Predictions for the N.F.L. Wild-Card Games
Here is a look at the first weekend of the playoffs:
3 Jaguars (10-6) Sunday, 1 p.m. Eastern, CBS
The Bills appeared to have torpedoed their playoff chances when they benched quarterback Tyrod Taylor at the start of Week 11, taking a loss
that looked as if it would keep Buffalo out of the playoffs for an 18th consecutive season.
3 Rams (11-5) Saturday, 8:15 p.m. Eastern, NBC
Atlanta avoided the ignominy of failing to qualify for the playoffs a season after losing the Super Bowl, thanks to a Week 17 win over the Panthers.
4 Saints (11-5) Sunday, 4:40 p.m. Eastern, Fox
Carolina did not make a lot of noise this season, but the Panthers beat the Patriots
and the Vikings and lost by only 5 points to the Eagles, so no one should be overlooking them.
4 Chiefs (10-6) Saturday, 4:35 p.m. Eastern, ESPN/ABC
The Chiefs won 10 or more games for the third consecutive season, and won the A. F.C.
But getting out of the first round will be difficult
because the Falcons must travel to Los Angeles to face a team that was one of the best in the N. F.L.