Week 17 Playoff scenarios in NFL

With two weeks left in the NFL season, six of the fourteen possible playoff teams have clinched. The Kansas City Chiefs clinched the AFC West division, while in the NFC, the Cowboys(NFC East division title), Packers(NFC North division title), Buccaneers (NFC South division title),  Cardinals(playoff berth), and Rams(playoff berth) are all in the dance.

There are eight spots left, and in the AFC, the Bills, Bengals, Colts, Patriots, and Titans can punch their tickets for the playoffs this week. 

In the NFC, Philadelphia and San Francisco can clinch as well.

Read below the playoff scenarios for Week 17:

AFC

CLINCHED:

  • Kansas City Chiefs – AFC West division title

BUFFALO BILLS (9-6) (vs. Atlanta (7-8), Sunday, 1:00 PM ET, FOX)

Buffalo clinches playoff berth with:

  1. BUF win + BAL loss or tie OR

  2. BUF win + LAC loss or tie + LV loss or tie OR

  3. BUF tie + MIA loss or tie + LAC loss + LV loss OR

  4. BUF tie + MIA loss or tie + LAC loss or tie + BAL loss + PIT loss or tie OR

  5. BUF tie + MIA loss or tie + LV loss or tie + BAL loss + PIT loss or tie OR

  6. BUF tie + NE loss or tie + LAC Loss + LV loss OR

  7. BUF tie + NE loss or tie + LAC loss or tie + BAL loss + PIT loss or tie OR

  8. BUF tie + NE loss or tie + LV loss or tie + BAL loss + PIT loss or tie OR

  9. BUF tie + LAC loss + LV loss + BAL loss + PIT loss or tie

CINCINNATI BENGALS (9-6) (vs. Kansas City (11-4), Sunday, 1:00 PM ET, CBS)

Cincinnati clinches AFC North division title with:

  1. CIN win OR

  2. CIN tie + BAL loss or tie OR

  3. BAL loss + CLE-PIT tie

Cincinnati clinches playoff berth with:

  1. CIN tie + LAC loss + LV loss + MIA loss or tie OR

  2. CIN tie + LAC loss + LV loss + NE loss OR

  3. CIN tie + LAC loss + LV tie + MIA loss or tie + NE win OR

  4. CIN tie + LAC loss + LV tie + NE tie + MIA tie + BUF win or tie OR

  5. CIN tie + LAC loss + LV tie + NE loss + MIA win + BUF win or tie

NOTE: There are other clinching scenarios for Cincinnati that involve multiple tie games.

INDIANAPOLIS COLTS (9-6) (vs. Las Vegas (8-7), Sunday, 1:00 PM ET, FOX)

Indianapolis clinches playoff berth with:

  1. IND win OR

  2. IND tie + BAL loss + NE loss or tie OR

  3. IND tie + BAL loss + MIA loss or tie

KANSAS CITY CHIEFS (11-4) (at Cincinnati (9-6), Sunday, 1:00 PM ET, CBS)

Kansas City clinches AFC’s No. 1 seed, only first-round bye and homefield advantage with:

  1. KC win + TEN loss or tie OR

  2. KC tie + TEN loss

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (9-6) (vs. Jacksonville (2-13), Sunday, 1:00 PM ET, CBS)

New England clinches playoff berth with:

  1. NE win + MIA loss or tie OR

  2. NE win + LV loss or tie OR

  3. NE tie + MIA loss + LV loss + LAC loss or tie OR

  4. NE tie + MIA loss + BAL loss or tie OR

  5. NE tie + LV loss + LAC loss + BAL loss + PIT loss or tie OR

  6. NE tie + LV loss + LAC loss or tie + BAL loss or tie + MIA win + BUF win

NOTE: There are other clinching scenarios for New England that involve multiple tie games.

TENNESSEE TITANS (10-5) (vs. Miami (8-7), Sunday, 1:00 PM ET, CBS)

Tennessee clinches AFC South division title with:

  1. TEN win OR

  2. IND loss OR

  3. TEN tie + IND tie

Tennessee clinches playoff berth with:

  1. TEN tie OR

  2. LAC loss or tie + BAL loss or tie OR

  3. LAC loss or tie + NE loss or tie OR

  4. BAL loss or tie + NE loss or tie

NFC

CLINCHED:

  • Dallas Cowboys – NFC East division title

  • Green Bay Packers – NFC North division title

  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers – NFC South division title

  • Arizona Cardinals – playoff berth

  • Los Angeles Rams – playoff berth

GREEN BAY PACKERS (12-3) (vs. Minnesota (7-8), Sunday night, 8:20 PM ET, NBC)

Green Bay clinches NFC’s No. 1 seed, only first-round bye and homefield advantage with:

  1. GB win + DAL loss or tie OR

  2. GB tie + DAL loss + LAR loss + TB loss or tie OR

  3. GB tie + DAL loss + LAR tie + TB loss

LOS ANGELES RAMS (11-4) (at Baltimore (8-7), Sunday, 1:00 PM ET, FOX)

Los Angeles Rams clinch NFC West division title with:

  1. LAR win + ARI loss or tie OR

  2. LAR tie + ARI loss

PHILADELPHIA EAGLES (8-7) (at Washington (6-9), Sunday, 1:00 PM ET, FOX)

Philadelphia clinches playoff berth with:

  1. PHI win + MIN loss or tie + NO loss or tie OR

  2. PHI win + MIN loss or tie + SF win or tie OR

  3. PHI tie + MIN loss + NO loss + ATL loss or tie OR

  4. PHI tie + MIN loss + NO tie + ATL loss or tie + SF win or tie

SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS (8-7) (vs. Houston (4-11), Sunday, 4:05 PM ET, CBS)

San Francisco clinches playoff berth with:

  1. SF win + NO loss or tie OR

  2. SF tie + MIN loss or tie + NO loss + ATL loss or tie

Complete schedule for every AFC team

With all the heartbreak and uncertainty going on with COVID-19, the NFL has kept people engaged. Whether it’s through free agency or the draft, fans have had something to watch during this slow time in sports. 

On Thursday, the NFL gave us more excitement as they announced the schedule for the upcoming season. Whether the schedule will go as planned, is another story, but for now, we think about the possibilities. 

Here are the complete schedules for all the teams in the AFC:

AFC East Regular-Season Schedule

AFC North Regular-Season Schedule

AFC West Regular-Season Schedule

AFC South Regular-Season Schedule

What to Look For: Conference Championships​​

NEW FACES ON CHAMPIONSHIP WEEKENDThe NFL will have a new Super Bowl Champion for a 15th consecutive season as four teams vie to secure their place in Super Bowl LIV. In the AFC Championship Game, presented by Intuit TurboTax, the TENNESSEE TITANS (11-7) take on the KANSAS CITY CHIEFS (13-4), while the GREEN BAY PACKERS (14-3) travel to Levi’s Stadium to take on the SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS (14-3) in the NFC Championship Game, presented by Intuit TurboTax.

Of the teams appearing on Championship Sunday, three teams – Green Bay, San Francisco and Tennessee – missed the postseason in 2018, marking the sixth time that at least three teams have advanced to the Championship games after failing to make the postseason the previous year since the NFL instituted the 12-team playoff format in 1990 and the second time in the past three seasons.

ON THE ROAD AGAINWith a 28-12 victory over the No. 1 seed Baltimore Ravens in the AFC Divisional Playoffs, the TENNESSEE TITANS (11-7) became the sixth No. 6 seed to advance to a Conference Championship since the NFL instituted the current 12-team playoff format in 1990 and first since the GREEN BAY PACKERS and NEW YORK JETS in 2010.

With a win over the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday (3:05 PM ET, CBS), Tennessee would join the 2010 GREEN BAY PACKERS and the 2005 PITTSBURGH STEELERS as the only No. 6 seeds to appear in the Super Bowl since 1990 when the NFL instituted the current 12-team playoff format. Both the Packers and Steelers would go on to win the Super Bowl in those seasons.

The No. 6 seeds to reach the Super Bowl since the NFL instituted the current 12-team playoff format in 1990:

SEASON

TEAM

CONFERENCE

ADVANCED TO

2010

Green Bay

NFC

Won Super Bowl XLV

2005

Pittsburgh

AFC

Won Super Bowl XL

2019

Tennessee

AFC

??

Additionally, Tennessee could also join the 2010 Green Bay Packers and 2005 Pittsburgh Steelers as the only teams to defeat each of the top three seeds in their conference in a single postseason since 1990.

KING HENRY CONTINUES HIS REIGN: Tennessee running back DERRICK HENRY rushed for a postseason franchise-record 195 yards in the Titans’ Divisional Playoff win last week. After rushing for 182 yards and a touchdown on Wild Card Weekend against New England, Henry became the first player with at least 180 rushing yards in consecutive postseason games in NFL history.

With at least 150 rushing yards on Sunday, Henry would join Pro Football Hall of Famer TERRELL DAVIS (1998-99) as the only players with at least 150 rushing yards in three consecutive postseason games in NFL history.

With at least 123 rushing yards on Sunday against Kansas City (3:05 PM ET, CBS), Henry would join Pro Football Hall of Famers JOHN RIGGINS (610 rushing yards in 1982) and TERRELL DAVIS (581 in 1997) as the only players with at least 500 rushing yards in a single postseason in NFL history.

The players with the most rushing yards in a single postseason in NFL history:

PLAYER

TEAM

SEASON

RUSHING YARDS

John RigginsHOF

Washington

1982

610

Terrell DavisHOF

Denver

1997

581

Terrell DavisHOF

Denver

1998

468

Marcus AllenHOF

LA Raiders

1983

466

Eddie George

Tennessee

1999

449

Derrick Henry

Tennessee

2019

377*

*Entering Sunday

Henry has 561 rushing yards in four career postseason games. With at least 112 rushing yards on Sunday, he would surpass Pro Football Hall of Famer TERRELL DAVIS (672 yards) for the most rushing yards through a player’s first five career postseason games in NFL history.

Henry led the NFL with 1,540 rushing yards in the regular season in 2019. With a win on Sunday, Henry would join Pro Football Hall of Famers TERRELL DAVIS (1998) and EMMITT SMITH (1992-93, 1995), as well as SHAUN ALEXANDER (2005) as the only single-season rushing leaders to reach the Super Bowl in the same season.

The single-season rushing leaders to reach the Super Bowl in the same season:

PLAYER

TEAM

SEASON

RUSHING YARDS

SUPER BOWL

Shaun Alexander

Seattle

2005

1,880

XL

Terrell DavisHOF

Denver

1998

2,008

XXXIII

Emmitt SmithHOF

Dallas

1995

1,773

XXX

Emmitt SmithHOF

Dallas

1993

1,486

XXVIII

Emmitt SmithHOF

Dallas

1992

1,713

XXVII

AFC GOES THROUGH CHIEFS KINGDOMThe KANSAS CITY CHIEFS advanced to their second consecutive AFC Championship Game for the first time in franchise history with a 51-31 win over Houston in the Divisional Playoffs. In the victory, Kansas City became the first team to win a game by at least 20 points after trailing by at least 20 points in the same game in NFL history.

Kansas City’s comeback in the Divisional Playoffs marked the second comeback of at least 16 points in the postseason this year after the HOUSTON TEXANS erased a 16-point deficit in an overtime win over Buffalo on Wild Card Weekend. This marks the second time in which there have been two comebacks of at least 16 points in a single postseason in NFL history (2002).

Kansas City quarterback PATRICK MAHOMES led the comeback with 321 passing yards and five touchdowns without an interception for a 134.6 passer rating and added 53 yards on the ground, becoming the first player with at least 300 passing yards, five touchdown passes, and 50 rushing yards in a single postseason game in NFL history.

If Mahomes, who has eight touchdown passes in three career postseason games, has at least three touchdown passes on Sunday against Tennessee (3:05 PM ET, CBS), he would tie Pro Football Hall of Famer KURT WARNER (11) for the most touchdown passes through a player’s first four career postseason games in NFL history.

The quarterbacks with the most touchdown passes in their first four postseason games in NFL history:

PLAYER

TEAM

TOUCHDOWN PASSES

Kurt WarnerHOF

St. Louis Rams

11

Dan MarinoHOF

Miami

10

Aaron Rodgers

Green Bay

10

Alex Smith

San Francisco, Kansas City

10

 

 

 

Patrick Mahomes

Kansas City

8*

*In three games

Additionally, with at least four touchdown passes, Mahomes would become the first player with at least four touchdown passes in consecutive postseason games in NFL history.

Chiefs tight end TRAVIS KELCE recorded postseason career-highs in receptions (10), receiving yards (134) and receiving touchdowns (three) last week, becoming the third tight end with at least three touchdown receptions in a single postseason game in the Super Bowl era.

If Kelce, who has three career postseason games with at least 100 receiving yards, has at least 100 receiving yards against Tennessee (3:05 PM ET, CBS), he would tie for the most such career postseason games by a tight end in NFL history.

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

PLAYER

TEAM

GAMES WITH 100+ RECEIVING YARDS

Vernon Davis

San Francisco

4

Rob Gronkowski

New England

4

Keith Jackson

Philadelphia, Miami, Green Bay

4

Dallas Clark

Indianapolis

3

Travis Kelce

Kansas City

3*

Greg Olsen

Chicago, Carolina

3

*Entering Sunday

HUNTING MORE TITLES IN TITLETOWN: The GREEN BAY PACKERS advanced to their first Conference Championship since 2016 with a 28-23 victory over Seattle in the Divisional Playoffs. With the victory, Green Bay tied the DALLAS COWBOYS (35 wins) for the third-most postseason victories in NFL history.

With a win against the 49ers, who rank fifth on the all-time list with 31 postseason wins, on Sunday (6:40 PM ET, FOX), the Packers would tie the PITTSBURGH STEELERS (36 wins) for the second-most postseason victories in NFL history.

The teams with the most postseason wins in NFL history:

TEAM

WINS

SUPER BOWL WINS

New England

37

6

Pittsburgh

36

6

Dallas

35

5

Green Bay

35

4

San Francisco

31

5

Green Bay head coach MATT LAFLEUR became the first head coach to reach a Conference Championship in his first season since JIM HARBAUGH led San Francisco to the NFC Championship Game in 2011.

With a win on Sunday, LaFleur would become the sixth rookie head coach to appear in the Super Bowl.

The rookie head coaches to appear in the Super Bowl:

HEAD COACH

TEAM

SEASON

RESULT

Don McCafferty

Baltimore Colts

1970

W 16-13, Super Bowl V

Red Miller

Denver

1977

L 27-10, Super Bowl XII

George Seifert

San Francisco

1989

W 55-10, Super Bowl XXIV

Bill Callahan

Oakland

2002

L 48-21, Super Bowl XXXVII

Jim Caldwell

Indianapolis

2009

L 31-17, Super Bowl XLIV

Matt LaFleur

Green Bay

2019

??

With LaFleur (40 years, 66 days old) and San Francisco head coach KYLE SHANAHAN (40 years, 36 days old), Sunday’s NFC Championship Game will be the first Conference Championship Game featuring two head coaches under the age of 41 since 1970.

Green Bay quarterback AARON RODGERS passed for 243 yards and two touchdowns without an interception for a 113.7 passer rating last week, marking Rodgers’ sixth consecutive postseason game with at least two touchdown passes.

With at least two touchdown passes on Sunday, Rodgers would tie Pro Football Hall of Famers TERRY BRADSHAW (seven games) and JOE MONTANA (seven), as well as DREW BREES (seven), for the second-longest streak of postseason games with at least two touchdown passes in NFL history. Only JOE FLACCO (eight games) had a longer such streak in league history.

Additionally, with two touchdown passes, Rodgers would tie PEYTON MANNING (40) for the fourth-most career postseason touchdown passes in NFL history.

The players with the most career postseason touchdown passes in NFL history:

PLAYER

TEAM(S)

TOUCHDOWN PASSES

Tom Brady

New England

73

Joe MontanaHOF

San Francisco, Kansas City

45

Brett FavreHOF

Green Bay, Minnesota

44

Peyton Manning

Indianapolis, Denver

40

Aaron Rodgers

Green Bay

38*

*Entering Sunday

 

 

Rodgers, who has 4,700 passing yards in 17 career postseason starts, needs at least 300 passing yards on Sunday to become the sixth player with at least 5,000 career postseason passing yards in NFL history, joining TOM BRADY (11,388), PEYTON MANNING (7,339), Pro Football Hall of Famers BRETT FAVRE (5,855) and JOE MONTANA (5,772), and BEN ROETHLISBERGER (5,256).

— CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIPS —

NEW GOLDEN ERA: With a 27-10 win over Minnesota in the Divisional Playoffs, the SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS became the fifth team since 1990 to advance to a Championship Game after winning four-or-fewer games the previous season, and the second team in three years, joining the JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS in 2017.

With a victory on Sunday against Green Bay (6:40 PM ET, FOX), San Francisco head coach KYLE SHANAHAN, whose father – MIKE SHANAHAN – won Super Bowl XXXII and XXXIII as head coach of the DENVER BRONCOS, would become the first father-son duo to each appear in a Super Bowl as a head coach in NFL history.

In their Divisional Playoff victory, the 49ers defense tallied six team sacks, tied for the second-most in a single postseason game in franchise history.

With at least six sacks on Sunday against Green Bay, the 2019 San Francisco 49ers would join the 1984 SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS as the only teams with at least six sacks in two consecutive postseason games in the Super Bowl era.

49ers rookie defensive lineman NICK BOSA recorded two sacks in his postseason debut last week. With at least two sacks on Sunday, Bosa would join LAMARR WOODLEY as the only players with at least two sacks in each of their first two postseason games since 1982, when the individual sack became an official statistic. Bosa would also become the first rookie to accomplish the feat since 1982.

HOF Willie Roaf on Rams-Saints: ‘On paper, I think the Rams have more talent’

Coming into the 2018 NFL season, the Los Angeles Rams were picked by many to win the Super Bowl. Mainly, because of what they did in the offseason. The Rams added Ndamukong Suh, Marcus Peters, Aqib Talib, and Brandin Cooks to a roster that already had a lot of talent. Many thought those acquisitions, along with Jared Goff, Todd Gurley, and head coach Sean McVay, would put this team over the top, but they have a tall task in front of them.

On Sunday, the Rams can take that next step when they battle the Saints in New Orleans in a rematch of their regular season matchup in which the Saints won 45-35 at home.

This matchup is between two very talented football teams, and these were the two best teams in the NFC during the regular season, and while the Saints have home-field advantage,  Hall of Famer and former Saint Willie Roaf believes the Rams will be difficult to beat because they have more talent than New Orleans, at least on paper.

“On paper, I think the Rams have more talent, and I think that both teams are playing well,” Roaf told the Go4it podcast. “At the end of the year, the Rams had some tough losses at home. The Saint offense wasn’t doing as well at the end of the year, so if we just look at that, we still look at the Tampa game, some of those other games at home. The Saints weren’t just blowing people away, so I would say the Rams are going to be a tough out.”

The Rams may have more talent than the Saints, but the Saints have home-field advantage, and according to Roaf, they have Drew Brees, which could be the difference:

“The Rams are healthier, and they’re more stacked with players against the Saints if you want to look at it on paper,” Roaf said. “Now, you do have Drew Brees, and Drew Brees is one of the best to ever do it in the league.”

It’s hard for me to go against the Saints when they are playing at home in the playoffs. New Orleans may have struggled a little last week against the Eagles, but that could have been rust since the Saints starters, including the regular season, had not played in three weeks.

Who wins? It might come down to who has it last because both of these offenses are big-time, and as we saw with their regular season matchup, there probably will be a lot of points scored, and while the Rams may have more talent, the talent gap is not very significant.

Expect fireworks in NOLA today!

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AFC, NFC title game notes

WHAT TO LOOK FOR – CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIP GAMES

FROM “WORST TO FIRST”: The PHILADELPHIA EAGLES and JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS both advanced to the Conference Championship Games after completing “worst-to-first” turnarounds this season. At least one team has won its division the season after finishing in or tied for last place in 14 of the past 15 seasons.

The last two teams that went from “worst-to-first” in their divisions to earn a Super Bowl berth were the 2003 Carolina Panthers (Super Bowl XXXVIII) and the 2009 New Orleans Saints, who won Super Bowl XLIV.

The teams to go from “worst-to-first” in their divisions and advance to the Super Bowl since 2003:

SEASON TEAM RECORD PRIOR SEASON RECORD ADVANCED TO
2003 Carolina 11-5 7-9 Super Bowl XXXVIII
2009 New Orleans 13-3 8-8 Won Super Bowl XLIV
         
2017 Jacksonville 10-6 3-13 ???
2017 Philadelphia 13-3 7-9 ???

Three of the remaining four clubs – the Eagles and MINNESOTA VIKINGS in the NFC and the Jaguars in the AFC – missed the postseason in 2016, marking the fifth time since 1990 – and the first since 2008 – that three teams advanced to the Championship Game after missing the postseason in the previous year.​

The seasons which had three teams advance to the Conference Championship Game after missing the postseason in the previous season since 1990:

SEASON TEAMS TO ADVANCE TO CONFERENCE CHAMPIOHSHIP GAME WHO MISSED PLAYOFFS IN PREVIOUS SEASON
1996 3 (Carolina, Jacksonville, New England)
1999 3 (St. Louis, Tampa Bay, Tennessee)
2000 3 (Baltimore, New York Giants, Oakland)
2008 3 (Arizona, Baltimore, Philadelphia)
2017 3 (Jacksonville, Minnesota, Philadelphia)

— CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIP GAMES –​

OVER 100: Philadelphia quarterback NICK FOLES completed 23 of 30 passes (76.7 percent) for 246 yards and a 100.1 passer rating in the Eagles’ 15-10 win over Atlanta in the Divisional Playoffs.

Foles, who faces Minnesota on Sunday night, can become the fifth quarterback in NFL history to record a passer rating of at least 100 in each of his first three postseason starts.

The quarterbacks with the most starts with a passer rating of at least 100 to begin postseason career:

PLAYER TEAM SEASON(S) GAMES WITH 100+ PASSER RATING
Troy Aikman^ Dallas 1992-93 5
Aaron Rodgers Green Bay 2009-10 3
Tony Eason New England 1985 3
Joe Theismann Washington 1982 3
       
Nick Foles Philadelphia 2013, 2017 2*
*Active streak
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

— CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIP GAMES —

DANGEROUS JAGUARS: The JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS defeated Pittsburgh, the No. 2 seed in the AFC, 45-42 in the Divisional Playoffs to advance to their third AFC Championship game in franchise history.

Jacksonville, who plays at No. 1 seed New England on Sunday, can become the 11th team to defeat the top two seeds from their own conference in the same postseason since 1990 when the current playoff format was adopted.

The teams to defeat the top two seeds from their own conference in the same postseason since 1990:

YEAR TEAM CONFERENCE
1992 Buffalo AFC
1997 Denver AFC
1999 Tennessee AFC
2000 Baltimore AFC
2003 Carolina NFC
2005 Pittsburgh AFC
2007 New York Giants NFC
2010 Green Bay NFC
2011 New York Giants NFC
2012 Baltimore AFC
     
2017 Jacksonville* AFC
*Play at No. 1 seed New England on Sunday

— CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIP GAMES —

RUMBLING ROOKIE: Jacksonville rookie running back LEONARD FOURNETTE rushed for 109 yards and three touchdowns in the Jaguars’ 45-42 victory over Pittsburgh in the Divisional Playoffs.

With one rushing touchdown on Sunday against New England, Fournette can tie the postseason record for the most rushing touchdowns by a rookie.

The rookies with the most rushing touchdowns in a single postseason:

PLAYER TEAM SEASON RUSH TDS  
Jamal Lewis Baltimore 2000 4  
William Floyd San Francisco 1994 4  
Tony Dorsett^ Dallas 1977 4  
Norm Standlee Chicago 1941 4  
         
Leonard Fournette Jacksonville 2017 3*  
*Active
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

— CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIP GAMES —

PROLIFIC PASSERNew England quarterback TOM BRADY completed 35 of 53 passes (66 percent) for 337 yards and three touchdowns for a 102.5 passer rating in the Patriots’ 35-14 win against Tennessee in the Divisional Playoffs.

Brady, who faces Jacksonville on Sunday, can become the first quarterback in postseason history to record four consecutive games with at least 300 yards and multiple touchdown passes.

The quarterbacks with the most consecutive postseason games with 300+ yards and 2+ touchdown passes:

PLAYER TEAM SEASONS CONSECUTIVE PLAYOFF GAMES WITH 300+ YARDS & 2+ TDs
Tom Brady New England 2016-17 3*
Matt Ryan Atlanta 2013, 2016 3
Drew Brees New Orleans 2010-11 3
Jim Kelly^ Buffalo 1989-90 3
Dan Fouts^ San Diego 1980-81 3
*Active streak
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

— CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIP GAMES —

TOUCHDOWN MACHINENew England running back JAMES WHITE recorded two touchdowns (one rushing, one receiving) in the Patriots’ win against Tennessee in the Divisional Playoffs.

White, who had three touchdowns in SB LI, needs two touchdowns to tie Pro Football Hall of Famer EMMITT SMITH (seven) and LARRY FITZGERALD (seven) for the most combined rushing and receiving touchdowns over a three-game span in postseason history.

The players with the most combined rushing and receiving touchdowns in a three-game span in postseason history:

PLAYER TEAM(S) SEASONS MOST RUSH & REC. TDS IN 3-GAME SPAN IN PLAYOFF HISTORY
Larry Fitzgerald Arizona 2008-09 7
Emmitt Smith^ Dallas 1995-96 7
Many tied     6
       
James White New England 2016-17 5*
*Active
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

— CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIP GAMES —

BRING IT HOME: The MINNESOTA VIKINGS defeated New Orleans 29-24 to advance to their 10th NFL/NFC Championship game in franchise history.

With a win against Philadelphia on Sunday, the Vikings will become the first team to play in a Super Bowl in the team’s home stadium and the fifth team to play in a Super Bowl that was hosted in their home state.

The teams to play in a Super Bowl hosted in their home state:

SUPER BOWL DATE WINNER LOSER SITE
XXXVII January 26, 2003 Tampa Bay Oakland San Diego, CA
XIX January 20, 1985 San Francisco Miami Stanford, CA
XIV January 20, 1980 Pittsburgh LA Rams Pasadena, CA
XI January 9, 1977 Oakland Minnesota Pasadena, CA

Complete Wild Card weekend schedule

The NFL announced the scheduled for Wild Card weekend tonight.

Here’s the schedule:

Saturday, January 6

AFC   4:35 PM (ET)

 Tennessee at Kansas City (ESPN, with simulcast on ABC)

NFC:    8:15 PM (ET)

 Atlanta at Los Angeles Rams (NBC)

Sunday, January 7

AFC:    1:05 PM (ET)

 Buffalo at Jacksonville (CBS)

NFC:    4:40 PM (ET)

 Carolina at New Orleans (FOX)

The Divisional Playoffs will be played on Saturday and Sunday, January 13 and 14.

The AFC (CBS, 3:05 PM ET) and NFC (FOX, 6:40 PM ET) Championship Games will be played on Sunday, January 21.

The 2018 Pro Bowl (ESPN, with simulcast on ABC, 3:00 PM ET) will be played on Sunday, January 28 at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Florida and Super Bowl LII will take place on Sunday, February 4 (NBC, 6:30 PM ET) at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

American Football Conference

National Football Conference

  1. New England (13-3), AFC East champion

  1. Philadelphia (13-3), NFC East champion

  1. Pittsburgh (13-3), AFC North champion

  1. Minnesota (13-3), NFC North champion

  1. Jacksonville (10-6), AFC South champion

  1. Los Angeles Rams (11-5), NFC West champion

  1. Kansas City (10-6), AFC West champion

  1. New Orleans (11-5), NFC South champion

  1. Tennessee (9-7)

  1. Carolina (11-5)

  1. Buffalo (9-7)

  1. Atlanta (10-6)