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.
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?
It came down to the wire, but the Los Angeles Chargers and Eaton's Austin Ekeler survived to advance on Sunday in the National Football League playoffs.,Not only did Ekeler – an undrafted free agent from Western Colorado State in 2017 — arrive at the game in this splashy shirt but he had 43 yards from scrimmage — rushing and receiving.,Ekeler, after a standout career at Western from 2013-17, found his way to Los Angeles after the 2017 NFL Draft.,This season, Ekeler had 958 yards from scrimmage with six touchdowns this season including one TD last week in the season finale in Denver in front of family and friends.,He tweeted a photo on Sunday morning, hours before the Chargers' win and last week Ekeler talked about his journey to the NFL in a conversation with national sports radio host Jim Rome.
BOSTON (CBS) — Bill Belichick and Nick Saban have done their share of winning on the football field.,Prior to that championship tilt, Belichick sat down with ESPN’s Tom Rinaldi to chat about his relationship with Saban, which dates back to the early 1980s when Saban was coaching with Belichick’s father at the Naval Academy.,Belichick hired Saban to be his defensive coordinator in Cleveland in 1991, and even when they were AFC East foes in 2005 (when Saban was head coach of the Miami Dolphins), Saban made sure to attend the funeral for Belichick’s father despite it taking place in the middle of a game week.,So the two all-time coaches have a pretty good feel for each other, which led to some interesting responses during Rinaldi’s sitdown (Saban also shared his thoughts on Belichick for the piece).,And while Belichick probably doesn’t like to see his buddy lose on the biggest stage, Monday night’s Alabama loss may be good news for the Patriots.
BALTIMORE — The Los Angeles Chargers kept Lamar Jackson grounded, and by the time the rookie got the passing game going it was too late for the Baltimore Ravens.,Michael Badgley kicked five field goals, and Los Angeles harassed and hounded Jackson during a 23-17 victory Sunday in the opening round of the NFL playoffs.,In the days leading up to the game, Jackson — the 2016 Heisman Trophy winner — was lauded for the job he did to get Baltimore into the postseason.,Jackson threw a 31-yard touchdown pass to Michael Crabtree to make it 23-10 with 6:33 remaining and tossed a 7-yarder to Crabtree with 1:59 left, but Baltimore’s last chance ended when Jackson fumbled after being hit by Uchenna Nwosu.,Eagles win after late TD, missed Chicago field goal CHICAGO (AP) — Nick Foles hit Golden Tate with a 2-yard touchdown pass on fourth down with 56 seconds remaining against the NFL’s stingiest defense, lifting the Philadelphia Eagles past the Chicago Bears 16-15 on Sunday in the final wild-card game.
The Padres’ $1.26 billion worth may be No. 17 in baseball and only No. 69 in pro sports, but that’s up $145 million in a year or 13 percent — the biggest percentage jump in Southern California.,Despite one of the league’s top win-loss records in the past decade, the team’s value was unchanged in the past year at $460 million, a middling No. 18 in the league and a low No. 110 out of 123 pro teams.,Take the average league-wide team values: football is No. 1 at $2.5 billion, followed by the National Basketball Association at $1.65 billion; Major League Baseball at $1.64 billion and the National Hockey League at $620 million.,Expenses such baseball’s long season and the lower stadium costs of indoor sports juggle the rankings by “profit margin” — operation income vs. sales: football’s still No. 1, averaging 23 percent, then there’s basketball at 21 percent and hockey at 16 percent before baseball’s 9 percent.,The Padres’ $1.26 billion worth may be No. 17 in baseball and only No. 69 in pro sports, but that’s up $145 million in a year or 13 percent — the biggest percentage jump in Southern California.
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.
Los Angeles Chargers star running back Melvin Gordon shared the video he secretly recorded while the driver was praising the Baltimore Ravens and ripping on the Chargers.,“I like that Melvin Gordon too.”,The two debated until the end of the ride, when Gordon revealed his identity to the driver.,“Well I’m Melvin Gordon man.,The shocked driver of course asked Gordon for his autograph and a selfie, to which he happily agreed.
The Los Angeles Chargers will be without injured linebacker Jatavis Brown in their playoff game against the Baltimore Ravens.,Brown has an ankle injury and was placed on the inactive list Sunday.,Los Angeles will have running back Austin Ekeler, who missed the previous game against the Ravens two weeks ago but returns from a groin injury.,Baltimore won't have cornerback Tavon Young, who has a groin injury, and offensive lineman Alex Lewis, who will miss a fifth straight game with a sore shoulder.,Baltimore's inactives: Young; Lewis; QB Robert Griffin III; WR Jordan Lasley; DT Zach Sieler; FB/DL Patrick Ricard.