Football : NFL 2016/2017
Jones will be ready for NFC championship
Julio Jones will be ready to go in the NFC championship game. Coach Dan Quinn insisted Monday that his All-Pro receiver will be in the lineup when the Atlanta Falcons play for a spot in the Super Bowl against the Green Bay Packers, despite a lingering foot injury that limited Jones in the second half of a divisional-round victory. "We'll limit him throughout the week, and then as the week progresses, we'll get him a little more at the end," the coach said. "That's the plan from last week. That will be the plan moving forward for us. He's excited to play."
Green Bay 16.1.17
Packers without Rollins again
Green Bay cornerback Quinten Rollins sat out his second straight playoff game in the divisional round against Dallas because of neck and concussion-related issues. Rollins, who was injured in the regular-season finale against Detroit, also missed the first meeting with Dallas in Week 6, a 30-16 victory for the Cowboys. Fellow cornerback Damarious Randall was active Sunday after being added to the injury report with a foot issue following Saturday's practice.
Houston limited in practice
Chiefs linebacker Justin Houston was limited in the final practice for Sunday's divisional playoff game against Pittsburgh, though his game status was left blank on the final injury report. That means Houston should be available for the first time since a loss to Tennessee on Dec. 18.
Safety Eric Berry and running back Spencer Ware practiced fully all week and are also expected to play in Sunday night's game. Berry had been dealing with a sore Achilles tendon and Ware had bruised his ribs late in the regular season.
Green Bay 13.1.17
CB Rollins practices again
Cornerback Quinten Rollins practiced for a second straight day for the Green Bay Packers, a sign that their secondary could be getting closer to full strength ahead of the divisional-round playoff game Sunday against the Dallas Cowboys. Rollins missed last week's wild-card win over the New York Giants. He is recovering from a neck injury while also being monitored in the NFL's concussion protocol after getting hurt two weeks ago in Detroit.
Buffalo agree to hire McDermott as coach
The Buffalo Bills agreed Wednesday to hire the Carolina defensive coordinator to be their head coach. The 42-year-old has no previous head-coaching experience and spent the past six seasons overseeing the Panthers' defense. McDermott replaces Rex Ryan, who was fired two weeks ago. He becomes the team's ninth head coach since the 1999 season, when Buffalo last made the playoffs under Wade Phillips.
Roethlisberger's ankle injury not serious
Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is downplaying the late-game injury that landed him in a walking boot after Sunday's wild-card round victory over the Miami Dolphins. "(The MRI) showed I aggravated an old foot fracture but nothing severe," Roethisberger said Monday. "I should be good to go."
Green Bay 9.1.17
Nelson questionable with rib injury
Packers wide receiver Jordy Nelson has been knocked out of the NFC wild-card game against the New York Giants on Sunday with a rib injury after taking a hit to his ribs while trying to make a catch along the sideline. The severity of Nelson's injury is unknown, but his status for next Sunday's game against the Dallas Cowboys has to be in question. The Green Bay Packers advanced to the NFC Divisional Round after defeating the New York Giants, 38-13.
Lions rule out Swanson
The Detroit Lions have ruled out center Travis Swanson for their playoff game Saturday at Seattle. Swanson, who has been recovering from a concussion, missed the final four games of the regular season. Detroit initially listed him as questionable Friday, but the Lions downgraded him to out later in the day. The Lions have three players listed as questionable for Saturday's game: LB DeAndre Levy (knee), T Riley Reiff (hip) and WR Andre Roberts (shoulder).
|1||New Engl.||87.5||14-0-2 (16)|
|4||NY Jets||31.3||5-0-11 (16)|
|4||San Diego||31.3||5-0-11 (16)|
|2||NY Giants||68.8||11-0-5 (16)|
|1||Green Bay||62.5||10-0-6 (16)|
|3||New Orl.||43.8||7-0-9 (16)|
|3||LA Rams||25.0||4-0-12 (16)|
|4||San Fran.||12.5||2-0-14 (16)|
|Dallas - Green Bay||31:34|
|Kansas - Pittsburgh||16:18|
|Atlanta - Seattle||36:20|
|New Engl. - Houston||34:16|
|Green Bay - NY Giants||38:13|
|Pittsburgh - Miami||30:12|
|Seattle - Detroit||26:6|
|Houston - Oakland||27:14|
|15.1||Kansas - Pittsburgh||16 : 18|
|15.1||Dallas - Green Bay||31 : 34|
|14.1||New Engl. - Houston||34 : 16|
|14.1||Atlanta - Seattle||36 : 20|
|8.1||Pittsburgh - Miami||30 : 12|
|8.1||Green Bay - NY Giants||38 : 13|
|7.1||Houston - Oakland||27 : 14|
|7.1||Seattle - Detroit||26 : 6|
|1.1||Cincinati - Baltimore||27 : 10|
|1.1||Denver - Oakland||24 : 6|
|1.1||Indianap. - Jackson.||24 : 20|
|1.1||Miami - New Engl.||14 : 35|
|1.1||NY Jets - Buffalo||30 : 10|
|1.1||Pittsburgh - Cleveland||27 : 24|
|1.1||San Diego - Kansas||27 : 37|
|1.1||Tennesee - Houston||24 : 17|
|home wins||58 %|
|away wins||41 %|
League format : Football : NFL 2016/2017
Teams are divided into two conferences: the American Football Conference (AFC) and the National Football Conference (NFC). As of 2002, each conference is further divided into 4 divisions. Each team play 16 games during regular season. Six teams from each of the league's two conferences will qualify for the NFL Playoffs. Each of the 4 division winners is seeded 1-4 based on their records. The two wildcard teams (non-division champions with the conference's best winning percentages) are seeded 5th and 6th.
In the first round of the playoffs (Wild Card Playoffs), the 3rd-seeded hosts the 6th seed, and the 4th seed hosts the 5th. The two winners play against 1st and 2nd-seeded teams in Divisional Playoff. The two surviving teams from the Divisional Playoff games meet in Conference Championship games, with the winners of those contests going on to face one another in the Super Bowl.
Each round of the playoffs is "re-seeded" - the highest surviving seed always hosts the lowest surviving seed, the second-highest hosts the second-lowest, etc.