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NFL Divisional Playoffs start today with Colts, Chiefs, Rams and Cowboys

GAME PREVIEWS WRITTEN BY NFL COMMUNICATIONS; COURTESY NFLmedia.com

 

NFL’S FINAL EIGHT TAKE CENTER STAGE IN DIVISIONAL PLAYOFFS

​And then there were eight.

On Saturday, January 12, the Kansas City Chiefs (12-4), who won the AFC West and secured the No. 1 seed in the AFC, will host the Indianapolis Colts (11-6) at Arrowhead Stadium to kick off the Divisional Playoffs (NBC, 4:35 PM ET). That night in primetime (FOX, 8:15 PM ET), the Los Angeles Rams (13-3), who won the NFC West and own the No. 2 seed in the NFC, will host the Dallas Cowboys (11-6) at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.

On Sunday, January 13, the New England Patriots (11-5), the AFC East champions and the AFC’s No. 2 seed, will welcome the Los Angeles Chargers (13-4) to Gillette Stadium (CBS, 1:05 PM ET). The NFC South-champion New Orleans Saints (13-3), who own the NFC’s No. 1 seed, will host the defending Super Bowl-champion Philadelphia Eagles (10-7) at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome (FOX, 4:40 PM ET) to conclude Divisional weekend.

Saturday, January 12
AFC Indianapolis at Kansas City 4:35 PM ET NBC  
NFC Dallas at Los Angeles Rams 8:15 PM ET FOX  
         
Sunday, January 13
AFC Los Angeles Chargers at New England 1:05 PM ET CBS  
NFC Philadelphia at New Orleans 4:40 PM ET FOX  

 

Three of the remaining eight clubs – Cowboys, Colts and Chargers – are new teams in this year’s playoff field. There were a total of seven new playoff teams in 2018 and since 1990 – a streak of 29 consecutive seasons – at least four teams have qualified for the playoffs in every season that were not in the postseason the year before.

INDIANAPOLIS COLTS (11-6) at KANSAS CITY CHIEFS (12-4) (Saturday, NBC, 4:35 PM ET)

  • This is the fifth postseason meeting between the teams and the first since the 2013 playoffs when the Colts defeated the Chiefs, 45-44, on Wild Card Weekend (January 4, 2014). The Colts lead the postseason series 4-0 and, including the postseason, Indianapolis holds a 16-9 advantage in the all-time series.
  • The Colts defeated the Houston Texans 21-7 last week to advance to the Divisional Playoffs. Quarterback ANDREW LUCK passed for 222 yards with two touchdowns and running back MARLON MACK rushed for 148 yards and a score in the win.
  • The Chiefs won the AFC West division title for the third consecutive season, the longest streak in franchise history. Quarterback PATRICK MAHOMES became the second player in NFL history with at least 5,000 passing yards (5,097) and 50 touchdown passes (50) in a single season, and wide receiver TYREEK HILL set a single-season franchise record with 1,479 receiving yards.

DALLAS COWBOYS (11-6) at LOS ANGELES RAMS (13-3) (Saturday night, FOX, 8:15 PM ET)

  • This is the ninth postseason meeting between the teams and the first since the 1985 NFC Divisional Playoffs, which the Rams won 20-0. The Cowboys lead the all-time series 17-16, including the playoffs, and have won three of the past four meetings.
  • The Cowboys defeated Seattle 24-22 last week on Wild Card Weekend and earned their first postseason win since the 2014 season (January 4, 2015 vs. Detroit in the Wild Card round). Quarterback DAK PRESCOTT passed for 226 yards and had two touchdowns (one passing, one rushing), including a one-yard touchdown run with 2:08 remaining in the fourth quarter. Running back EZEKIEL ELLIOTT had 169 scrimmage yards (137 rushing, 32 receiving) and a touchdown last week and has at least 125 rushing yards in each of his first two career playoff games.
  • The Rams, who won the NFC West in consecutive seasons for the time since 1973-79, enter the postseason as the NFC’s No. 2 seed. Los Angeles led the conference in total offense (421.1 yards per game) and scoring (32.9 points per game) this season, while running back TODD GURLEY led the NFL with 21 scrimmage touchdowns and ranked fourth with 1,831 scrimmage yards. Defensive tackle AARON DONALD (20.5 sacks) won the 2018 Deacon Jones Award, given annually to the NFL leader in quarterback sacks.

LOS ANGELES CHARGERS (13-4) at NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (11-5) (Sunday, CBS, 1:05 PM ET)

  • This is the fourth postseason meeting between the teams and the third career playoff matchup between Chargers quarterback PHILIP RIVERS and New England quarterback TOM BRADY, with the Patriots winning each of their first two postseason meetings.

    New England leads the all-time series 24-15-2, including the playoffs, and has won each of the past four games.

  • The Chargers defeated Baltimore 23-17 last week to advance to the Divisional Playoffs. Running back MELVIN GORDON rushed for a touchdown and rookie kicker MICHAEL BADGLEY converted five field goals, the most made field goals in a single postseason game since the 2016 season (Pittsburgh’s CHRIS BOSWELL, six on January 15, 2017).
  • The Patriots won the AFC East division title for the 10th consecutive season and surpassed Dallas (nine from 1975-1983) and Indianapolis (nine from 2002-2010) for the most consecutive seasons in NFL history with a playoff berth. Quarterback TOM BRADY is the NFL’s all-time postseason leader in games played (37), wins (27), completions (920), passing yards (10,226) and touchdown passes (71), and tight end ROB GRONKOWSKIhas 12 career playoff touchdown catches, tied with Pro Football Hall of Famer JOHN STALLWORTH (12) for the second-most in postseason history.

PHILADELPHIA EAGLES (10-7) at NEW ORLEANS SAINTS (13-3) (Sunday, FOX, 4:40 PM ET)

  • The teams will meet in the playoffs for the fourth time with New Orleans holding a 2-1 advantage. In their last postseason meeting, the Saints defeated the Eagles 26-24 in the 2013 NFC Wild Card round (January 4, 2014). Philadelphia, which leads the all-time series 17-14 (including the playoffs), fell to New Orleans earlier this season, 48-7, in Week 11.
  • The Eagles recorded a 16-15 victory over Chicago in last week’s Wild Card showdown and are looking to become the first back-to-back Super Bowl champions since the 2003-04 Patriots. Quarterback NICK FOLES completed the go-ahead two-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver GOLDEN TATE with 56 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter of last week’s victory. Foles has won four consecutive postseason starts, including being named the MVP of Super Bowl LII last season.
  • ​New Orleans won the NFC South division title for the second consecutive year for the first time in franchise history and were one of three teams to average at least 30 points per game (31.5) this season. Quarterback DREW BREES set an NFL single-season record for completion percentage (74.4) and led the league in passer rating (115.7) in 2018, while wide receiver MICHAEL THOMAS led the NFL with 125 receptions and set a franchise single-season record with 1,405 receiving yards.

 

Revisiting, NFL Players of the Week for Week 17

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY NFL COMMUNICATIONS; COURTESY NFLmedia.com

 

BILLS QB JOSH ALLEN, COLTS LB DARIUS LEONARD &

RAVENS K JUSTIN TUCKER NAMED AFC PLAYERS OF WEEK 17

 

Quarterback JOSH ALLEN of the Buffalo Bills, linebacker DARIUS LEONARD of the Indianapolis Colts and kicker JUSTIN TUCKER of the Baltimore Ravens are the AFC Offensive, Defensive and Special Teams Players of the Week for games played in Week 17 (December 30).

OFFENSE: QB JOSH ALLEN, BUFFALO

DEFENSE: LB DARIUS LEONARD, INDIANAPOLIS

SPECIAL TEAMS: K JUSTIN TUCKER, BALTIMORE

 

2018 AFC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK

 

Offense Defense Special Teams
Wk 1 QB Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City LB T.J. Watt, Pittsburgh WR-KR Jakeem Grant, Miami
Wk 2 QB Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City LB Darius Leonard, Indianapolis DB Dane Cruikshank, Tennessee
Wk 3 QB Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh LB Matt Milano, Buffalo K Justin Tucker, Baltimore
Wk 4 QB Marcus Mariota, Tennessee DE Jadeveon Clowney, Houston WR-PR Dwayne Harris, Oakland
Wk 5 RB Isaiah Crowell, NY Jets LB T.J. Watt, Pittsburgh DB Denzel Ward, Cleveland
Wk 6 WR Albert Wilson, Miami LB Za’Darius Smith, Baltimore K Jason Myers, NY Jets
Wk 7

Wk 8

Wk 9

Wk 10

Wk 11

Wk 12

Wk 13

Wk 14

Wk 15

Wk 16

Wk 17

WR Emmanuel Sanders, Denver

RB James Conner, Pittsburgh

RB Kareem Hunt, Kansas City

QB Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh

QB Andrew Luck, Indianapolis

QB Philip Rivers, LA Chargers

RB Phillip Lindsay, Denver

RB Derrick Henry, Tennessee

WR Mike Williams, LA Chargers

QB Baker Mayfield, Cleveland

QB Josh Allen, Buffalo

S Mike Mitchell, Indianapolis

LB Dee Ford, Kansas City

CB Desmond King, LA Chargers

LB Wesley Woodyard, Tennessee

LB Von Miller, Denver

DE J.J. Watt, Houston

CB Xavien Howard, Miami

DL Denico Autry, Indianapolis

CB Joe Haden, Pittsburgh

LB Patrick Onwuasor, Baltimore

LB Darius Leonard, Indianapolis

LB Dont’a Hightower, New England

K Adam Vinatieri, Indianapolis

P Matt Haack, Miami

K Stephen Hauschka, Buffalo

K Daniel Carlson, Oakland

PR Cyrus Jones, Baltimore

CB-PR Desmond King, LA Chargers

K Michael Badgley, LA Chargers

K Ka’imi Fairbairn, Houston

PR-KR Dwayne Harris, Oakland

K Justin Tucker, Baltimore

 

COWBOYS TE BLAKE JARWIN, EAGLES DT FLETCHER COX &

LIONS K MATT PRATER NAMED NFC PLAYERS OF WEEK 17

 

Tight end BLAKE JARWIN of the Dallas Cowboys, defensive tackle FLETCHER COX of the Philadelphia Eagles and kicker MATT PRATER of the Detroit Lions are the NFC Offensive, Defensive and Special Teams Players of the Week for games played in Week 17 (December 30).​

OFFENSE: TE BLAKE JARWIN, DALLAS

DEFENSE: DT FLETCHER COX, PHILADELPHIA

SPECIAL TEAMS: K MATT PRATER, DETROIT

 

2018 NFC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK

 

Offense Defense Special Teams
Wk 1 QB Ryan Fitzpatrick, Tampa Bay S Harrison Smith, Minnesota K Greg Zuerlein, LA Rams
Wk 2 QB Ryan Fitzpatrick, Tampa Bay LB Danny Trevathan, Chicago K Robbie Gould, San Francisco
Wk 3 QB Drew Brees, New Orleans DE Efe Obada, Carolina DB Blake Countess, LA Rams
Wk 4 QB Jared Goff, LA Rams LB Demario Davis, New Orleans K Brett Maher, Dallas
Wk 5 QB Drew Brees, New Orleans DE Chandler Jones, Arizona K Graham Gano, Carolina
Wk 6 RB Todd Gurley, LA Rams DE Frank Clark, Seattle K Mason Crosby, Green Bay
Wk 7

Wk 8

Wk 9

Wk 10

Wk 11

Wk 12

Wk 13

Wk 14

Wk 15

Wk 16

Wk 17

QB Cam Newton, Carolina

RB Adrian Peterson, Washington

WR Michael Thomas, New Orleans

QB Mitchell Trubisky, Chicago

RB Saquon Barkley, NY Giants

WR Amari Cooper, Dallas

RB Todd Gurley, LA Rams

WR Amari Cooper, Dallas

RB Dalvin Cook, Minnesota

QB Nick Foles, Philadelphia

TE Blake Jarwin, Dallas

DT Aaron Donald, LA Rams

CB P.J. Williams, New Orleans

DE Danielle Hunter, Minnesota

LB Leighton Vander Esch, Dallas

LB Samson Ebukam, LA Rams

S Eddie Jackson, Chicago

LB Bobby Wagner, Seattle

CB Darius Slay, Detroit

DL Grady Jarrett, Atlanta

DT Aaron Donald, LA Rams

DT Fletcher Cox, Philadelphia

K Giorgio Tavecchio, Atlanta

P Michael Dickson, Seattle

P Bradley Pinion, San Francisco

P Tress Way, Washington

K Cody Parkey, Chicago

K Sebastian Janikowski, Seattle

K Aldrick Rosas, NY Giants

QB-ST Taysom Hill, New Orleans

K Robbie Gould, San Francisco

K Brett Maher, Dallas

K Matt Prater, Detroit

 

NFL Network announces programming for this weekend’s Divisional Round of the Playoffs

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY NFL COMMUNICATIONS, NFL MEDIA; COURTESY NFLmedia.com

 

 

‘Good Morning Football: Weekend’ Airs Saturday at 9:00 AM ET & Sunday at 7:00 AM ET​


‘NFL GameDay Morning’ Saturday at 12 Noon ET –

Kurt Warner with Los Angeles Rams QB Jared Goff & HC Sean McVay


‘NFL GameDay Morning’ Sunday at 9:00 AM ET –

Steve Smith Sr. with Philadelphia Eagles WRs Alshon Jeffery, Nelson Agholor & Golden Tate

Jane Slater with New Orleans Saints DE Cam Jordan, LB Demario Davis & DT Sheldon Rankins


Denver Broncos WR Emmanuel Sanders In-Studio on ‘NFL GameDay Morning’ Saturday & Sunday


‘NFL GameDay Prime’ Recaps Divisional Round Sunday at 8:00 PM ET


The 2018 NFL playoffs continue, and NFL Network provides more than 17 hours of live Divisional Round coverage.

Coverage begins Saturday, January 12 at 9:00 AM ET with a three-hour edition of Good Morning Football: Weekend from NFL Films in Mt. Laurel, NJ, followed by NFL GameDay Morning at 12 Noon ET from NFL Network’s studios in Los Angeles, CA. Saturday’s coverage continues with NFL GameDay Highlights at 7:30 PM ET and NFL Total Access at 11:30 PM ET.

On Sunday, January 13Good Morning Football: Weekend airs at 7:00 AM ET, followed by NFL GameDay Morning at 9:00 AM ET. Coverage on Sundaycontinues with NFL GameDay Highlights at 4:00 PM ET and NFL GameDay Prime at 8:00 PM ET.

 

Saturday, January 12 on Good Morning Football: Weekend – 9:00 AM ET

Hosts: Colleen Wolfe, Michael Robinson, Steve Smith Sr. & Mike Garafolo

  • How will Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes perform in his first postseason start?
  • How will the Los Angeles Rams’ high-powered offense attack the Dallas Cowboys’ defense?
  • What is the formula for a Philadelphia Eagles upset in New Orleans?
  • Are Tom Brady and the New England Patriots set up for a one-and-done?
  • Ian Rapoport provides the latest news from around the league
  • Reports from Stacey Dales (Indianapolis Colts), James Palmer (Kansas City Chiefs), Randy Moss (Dallas Cowboys), MJ Acosta (Los Angeles Rams), Omar Ruiz (Los Angeles Chargers), Mike Giardi (New England Patriots), Aditi Kinkhabwala (Philadelphia Eagles) and Tom Pelissero (New Orleans Saints)

 

Saturday, January 12 on NFL GameDay Morning – 12 Noon ET

Kurt Warner w/ Los Angeles Rams QB Jared Goff & HC Sean McVay

Host: Rich Eisen

Analysts: Steve Mariucci, Kurt Warner & Michael Irvin

NFL Network Insider: Ian Rapoport

Analytics Expert: Cynthia Frelund

  • Maurice Jones-Drew and Denver Broncos wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders join in-studio
  • Kurt Warner visits with Los Angeles Rams quarterback Jared Goff and head coach Sean McVay for a fascinating film session ahead of the Divisional Round game against the Dallas Cowboys
  • Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes discusses his incredible regular season and if there is any added pressure heading into his first playoff start
  • Warner’s Corner – Kurt Warner breaks down the battle between Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck and Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes
  • Players Only – Maurice Jones-Drew and Denver Broncos wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders join Kurt Warner and Michael Irvin to discuss their Divisional Round memories
  • Mooch’s Minute – Steve Mariucci breaks down linebacker Melvin Ingram’s impact on the Los Angeles Chargers’ defense
  • Game Theory – Cynthia Frelund previews the Los Angeles Chargers-New England Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles-New Orleans Saints Divisional Round games on Sunday
  • How do the Dallas Cowboys pull off the upset against the Los Angeles Rams?
  • Which quarterback do you trust more: Dak Prescott or Jared Goff?
  • Who has the advantage: the Dallas Cowboys defense or Los Angeles Rams offense?
  • Which quarterback needs to have a bigger game for their team to win: Andrew Luck or Patrick Mahomes?
  • Will the Indianapolis Colts be able to keep up with the Kansas City Chiefs’ offense?
  • Ian Rapoport provides the latest news from around the league
  • Live reports
    • Stacey Dales James Palmer from Kansas City for Colts-Chiefs
    • Jane Slater Steve Wyche from Los Angeles for Cowboys-Rams
    • Omar Ruiz Mike Girardi from New England for Chargers-Patriots
    • Aditi Kinkhabwala Tom Pelissero from New Orleans for Eagles-Saints

 

Sunday, January 13 on NFL GameDay Morning – 7:00 AM ET

Hosts: Colleen Wolfe, Michael Robinson, Steve Smith Sr. & Mike Garafolo

  • Highlights from Saturday’s Divisional Round games
  • Steve Smith Sr. sits down with Philadelphia Eagles wide receivers Alshon JefferyNelson Agholor and Golden Tate to discuss how they have set their egos aside as they chase another Super Bowl title
  • How will this Eagles-Saints game be different from New Orleans’ blowout win in Week 11?
  • What is the Los Angeles Chargers’ plan to stop New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady?
  • Ian Rapoport provides the latest news from around the league
  • Live reports from Omar Ruiz and Mike Giardi in New England, and Aditi Kinkhabwala and Tom Pelissero in New Orleans

 

Sunday, January 13 on NFL GameDay Morning – 9:00 AM ET

Steve Smith Sr. w/ Philadelphia Eagles WRs Alshon Jeffery, Nelson Agholor & Golden Tate

Jane Slater w/ New Orleans Saints DE Cam Jordan, LB Demario Davis & DT Sheldon Rankins

Host: Rich Eisen

Analysts: Steve Mariucci, Kurt Warner & Michael Irvin

NFL Network Insider: Ian Rapoport

Analytics Expert: Cynthia Frelund

  • Maurice Jones-Drew and Denver Broncos wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders join in-studio
  • Amber Theoharis and Willie McGinest join live from Gillette Stadium to preview the Los Angeles Chargers-New England Patriots matchup
  • Reggie Bush joins live from the Mercedes-Benz Superdome to preview the Philadelphia Eagles-New Orleans Saints matchup
  • Steve Smith Sr. sits down with Philadelphia Eagles wide receivers Alshon JefferyNelson Agholor and Golden Tate to discuss how they have set their egos aside as they chase another Super Bowl title
  • Jane Slater sits down with New Orleans Saints defensive end Cam Jordan, linebacker Demario Davis and defensive tackle Sheldon Rankins to discuss their role in complementing Drew Brees and the Saints’ high-powered offense in pursuit of a Super Bowl
  • Warner’s Corner – Kurt Warner breaks down how the New England Patriots offense should attack the Los Angeles Chargers defense, and what the Patriots need to do to slow down the Chargers’ high-powered offense
  • Receiving Attention – Michael Irvin and Steve Smith Sr. discuss the fallout from Saturday’s Dallas Cowboys-Los Angeles Rams game
  • Players Only – Maurice Jones-Drew and Denver Broncos wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders join Kurt Warner and Michael Irvin to talk about playing in cold weather games
  • Mooch’s Minute – Steve Mariucci breaks down linebacker Melvin Ingram’s impact on the Los Angeles Chargers’ defense
  • Game Theory – Cynthia Frelund previews the Los Angeles Chargers-New England Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles-New Orleans Saints Divisional Round games
  • Is this the last best chance for New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady to win another ring?
  • How does Philip Rivers finally get a win against Tom Brady?
  • How can the Philadelphia Eagles keep their magical run with quarterback Nick Foles going and upset the New Orleans Saints?
  • Will the Philadelphia Eagles be able to keep up with the New Orleans Saints offense?
  • Ian Rapoport provides the latest news from around the league
  • Live reports
    • Omar Ruiz Mike Giardi from New England for Chargers-Patriots
    • Aditi Kinkhabwala Tom Pelissero from New Orleans for Eagles-Saints

 

Additional Divisional Round Coverage on NFL Network

On Saturday, January 12NFL GameDay Highlights airs at 7:30 PM ET, with host Marc Istook, and analysts Terrell Davis and Rod Woodson providing highlights and analysis of Colts-Chiefs, and a preview of Cowboys-Rams. At 11:30 PM ETNFL Total Access recaps the two games on Saturday, and previews the Chargers-Patriots and Eagles-Saints games on Sunday with host Lindsay Rhodes and analysts Woodson and David Carr.

On Sunday, January 13NFL GameDay Highlights airs at 4:00 PM ET, with host Rhett Lewis, and analysts James Jones and Rod Woodson providing highlights and analysis of Chargers-Patriots, and a preview of Eagles-Saints. At 8:00 PM ETNFL GameDay Prime features interviews with the top performers from the day’s games and provides the first look at Championship Sunday with Deion SandersLaDainian TomlinsonShannon Sharpe and Charissa Thompson.

 

ABOUT NFL MEDIA

NFL Media is comprised of NFL Network, NFL Films, NFL.com, the NFL app and NFL RedZone.

Seven days a week, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, fans turn to NFL Network to receive information and insight straight from the field, team headquarters, league offices and everywhere the NFL is making news. Launched in 2003, NFL Network gives fans unprecedented year-round inside access to all NFL events, including the Super Bowl, Playoffs, regular season, preseason, Pro Bowl, Pro Football Hall of Fame induction weekend, NFL Draft, NFL Scouting Combine, Senior Bowl, league meetings, minicamps and training camps.

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NFL upcoming important dates

FROM NFL CALENDAR

 

Important Dates

  • Divisional Playoffs.
  • Assistant coaches under contract to playoff clubs that won their Wild Card games may be interviewed for head coaching positions through the conclusion of Divisional Playoff games.
  • Deadline for college players that are underclassmen to apply for special eligibility. A list of players who are accepted into the NFL Draft will be sent to clubs on January 18.

 

NFL moves to Divisional Round of the Playoffs

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY NFL COMMUNICATIONS; COURTESY NFLmedia.com

 

WHAT TO LOOK FOR – DIVISIONAL PLAYOFFS

LOWER SEED SUCCESS: The INDIANAPOLIS COLTS (11-6) and PHILADELPHIA EAGLES (10-7) both earned victories on Wild Card Weekend as the No. 6 seed in their respective conferences.​

The Colts, who travel to Kansas City on Saturday (4:35 PM ET, NBC), and the Eagles, who play at New Orleans on Sunday (4:40 PM ET, FOX), look to become the first No. 6 seeds to reach the Conference Championship since 2010, when both the Green Bay Packers and New York Jets accomplished the feat.​​​​

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

SEASON TEAM CONFERENCE ADVANCED TO
2010 Green Bay NFC Won Super Bowl XLV
2010 New York Jets AFC Conference Championship
2008 Baltimore AFC Conference Championship
2008 Philadelphia NFC Conference Championship
2005 Pittsburgh AFC Won Super Bowl XL
       
2018 Indianapolis AFC ???
2018 Philadelphia NFC ???

 

In the AFC, the LOS ANGELES CHARGERS (13-4, No. 5 seed), who face New England on Sunday (1:05 PM ET, CBS), and the sixth-seeded Colts are both still alive. With victories by both teams in the Divisional Playoffs, it would mark the first Conference Championship game featuring a No. 5 and No. 6 seed since the 12-team playoff format began in 1990.

– DIVISIONAL PLAYOFFS –

WINNING WAYS: The DALLAS COWBOYS, who defeated Seattle 24-22 on Wild Card Weekend, and the NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS, who had a bye last week, will each be playing in the Divisional Playoffs.

Dallas, who plays at the Los Angeles Rams on Saturday night (8:15 PM ET, FOX), has 35 playoff wins and can tie the PITTSBURGH STEELERS (36) for the most postseason victories all-time. New England, who hosts the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday (1:05 PM ET, CBS), has 34 postseason victories and can surpass the GREEN BAY PACKERS (34) for the third-most playoff wins all-time.

The teams with the most postseason wins in NFL history:

TEAM WINS LOSSES WIN PCT. SUPER BOWL WINS
Pittsburgh 36 25 .590 6
Dallas 35 27 .565 5
Green Bay 34 22 .607 4
New England 34 20 .630 5
San Francisco 30 20 .600 5​


​– DIVISIONAL PLAYOFFS –

TOUCHDOWN LEADERS: Kansas City quarterback PATRICK MAHOMES and the Chiefs are s​et to face off against Indianapolis quarterback ANDREW LUCK and the Colts in the Divisional Playoffs on Saturday (4:35 PM ET, NBC).

Mahomes, who led the NFL with 50 touchdown passes, and Luck, who ranked second with 39 touchdown passes in 2018, have the most combined regular-season passing touchdowns (89) among any opposing quarterbacks in a playoff game in the Super Bowl era.

With Mahomes and Luck ranking first and second in regular-season touchdown passes, Saturday will mark the fifth time since 2002 that the top two passing touchdown leaders from the regular season will face off in the postseason.

The postseason games between the top two regular-season passing touchdown leaders since 2002:

SEASON PLAYER (TEAM) TD PASSES PLAYER (TEAM) TD PASSES PLAYOFF ROUND
2016 Aaron Rodgers (GB) 40 Matt Ryan (Atl.) 38 NFC Championship
2014 Andrew Luck (Ind.) 40 Peyton Manning (Den.) 39 AFC Divisional
2009 Drew Brees (NO) 34 Peyton Manning (Ind.) 33* Super Bowl XLIV
2009 Drew Brees (NO) 34 Brett Favre^ (Min.) 33* NFC Championship
           
2018 Patrick Mahomes (KC) 50 Andrew Luck (Ind.) 39 AFC Divisional
^Pro Football Hall of Famer
*Tied for 2nd

– DIVISIONAL PLAYOFFS –

AGE IS JUST A NUMBER: New England quarterback TOM BRADY and the Patriots welcome quarterback PHILIP RIVERS and the Los Angeles Chargers to Gillette Stadium on Sunday (1:05 PM ET, CBS).

Brady, who will be 41 years and 163 days old on Sunday, and Rivers, at 37 years and 36 days old, combine for a total of 28,688 days old, the oldest combined age by opposing starting quarterbacks in a postseason game in NFL history.

The oldest combined age by opposing starting quarterbacks in a postseason game in NFL history:

DATE QUARTERBACK TEAM QUARTERBACK TEAM COMBINED DAYS OLD
1/13/19 Tom Brady New England Philip Rivers Los Angeles Chargers 28,688*
1/24/16 Peyton Manning Denver Tom Brady New England 28,603
1/9/99 John Elway^ Denver Dan Marino^ Miami 27,704
1/16/94 Warren Moon^ Houston Oilers Joe Montana^ Kansas City 27,306
1/22/17 Tom Brady New England Ben Roethlisberger Pittsburgh 27,162
^Pro Football Hall of Famer
*Total days as of Sunday, January 13

– DIVISIONAL PLAYOFFS –

RATED WELL: Philadelphia quarterback NICK FOLES and the Eagles head to the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on Sunday (4:40 PM ET, FOX) to face New Orleans quarterback DREW BREES and the Saints.

Foles, who has the highest postseason passer rating (105.2) in NFL history, and Brees, who ranks fifth with a 100.7 passer rating, are two of five quarterbacks to have a passer rating of 100 or higher in the postseason (minimum 150 attempts).

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

QUARTERBACK COMP. ATT. YARDS TDS INTS RATING  
Nick Foles 125 179 1,432 10 3 105.2  
Bart Starr^ 130 213 1,753 15 3 104.8  
Kurt Warner^ 307 462 3,952 31 14 102.8  
Matt Ryan 237 351 2,672 20 7 100.8  
Drew Brees 354 537 4,209 29 9 100.7  
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

Foles (69.8 percent) has the highest postseason completion percentage in league annals (minimum 150 attempts) and Brees (65.9 percent) ranks fifth.

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

QUARTERBACK COMP. ATT. PCT.  
Nick Foles 125 179 69.8  
Matt Ryan 237 351 67.5  
Kurt Warner^ 307 462 66.5  
Ken Anderson 110 166 66.3  
Drew Brees 354 537 65.9  
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

– DIVISIONAL PLAYOFFS –

SHOWDOWN IN SO CAL: Dallas running back EZEKIEL ELLIOTT and the Cowboys head to Southern California to take on defensive tackle AARON DONALD and the Los Angeles Rams on Saturday night (8:15 PM ET, FOX).

Elliott, who led the NFL with 1,434 rushing yards in 2018, rushed for 137 yards and a touchdown in Dallas’ Wild Card Weekend victory over Seattle. Elliott has recorded at least 125 rushing yards in each of his first two playoff appearances and can become the fourth player in NFL history to record three consecutive postseason games with at least 125 rushing yards.

The players with the most consecutive postseason games with at least 125 rushing yards in NFL history:

PLAYER TEAM DATES CONSECUTIVE GAMES WITH 125+ RUSH YARDS
Terrell Davis^ Denver 1/11/98-1/17/99 4
Arian Foster Houston 1/7/12-1/5/13 3
John Riggins^ Washington 1/15/83-1/30/83 3
       
Ezekiel Elliott Dallas 1/15/17-1/5/19 2*
^Pro Football Hall of Famer
*Active streak

Donald, who led the league with 20.5 sacks and earned the 2018 Deacon Jones Award as the NFL’s sack leader, became the 11th different player since 1982 to record at least 20 sacks in a single season.

With a Rams win on Saturday, Donald would join Pro Football Hall of Famer LAWRENCE TAYLOR (1986) as the only players to record at least 20 sacks and advance to the Conference Championship in the same season since 1982.

The players to record at least 20 sacks and advance to the Conference Championship in the same season since 1982:

PLAYER TEAM SEASON SACKS ADVANCED TO
Lawrence Taylor^ New York Giants 1986 20.5 Won Super Bowl XXI
         
Aaron Donald Los Angeles Rams 2018 20.5 ???
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

 

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