Updated NFL playoff bracket: Rams, Chiefs advance

Updated NFL playoff bracket: Rams, Chiefs advance

Then people wonder if those four lucky clubs are going to be rusty when they return in the divisional round. Just as they were against the Saints, the Rams were reliant on the pass against the Eagles. The first game pits a wild-card victor with a better record against a team that's no stranger to playing in the Super Bowl. Extra time to strategize, particularly against an unfamiliar opponent, is a bonus.

"We have probably 10 hand warmers, which I usually just throw inside my shoes to keep the feet warm and that's probably, hopefully enough", Chiefs fan Jacob Sullivan said. That's why when the Chiefs got off to a 17-0 lead, I didn't get ahead of myself.

However, this weekend's matchups are more finely poised than you might think, and here, with the help of Opta, we look at where the Divisional Round will be won and lost. Last couple of days have not been so good as I've finally cooled off a bit, but I like my chances of rebounding on Sunday. Snow is expected in Kansas City on Saturday, and heavy snow during the game would be a negative for both offenses. If the Chargers can find their way to a win on the road in New England, we could end up with an all-Los Angeles Super Bowl!

So what if Neil Young was correct that rust never sleeps?

However, the Chargers face a huge challenge to halt a dismal 1-7 straight-up run against the Patriots, a slide which includes a pair of playoff losses. "We're locked in now".

The Saints have also dominated Philadelphia in recent clashes, winning outright in six of eight meetings including four of five at home.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Patrick Mahomes picked apart the Colts in his postseason debut, the Chiefs defense answered their chorus of critics with a stout performance, and Kansas City rolled to a victory over Indianapolis in the divisional round to end 25 years of playoff frustration.

Well, that defense is a big reason why the Chiefs are one step away.

In this matchup, NFL MVP favorite Patrick Mahomes hosts veteran quarterback Andrew Luck in Kansas City.

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Finally, our projections have Brees pegged for 309.16 passing yards, giving him nearly a full 20 yards on his passing prop. Rookie undrafted running back Phillip Lindsay ran for 79 yards and two touchdowns, while fellow rookie Royce Freeman ran for 23 yards and one score.

"On Sunday, it's the Chargers and Patriots in the early game in Foxboro, where the Patriots have been invincible at home".

The Kansas City Chiefs were in complete control for the entire game, defeating the Colts 31-13.

Saturday's night game will feature the Cowboys and Rams, which is scheduled to kickoff at 8:15 p.m. ET on FOX.

The Dallas Cowboys come into this game with a defense that has been one of the best all year. Gurley rushed for 115 yards and a touchdown. That was a nine percent increase over the same time slot past year.

He even had a lot to do with the final rushing touchdown of the game. The Patriots are near ideal at home and the Chargers are near flawless, 8-1, on the road. And the Chargers were a league-best 7-1 on the road - some say they don't really have home games considering they play in a temporary stadium built for soccer - and won at Baltimore last Sunday.

Worth focusing on: The secondaries. With a loss this weekend, Rivers will have one child per loss to Brady.

Jazz: Yesterday saw me going back to the land of the mediocre in prognostication circles. New Orleans Saints, features last year's Super Bowl-winning quarterback - the Eagles' Nick Foles - and Drew Brees, the Saints' 39-year-old quarterback who led the franchise to a Super Bowl championship in 2010. That would be the third trip the Rams have made to New Orleans in the 2018-2019 season, counting the preseason. Drew Brees has had perhaps the best season of his Hall of Fame-caliber career. Like the Chiefs, Green Bay created a load of turnovers - a league-high 38 - while also scoring the most points.

The Philadelphia Eagles have incredibly managed to meld both since getting demolished 48-7 by the Saints in Week 11.

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