Defenseman Charlie McAvoy and forward Brad Marchand were both absent from practice on Friday, and while both players will travel for the team on their upcoming road trip to Buffalo, neither is likely to play in Saturday’s game against the Sabres.,Chara and McAvoy are the Bruins’ top two defenders and have already combined to miss 40-man games this season due to injury.,In fact, the Bruins have not played a single game this season with all four of them in the lineup together.,They have only had three of the aforementioned in the lineup together in 17 games this season.,After losing back-to-back games the Bruins find themselves in the first Wild Card spot in the Eastern Conference, three points back of the Buffalo team they are playing on Saturday for the third playoff spot in the Atlantic Division, and four points ahead of the non-playoff teams.

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

The Dallas Cowboys will play the Los Angeles Rams in the divisional round at 7:15 p.m. Saturday night at LA Memorial Coliseum.,The Philadelphia Eagles (9-7) upset the NFC Central champion Bears (12-4) in Chicago Sunday evening in an NFC wild card game to advance to play the top-seeded New Orleans Saints on Sunday afternoon.,The Cowboys (10-6) beat the Seahawks 24-22 Saturday night in the wild card round at ATT Stadium.,Dallas held the Seahawks, the NFL’s top rushing team, to 73 yards Saturday night.,In the fourth quarter, Dak Prescott was intercepted and the Rams added a field goal to take a 32-24 lead after taking over at the Dallas 29.

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.

Before he knew the next opponent, owner Jerry Jones likened the recovery of his Dallas Cowboys from 3-5 to their first playoff win in four years to a boom-or-bust wagon train headed to California.,The other big change, also during the open week, was firing first-year offensive line coach Paul Alexander and promoting someone familiar with what had helped the Cowboys mold one of the best blocking units in football in former player and assistant line coach Marc Colombo.,In his first year, coach Sean McVay led LA to the NFC West title in the franchise's first winning season in 14 years, including a 35-30 victory at the Cowboys after falling behind 24-13.,Dallas has gone to Oxnard for training camp every year since 2010, and Jones played a pivotal role in getting league approval of LA owner Stan Kroenke's move from St. Louis three years ago.,The Rams' new stadium doesn't open until 2020, so the first playoff meeting between these teams since 1986 will be in the same place as that 20-0 LA victory: Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.

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.

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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 over the Chicago Bears 16-15 in the final wild-card game Sunday.,CHARGERS 23, RAVENS 17 read more

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

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.

Austin Ekeler, an Eaton High School graduate and second-year running back for the Los Angeles Chargers, talked about his career and the team’s preparations for the upcoming National Football League playoffs during an appearance on a national sports radio show on Wednesday.,Ekeler, who graduated from Eaton in 2013 before ending up with the Chargers as an undrafted-free agent in 2017, spoke with Jim Rome on The Jim Rome Show in a 9-minute conversation that touched on the Baltimore Ravens — the Chargers’ opponent in an AFC Wild Card game on Sunday — and Ekeler’s strength that led Los Angeles coach Anthony Lynn to call him pound for pound the strongest guy on the team.,Ekeler told Rome his work in the weight room dates to his days as a student at Eaton.,Ekeler broke nearly every school rushing record at Western, he was an All-American and a finalist his senior year for the Harlon Hill Trophy — the Division II version of the Heisman Trophy.,Rome asked Ekeler about finishing his degree at Western Colorado after his first season with the Chargers.