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National Football League playoffs Sunday guide

13 January 2019

In the NFC, the Saints attempt to dethrone the reigning champs, while the Cowboys and Rams meet for a chance to advance to the Conference Championship. First, there is the six seed Indianapolis Colts who few thought would get out of Houston.

"It's been a signature play for us", Garrett said. However, the Patriots didn't seem as strong this season as they have in the past, ending with a record of 11-5, which they haven't done since 2008.

Playing at home helps, and Mahomes said he's eager to get another home game in the AFC Championship. But, the MVPs of the entire Colts team is RB Marlon Mack and LB Darius Leonard. The number is beyond a touchdown, so the Eagles have a shot at covering but they are going to have a tough time getting the win.

The playoff victory Saturday was a first for the 32-year-old McVay, who became the youngest head coach in National Football League history to win a playoff game, according to Elias Sports Bureau research.

"It's been a long time coming", Chiefs chairman Clark Hunt said.

Depending on your market, you can also find a Kanas City Chiefs vs. Indianapolis Colts live stream if you're a YouTube TV, Hulu with Live TV, fuboTV, Sling TV, DIRECTV NOW, or PlayStation Vue subscriber.

Neil Paine, FiveThirtyEight: You guessed it: Chiefs win. My prediction here is that LA takes the win.

According to Pro Football Reference, only 13 of the other 173 teams to reach the playoffs since 1990 have fared worse than the Chiefs in at least one of those statistical categories, including Green's group from the 2003 season, which allowed 5.2 yards per carry. Both quarterbacks have been playing incredibly well.

Rams over the Cowboys: Honestly this could go either way. Haislop and Iyer agree here, too, that Dallas has the edge over Los Angeles.

Instead, everything has gone perfectly for the Rams backfield, and McVay handled the situation just as he should've. Easy answer. My game projections have been mostly spot on, and while there's not almost enough value to warrant a play, I've got New England by 3 and the line is 4.

The Cowboys and the Rams are set to kick off at 8:15 p.m. E.T.

Given the upsets that we saw in Wild Card weekend, though, fans have to be wondering if there is more of that to come, starting with the Divisional Round.

Neil Paine, FiveThirtyEight: Rams win. Jared Goff's TD-INT ratio is an alarming 6-6 since November 19's game against Kansas City, but his home splits were impeccable in 2018 (22-3 TD-INT ratio compared to 10-9 on the road). For one thing, the Saints embarrassed the Eagles during the regular season, 48-7.

Now, looking at all of the stats and matchup details, I actually would take the Chargers to cover the 4-point spread. But ...

Outlook: I can never before recall the Patriots, at home, being the smallest of the four betting favorites in this round. Iyer and Haislop agree again - Philadelphia's Super Bowl defense run ends this weekend. The reigning Super Bowl champs were left for dead playoff-wise after that defeat dropped the Eagles to 4-6. The offense is loaded.

Zach Buckley, Bleacher Report: Saints 31, Eagles 20. No team is better under the spotlight than the Pats.

Well, all that bulletin-board material can be thrown out the window after what we witnessed on Saturday night in Los Angeles.

Neil Paine, FiveThirtyEight: Saints win. Ultimately though, it's hard to back Philadelphia in this one. A $100 bet and Drew Brees winning his second Super Bowl nets $225.

National Football League playoffs Sunday guide