The two games scheduled for Sunday will determine the NFC and AFC teams that get to play for their conference championship next week. The New England Patriots host the Los Angeles Chargers to start it off at 10:05 am PT, and that will be followed by the Saints hosting the Eagles at 1:40 pm PT. All 4 home teams are favored to win this weekend. Out of those 4 home teams, New England is favored by the least amount of points at 4. The LA Chargers enter the game on a two-game winning streak, as do the Patriots.
The difference being that Los Angeles played and won last week in the playoffs, thus have some momentum, while New England benefited from a bye-week and some extra rest, but will that make them a bit rusty? Charger's QB Phillip Rivers is 0-2 lifetime against New England in the playoffs, and he is yet to beat New England ever when Tom Brady was their starting QB. Could that change Sunday? Rivers has been sacked 32 times this season, so the Patriots will be able to get to him. But the Chargers really have been the better team this year.
They won one more game than the Patriots, but because they are in the same division as the Chiefs, they ended up being the wild card team. LA should be hosting this game, but they are not. New England was a perfect 8-0 at home this year, but LA was an equally impressive 7-1 road team. Yes, New England is tough to beat at home, but the Chargers have a good chance to win this game. They will likely rely on the pass game, which plays well into New England's hands, but I still think Rivers gets his first playoff win against the Patriots, as well as his first win against Tom Brady all in the same game.
It will be a close game, but the Chargers will come out on top by a field goal, 27-24, pushing this game a little bit over the over/under, which is 48. It will be a cold one, probably mid 20's, but it's supposed to be dry and not too windy, which should both help the over.