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NFL Divisional Round: Playoffs Schedule & How to Watch Live


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How to Watch NFL Divisional Round Playoffs
Tom Brady looks to keep turning back the hands of time and flip the script against the New Orleans Saints in the Divisional Round. MICHAEL REYNOLDS/EPA

The Cleveland Browns and Buffalo Bills won a playoff game in the same weekend so just remember anything is possible. It just might take quite a long time. The Browns won their first playoff game since 1994 and they beat the Steelers for the first time in Pittsburgh since 2003. Big Ben and the Black and Yellow were uncharacteristically sloppy going down 28-0 in the first quarter in a game remenicient of Super Bowl XLVIII when Peyton Manning fumbled the first snap similar to Roethlisberger in this one.

The Bills meanwhile played a very consistent game and held off the Colts for Josh Allen's first playoff win. Even if the Kansas City Chiefs are still favored to win it all again this year, it's nice to see a changing of the guard especially in markets that are long deserving of postseason success. The last time the Bills won a playoff game was in 1995. The last time they won in the Divisional round was in 1993 when they last made the Super Bowl. They try to repeat that feat this week against the Ravens and Lamar Jackson who also won his first playoff game last week beating the Titans. These playoffs are full of many firsts. Let's see what the Divisional round has to offer.

How to Watch NFL Games

NFL Live Streams: fuboTV (watch the NFL for free with a one-week trial)

fuboTV will live stream all NFL Divisional Playoff matchups starting on Saturday, January 16 when the Green Bay Packers host the Los Angeles Rams. Check below for the full schedule.

What TV Channel is the NFL on?

You can tune into NFL matchups this postseason via the following channels:

  • CBS
  • FOX
  • NBC

NFL Divisional Round Schedule

Saturday, January 16

Sunday, January 17

Los Angeles Rams at Green Bay Packers

The Los Angeles Rams visit the Green Bay Packers in the playoff game that couldn't feature more different weather in each team's respective home cities. This game is going to be below freezing and that doesn't bode well for QB Jared Goff. He is 0-2 in such games with 0 TDs and 5 INTs. It is mildly surprising that the Rams are even here as they were the underdog last week against the Seahawks and they ended up blowing them out even though Goff could barely throw with a broken thumb and DT Aaron Donald was injured for a series. Donald said he is feeling no pain and he should be ready to go to terrorize Aaron Rodgers.

Rams coach Sean McVay still has not committed on a starting quarterback for this playoff game much like he did last week but Goff is the likely choice. If he does start it will be the seventh playoff game ever to start two QBs from the same college. Rodgers and Goff both played at the University of California Berkeley. Whoever is starting for the Rams, it's going to take a miracle to keep up with this Packers offense that can really only be rivalved by the Chiefs.

Baltimore Ravens at Buffalo Bills

Let's move to two quarterbacks from the 2018 NFL Draft who won their first playoff games in the same weekend. Lamar Jackson was able to shake off doubts that he couldn't perform in big games by beating the Titans last week and getting revenge on their Divisional round loss last season against Tennessee. He did it with his trademark quickness. This guy can juke players at full speed and he highlighted that with one of the best runs of his career in a 48-yard play to help get the Ravens back in that Wild Card game. In Jackson's career, the Ravens were 0-6 when down by 10 or more points which they were able to come back from in this one scoring 17 straight.

But as good as Jackson was, the Ravens defense was even better. They limited the rule of King Derrick Henry by holding the best running back in the league to just 40 yards on 18 carries. They are going to have to do the same with Bills QB Josh Allen who scrambled for a TD of his own last week against the Colts and he had two TD passes. Jackson runs better but Allen has become more accurate as a passer this season making him more of a threat through the air. Allen won't be the only obstacle for the Ravens. Jackson has never played in the snow in his entire playing career. The weather in Buffalo for the game has a 50 percent chance of snow. There will be two brutally cold Divisional round games on Saturday to start the weekend.

Cleveland Browns at Kansas City Chiefs

Sunday's double-header kicks off with the NFL's best team against the biggest underdog in these playoffs. But that Dawg Pound was able to beat their bitter rival who started this season 11-0. The Steelers did lose four of their final five games to end the season but they uncharacteristically imploded with one of the most stable coaches in the history of the league and a 38-year old veteran quarterback backed by one of the best defenses in the league who gave up more than 40 points. The point is that anything can happen in these playoffs.

The Browns will also benefit from having their head coach back on the sidelines. Kevin Stefanski was watching his team at home like the rest of us because he was ruled out after testing positive for COVID-19 before the game. He is healthy once again and no matter what happens against the Chiefs and their video game offense, Stefanski is the clear choice for coach of the year. To get this franchise back in the playoffs, let alone beat a perennial powerhouse in the Steelers, is nothing short of miraculous for everything the city of Cleveland as a sports town has been through.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers at New Orleans Saints

Finally, the weekend ends with two of the best quarterbacks of all-time facing off for the third time this year. While Tom Brady and Drew Brees are close in all-time stats, the games between the Buccaneers and Saints haven't been close at all. These two opened the season against one another and Brady struggled throwing two picks to let the Saints run away with the game 34-23.

Then they played again in Week 9 where the Bucs got absolutely destroyed 38-3 after Brady threw three interceptions to Brees' four touchdowns. The Buccaneers have won four in a row to finish the season and Brady is the oldest QB to win a playoff game at 43 years old beating Washington last week. Can this momentum flip the script against the Saints this weekend?

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