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 read more

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?

Rivers directed the Los Angeles Chargers to a 23-17 playoff victory at Baltimore on Sunday, setting up another high-stakes matchup with Brady and the New England Patriots.,The Chargers (13-4) visit the Patriots (11-5) in the first divisional playoff game next Sunday, followed by the Eagles’ return to New Orleans.,The 37-year-old Rivers beat New England in 2008, but that was with Matt Cassel starting at quarterback for the Patriots while Brady was injured.,Rivers went up against New England for the first time in the playoffs after the 2006 season, tossing an interception in a 24-21 loss to the visiting Patriots.,Playing with a torn knee ligament, Rivers threw two more picks in a 21-12 loss at New England.

It’s the first NFL playoff appearance for Gordon, who just completed his fourth regular season by being selected to the Pro Bowl for the second time.,Q: Does being around a guy who’s played that long kind of teach you that opportunities to compete in the playoffs, to go to a Super Bowl, don’t come around very often?,“And I think that came out on the field, and obviously I got hurt (Gordon missed three games late in the season with a knee injury), and it kind of took it away from me a little bit.,But just being around those guys — like I said, man, I don’t want to get winded with this — but just seeing (those) guys, them being around and not having this many opportunities to be in the postseason, or have a (run) to the Super Bowl probably once or twice, I’m taking this moment.,Q: I’m sure you wanted to play when that knee injury forced you out for three games.

Illinois State Police documents show that the agency frequently assigns troopers to escort sports teams, musicians and even filmmakers across the congested roadways of greater Chicago.,Illinois State Police wouldn’t comment on the trip, so the Tribune made a public records request for all police escort contracts in 2018.,Though critics have called police escorts for sports teams a frivolous and potentially dangerous use of public resources, state police defend them as a way to provide “safety and security for all those involved in the motorcade as well as for the motoring public.”,The contracts show that visiting NFL teams routinely receive police escorts to and from the airport, hotels and Soldier Field.,College football teams are also major customers: Northwestern University had a standing order for police escorts between its team hotel and Ryan Field on game days, and the University of Illinois paid for the service when it played at Soldier Field in September.

The Pro Football Hall of Fame released its 15 modern-era finalists for the Class of 2019 on Thursday, and among the esteemed group of gridiron stars were a trio of Louisiana Sports Hall of Famers.,Former LSU offensive line standouts Alan Faneca and Kevin Mawae and Louisiana native Ed Reed made the list of modern-era finalists.,Joining that trio is Louisiana native and former LSU great Johnny Robinson as this year’s senior finalist.,The other modern-era finalists include Kansas City and Atlanta tight end Tony Gonzalez, St. Louis Rams wide receiver Isaac Bruce, Indianapolis and Arizona running back Edgerrin James, Denver safety Steve Atwater, Washington and Denver cornerback Champ Bailey, New England cornerback Ty Law, Tampa Bay and Denver safety John Lynch, Jacksonville offensive tackle Tony Boselli, Seattle and Minnesota offensive guard Steve Hutchinson, New England defensive lineman Richard Seymour, St. Louis Cardinals and San Diego Chargers coach Don Coryell and Oakland and Los Angeles Raiders coach Tom Flores.,Robinson, a Delhi native who was an All-State tennis, baseball and football player at University Lab School in Baton Rouge (his father Dub Robinson coached the LSU tennis team), played on LSU’s 1958 national championship football team, played his entire pro career for the Dallas Texans/Kansas City Chiefs of the AFL, winning championships in 1962, 1966 and 1969.

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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) read more

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. read more

DENVER, CO – DECEMBER 30: Quarterback Case Keenum #4 of the Denver Broncos passes against the Los Angeles Chargers in the first quarter of a game at Broncos Stadium at Mile High on December 30, 2018 in Denver, Colorado.,DENVER, CO – DECEMBER 30: Head coach Vance Joseph of the Denver Broncos looks on during the national anthem before a game against the Los Angeles Chargers at Broncos Stadium at Mile High on December 30, 2018 in Denver, Colorado.,(Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)

Denver pulled to 14-9 on fullback Andy Janovich’s 20-yard touchdown grab in the fourth quarter, the first TD of his career.,DENVER, CO – DECEMBER 30: Wide receiver River Cracraft #11 of the Denver Broncos comes up with a catch and first down under coverage by strong safety Jahleel Addae #37 of the Los Angeles Chargers in the second quarter of a game at Broncos Stadium at Mile High on December 30, 2018 in Denver, Colorado.,DENVER, CO – DECEMBER 30: Wide receiver Mike Williams #81 of the Los Angeles Chargers makes a catch for a third quarter touchdown against the Denver Broncos at Broncos Stadium at Mile High on December 30, 2018 in Denver, Colorado. read more

What to Know The year included no championship, no scoring title and no MVP award, but 2018 might have been LeBron James' finest year yet

The "I Promise" school is perhaps James' most prized accomplishment read more