Packers vs. Cardinals 2016 live stream: Time, TV schedule and how to watch NFL playoffs online

Back in Week 16, the Arizona Cardinals demolished the Green Bay Packers by a score of 38-8. The two teams meet again with much more at stake Saturday night on NBC in the Divisional round of the NFC playoffs.

For much of the year, Green Bay has struggled to produce much in the way of effective offense. The ground attack of Eddie Lacy and James Starks disappeared for weeks at a time, forcing the passing game to carry the load. While that normally wouldn’t present many issues for the Packers, the preseason loss of Jordy Nelson to a torn ACL along with injuries to Randall Cobb, Davante Adams, Ty Montgomery and James Jones limited the team’s effectiveness.

Limited Mens Tomas Tatar Jersey The Packers’ pass defense is one of the best in the league, but it clearly wasn’t a match for the Cardinals when these teams first faced off. Michael Floyd led all Arizona receivers with eight catches and 111 yards while John Brown and Larry Fitzgerald reeled in touchdowns.

Regular season games aren’t always an indicator of how the playoffs will go — the Patriots blew out the Jets 45-3 on Monday Night Football at the end of the 2010 campaign before losing to the Gang Green in January — but Arizona’s victory over Green Bay was exceptionally convincing.

Now that half of the AFC Championship has been set, we await the Saturday evening game to put either the Green Bay Packers or the Arizona Cardinals in the NFC Championship game. The Packers beat Washington convincingly in the Wild Card, but the Cardinals are touchdown favorites for good reason. At 13-3, the Cards have proven they’re one of the best, most well-rounded teams in the NFL, and they beat the Packers 38-8 during the regular season.

The Divisional round will conclude Sunday. The Patriots will play the winner between Pittsburgh Steelers and the Denver Broncos. The Steelers visit the No. 1 seed significantly ailing on offense. Wide receiver Antonio Browns is out after suffering a concussion on a vicious hit by Vontaze Burfict in the Wild Card, and quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is still dealing with a shoulder injury.
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Before that game begins, the Seattle Seahawks will visit the Carolina Panthers in what may be the tightest matchup of the weekend. The Seahawks closed the regular season winning six of their last seven and are coming off a win in the bitter cold of Minnesota. They’re facing the only team as hot as they are in the NFC, however, and on the road once again. Russell Wilson vs. Cam Newton could be a duel for the ages.

Below is the complete schedule for the rest of the playoffs.

It’s now or never for CP3, Blake and the Clippers

On the team plane late Sunday after a dismal loss to the Pacers — the second of three straight — Chris Paul strode to Blake Griffin’s seat for a chat about what had befallen the mighty Clippers.

The talk was brief, and happy. “We’ll be fine,” Griffin told Paul, the two men recalled to ESPN.com. They had to play harder, and trust in their system. Paul agreed, and the two chuckled about how uncomfortable the same conversation might have been even just a year ago.

“It used to be, if we lost, everyone might be, ‘It’s his fault! We need to change this and that!'” Paul said.

“There’s no finger pointing now,” Griffin added.

Limited Kids Pavel Datsyuk Jersey There is some disagreement as to how ugly things got in the Clippers’ locker room during low points in this half-decade of unfulfilled contention. But there were bad times, especially when Griffin and Jordan were younger — and in Paul’s eyes, perhaps not ready to win. “We won 17 straight in [2012-13],” Paul said, “but the spirit wasn’t right.”

Even with Mbah a Moute entrenched, every measure of scoring punch has nudged in a healthy direction, anyway. The Clips are shooting enough 3s, and they’re working their way to about four more shots per game in the restricted area after generating the second-fewest such attempts last season, per NBA.com

Griffin has been hunting tin again. A full 41 percent of his shots have come within three feet of the rim, a huge jump from last season, and he’s traded out a bunch of long 2s. Griffin expanded his range to accommodate Jordan, and it’s easier on his body to drift for jumpers. Sometimes it’s the right choice. But if there’s enough time on the shot clock, the Clips often find something better if Griffin presses the case.

The Clippers unleash Griffin’s coast-to-coast game in transition, and when he doesn’t have the ball, he sprints into deep post position before the defense can get set. The Clippers are fourth in fast-break points, a big number given Paul’s slow-poke tendencies. They should probably run more.

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“We see how hard he works and how much he gives to this violent game,” Sherman says

“This game is all about communication and chemistry,” says Chancellor, whose locker serves as the Seahawks’ hub.

Dustin Colquitt Authentic Jersey He spoke again before the next game and the next, and as the Seahawks went on to win eight games in a row, what the coaches found most remarkable wasn’t what Chancellor said but how intently his teammates listened. He had earned the respect of every player on the team based on his willingness to sacrifice. “We see how hard he works and how much he gives to this violent game,” Sherman says. “He gives everything to us, and I think he sensed we needed him in that speaking role too.”
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Said wide receiver Hardy, who had a spectacular, 27-yard catch last Sunday, “Julio being the guy he is, the attention he gets on game day, it’s great for that guy to want to throw the assist to his other receivers.

“Being able to play with the best player in the league and being able to just be a sponge around him, and just taking his advice and carrying it over to practice and game day, it means a lot.”

“It’s a blur of adrenaline,” Chancellor will later explain. “I get this crazy look on my face, and you never feel more connected to everyone in that room. It’s almost spiritual for me. I think up one or two words or phrases, and then I just go.”

This time, the concept he comes up with is about the importance of momentum for a Seahawks team that has managed to remain one of the NFC’s best without reaching its full potential. He starts speaking, and pretty soon he is slapping his chest, spit flying everywhere as he spins in a circle so everyone can see him. He’s talking about how to begin a postseason run and how one good play can lead to the next, but he might as well be describing his own role on the team.

“One match is a fire starter,” he says, and then he is chanting it. “One match. One match. One match! It only takes one to light up the whole box.”

Teammates credit Chancellor for uniting the locker room before consecutive Super Bowl appearances.

Derek Carr’s deep passing game improved after pinkie injury

A lightsaber being wielded by his father had nothing to do with it, though. Rather, it was a mistimed snap between center Rodney Hudson and Carr that did the damage. Yet the Force was indeed with Carr in the Raiders’ 35-32 victory, in which they led 24-7 at halftime and trailed, 32-24, in the fourth quarter.

It was Carr’s fifth game-winning drive in the fourth quarter or overtime this season, the most by any Oakland Raiders quarterback in a single season.

Brown finished the Browns game with 603 Michael Brockers Youth Jersey catches, and a week later, he posted his first-career three-touchdown game against the Indianapolis Colts. Brown now has 608 catches since entering the league in 2010. He’s on pace for his fourth straight year of at least 110 grabs.

Roethlisberger didn’t need a lot of pass plays to make an impact because of his efficiency downfield. He went 5-of-8 with all three of his touchdowns on passes thrown at last 20 yards downfield, the second time this season he’s thrown three touchdowns on such passes in a game. No other quarterback has done that once this year. Not surprisingly, Roethlisberger had a 99.9 Total QBR and gained more than half of his EPA when targeting Brown on Thursday.

Mariota posted a career-high 98.6 Total QBR in the Titans 27-21 win over the Bears. It was Mo Alexander Youth Jersey Mariota’s NFL-leading fourth game with a QBR above 90 this season and sixth of his career.

On Sunday, Mariota was nearly perfect on third down, completing 7-of-9 passes for 74 yards and two touchdowns on third down. He also took a zone-read rush 29 yards on 3rd-and-1 to set up a field goal late in the third quarter. Mariota’s biggest third-down play was a 29-yard touchdown pass (plus-2.0 EPA) to Rishard Matthews late in the first half that gave the Titans a 21-7 lead.

Overall, Mariota added 8.5 more points to his team’s scoring margin than an average QB would have with the same number of plays, the best mark of any QB in Week 12. In the past five weeks, only Kirk Cousins and Dak Prescott have added more QB points than Mariota.

The Chiefs could give the Denver offense some problems as well

Given the seemingly lopsided nature of the matchups when the Chiefs have the ball, the burden will fall as usual on the defense if the Chiefs are going to win. The Chiefs could give the Denver offense some problems as well. But if the game is to be Cairo Santos Authentic Womens Jersey decided on a down-by-down basis, the Broncos have the advantage. The Chiefs are lugging around a consistently unproductive offense. Kansas City will have to force turnovers in big numbers or otherwise make up for offensive deficiencies with some big plays in the kicking game. Those things are difficult to predict. It’s not hard to predict offensive futility Charcandrick West Authentic Womens Jersey from the Chiefs because we’ve seen it in most of their games this season. Broncos 24, Chiefs 17

The onside kick occurred after the Redskins had closed the score to 24-19 and had all sorts of momentum with 9:22 remaining. They were finally cashing in opportunities, and the sense certainly was that Dallas would have a hard time stopping them. The Redskins entered knowing they might try an onside kick based off a certain look that they received.

“We had the look exactly the way we wanted to,” Gruden said. “We just kicked it a little hard. Twelve foot putt, we hit it 15 feet. Those are chances that, if we see something that’s there and we practice it and we like it, we’ve got to take chances to do it. It can change the course of the game. It was worth a chance.”

Hopkins added, “If that ball went 5 yards less, I give those guys a better shot. I just caught it too heavy. It was there. I just hit it too hard. Any kick like that is taking a chance, but I limited our chances in that I hit it too hard.”

The Redskins couldn’t really stop Dallas’ offense enough, either, as the Cowboys scored on five of their seven possessions (in which they weren’t killing the clock). So maybe Dallas rolls downfield anyway. The problem is the defense. One reason Gruden likely went for it was knowing that they needed to keep pushing to try to win and couldn’t rely on a three-and-out. Or any-amount-of-plays-and-out, no matter where they started.

“We joked about it,” Baldwin said. “I’m sure you guys know now we’ve been begging for that play for a couple weeks now, trying to get that done. However, I didn’t want it in the red zone. I wanted the target in the red zone.

Lions come from behind to win (again) and take control of NFC North

The Detroit Lions never make it easy on themselves this season. Not ever. Not once. Yet these are the moments quarterback Matthew Stafford lives for. These are the games the Lions are so comfortable in at this point.

Trailing in the fourth quarter? No Jim Plunkett Authentic Jersey problem. Need a big defensive play in a big moment? No problem. If you’re trying to figure out how the Lions might end up as a playoff team and as an NFC North winner, it was encapsulated in the final five minutes Thursday against the Minnesota Vikings.

Stafford drove the Lions down the field for a game-tying field goal. Darius Slay intercepted Sam Bradford deep in Vikings territory on a third down. And then Matt Prater made a field goal to give the Lions a 16-13 victory and so much more.

“I would love to be up by 14, but when you’re in that situation, if you shy away from it at all, in my experience, it’s tough to have a chance,” Stafford told ESPN earlier this week. “So you got to go out there and embrace it and make the guys out there feel as confident as you are.”

Newton’s drop statistically isn’t significant across the board. According to ESPN Stats & Information, Newton’s total quarterback rating is slightly higher (61.2) than it was after 10 games in 2015 (58.7).

But if the Panthers John Matuszak Authentic Jersey miss the playoffs, Newton will be in rarified air. The last reigning MVP quarterback to play 10-plus games and miss the playoffs was Boomer Esiason, who started 15 games for an 8-8 Cincinnati team in 1989. Esiason was 7-8 as the starter.

The last five MVP quarterbacks to miss the playoffs the following season all played eight or fewer games due to injuries.

Tom Brady was the last. He played one game in 2008 after being named the MVP the previous season.

Newton, who has missed only one game, doesn’t know why his numbers are better from Thanksgiving on. He doesn’t really care.

But despite it all, the Redskins had a chance. Just like they’ve had in other games. Make a few more plays in this game or others and the Redskins’ season looks a lot different.

“That’s just the difference in winning and losing in the NFL,” defensive end Chris Baker said. “One play here, one play there. We have to find a way to make those plays.”

This loss isn’t the end of the world, but it could have vaulted the team into a new place.

McCown picked up where he left off for the Cleveland Browns

After Kessler left the game with an injury, McCown picked up where he left off for the Cleveland Browns and posted a 25.6 Total QBR. Like Kessler, McCown was sacked four times and completed about half of his passes (14-of-27) against the Steelers. He had a costly fumble in the fourth quarter which was returned for a TD by the Steelers (negative-1.7 EPA), as it came when the Browns were within one score, and sealed the victory for Pittsburgh.

Overall, Kessler and McCown combined to post an 18.2 Total QBR on Sunday, which was the team’s worst QBR in a game in the past two seasons. The Cleveland QB roller coaster continues as the health Dwight Freeney Womens Jersey of Kessler remains a question.

They simply needed to have more wins banked by now. They were lucky to start the year 3-0 while outscoring the opposition by just 13 points, and they were subsequently unlucky to go on a four-game losing streak while being outscored by only 18 points. It’s a shame, because the Ravens do have a genuinely great defense, especially against the run, in which they were No. 1 in DVOA going into Sunday, and then held Ezekiel Elliott to 97 rushing yards on 25 carries, which is impressive given Elliott’s recent standards of ridiculousness.

The Colts have to hope that Luck, who missed nine games last season due to injuries, will be able to get through the concussion protocol before their Dec. 5 game at the New York Jets because an extended absence will severely damage their chance of catching the Texans.

“You don’t ever want to be without anybody, but we have been down this road before Grady Jarrett Womens Jersey and handled it well,” Pagano said. “Faced a bunch of adversity and obstacles just like everybody else. This team that we are playing was without theirs [quarterback Ben Roethlisberger] for a game or two, I believe. It’s a part of the National Football League. Our guys will respond and it’s a matter of everybody stepping up their game.”

Promoter Kathy Duva, right, says Kovalev has more drive to succeed

“I had been around boxers before Sergey and I knew how difficult it was for me to talk a guy into a fight,” Klimas said. “They’ve been, for example, three months at the Don Turner camp and I call [the fighter] and say, ‘Look, we’re going to have a fight in three weeks.’ You know the answer I’m getting? ‘I don’t think I’m gonna be ready.’ What? You in the freaking camp for a month and now you’re telling me you’re not going to be ready in another three weeks? This man [pointing at Kovalev] never said that. He probably doesn’t even know how to say, ‘Who is my Brad Richardson Authentic Jersey opponent?’

“Every time I called Sergey [and said], fight on Saturday, [he said], ‘Good, what weight, where?’ That’s it. Never asked me is he right-handed, is he left-handed, how many amateur fights did he have, what’s his background? He’s not making any money but he knows he needs to go to fight. How can you not believe in him?”

Since Duva first saw him she has believed in him, too.

“Obviously, our attempts are way up,” McCarthy said. “But let’s be honest with how people are playing us, what’s going on on the video. We’re being challenged aggressively as far as coverage schemes. So it’s definitely real production.

“You look at the game in Tennessee [a 47-25 loss], I understand what the final score was, but there was a point there in the third quarter — maybe about the 7-minute mark — we clearly thought we were back in the game and didn’t get it to one score. The production that we were having as an offense was a big part of that, and they didn’t back off scheme-wise. They were as aggressive in the fourth quarter as they were in the first quarter. So it’s definitely real production.”

Adams: In what has been a breakout season for the third-year receiver, Adams is on pace for 88 catches, 1,104 yards and 10 touchdowns — all career highs. Last season, he caught 50 passes for 483 yards and one touchdown. Adams already has been targeted 70 Brandon Prust Authentic Jersey times in nine games.

Cobb: Despite missing one game (and half of another) because of a hamstring injury, Cobb is on pace for 84 catches (which would be second most of his career) but only 811 yards (fourth most) and just five touchdowns (fourth most).

Tim Tebow hits .194 in Arizona Fall League, awaits next step with Mets

Former NFL quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow’s baseball career doesn’t quite measure up to NBA legend Michael Jordan’s baseball résumé — not yet, at least.

Tebow, who signed a minor-league contract with the New York Mets in September, completed the six-week Arizona Fall League season on Thursday with a .194 average (12-for-62).

Below are the trendsetters at each position, both the primary and the secondary players. These are the players who will set the market, in terms of years and dollars, for the rest of the free-agent class.

Starting pitchers

Primary: Rich Hill, LHP

Secondary: Jason Hammel, RHP, and Ivan Nova, RHP

Hill is going to set the Rhett Ellison Authentic Womens Jersey market for starting pitchers, and because he’s clearly the best starter available, he’ll do better than similar starting pitchers a year ago in terms of years and dollars. Despite being 36, he’ll likely get a third year on an upcoming deal, something John Lackey wasn’t able to get last year.

This despite the fact that his exit velocity on pulled baseballs was, at 91.3 mph, almost identical to his 2015 figure (91.6 mph). His exit velocity on pulled line drives went up, from 97.2 mph to 98.7 mph — and yet his doubles on pulled liners dropped from 16 to five, and homers from five to two. His average exit velocity on pulled fly balls went up, from 95.7 mph to 99.1, and his average distance on pulled fly balls dropped only from 346 feet Sam Bradford Authentic Womens Jersey to 344; and yet his home runs on pulled fly balls dropped in half, from 22 to 11. Sometimes the park just holds you. Sometimes the defense is just a little bit better.

Almost everything Chris Davis did this year was as good as it had been the year before. In a small sliver of his outcomes, sent to just one sliver of the field, everything he hit turned into nothing — and for no clear or convincing reason. This is one way that a season ends up in the in-between, and it’s one way that we are overeager to declare a contract sunk 14.3 percent of the way into it.

Remembering Francona’s, Roberts’ best moments on way to becoming managers of the year

Terry Francona and Dave Roberts win their respective leagues’ manager of the year awards for 2016. Francona wins his second in four seasons and Roberts wins his first in his first career season as a manager.

Francona’s best moments

Franchise-best 14-game winning streak: June 17-July 1

The Tribe won a franchise-best 14 straight Robert Woods Authentic Jersey games beginning in mid-June. The 14th and final victory of the streak was a statement win for the team that season: a 19-inning win in Toronto. They became the first team to extend a winning streak of 14 games or more by winning a game of more than 14 innings. It was the longest winning streak in the AL since the Oakland A’s won 20 straight in 2002.

Tyler Naquin walk-off inside-the-park HR: Aug. 19 (Roberto Osuna)

What did Roberts do?

Roberts becomes the second different Ronald Darby Authentic Jersey Los Angeles Dodgers manager to win the award, joining Tommy Lasorda (1983 and 1988).

He also is the sixth manager to win the award in his first season as an MLB manager. Roberts joins Jeff Bannister (2015), Matt Williams (2014), Joe Girardi (2006), Dusty Baker (1993) and Hal Lanier (1986) to win the award in his first season as manager.

In addition, he was hired by the Dodgers without any prior managerial experience.

Dave Roberts had to use 15 different starting pitchers throughout the regular season, most in MLB. Despite using so many, Dodger starters were sixth in ERA, fourth in WHIP and one of two rotations (Washington Nationals the other) to average over nine strikeouts per nine innings.

Roberts’ best moments

First managerial win: April 4 at Padres

Roberts’ first win at the helm came on Opening Day, when the Dodgers burst out for 15 runs to support seven one-hit innings from Clayton Kershaw. The victory came against a team that interviewed Roberts for its own open managerial position, too.