Bucs vs. Saints final score update
The Bucs defensive dominated this game and Drew Brees struggled in a big way. Tom Brady and the Bucs offense turned three turnovers into 21 points en route to a 30-20 win. It was not a pretty game, but the Bucs got enough on offense to take advantage of the opportunities. Tampa Bay will travel to face the Green Bay Packers in the NFC Championship Game.
Browns vs. Chiefs final score update
Kansas City is headed back to the AFC Championship Game after holding off Cleveland. The Chiefs looked like they were going to boat-race the Browns, taking a 19-3 lead into halftime. However, they couldn’t quite put Cleveland away in the third quarter, and then Patrick Mahomes went down with a concussion. Chad Henne replaced him and looked fairly atrocious before a huge scramble and then a 4th down throw to clinch the 22-17 win. The Chiefs advance to face the Buffalo Bills in the AFC Championship Game.
Ravens vs. Bills final score update
It wasn’t pretty, but Buffalo beat Baltimore 17-3 to advance to the AFC Championship Game. The game was tied 3-3 at the half thanks to Justin Tucker missing a pair of field goals in the windy conditions, while the Bills struggled to get much going on offense. Buffalo broke it open in the third quarter on a 66-yard drive capped by a Stefon Diggs touchdown followed by Taron Johnson running back a Lamar Jackson interception 101 yards for a back-breaking score.
Rams vs. Packers final score update
Aaron Rodgers led an impressive offensive effort as Green Bay beat LA 32-18 to advance to the NFC Championship Game. Rodgers threw for 296 yards and two touchdowns while adding a rushing touchdown. Aaron Jones rushed for 99 yards and a score and Davante Adams led the way with nine receptions for 66 yards and a score. The Packers will face the winner of Sunday’s Bucs-Saints game.
The 2021 NFL playoffs roll on this weekend. With just eight teams left standing, we only have four games on tap for the Divisional round, after a super six on Wild Card weekend. That’s okay; this weekend we get quality over quantity. There’s only one team favored by more than a touchdown and an extra point, and the spread for two games is within a field goal.
Here to help you plan your weekend accordingly is the complete schedule. Remember too that each game is available online, in addition to the network broadcast, via several options ranging from streaming apps like Yahoo’s to the network’s online platforms as well, though some require a cable subscription.
The action starts in Green Bay on Saturday. The Packers host the Los Angeles Rams with that game kicking off at 4:35 p.m. ET on FOX. Kevin Burkhardt, Daryl Johnson , Pam Oliver, and Kristina Pink are the broadcast team for this one. Aaron Rodgers and company had a week off during the Wild Card round, thanks to taking the first seed in the NFC. The Rams are headed into this one with both of their quarterbacks dealing with injuries. If Los Angeles is going to have a shot to beat the Packers, who are currently 6.5-point favorites, they’ll need to do it with their defense. The over/under on this one, according to the DraftKings Sportsbook, is set at 45.5 points, the lowest total of any game on the slate this weekend.
On Saturday night, the AFC gets the spotlight. The Buffalo Bills host the Baltimore Ravens, with the game scheduled to start at 8:15 p.m. ET on NBC. The network will have its main lineup in the booth for this one: Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth, and Michele Tafoya. Buffalo is a slight favorite here, 2.5 points, with an over/under of 50 points, according to the DraftKings Sportsbook. This one feels like a good one to bet the over on with Lamar Jackson versus Josh Allen.
Sunday’s slate starts in the AFC with the Kansas City Chiefs hosting the Cleveland Browns. That game kicks off at 3:05 p.m. ET on CBS. Jim Nantz, Tony Romo, Tracy Wolfson, and Jay Feely have the call for this one. The Browns are hoping to keep their miracle season alive, but it’s going to be an uphill battle. The Chiefs are favored by 10 points, according to the DraftKings Sportsbook, the biggest spread of the weekend. This game also has the highest projected point total at 57.
The weekend wraps up on Sunday night when the New Orleans Saints host the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The game starts at 6:40 p.m. ET on FOX. They have Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Erin Andrews, and Tom Rinaldi calling this one. The Bucs lost both times they played the Saints during the regular season; they’re three-point underdogs here. The over/under is 51.5 on the DraftKings Sportsbook for this one. Sounds like the books are counting out Touchdown Tom.