The divisional round of the 2019 NFL playoffs begins on Saturday, when the Kansas City Chiefs host the Indianapolis Colts, before the Dallas Cowboys travel to Los Angeles to face the Rams.
Here’s everything you need to know ahead of the showdown in Kansas City.
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When and where is the game?
The matchup between the Chiefs and the Colts is scheduled to kick off at 4:35 p.m. ET on Saturday, January 12 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri.
How did both teams get to the playoffs?
The Chiefs earned a first-round bye and home advantage throughout the playoffs after finishing 12-4 and winning the AFC West for the third consecutive season, a franchise record.
The Colts claimed one of the two wildcard spots and last week knocked off the Texas in Houstonin all-AFC South matchup.
Saturday’s will be the fifth post-season game between the Chiefs and the Colts but the first in six years. The last time the two teams crossed paths in the playoffs, on January 4, 2013 the Chiefs blew a 38-10 in Indianapolis to lose 45-44.
The Chiefs’ offense steamrolled opponents in the regular season but the Colts lead the playoffs series 4-0 and have their last five consecutive games. Indianapolis is relatively more experience at this stage, having reached the AFC Championship game four times since 2003, while the Chiefs have not progressed that far since 1993.
Players to keep an eye on
Perhaps more than any of the other matchups this weekend, this game is a quarterback showdown.
Patrick Mahomes became only the second player in NFL history with at least 5,000 passing yards and 50 touchdown passes in a single NFL season, while Andrew Luck is a candidate for comeback player of the year.
Aside from Mahomes, no other quarterback has thrown more touchdown passes than Luck’s 39 this season and with 89 the two have the most combined regular-season passing touchdowns among any opposing quarterbacks in a playoff game in the Super Bowl era.
Where can I watch the game?
NBC will broadcast the game live but, as usual, there are a variety of other options to keep up with the action, including a host of paid streaming services.
DirectTV Now, PlayStation VUE, YouTube TV and Hulu with LiveTV all offer the four major networks and ESPN, but is worth keeping in mind their live feed might not be available countrywide.
While all four providers offer on-demand content, in many markets livecontent is not available, therefore it is worth checking on their websites which live channels are available in your area.
FuboTV and Sling TV will also be streaming the game.