Leave it to Aqib Talib, their voluble veteran cornerback, to remind his teammates about the upside of the New Orleans fans' famed investment in the game.,They'll need every bit of Talib's expertise and skill when they attempt to slow Drew Brees, Michael Thomas and a New Orleans (14-3) offense that already carved up the Rams (14-3) once this season.,"Everybody is preparing for this game different," Talib said.,While many of his teammates got their first career playoff victory last week against Dallas, Talib has seen it all before — from big playoff games in New England to a Super Bowl championship run with Denver.,Talib understandably wouldn't give away the Rams' potential strategy for the NFC title game, and neither would Phillips.

BOSTON (CBS) — The NFL Playoffs have arrived in Foxboro, with the Los Angles Chargers coming to New England for a divisional round clash with the Patriots.,The Chargers are one of the best teams in football and are coming off a tough road victory over the Ravens in Baltimore on wild card weekend, making them a ridiculous 9-0 away from Los Angeles this season.,Here’s how the WBZ-TV and CBS Boston sports teams see Sunday’s divisional round showdown playing out:

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But as the Patriots quarterback began his preparations for Sunday's divisional playoff game with the Chargers, he said he only had to think back to their AFC championship game matchup during the 2007 season to remind himself of Rivers' toughness.,New England won that day and Brady enters Sunday's game with a 7-0 record as a starter against Rivers, including 4-0 in games played in Foxborough and 2-0 in the playoffs.,Brady was sidelined for that game by a knee injury he sustained in the Patriots' season opener and Matt Cassel started in his place.,While Brady won't have any new personnel to throw to, he did spend New England's bye week trying to fine-tune his own skills by working out with personal throwing coach Tom House.,"We've earned the right to be playing in this weekend's game and we've got a great opportunity," Brady said.

After beating the Ravens 23-17 on Sunday in Baltimore, the L.A. Chargers earned themselves a trip to Foxboro for a playoff game next week.,OFFENSE: 11th, 372.6 yards per game

SCORING: T-6th, 26.8 points per game read more

Winners of eight of their last nine games, Dallas' next opponent is controlled by the winner of the Chicago Bears and Philadelphia Eagles game, taking place Sunday afternoon.,So if No. 3 Chicago wins, then No. 4 Dallas will be the lowest seed left, and will travel to The Big Easy to take on the Saints.,Dallas is so dedicated to the run, facing a team that is less-than-stellar against the pass (Saints are No. 22 in pass-defense DVOA, Rams are No. 9) could be more beneficial considering Dallas can struggle in that regard and will run the ball regardless of who they are facing.,Dallas could host an NFC Championship There's only one way for the No. 4 seed to ever host a conference championship game, and that's for the No. 6 seed to pull off back-to-back upsets.,Were the Eagles to upset Chicago, then go on to upset New Orleans with Dallas also upsetting the Rams, then the two NFC East rivals would meet for the third time, back at ATT Stadium.

And it should serve as a reminder to the rest of the  AFC playoff field that even though the Patriots may have looked vulnerable at times this season, and even though Brady himself may not be the MVP quarterback he was a year ago, and even though New England has some shaky losses on its record, the fact is that Bill Belichick’s team is back where it always is: playing meaningful football in January.,Over the past seven seasons, the Patriots have gone 7-0 in the divisional round, winning by an average of 17 points per game.,But if the Texans can come up with a timely interception or two — the way they did in Foxboro during a playoff game two years ago — then it could lead to some tense moments in Foxboro for the home team.,They led the AFC with over 150 rushing yards per game and 19 rushing touchdowns on the season.,They ranked first in the NFL in yards allowed (293/game), second in points allowed (17.9/game), fourth in rushing yards allowed, fifth in passing yards allowed, third in third-down defense and second in opponent passer rating.

Moorhead was a month or so removed from being named Mississippi State’s new head coach.,“I think there is where you’re from and there is where you call home,” Moorhead said a year later, once again folded into a seat, but this time in Tampa, a few days prior to a Mississippi State and Iowa rendition of the Outback Bowl.,In fact, a bowl victory over Iowa would make Moorhead the only Mississippi State coach to win nine games in his first season at the helm.,If James Franklin’s 105 games spent on the sidelines as a head coach seems like a small number compared to the so-called “greats,” then Moorhead has plenty of room to make up.,He keeps in touch with Rahne as well, continuing to support a friend in a year where Penn State’s offense has sputtered between what it was and something at least not always as aesthetically pleasing even if still ultimately effective.

Several games this week pit a pair of teams already eliminated while others will involve one team that’s been eliminated and another that’s locked into a specific seed with no chance of improving or dropping from that position.,Sunday

Cowboys at Giants (-7): Dallas has clinched the NFC East title and is locked into the No. 4 seed which means hosting a Wild Card game next week.,UNDER read more

Several games this week pit a pair of teams already eliminated while others will involve one team that’s been eliminated and another that’s locked into a specific seed with no chance of improving or dropping from that position.,Sunday

Cowboys at Giants (-7): Dallas has clinched the NFC East title and is locked into the No. 4 seed which means hosting a Wild Card game next week.,UNDER read more

The New Orleans Saints are Super Bowl caliber after defeating the Los Angeles Rams 45-35 last Sunday.,New Orleans 45, LA Rams 35

Total Yards: Los Angeles 483, New Orleans 487 read more