Eight teams remain as the NFL playoffs enters the divisional round.
In the NFC, the Philadelphia Eagles are trying to do it again with backup quarterback Nick Foles at the helm. They edged the Chicago Bears 16-15 in their wild-card matchup with a little thanks to a slightly tipped field goal off the foot of Cody Parkey, sending them to a contest with No. 1 seed New Orleans Saints.
The Dallas Cowboys, meanwhile, held off the Seattle Seahawks and will have a date with the Los Angeles Rams on Saturday.
In the AFC, the Los Angeles Chargers will be trying to win back-to-back road games during their showdown against Tom Brady and the New England Patriots, while Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts head to Kansas City to face the Chiefs after taking care of the Houston Texans in a Wild Card Weekend rout.
Colts at Chiefs
The playoffs have not been kind to the Chiefs during the Andy Reid era. They are 1-4 in total and 0-2 at Arrowhead Stadium. But this year seems different, and that is because of Patrick Mahomes.
The first-year starter dazzled with a league-leading 50 touchdown passes on the No. 1-ranked offense in the league.
He goes up against a Colts team that has plenty of momentum from a late-season surge into the playoffs and fresh from dismantling the Texans on the road in the Wild Card Round.
The biggest variable this time around is that a wintry mix of rain and snow is expected, per 41 Action News’ Gerard Jebaily:
The Colts have the offensive line to excel in those conditions, as well as running back Marlon Mack, but they are a dome team not used to playing in the elements. It also seems too hard to go against Mahomes at Arrowhead after an MVP-caliber season.
Chiefs 23, Colts 19
Cowboys at Rams
The Cowboys are feeling good about themselves after defeating a tough Seahawks team at home to advance to the divisional round, but they face another tall task in facing the Rams on the road.
Los Angeles should have a healthy Todd Gurley, who has had three weeks to rest up for this game and will be a key factor, especially after some less-than-encouraging performances from quarterback Jared Goff toward the end of the season.
Dallas also struggled on the road this season, going 3-5 away from AT&T Stadium. If the Cowboys can find a way to contain Gurley and defensive tackle Aaron Donald and keep it close, they will have a chance, but that feels like a long shot.
Rams 28, Cowboys 17
Chargers at Patriots
Philip Rivers and the Chargers have proved doubters wrong all season and showed in the Wild Card Round that the defense can make the necessary adjustments to wreak havoc, as they beat the Baltimore Ravens on the road just two weeks after the Ravens topped the Chargers in Los Angeles.
The Chargers are heading to Gillette Stadium in January, which is always a daunting task, especially when the Patriots are 8-0 there this season and frigid temperatures are expected, per AccuWeather, which does not bode well for a team located in Southern California.
While the Chargers have seemingly answered every call, it is tough to see them go back-to-back weeks on the East Coast to play the 1:05 p.m. game and beat the Patriots in freezing temperatures.
Patriots 24, Chargers 20
Eagles at Saints
The divisional round wraps up with the best team in the NFL against the darlings of the league.
Nick Foles and the Eagles hope luck and magic is still on their side as they head into the Superdome to face a Saints team that had the best record in the NFL this season.
New Orleans demolished Philadelphia in a 48-7 Week 11 victory, albeit against a Carson Wentz-led Eagles team.
Things are a little different, but can Foles and Co. knock off this juggernaut Saints team after winning by the skin of their teeth against the Bears in the Wild Card Round?