As the Eagles chill, here's a look at wild-card weekend: TV announcers, referee info, point spreads, etc.

Tennessee is feeling pretty good about itself now that it looks like quarterback Marcus Mariota has his legs back. (AP Photo/Mark Zaleski)

SATURDAY, 4:35 p.m.

Game: Tennessee (9-7) at Kansas City (10-6)

Where: Arrowhead Stadium

AFC seeds: Tennessee 5, Kansas City 4.

TV: ESPN/ABC (Sean McDonough, Jon Gruden, Lisa Salters, Adam Schefter).

Radio: 94WIP (Dan Miller, Trent Green, Hub Arkush).

Line: Chiefs -8. Over-under: 44.5.

Titans vs. spread: 8-7-1.

Chiefs vs. spread: 10-6. Dry with temperatures in the 30s and 10-mph winds.

History lesson: The Chiefs lead the all-time series, 29-22, which includes two postseason wins. The first was in double overtime of the 1962 AFL championship game when the Chiefs were the Dallas Texans and the Titans were the Houston Oilers. There was a blunder at the overtime coin toss that even Bill Belichick found fascinating in this video.



Referee: According to Pro Football Reference, Tennessee is 11-11 all-time with Jeff Triplette as the head referee, including 1-1 this season.  The Chiefs are 7-9 when he does their games, including five consecutive wins, though he hasn’t done a KC game since 2015.

Three things to know: Tennessee quarterback Marcus Mariota, who broke his leg at the end of 2016, will make his postseason debut a week after setting a career high with 10 carries. Mariota also finished his runs with grit, which has Tennessee feeling good. “That’s old Marcus, before the injury,” Titans defensive lineman Jurrell Casey said. “That’s him. This is the Marcus I been waiting to see — him using them legs and making things happen. We need to see that more out of him going forward.” … Alex Smith is just 1-3 in the postseason with Kansas City, and coach Andy Reid has lost six of his last seven playoff games dating to his time with the Eagles. … Kareem Hunt is the second consecutive rookie to lead the NFL in rushing. The only back to run for 100 yards against Tennessee this season was Todd Gurley, who finished second to Hunt in rushing this season.

What’s next: The winner will play at New England or Pittsburgh next week.

The pick: There’s a chance this will be the last game Jon Gruden calls before taking the Raiders job, which might be the best thing for the airwaves since color TV. Titans, 23-21.

SATURDAY, 8:15 p.m.

Game: Atlanta (10-6) at L.A. Rams (11-5)

Where: Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum

NFC seeds: Atlanta 6, L.A. Rams 3.

TV: NBC (Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth, Michele Tafoya).

Radio: 94WIP (Kevin Harlan, Kurt Warner, Scott Kaplan).

Line: Rams -6. Over-under: 48.5.

Atlanta vs. spread: 7-9.

L.A. Rams vs. spread: 9-7. Temps will be in the 50s with no rain or wind in the forecast. Sigh.

History lesson: The Rams hold a 47-29-2 edge, with the Falcons winning the only postseason meeting after the 2004 season. Atlanta lost to the Eagles in the NFC Championship Game the following week.

Referee: The Falcons are 4-10 in games reffed by Ed Hochuli since 1999, including a win over Dallas this season that snapped an eight-game losing streak. The Rams are 9-9 with Hochuli since ’99, which includes two wins this season.

Three things to know: Super Bowl hangovers are real and the Falcons deserve some credit for making the playoffs on the final day after last year’s epic collapse against the Patriots. … Matt Ryan has the highest completion percentage in postseason history at 68.1 total. As the six seed, the Falcons have to win three road games to reach the Super Bowl. Ryan (0-3) has never won a postseason game outside of Atlanta. … The Rams are just second team in NFL history to lead the league in scoring a year after finishing last. The other was the 1965 San Francisco 49ers.

What’s next: If Atlanta wins, it will come to Lincoln Financial Field next Saturday (Jan. 13) to play the Eagles. If the Rams win, they will play at Minnesota on Jan. 14.

The pick: Best game of the weekend. Falcons, 31-27.


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Atlanta wide receiver Julio Jones had just three touchdown receptions, including this one back in November. It’s the fewest he’s had in a full season in his career. He had three in Atlanta’s three postseason games last season.

SUNDAY, 1:05 p.m.

Game: Buffalo (9-7) at Jacksonville (10-6)

Where: EverBank Field

AFC seeds: Buffalo 6, Jacksonville 3.

TV: CBS (Jim Nantz, Tony Romo, Tracy Wolfson, Jay Feely).

Radio: 94WIP (Ian Eagle, Mike Mayock, Steve Tasker).

Line: Jaguars -8. Over-under: 40.

Buffalo vs. spread: 8-6-2.

Jacksonville vs. spread: 9-7. Partly cloudy with temperatures in the 50s and winds 10-20 mph. Ten percent chance of precipitation.

History lesson: Bills lead, 8-7, but Jacksonville won the only playoff meeting in 1996 in what was the first postseason game in Jags history. Clyde Simmons had two sacks for Jacksonville.

Referee: Buffalo is 2-0 with John Hussey, who became a referee in 2015. Jacksonville is 0-2.

Three things: Bills star running back LeSean McCoy (ankle) had not practiced through Thursday, making his status uncertain. The Jags are ranked second in total defense and scoring defense, which means an efficient running game would be critical for Buffalo. … All four Jags Pro Bowlers are from their defense: CB A.J. Bouye, DE Calais Campbell, DT Malik Jackson and CB Jalen Ramsey. … Both quarterbacks — Buffalo’s Tyrod Taylor and Jacksonville’s Blake Bortles — are making their first postseason start.

What’s next: The winner will play at New England or Pittsburgh next week.

The pick: Even if McCoy plays, it’s hard to see Buffalo scoring enough. Jaguars, 24-9.


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SUNDAY, 4:40 p.m.

Game: Carolina (11-5) at New Orleans (11-5)

Where: Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

NFC seeds: Carolina 5, New Orleans 4.

TV: Fox (Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Erin Andrews, Chris Myers).

Radio: 94WIP (Kevin Kugler, Dan Fouts).

Line: Saints -6.5. Over-under: 48.5.

Carolina vs. spread: 9-6-1.

New Orleans vs. spread: 9-7. It’ll be similar to Philadelphia, except about 70 degrees warmer.

History lesson: Carolina leads, 24-22, though New Orleans swept the two games this season. This is the first time they’ve met in the postseason.

Referee: The Panthers’ seven-game win streak in games reffed by Tony Corrente includes a playoff win over Seattle after the 2015 season. They are 11-5 overall. The Saints are 9-10 with Corrente, who hasn’t done a game for New Orleans since 2013.

Three things to knowCarolina could have been home this week, but put up a lackluster effort last week in a loss at Atlanta to earn this trip to New Orleans, which has won seven in a row at home. … The Saints were ranked second in total offense, the 11th time in 12 seasons they’ve been in the top five since head coach Sean Payton and quarterback Drew Brees joined forces in 2006. … Brees is the only quarterback playing this weekend who has won a Super Bowl.

What’s next: Depends on Saturday’s Atlanta-L.A. Rams game. If the Rams win, the winner of New Orleans/Carolina will play at Philadelphia next Saturday (Jan. 13). If Atlanta wins, the winner of New Orleans/Carolina will play at Minnesota on Jan. 14.

The pick: A touchdown is a lot of points for a postseason game between division rivals. Saints, 34-30.


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Saints running back Alvin Kamara (right) has been a monster this season and is the front runner for rookie of the year.

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