We didn’t get the barrage of points we were hoping for yesterday, but those were still two enjoyable games.
The Rams couldn’t get much going outside of Cam Akers (18-90-1), while the Packers had no problem generating big plays. Aaron Jones and Davante Adams both found the end zone and Aaron Rodgers connected with Allen Lazard for another bomb. The Packers now await the winner of today’s Bucs-Saints game.
In Buffalo, we had all kinds of oddities. Justin Tucker doinked two field goals. Lamar Jackson threw a 103 yard pick six and then later exited the game with a concussion. Despite windy conditions, the Bills called only six running plays as Josh Allen dropped back 44 times. The Ravens had more first downs, more total yards, and more time of possession and still lost. The Allen-Stefon Diggs connection was popping both on (8-106-1) and off the field. The Bills are back in the AFC Championship game for the first time since the 1993 season. They will either head to Arrowhead or host the Browns next week.
Today we determine the final four and, based on Vegas totals (in parentheses), we should enjoy more scoring...
3:05pm ET - Browns (23.2) @ Chiefs (33.7)
6:40p:m ET - Buccaneers (25) @ Saints (27.5)
Here’s everything you need to know for today’s games…
Chiefs-Browns. The big news today is that Clyde Edwards-Helaire (ankle/hip) faces an “uphill battle” to play today. We’ll know for sure around 1:30pm ET, but it sounds like Darrel Williams and Le’Veon Bell would lead the backfield. In Week 16 without CEH in a must-win game Williams saw 47-of-67 snaps to Bell’s 20 and also out-carried (10-7) and out-targeted Bell (h/t John Daigle).
Saints-Buccaneers. Both Latavius Murray (quadriceps) and Taysom Hill (knee) are unlikely to play today. That means way more Drew Brees and Alvin Kamara around the goal line... Ronald Jones (quadriceps) is considered a game-time call with Leonard Fournette expected to start either way. This is the first playoff matchup in NFL history featuring 40-year olds facing off (h/t Field Yates). The Boomer Bowl features Tom Brady (79,204 career passing yards & 581 TDs) vs. Drew Brees (80,358 passing yards & 571 TDs).