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NFL News: Player News and Updates for 1/4/16

NFL Updates: News From Around the League, Playoffs Schedule and More

January 4, 2016

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Now that Week 17 in the NFL is all finished up, we can officially start looking forward to the playoffs. With that in mind, let’s check out some of the notable players and situations out there right now.

Vikings-Packers Wrap-Up: Last night on “Sunday Night Football,” the NFC North championship was decided when the Vikings took care of business against the Packers. Minnesota emerged victorious 20-13 on the strength of a great defensive performance that kept Green Bay in check for most of the game. Adrian Peterson was the star on offense, racking up 67 yards and a touchdown on 19 carries.
The Vikes will go on to host the Seahawks on Sunday, while the Packers settle for the Wild Card and will travel to DC to take on the Redskins--also on Sunday.

NFL News: Player News and Updates for 1/4/16


The Steelers were able to snag the final playoff spot yesterday, thanks to a Jets loss and a 28-12 victory over the Browns.
Ben Roethlisberger threw three touchdowns on 24-of-36 passing for 349 yards here. Antonio Brown was his favorite target (13 receptions; 187 yards; TD).
As for the Browns, they finish the season at 3-13 and will likely see a lot of turnover in the off-season.

Perhaps the most shocking AFC outcome from yesterday’s games was the 20-10 Dolphins win over the Patriots in Miami.
The Pats missed a chance to clinch the No. 1 AFC seed on their own with a win.
Tom Brady attempted 21 passes here, completing 12 for 134 yards and no scores. His counterpart Ryan Tannehill posted a 25-of-38 line for two touchdowns.

Surprisingly enough, the Broncos were able to clinch the top seed in the AFC yesterday after a thrilling victory in Denver against the Chargers. Peyton Manning took over for Brock Osweiler in the third quarter, leading the team to a 27-20 win.
The Patriots lost to Miami, which knocked them out of the top spot and cleared the way for the Broncos.
Now, we’ve got a very interesting quarterback quandary in Denver. We’ll have to see how the team plays things heading into the divisional round in a couple of weeks.

NFL Playoffs Schedule: Let’s take a look at the upcoming round of games on the NFL playoffs schedule, along with the start times and TV networks you can catch them on.

Wild Card Weekend

Saturday, January 9, 2016:

4:35 PM ET:
Kansas City Chiefs at Houston Texans (ESPN)

8:15 PM ET:
Pittsburgh Steelers at Cincinnati Bengals (8:15 PM ET)

Sunday, January 10, 2016:

1:05 PM ET:
Seattle Seahawks at Minnesota Vikings (NBC)

4:40 PM ET:
Green Bay Packers at Washington Redskins (FOX)

Divisional Playoffs

Saturday, January 16, 2016:

4:35 PM ET:
TBA at New England Patriots (CBS)

8:15 PM ET:
TBA at Arizona Cardinals (NBC)

Sunday, January 17, 2016:

1:05 PM ET:
TBA at Carolina Panthers (FOX)

4:40 PM ET:
TBA at Denver Broncos (CBS)

Conference Championships

Sunday, January 24, 2016:


Pro Bowl

Sunday, January 31, 2016:
Team Rice vs. Team Irvin (ESPN)

Super Bowl

Sunday, February 7, 2016:
6:30 PM ET:

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