The Divisional Round of the NFL playoffs gets started on Saturday, Jan. 12 with a pair of intriguing matchups. The first pits the league's hottest team against the No. 1 offense, while the second features plenty of star power, including two of the top running backs and the front-runner to repeat as NFL Defensive Player of the Year.
Indianapolis has won five games in a row and will look to keep the momentum going against No. 1 seed Kansas City. The Chiefs have the league's most potent offense but quarterback Patrick Mahomes will be making his first playoff start and head coach Andy Reid's postseason struggles have been well documented.
The nightcap finds Dallas on the West Coast to take on the Los Angeles Rams. The Cowboys took down Seattle last week and enters this game with plenty of confidence. Los Angeles has been near unbeatable at home this season and took full advantage of the extra rest that came with the first-round bye.
So if you're wondering, "What football games are on today?" know this: There are two scheduled for today, Saturday, Jan. 12.
4:35 p.m. ET on NBC — Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Mo.
Why You Should Watch: The Colts were impressive in beating Houston 21-7 last week, but the Chiefs have the NFL's No. 1 offense. Andrew Luck improved to 4-3 in playoff starts while this will be Patrick Mahomes' postseason debut. Indianapolis' defense has been playing really well lately but it will be a challenge to slow down the likes of Mahomes, Tyreek Hill, Travis Kelce and Damien Williams. The key could be how much damage Luck and the Colts' offense can do against a suspect Kansas City defense. Andy Reid also has a reputation for his teams not carrying over their regular season success into the playoffs. He's 11-13 in his career in the postseason and just 1-4 with the Chiefs.
Spread: Chiefs -5.5
8:15 p.m. ET on FOX — Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles
Why You Should Watch: Ezekiel Elliott vs. Todd Gurley, Dak Prescott vs. Jared Goff, DeMarcus Lawrence vs. Aaron Donald, Amari Cooper vs. Brandin Cooks. Need I say more? This matchup of division champions could come down to which defense plays the best. Dallas' young linebacking corps showed up in a big way last week against Seattle with Elliott, Prescott and Cooper doing the heavy lifting on the other side of the ball. Los Angeles needed the extra time from the bye to rest and let some nagging injuries heal. Sean McVay's team somewhat stumbled its way to the finish, but everyone knows what the Rams are capable of, especially at home.
Spread: Rams -7