In their first season in Indianapolis, head coach Frank Reich, left, and offensive coordinator and Jamestown native Nick Sirianni have guided the Colts into the playoffs.,Father Fran, a member of the Chautauqua Sports Hall of Fame, coached Southwestern High School from the mid-1970s to the early 1980s; brother Mike is the head coach at Washington & Jefferson College where he has compiled one of the best winning percentages in the NCAA; and brother Jay coached Southwestern to a pair of New York State Public High School Athletic Association championships in 2008 and 2009.,Once the youngest Sirianni arrived at the University of Mount Union, he played for Larry Kehres, who guided the Purple Raiders to 11 national championships in his career.,Upon his graduation, Sirianni began his climb up the coaching ranks with stops at Mount Union, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, the Kansas Chiefs and the San Diego/Los Angeles Chargers, before joining Reich’s staff in Indianapolis last February.,“One of the reasons I’m in the position I’m in now is because of the successful coaches I’ve been around, starting with growing up in a coach’s house, learning how to coach with my brothers, and then, obviously, playing for the most successful coach in NCAA football history in Larry Kehres,” he told The Post-Journal last October.

The New England Patriots have earned a first-round AFC playoff bye.,The Texans rallied from losing their first three games to win the AFC South and will be the No 3 seed, hosting a wild-card contest next weekend.,In the later games, Kansas City earned the top AFC seed with a 35-3 win at home over Oakland, relegating the Los Angeles Chargers to the No. 5 seed despite a 23-9 win over Denver.,The final playoff spot goes to the winner of Sunday night's game between the Indianapolis Colts and the Tennessee Titans.,Chicago earned the No. 3 seed with a 24-10 win over the Minnesota Vikings, which officially eliminated the Vikings from the playoffs and helped clear the way for the Philadelphia Eagles, who shut out Washington 24-0 to earn a shot at defending their Super Bowl title.

At home, the Steelers will face the Baltimore Ravens, the Cincinnati Bengals, the Cleveland Browns, the Buffalo Bills, the Miami Dolphins, the Indianapolis Colts, the Seattle Seahawks and the Los Angeles Rams.,RELATED STORIES:

For away games, the Steelers will play the Baltimore Ravens, the Cincinnati Bengals, the Cleveland Browns, the New England Patriots, the New York Jets, the Los Angeles Chargers, the Arizona Cardinals and the San Francisco 49ers.,Dates and times for all games will be announced in April. read more

The Saints clinched homefield advantage throughout the conference championship game with a wild 31-28 win against the Pittsburgh Steelers last week, and that could ultimately be the determining factor in which team represents the NFC in the Super Bowl.,Things are even more volatile in the AFC where four teams — the Kansas City Chiefs, Los Angeles Chargers, New England Patriots and Texans — have punched their playoff tickets, but no seeds have been clinched.,Four teams — the Baltimore Ravens, Indianapolis Colts, Tennessee Titans and Steelers — are fighting for the final two playoff spots.,The Colts and Titans will play the final game of the regular season Sunday night with the winner earning a playoff berth.,Considering both Indy head coach Frank Reich and Tennessee’s Mike Vrabel have lost games this season when they gambled instead of accepting likely ties, I don’t like Pittsburgh’s chances.

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 road to the Super Bowl will go through New Orleans after the Saints won a 31-28 thriller against the Pittsburgh Steelers, who are now suddenly on the brink of missing out on the NFL play-offs altogether.,In a pulsating game played in a deafening atmosphere inside the Superdome, Saints quarterback Drew Brees threw a touchdown pass to Michael Thomas with just over a minute to play to put New Orleans ahead.,The magnitude of the result for both teams cannot be overstated, as New Orleans are a different side at home with their boisterous fans behind them, while they're also unbeaten in five home play-off games in the Brees era.,The New England Patriots earned a scrappy 24-12 over the Buffalo Bills to seal a remarkable 10th straight AFC East title and move into second place in the AFC, which means quarterback Tom Brady and company can earn a familiar week off with a win on the final Sunday next week.,Andrew Luck led the Indianapolis Colts to a thrilling 28-27 comeback victory over the New York Giants to set up a huge final-week showdown for the last play-off spot in the AFC against the Tennessee Titans, who beat the Washington Redskins on Saturday.

The resurgent Ravens continued their late push with a 22-10 victory over the Los Angeles Chargers on Saturday behind Lamar Jackson's first 200-yard passing game and a stingy defense that held one of the NFL's top offenses under 200 yards for the first time since 2014.,Baltimore, which has won five of its past six with Jackson as the starter, dominated for most of the night to remain in possession of the last AFC wild card with one game remaining in the regular season.,The Ravens quickly answered on the ensuing possession when tight end Mark Andrews split safeties Adrian Phillips and Jahleel Addae, taking Jackson's pass in stride and racing 67 yards for a TD.,Philip Rivers — who went 23 of 37 for 181 yards — was sacked four times, threw two interceptions and didn't have a touchdown pass for the first time this season.,It is the fourth time this season the Ravens have held a team under 200 yards and the 20th time since Harbaugh became coach in 2008.