM: 225 (San Francisco), 226 (Seattle)

Sunday Officials
ATLANTA at Tampa Bay, 1 p.m.: Carl Cheffers
New York Jets at Buffalo, 1 p.m.: Brad Rogers
Cleveland at Cincinnati, 1 p.m.: Adrian Hill
Chicago at Minnesota, 1 p.m.: John Hussey
Miami at New England, 1 p.m.: Clay Martin
New Orleans at Carolina, 1 p.m.: Ronald Tobert
Green Bay at Detroit, 1 p.m.: Shawn Hochuli
Los Angeles Chargers at Kansas City, 4:25 p.m.: Walt Anderson
Philadelphia at New York Giants, 4:25 p.m.: Alex Kemp
Tennessee at Houston, 4:25 p.m.: Clete Blakeman
Pittsburgh at Baltimore, 4:25 p.m.: Bill Vinovich
Indianapolis at Jacksonville, 4:25 p.m.: Brad Allen
Oakland at Denver, 4:25 p.m.: Shawn Smith
Washington at Dallas, 4:25 p.m.: Craig Wrolstad
Arizona at Los Angeles Rams, 4:25 p.m.: Jerome Boger
San Francisco at Seattle, 8:20 p.m.: Tony Corrente

Sunday Odds (Home Teams in CAPS)
TAMPA BAY – 1 1/2 vs. Atlanta (47 1/2)
BUFFALO – 1 1/2 vs. New York Jets (36)
Cleveland – 3 at CINCINNATI (44 1/2)
NEW ENGLAND – 15 1/2 vs. Miami (44 1/2)
New Orleans – 13 at CAROLINA (46)
Green Bay – 12 1/2 at DETROIT (43)
KANSAS CITY – 9 vs. Los Angeles Chargers (44 1/2)
Philadelphia – 4 1/2 at NEW YORK GIANTS (45)
HOUSTON – 3 1/2 vs. Tennessee (45 1/2)
Pittsburgh – 1 1/2 at BALTIMORE (37 1/2)
INDIANAPOLIS – 4 vs. Jacksonville (43)
DENVER – 3 1/2 vs. Oakland (41)
DALLAS – 11 vs. Washington (44 1/2)
LOS ANGELES RAMS – 7 vs. Arizona (45)
San Francisco – 3 at SEATTLE (47)

Sunday Injury Report

ATLANTA at Tampa Bay, 1 p.m.

ATLANTA
OUT: G Jamon Brown (illness), DE Adrian Clayborn (knee), WR Brandon Powell (wrist)

Tampa Bay
OUT: DT Beau Allen (ankle), WR Chris Godwin (hamstring)
QUESTIONABLE: T Donovan Smith (ankle, knee), QB Jameis Winston (thumb, knee)

New York Jets at Buffalo, 1 p.m.

New York Jets
OUT: G Tom Compton (calf), G Alex Lewis (ankle)
QUESTIONABLE: S Jamal Adams (ankle), DE Henry Anderson (knee, shoulder), WR Robby Anderson (calf), T Kelvin Beachum (back, ankles), RB Kenneth Dixon (illness), DT Steve McLendon (knee, hip), CB Brian Poole (ankle), WR Demaryius Thomas (hamstring, knee)

Buffalo
OUT: DE Shaq Lawson (hamstring), WR Andre Roberts (foot)
QUESTIONABLE: T Ty Nsekhe (ankle)

Cleveland at Cincinnati, 1 p.m.

Cleveland
QUESTIONABLE: WR Odell Beckham (groin, illness), TE Pharaoh Brown (illness), T Kendall Lamm (knee), DT Sheldon Richardson (back), TE Ricky Seals-Jones (illness), C JC Tretter (knee), DE Olivier Vernon (knee)

Cincinnati
OUT: CB William Jackson (shoulder)
DOUBTFUL: WR Stanley Morgan (concussion)

Chicago at Minnesota, 1 p.m.

Chicago
OUT: WR Taylor Gabriel (concussion), DT Eddie Goldman (concussion), DT Akiem Hicks (elbow)
DOUBTFUL: T Rashaad Coward (knee), T Bobby Massie (ankle)
QUESTIONABLE: CB Prince Amukamara (hamstring)

Minnesota
OUT: RB Dalvin Cook (shoulder), LB Eric Kendricks (quad)
QUESTIONABLE: CB Mackensie Alexander (knee), S Jayron Kearse (foot), RB Alexander Mattison (ankle)

Miami at New England, 1 p.m.
Miami
OUT: CB Jomal Wiltz (shoulder)
QUESTIONABLE: LB Vince Biegel (elbow), DE Taco Charlton (ankle), WR Allen Hurns (ankle, neck), DT Zach Sieler (ankle, thumb), DE Christian Wilkins (ankle)

New England
QUESTIONABLE: LB Ja’Whaun Bentley (knee), S Terrence Brooks (groin), LB Shilique Calhoun (illness), T Marcus Cannon (ankle), LB Jamie Collins (shoulder), WR Julian Edelman (knee, shoulder), CB Jonathan Jones (groin), CB Jason McCourty (groin)

New Orleans at Carolina, 1 p.m.

New Orleans
OUT: CB Eli Apple (ankle), S Vonn Bell (knee), S Marcus Williams (groin)
QUESTIONABLE: RB Zach Line (knee)

Carolina
OUT: WR D.J. Moore (concussion), LB Shaq Thompson (foot, shoulder)
QUESTIONABLE: CB Corn Elder (illness), LB Marquis Haynes (knee)

Green Bay at Detroit, 1 p.m.

Green Bay
DOUBTFUL: S Will Redmond (hamstring), RB Danny Vitale (knee), RB Jamaal Williams (shoulder)
QUESTIONABLE: WR Jake Kumerow (illness)

Detroit
OUT: DT A’Shawn Robinson (shoulder)
QUESTIONABLE: LB Devon Kennard (shoulder), LB Steve Longa (quad), K Matt Prater (illness), T Rick Wagner (knee), S Tavon Wilson (hamstring)

Los Angeles Chargers at Kansas City, 1 p.m.

Los Angeles Chargers
OUT: T Russell Okung (groin)

Kansas City
OUT: CB Morris Claiborne (should, not injury related)
QUESTIONABLE: T Cameron Erving (illness), DT Xavier Williams (ankle), G Andrew Wylie (ankle)

Philadelphia at New York Giants, 4:25 p.m.

Philadelphia
OUT: WR Nelson Agholor (knee), TE Zach Ertz (ribs, back)
QUESTIONABLE: T Lane Johnson (ankle), CB Jalen Mills (ankle)

New York Giants
OUT: TE Rhett Ellison (concussion), T Mike Remmers (concussion), TE Scott Simonson (concussion)
QUESTIONABLE: CB Corey Ballentine (back), CB Sam Beal (shoulder), LB Alec Ogletree (back)

Tennessee at Houston, 4:25 p.m.

Tennessee
OUT: WR Adam Humphries (ankle), CB Adoree’ Jackson (foot), WR Kalif Raymond (concussion)
QUESTIONABLE: WR Cody Hollister (ankle)

Houston
OUT: WR Will Fuller (groin)
QUESTIONABLE: S Jahleel Addae (achilles), WR DeAndre Hopkins (illness), LB Jake Martin (knee), CB Bradley Roby (hamstring), WR Kenny Stills (knee), T Laremy Tunsil (ankle), QB Deshaun Watson (back)

Pittsburgh at Baltimore, 4:25 p.m.

Pittsburgh
OUT: RB James Conner (quad), C Maurkice Pouncey (knee)

Baltimore
OUT: RB Mark Ingram (calf)
QUESTIONABLE: TE Mark Andrews (ankle), WR Marquise Brown (illness), CB Marcus Peters (chest), CB Jimmy Smith (groin), S Earl Thomas (knee, hand)

Indianapolis at Jacksonville, 4:25 p.m.

Indianapolis
OUT: RB Jordan Wilkins (ankle), CB Quincy Wilson (shoulder); DOUBTFUL: DT Denico Autry (concussion), S Khari Willis (shoulder)
QUESTIONABLE: CB Kenny Moore (ankle), DE Al-Quadin Muhammad (groin), G Quenton Nelson (concussion)

Jacksonville
OUT: WR Michael Walker (hamstring)
QUESTIONABLE: LB Dakota Allen (hamstring), CB A.J. Bouye (wrist), RB Leonard Fournette (neck), QB Gardner Minshew (right shoulder), TE Nick O’Leary (shoulder), WR Dede Westbrook (neck, shoulder)

Oakland at Denver, 4:25 p.m.

Oakland
DOUBTFUL: G Richie Incognito (ankle), RB Josh Jacobs (shoulder, illness)

Denver
OUT: T Ja’Wuan James (knee), G Ronald Leary (concussion), T Elijah Wilkinson (ankle)

Washington at Dallas, 4:25 p.m.

Washington
OUT: S Landon Collins (shoulder), QB Dwayne Haskins (ankle), WR Terry McLaurin (concussion)
QUESTIONABLE: S Troy Apke (knee), T Morgan Moses (knee), CB Josh Norman (illness)

Dallas
OUT: LB Joe Thomas (knee)
QUESTIONABLE: CB Byron Jones (ankle), T Tyron Smith (back), DT Antwaun Woods (hip, ankle)

Arizona at Los Angeles Rams, 4:25 p.m.

Arizona
OUT: TE Darrell Daniels (biceps)
QUESTIONABLE: TE Charles Clay (calf), QB Kyler Murray (hamstring)

Los Angeles Rams
OUT: RB Darrell Henderson (ankle), CB Jalen Ramsey (knee)
DOUBTFUL: CB Troy Hill (thumb)

San Francisco at Seattle, 8:20 p.m.

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

Seattle
OUT: T Duane Brown (knee, biceps), WR Malik Turner (concussion)
QUESTIONABLE: S Quandre Diggs (ankle), C Ethan Pocic (core)

Sunday Weather

ATLANTA at Tampa Bay, 1 p.m.: Mostly cloudy and 79 degrees
New York Jets at Buffalo, 1 p.m.: Cloudy with a 100 percent chance of rain and 44 degrees
Cleveland at Cincinnati, 1 p.m.: Cloudy with an 80 percent chance of rain and 62 degrees
Chicago at Minnesota, 1 p.m.: Game indoors
Miami at New England, 1 p.m.: Partly cloudy and 42 degrees
New Orleans at Carolina, 1 p.m.: Overcast with a 50 percent chance of rain and 67 degrees
Green Bay at Detroit, 1 p.m.: Game indoors
Los Angeles Chargers at Kansas City, 1 p.m.: Mostly cloudy and 40 degrees
Philadelphia at New York Giants, 4:25 p.m.: Overcast with a 50 percent chance of rain and 42 degrees
Tennessee at Houston, 4:25 p.m.: Game indoors
Pittsburgh at Baltimore, 4:25 p.m.: Overcast with an 80 percent chance of rain and 46 degrees
Indianapolis at Jacksonville, 4:25 p.m.: Overcast and 77 degrees
Oakland at Denver, 4:25 p.m.: Sunny and 34 degrees
Washington at Dallas, 4:25 p.m.: Game indoors
Arizona at Los Angeles Rams, 4:25 p.m.: Mostly sunny and 61 degrees
San Francisco at Seattle, 8:20 p.m.: Partly cloudy and 45 degrees

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

Sunday and Monday Broadcast Information (All times Eastern)

Jacksonville (5-9) at ATLANTA (5-9), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 708: Joe Davis, Brady Quinn, Jenny Taft (field reporter); SIRIUS: 113 (Jacksonville), 81 (ATLANTA) | XM: 380 (Jacksonville, 225 (ATLANTA)

Baltimore (12-2) at Cleveland (6-8), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 705: Jim Nantz, Tony Romo, Tracy Wolfson (field reporter); SIRIUS: 138 (Baltimore), 82 (Cleveland); XM: 383 (Baltimore), 227 (Cleveland)

Carolina (5-9) at Indianapolis (6-8), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 709: Dick Stockton, Mark Schlereth, Jennifer Hale (field reporter); SIRIUS: 108 (Carolina), 137 (Indianapolis); XM: 382 (Carolina), 228 (Indianapolis)

Cincinnati (1-13) at Miami (3-11), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 706: Andrew Catalon, James Lofton, Michael Grady (field reporter); SIRIUS: 136 (Cincinnati), 133 (Miami); XM: 384 (Cincinnati), 229 (Miami)

Pittsburgh (8-6) at New York Jets (5-9) , 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 707: Ian Eagle, Dan Fouts, Evan Washburn (field reporter); SIRIUS: 211 (Pittsburgh), 134 (New York Jets); XM: 385 (Pittsburgh), 230 (New York Jets)

New Orleans (11-3) at Tennessee (8-6), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 710: Kenny Albert, Ronde Barber, Sara Walsh (field reporter); SIRIUS: 121 (New Orleans), 83 (Tennessee); XM: 381 (New Orleans), 226 (Tennessee)

New York Giants (3-11) at Washington (3-11), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 711: Thom Brennaman, Chris Spielman, Shannon Spake (field reporter); SIRIUS: 111 (New York Giants), 135 (Washington); XM: 386 (New York Giants), 231 (Washington)

Detroit (3-10-1) at Denver (5-9), 4:05 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 712: Kevin Harlan, Rich Gannon, Jay Feely (field reporter); SIRIUS: 138 (Detroit), 137 (Denver); XM: 383 (Detroit), 228 (Denver)

Oakland (6-8) at Los Angeles Chargers (5-9), 4:05 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 713: Greg Gumbel, Trent Green, Melanie Collins (field reporter); SIRIUS: 113 (Oakland), 81 (Los Angeles Chargers); XM: 380 (Oakland), 225 (Los Angeles Chargers)

Dallas (7-7) at Philadelphia (7-7), 4:25 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 714: Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Erin Andrews (field reporter); SIRIUS: 121 (Dallas), 83 (Philadelphia); XM: 381 (Dallas), 226 (Philadelphia)

Arizona (4-9-1) at Seattle (11-3), 4:25 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 716: Chris Myers, Daryl Johnston, Laura Okmin (field reporter); SIRIUS: 108 (Arizona), 82 (Seattle); XM: 382 (Arizona), 227 (Seattle)

Kansas City (10-4) at Chicago (7-7), 8:20 p.m. on NBC: Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth, Michele Tafoya (field reporter); NATIONAL RADIO: Westwood One: Kevin Kugler, Brian Griese; SIRIUS: 81 (Kansas City), 83 (Chicago); XM: 225 (Kansas City), 226 (Chicago)

Green Bay (11-3) at Minnesota (10-4), 8:15 p.m. Monday on ESPN: Joe Tessitore, Booger McFarland, Lisa Salters (field reporter); NATIONAL RADIO: Westwood One: Kevin Harlan, Kurt Warner; SIRIUS: 81 (Green Bay), 83 (Minnesota); XM: 225 (Green Bay), 226 (Minnesota)

Sunday and Monday Officials
Jacksonville at ATLANTA, 1 p.m.: Adrian Hill
Baltimore at Cleveland, 1 p.m.: Alex Kemp
Carolina at Indianapolis, 1 p.m. Walt Anderson
Cincinnati at Miami, 1 p.m.: Brad Allen
Pittsburgh at New York Jets, 1 p.m.: Shawn Hochuli
New Orleans at Tennessee, 1 p.m.: Jerome Boger
New York Giants at Washington, 1 p.m.: Ronald Torbert
Detroit at Denver, 4:05 p.m.: Craig Wrolstad
Oakland at Los Angeles Chargers, 4:05 p.m.: Clay Martin
Dallas at Philadelphia, 4:25 p.m.: Tony Corrente
Arizona at Seattle, 4:25 p.m.: Brad Rogers
Kansas Cityat Chicago, 8:20 p.m.: Carl Cheffers
Green Bay at Minnesota, 8:15 p.m. Monday: Bill Vinovich

Sunday and Monday Odds (Home Teams in CAPS)

Sunday’s Games
ATLANTA (-6 1/2) vs. Jacksonville (45 1/2)
New Orleans (-2) at TENNESSEE (51)
WASHINGTON (-2 1/2) vs. New York Giants (43)
Pittsburgh (-3) at NEW YORK JETS (43)
MIAMI (-2) vs. Cincinnati (46 1/2)
INDIANAPOLIS (-6 1/2) vs. Carolina (46 1/2)
Baltimore (-9 1/2) at CLEVELAND (49 1/2)
Dallas (-2 1/2) at PHILADELPHIA (48)
SEATTLE (-9 1/2) vs. Arizona (49 1/2)
LOS ANGELES CHARGERS (-5) vs. Oakland (47)
DENVER (-6 1/2) vs. Detroit (38)
Kansas City (-5) at Chicago (45)

Monday’s Game
MINNESOTA (-4 1/2) vs. Green Bay (46)

Sunday and Monday Injury Report

Jacksonville at ATLANTA, 1 p.m.

Jacksonville
QUESTIONABLE: WR D.J. Chark (ankle)

ATLANTA
OUT: G James Carpenter (concussion)

Baltimore at Cleveland, 1 p.m.

Baltimore
QUESTIONABLE: LB Chris Board (concussion), T Ronnie Stanley (concussion)

Cleveland
QUESTIONABLE: RB Dontrell Hilliard (neck), T Kendall Lamm (knee), S Eric Murray (knee), DT Sheldon Richardson (back), C JC Tretter (knee), DE Olivier Vernon (knee)

Carolina at Indianapolis, 1 p.m.

Carolina
OUT: LB Marquis Haynes (knee), T Garrett McGhin (ankle), LB Shaq Thompson (ankle)
QUESTIONABLE: DT Vernon Butler (illness), WR Curtis Samuel (knee)

Indianapolis
OUT: DT/DE Denico Autry (concussion), CB Kenny Moore II (ankle), CB Quincy Wilson (shoulder)
QUESTIONABLE: S Malik Hooker (hand)

Cincinnati at Miami, 1 p.m.

Cincinnati
OUT: WR A.J. Green (ankle), G John Miller (concussion)

Miami
QUESTIONABLE: C/G Evan Boehm (ankle), DE Taco Charlton (ankle), FB Chandler Cox (shoulder), K Jason Sanders (illness), DT Zach Sieler (ankle)

Pittsburgh at New York Jets, 1 p.m.

Pittsburgh: No injuries listed.

New York Jets
DOUBTFUL: OL Tom Compton (calf), WR Demaryius Thomas (hamstring/knee)
QUESTIONABLE: S Jamal Adams (ankle), DL Henry Anderson (shoulder), WR Robby Anderson (illness), OL Kelvin Beachum (ankles), CB Arthur Maulet (calf), DL Steve McLendon (knee/hip), CB Brian Poole (concussion/ankle), RB Bilal Powell (ankle), DL Quinnen Williams (neck)

New Orleans at Tennessee, 1 p.m.

New Orleans
OUT: LB Kiko Alonso (quadricep), S Vonn Bell (knee), G Larry Warford (knee)
QUESTIONABLE: DB Chauncey Gardner-Johnson (concussion), G Andrus Peat (forearm), CB Patrick Robinson (calf)

Tennessee
OUT: WR Adam Humphries (ankle), CB Adoree’ Jackson (foot)
QUESTIONABLE: DT Jeffery Simmons (knee)

New York Giants at Washington, 1 p.m.

New York Giants
OUT: TE Rhett Ellison (concussion)

Washington
OUT: CB Quinton Dunbar (hamstring)
DOUBTFUL: CB Fabian Moreau (hamstring)
QUESTIONABLE: S Landon Collins (Achilles)

Detroit at Denver, 4:05 p.m.

Detroit
OUT: LB Christian Jones (shoulder), DT A’Shawn Robinson (shoulder), T Rick Wagner (knee)
QUESTIONABLE: LB Devon Kennard (hamstring), RB Bo Scarbrough (ribs)

Denver
OUT: DE Adam Gotsis (knee), T Ja’Wuan James (knee), G Ron Leary (concussion)
QUESTIONABLE: TE Noah Fant (shoulder/illness), DE Dre’Mont Jones (ankle), NT Kyle Peko (illness), G Dalton Risner (illness), DE DeMarcus Walker (ankle)

Oakland at Los Angeles Chargers, 4:05 p.m.

Oakland
OUT: G Richie Incognito (ankle), RB Josh Jacobs (shoulder), LB Marquel Lee (toe)

Los Angeles Chargers
DOUBTFUL: T Russell Okung (groin)
QUESTIONABLE: RB Justin Jackson (hamstring)

Dallas at Philadelphia, 4:25 p.m.

Dallas
OUT: LB Leighton Vander Esch (neck)
QUESTIONABLE: CB C.J. Goodwin (thumb), WR Devin Smith (knee), LB Joe Thomas (knee)

Philadelphia
OUT: T Lane Johnson (ankle)
QUESTIONABLE: WR Nelson Agholor (knee), DE Derek Barnett (ankle), RB Jordan Howard (shoulder), CB Avonte Maddox (knee)

Arizona at Seattle, 4:25 p.m.

Arizona
QUESTIONABLE: WR Christian Kirk (ankle), G Justin Pugh (back), DT Caraun Reid (knee)

Seattle
DOUBTFUL: S Quandre Diggs (ankle), DE Jadeveon Clowney (core)
QUESTIONABLE: CB Shaquill Griffin (hamstring), LB Mychal Kendricks (hamstring), T Duane Brown (biceps/knee)

Kansas City at Chicago, 8:20 p.m.

Kansas City
OUT: CB Morris Claiborne (shoulder), G Andrew Wylie (illness/ankle/shoulder)

Chicago
OUT: WR Taylor Gabriel (concussion), OL Bobby Massie (ankle)
QUESTIONABLE: DB Prince Amukamara (hamstring), DT Akiem Hicks (elbow)

Green Bay at Minnesota, 8:15 p.m. Monday

Green Bay
OUT: T Yosuah Nijman (elbow, triceps)
QUESTIONABLE: DE Dean Lowry (ankle)

Minnesota
OUT: RB Dalvin Cook (chest)
QUESTIONABLE: RB Alexander Mattison (ankle)

Sunday and Monday Weather
Jacksonville at ATLANTA, 1 p.m.: Game indoors
Baltimore at Cleveland, 1 p.m.: Sunny and 46 degrees
Carolina at Indianapolis, 1 p.m.: Game indoors
Cincinnati at Miami, 1 p.m.: OVercast with a 40 percent chance of isolated thunderstorms and 77 degrees
Pittsburgh at New York Jets, 1 p.m.: Sunny and 44 degrees
New Orleans at Tennessee, 1 p.m.: Overcast and 52 degrees
New York Giants at Washington, 1 p.m.: Partly cloudy and 43 degrees
Detroit at Denver, 4:05 p.m.: Mostly cloudy and 61 degrees
Oakland at Los Angeles Chargers, 4:05 p.m.: Mostly cloudy and 64 degrees
Dallas at Philadelphia, 4:25 p.m.: Sunny and 43 degrees
Arizona at Seattle, 4:25 p.m.: Overcast and 45 degrees
Kansas City at Chicago, 8:20 p.m.: Clear and 42 degrees
Green Bay at Minnesota, 8:15 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Broadcast Information

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

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

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

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

Injury Report

Houston at Tampa Bay, 1 p.m.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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