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Alex Smith leads the Chiefs against the Titans
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Tennessee Titans at Kansas City Chiefs

Alex Smith has always had a reputation as a game manager – nothing spectacular, just not a lot of mistakes. But not this year.

Not only did Smith finish as the 8th best quarterback in the NFL, he was actually third in the number of passes he completed that went for over 40 yards with 13.

Smith completed 341 of 505 passes this season for 4,042 yards, 26 touchdowns and only five interceptions, good for an overall rating of 104.7. And he is made even more dangerous by the presence of the league’s top rusher in rookie running back Kareem Hunt, who piled up 1,327 yards on 272 carries, an average of 4.9-yards per carry, and scored eight touchdowns.

Tennessee’s defense, which is led by safety Kevin Byard’s eight interceptions, will also have to worry about the presence of tight end Travis Kelce, who caught 83 passes for 1,038 yards and another eight touchdowns.

Linebacker Justin Houston is the heart and soul of the Chiefs’ defense and has recorded 9.5 sacks. Cornerback Marcus Peters, who missed one game due to suspension, contributed five interceptions.

Outside linebacker Derrick Morgan and his 7.5 sacks will be charged with keeping Smith contained, but he is going to need all of the help he can get. Tennessee does boast the league’s top punter in Brett Kern, who had a net average of 44.6 yards per punt.

Tennessee quarterback Marcus Mariota struggled throughout the season, completing 281 of 453 passes for 3,232 with 13 touchdowns and 15 interceptions. With DeMarco Murray sidelined with a knee injury, the Titans will turn to running back Derrick Henry, who has gained 744 yards on 176 carries, with five touchdowns.

Tight end Delanie Walker leads the receiving corps with 74 catches for 807 yards and three scores.

How to watch Titans (9-7) at Chiefs (10-6)

Date: Saturday, January 6, 2018

Time: 4:35 p.m. ET

Location: M&T Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri

TV Channels: ESPN/ABC

SB Nation Coverage: Music City Miracles and Arrowhead Pride

Online Streaming: ABC Sports will be streaming the game via ABC Live Stream, international viewers can use NFL Game Pass.

Radio: 101 The Fox Live Online Radio Stream. Westwood One Sports will air the game across the country. Dan Miller (play-by-play) and Trent Green (analyst) will call the action and Hub Arkush will host pregame and halftime shows.

Announcers: Sean McDonough (play-by-play), Jon Gruden (color analyst) and Lisa Salters and Adam Schefter (sideline reporters).

Odds: Chiefs: -8; over/under: 44.5 (Bovada)

Atlanta Falcons at Los Angeles Rams

Jared Goff’s sophomore season proved that he could be all that was advertised, and then some. Goff finished with 296 completions in 477 attempts for 3,804 yards, 28 touchdowns and only seven interceptions. Goff’s overall rating of 100.5 was third best in the NFC.

Combine that with a renaissance season from Todd Gurley and the result was the Rams’ first division title since 2003. Gurley was the second-leading rusher in the NFL with 1,305 yards on 279 carries and ranked first with 13 touchdowns. Gurley also was the team’s leading receiver with 64 catches for 788 yards and another six scores.

Wide receiver Cooper Kupp ranked second among NFL rookies in receiving yards with 869 and fourth in receptions with 62. Sammy Watkins came on strong at the end of the year with four touchdown receptions in his last five games.

Defensive tackles Aaron Donald led the Rams’ defensive charge with 11 sacks, and joined teammates Gurley, return specialist Pharoh Cooper, punter Johnny Hekker and kicker Greg Zuerlein as Pro Bowl selections. Linebacker Robert Quinn recorded six sacks and two forced fumbles in his last six games.

The Falcons hope to counter with the 1-2 punch of “Matty Ice” Ryan and Julio Jones, who was selected to his fifth Pro Bowl after leading the NFC with 1,444 receiving yards. Ryan threw for over 4,000 yards for the team-record seventh consecutive season with 20 touchdowns and 12 interceptions.

The Falcons feature a running threat of their own I Devonta Freeman, who rushed for 865 yards on 196 carries and scored seven touchdowns.

Defensive end Adrian Clayborn led a swarming Atlanta defense with 9.5 sacks and linebacker Deion Jones had three interceptions and was second in the NFC with 138 tackles. Linebacker Takkarist McKinley was the only NFC rookie with more than five sacks.

How to watch Falcons (10-6) at Rams (11-5)

Date: Saturday, January 6, 2018

Time: 8:15 p.m. ET

Location: Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, California

TV Channels: NBC

SB Nation Coverage: Falcoholic and Turf Show Times

Online Streaming: NBC Sports Live will be streaming the game. International viewers can use NFL Game Pass.

Radio: 100.3 The Sound Live Online Radio Stream. Westwood One Sports will air the game across the country. Dan Miller (play-by-play) and Trent Green (analyst) will call the action and Hub Arkush will host pregame and halftime shows.

Announcers: Mike Tirico (play-by-play), Cris Collinsworth (color analyst) and Heather Cox (sideline reporter).

Odds: Rams: -6.5; over/under: 48.5 (Bovada)

Buffalo Bills at Jacksonville Jaguars

Jacksonville’s defense led the NFL with seven defensive touchdowns and ranked second in the league with 55 sacks and 21 interceptions, and had four players selected to the Pro Bowl in cornerback A.J. Bouye, end Calais Campbell, tackle Malik Jackson and cornerback Jalen Ramsey.

Cambell led the AFC with a franchise-record 14.5 sacks and defensive end Yannick Ngakoue led the league with six forced fumbles.

The defense made life a lot easier for quarterback Blake Bortles, who passed for nearly 3,700 yards with 21 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. Bortles has passed for over 3,500 yards in each of the past three seasons, and his 14,928 yards is the fourth most of any quarterback in his first four seasons in the league.

Running back Leonard Fournette led all rookies with nine rushing touchdowns and ranked second with 1,040 yards rushing.

Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor, despite getting benched for one game, completed 263 of 420 passes for 2,799 yards with 14 touchdowns and four interceptions, giving him the lowest touchdown-to-interception ratio in the league.

LeSean McCoy, whose status for Sunday’s game is up in the air with a gimpy ankle, led the team in rushing and receiving. McCoy rushed for 1,138 yards, good for fourth best in the NFL, on 287 carries and scored six touchdowns on the ground. He also had 448 yards receiving on 59 catches and added two scores.

Linebacker Preston Brown had a career-high 144 tackles to lead the league and safeties Jordan Poyer and Micah Hyde both recorded five interceptions.

How to watch Bills (9-7) at Jaguars (10-6)

Date: Sunday, January 7, 2018

Time: 1:05 p.m. ET

Location: EverBank Field, Jacksonville, Florida

TV Channels: CBS

SB Nation Coverage: Buffalo Rumblings and Big Cat Country

Online Streaming: CBS Sports will be streaming the game via CBSSports.com Stream, international viewers can use NFL Game Pass.

Radio: 92.5 JAX Live Online Radio Stream. Westwood One Sports will air the game across the country. Ian Eagle (play-by-play) and Mike Mayock (analyst) will call the action and Steve Tasker will host pregame and halftime shows.

Announcers: Jim Nantz (play-by-play), Tony Romo (color analyst) and Tracy Wolfson and Jay Feely (sideline reporters).

Odds: Jaguars: -9; over/under: 39.5 (Bovada)

Carolina Panthers at New Orleans Saints

Saints’ quarterback Drew Brees was once again near the top of his profession, ranking fourth in the NFL with 4,334 passing yards. Brees now has 12 consecutive seasons with at least 4,000 yards, and his 72% completion mark was the highest in NFL history.

Brees has had plenty of help this season from the running back tandem of Mark Ingram and rookie Alvin Kamara. Ingram set a career high in rushing with 1,124 yards and Kamara was second among NFL rookies with 14 total touchdowns and 1,554 yards from scrimmage.

Wide receiver Michael Thomas ranked third in the league with 104 catches, and has 196 catches in his first two year, the most ever by a player in his first two years in the NFL.

Defensively, end Cameron Jordan was tied for fourth in the league with 13 sacks while cornerback Marshon Lattimore led all NFL rookies with five interceptions. Brees, Ingram, Jordan, Kamara, Lattimore and Thomas all made the Pro Bowl.

Carolina made it back to the playoffs for the fourth time in the past five seasons behind a smothering defense and a rushing attack that ranked fourth in the league.

Quarterback Cam Newton actually led the ground attack with 754 yards rushng on 139 attempts with six touchdowns. Running back Christian McCaffrey ranked second among all rookies with 80 receptions, and was fourth with 1,086 yards from scrimmage.

Wide receiver Devin Funchess had 840 yards receiving and scored eight touchdowns while tight end Greg Olsen has 37 receptions for 462 yards and three touchdowns in his last five games against the Saints.

Linebacker Luke Kuechly was Carolina’s only representative in the Pro Bowl and led the Panthers with 125 tackles. Defensive end Julius Peppers continued to defy father time and finished with 11 sacks, and became one of just four players in NFL history to record 10 or more sacks in more than 10 seasons.

How to watch Panthers (11-5) at Saints (11-5)

Date: Sunday, January 7, 2018

Time: 4:40 p.m. ET

Location: Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana

TV Channels: FOX

SB Nation Coverage: Cat Scratch Reader and Canal Street Chronicles

Online Streaming: FOX Sports will be streaming the game via Fox Sports Live, international viewers can use NFL Game Pass.

Radio: 105.3 Live Online Radio Stream. Westwood One Sports will air the game across the country. Kevin Kugler (play-by-play) and Dan Fouts (analyst) will call the action.

Announcers: Joe Buck (play-by-play), Troy Aikman (color analyst) and Erin Andrews and Chris Myers (sideline reporters).

Odds: Saints: -7; over/under: 48 (Bovada)