Nate, along with Phil Simms, Boomer Esiason, Bill Cowher and host James Brown will kick off CBS’ coverage of the game on Sunday afternoon at 12 p.m. Eastern Time.,CBS Local Sports: Philip Rivers doesn’t have the best history against Brady and the Patriots, going 1-7 in his career and 0-2 in the postseason.,CBS Local Sports: The Chargers coaching staff came up with an impressive game plan to stop the Ravens last Sunday.,CBS Local Sports: In the other AFC game, the Chiefs host the Colts.,That is important because, going into a game like this with Pat Mahomes, you can have a similar gameplan but you have to be sure that when you send a blitz it lands.
The Indianapolis Colts, led by quarterback Andrew Luck and receiver T.Y. Hilton, meet the Kansas City Chiefs, led by quarterback Patrick Mahomes and tight end Travis Kelce, in an AFC Divisional Playoff Game on Saturday, January 12, 2019 (1/12/19) at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri.,In a later game, the Dallas Cowboys, led by quarterback Dak Prescott and running back Ezekiel Elliott, meet the Los Angeles Rams, led by quarterback Jared Goff and running back Todd Gurley, in an NFC Divisional Playoff Game on Saturday, January 12, 2019 (1/12/19) at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles, California.,Here's what you need to know:
Who: Colts vs. Chiefs
NFL on CBS and Inside the NFL analyst Boomer Esiason looks at each of the four games.,Boomer Esiason: Going into the game against the Chicago Bears, I felt like the Bears and the Eagles had the best two combinations of offensive and defensive line personnel in the NFL.,CBS Local Sports: Philip Rivers has struggled against the Patriots in his career, going 1-7 against Belichick and company (0-7 when Tom Brady is quarterback).,And as long as his offensive line holds up, and Melvin Gordon is able to control the line of scrimmage a little bit with the running game, this could be Philip’s best opportunity to finally break through against Tom Brady.,Is Indianapolis going to come in here with this massive offensive line and control the football and keep the ball away from Patrick Mahomes, making those guys a little impatient on offense?
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.
With that in mind, time for some reckless speculation about where Brown could possibly fit both within cap requirements and team needs.,Brown will have a cap hold of $22.1 million next season and if the Steelers were to trade him prior to June 1st, they would have over $21 million in dead money on the cap next year.,New York Jets
The Jets also had a player immediately begin “recruiting” Brown with safety Jamal Adams tweeting at the wide receiver after all of the news broke.,Indianapolis Colts
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The Green Bay Packers are not participating in this season's NFL playoffs, but that doesn't mean fans of Wisconsin football are shut out completely.,Next game: Saturday vs. Seahawks, 7:15 p.m. CT Los Angeles Chargers Los Angeles Chargers running back Melvin Gordon wears a University of Wisconsin hat as he warms up before an NFL football game against the Denver Broncos, Sunday, Dec. 30, 2018, in Denver (Photo: The Associated Press)
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.
For the ninth year in a row, the New England Patriots have earned a first round bye and now the team will await the results of next weekend's Wild Card games to learn who their next opponent will be.,If Houston is able to beat Indianapolis at home next weekend, the Patriots and Texans would face off in the divisional round at Gillette Stadium for the third time since the 2012 season.,The Chargers were tied for sixth in the league in scoring (26.8 points per game), got great seasons from quarterback Phillip Rivers (4,308 yards, 32 touchdowns) and receiver Keenan Allen (97 catches, 1,196 yards, 6 touchdowns), and also had one of the league's better defenses, ranking eighth in the league in points allowed (20.6).,Kansas City Chiefs (12-4)
The earliest the Patriots could possibly face the Chiefs is in the AFC Championship Game, but should the Patriots win their divisional round matchup, the Chiefs would be the most likely opponent.,While Indianapolis has won four-straight entering the playoffs and would be red hot going into a prospective AFC Championship Game, the Patriots did beat the Colts 38-24 at home in Week 5 this year.