Published: Sun, January 13, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

10 key questions for the National Football League divisional playoffs

10 key questions for the National Football League divisional playoffs

The long-struggling Rams had won only one postseason game since their last trip to the Super Bowl in February 2002, but 32-year-old coach Sean McVay has added his first playoff victory to his spectacular two-season franchise turnaround.

Mahomes didn't throw a single touchdown pass on Saturday.

Anderson rushed for a combined 299 yards in the final two games of the regular season, then provided a ideal complement to Gurley, pounding the ball Saturday to pick up 123 yards and two touchdowns against the Cowboys. Preventing that pair from getting to Andrew Luck will be pivotal if the Colts want to keep pace with the Chiefs.

The game is set to be played in typically cold conditions at Foxborough. In what projects to be the highest-scoring affair so far in these playoffs, Andrew Luck's passing prop should be targeted until it moves up. The Chiefs recovered and were never again seriously threatened.

The Saints running game was just as important to their season - making the sixth-most rushing yards in the league and scoring the most rushing touchdowns, led by running back Alvin Kamara.

Five years ago, they blew a 38-10 second-half lead against Luck and the Colts to spoil Andy Reid's first season. As Darrel Williams was stymied near the goal line, Mahomes rushed in and gave him the final push he needed to get over the line and score. Can the second-year QB be ready for the Colts?

Chris Johnson's Forecast | Rain and snow chances continue for the weekend
A Winter Weather Advisory remains for metro Denver and a Winter Storm Warning continues for southern communities until midnight. Much of the day will be dry and no issues are expected outside of the mountains and possibly a little in the foothills.

On a night that saw Gurley on the sideline for some extended periods of time, veteran C.J. Anderson was so money for the Rams. The offense has been much improved this year and they have Running Back Melvin Gordon toting the rock.

Cowboys Report host Tom Downey takes you through his Cowboys grades from the season-ending loss vs. the Rams.

Not to be outdone, the weather gods in Los Angeles, Calif. are blessing us with some heavy rainfall on Saturday, which already appears to be having an affect on the field at Los Angeles Coliseum. The Eagles surprised everyone with a win last week against Chicago, and look to keep that momentum and underdog magic going.

The victory was a big confidence boost for the Chiefs, particularly on defense. Heck, Troy Aikman made a big fuss about how bad the Los Angeles run defense was not hours before the game took place. "Obviously we're at our best when we're balanced and we're throwing it and running it". Like on Gurley's 35-yard touchdown, which Gurley described as the "Red Sea" parting so that he could burst through the hole and score. Wade Phillips didn't respect Dak Prescott's ability to strike downfield and stacked the box. But the Eagles looked a lot better defensively against the Bears and I believe will be ready to go against New Orleans. While the thought of giving a free agent who just signed weeks ago almost even playing time with a multiple-time All-Pro who was recently given the largest contract for a running back in National Football League history might seem absurd, it's the latest in a long line of bold decisions McVay has made that turned out right.

Thanks to Los Angeles' outstanding offensive line, and the emergence of Anderson as a legitimate backup option, Gurley and the Rams have quite the recipe for success going forward.

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