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Saturday Divisional Playoff open thread

It’s time for more playoff football!

Baltimore Ravens v Buffalo Bills Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images

After an exciting weekend of Wild Card action, the NFL resumes its Super Bowl journey with the kickoff of the divisional round. Only one team per conference got a bye this season, and we will get to witness one of those rested teams today.

The Green Bay Packers managed to secure the top seed in the NFC thanks to a dominate late season run of six-straight wins. Not only did Green Bay score over 30 points in five of those games, but their defense allowed under 20 points in four of them. The Packers are arguably the hottest team in the league, and first up will be the Los Angeles Rams.

It was a roller coaster season for the Rams, never winning or losing more than two games in a row. The defense remains a bright spot for the team—and perhaps other teams looking to hire Brandon Staley—but the offense has some question marks, starting with the health of Jared Goff.

Here’s how to watch the first game of our doubleheader:

Date: January 16, 2021
Time: 4:35 p.m. ET
Location: Lambeau Field — Green Bay, WI
Announcers: Kevin Burkhardt, Daryl Johnston, Pam Oliver, Kristina Pink
Online streaming: Yahoo Sports app, fuboTV, FOX Sports Go

The second game of Saturday’s divisional round features two stars from the 2018 draft class. Lamar Jackson exploded onto the scene in 2019, and though he had a quieter year in 2020, he still rushed for over 1000 yards. His legs were the focal point of the Ravens’ win over the Titans last week, rushing for 136 yards and a touchdown.

He will face off against another young gun in Josh Allen. The Bills quarterback had a rough first two seasons in the league, struggling with accuracy despite some shining moments. 2020 has been a drastic turnaround for him, jumping from a completion percentage of 58.8 in 2019 to 69.2 this season. Although not a runner like Jackson, Allen can contribute with his legs too, having run for eight touchdowns on the year, plus an additional one last week.

Here’s how to watch the second game today:

Date: January 16, 2021
Time: 8:15 p.m. ET
Location: Bills Stadium — Orchard Park, NY
Announcers: Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth, Michele Tafoya
Online streaming: NBC Sports, Yahoo sports app

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