Patriots to face Chargers in AFC divisional round

Patriots to face Chargers in AFC divisional round

Madden 19 has been surprisingly accurate in predicting the winners and losers of each week during the regular season; but, the playoffs are a completely different beast.

Dak Prescott rallied the Dallas Cowboys to an National Football League playoff victory over Seattle on Saturday, while Andrew Luck powered the Indianapolis Colts into the second round with a victory at Houston. It'll be a tall task for them to go into Arrowhead and beat the No. 1 seeded Chiefs, but if they do, they would give the Patriots an opportunity to host them in the AFC Championship Game.

Fitting matchups and momentum have proven to be two of the main catalysts in the NFL Playoffs in recent years, but that doesn't mean teams playing in Wild Card games have been the ones benefitting from it. Seattle could have retaken the lead immediately when Tyler Lockett turned on the afterburners on the resulting kick return, only for Maher of all people to take him down and save what looked a certain touchdown.

Running back Ezekiel Elliot rushed for 137 yards and the go-ahead touchdown, becoming one of two second-year standouts for the Dallas Cowboys to pick up his first playoff victory, 24-22 over the visiting Seattle Seahawks in an NFC wild-card game Sunday. The Patriots have a rich playoff history with both the Chargers and Ravens, especially the latter.

The Patriots, meanwhile, will face the victor of the game between the No. 4 Baltimore Ravens and the fifth-seeded Los Angeles Chargers.

Because the Colts are the No. 6 seed, they are the only team the Patriots could not have faced in the divisional round.

The Chargers led 23-3 before the Ravens scored two fourth-quarter touchdowns and had a chance to take the lead. They won five of their final six games to wrap up the season, with the only loss coming against Baltimore. Baltimore rookie quarterback Lamar Jackson is 6-1 since taking over for Joe Flacco as the starter. Kickoff from Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, slated for 1:05 p.m. ET.

If the Patriots can advance out of that round, they'll know who the potential opponent would be the day before.

Philadelphia at Chicago, 4:40 p.m., EST.