Everything you need to know to enjoy the action
The 2019 NFL playoffs continue Sunday with the second half of wild-card weekend. The Los Angeles Chargers face the Baltimore Ravens in the AFC and the defending champion Philadelphia Eagles travel to Soldier Field to face the Chicago Bars in the NFC.
Here is everything you need to know to watch, listen to and wager on the games.
You can use this as your live thread to discuss the action with other Giants fans who are, of course, wishing Big Blue was taking part in the action.
LA Chargers (12-4) at Baltimore Ravens (10-6)
Game time: 1:05 p.m. ET
Where: M&T Bank Stadium
TV Channel: CBS
Announcers: Jim Nantz, Tony Romo, Tracy Wolfson, Jay Feely, Gene Steratore
Radio: WESTWOOD ONE: Ian Eagle, Tony Boselli, Ben Leber | SIRIUS: 88 (WW1), 82 (LAC), 83 (Bal) | XM: 88 (WW1), 226 (LAC), 225 (Bal)
Referee: Clete Blakeman
Odds: Ravens -2.5
SB Nation websites: Chargers: Bolts From the Blue | Ravens: Baltimore Beatdown
The AFC North champion Ravens, who won six of their last seven games after rookie Lamar Jackson became their starting quarterback, host the AFC West champion Los Angeles Chargers.
The game features a matchup between Jackson, a new school running quarterback who passed for 1,201 yards and run for 695 yards and old-school pocket passer Philip Rivers, who passed for 4,308 yards and had one of the best seasons of his career at age 37.
The Chargers ranked third in yards per play (6.3) and tied for sixth in points per game (26.8). The Ravens led NFL in total defense (292.9) and ranked second in points per game allowed (17.9). Baltimore led the AFC and ranked second in NFL by averaging 152.6 rush yards per game.
SB Nation’s ‘FanPulse’ voters think the Chargers will win on Sunday.
Philadelphia Eagles (9-7) at Chicago Bears (12-4)
Game time: 4:40 p.m. ET
Where: Soldier Field
TV Channel: NBC
Announcers: Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth, Michele Tafoya (Field reporter)
Radio: WESTWOOD ONE: Kevin Harlan, James Lofton, Laura Okmin | SIRIUS: 88 (WW1), 82 (Phi), 83 (Chi) | XM: 88 (WW1), 226 (Phi), 225 (Chi)
Referee: Tony Corrente
Odds: Bears -6.5
SB Nation websites: Bears: Windy City Gridiron | Eagles: Bleeding Green Nation
Can St. Nick work another playoff miracle for the defending champion Eagles? Philadelphia, for the second straight season, enters the playoffs with Nick Foles at quarterback rather than the injured Carson Wentz. Foles, who led the Eagles’ Super Bowl run a year ago, is 4-1 with 1,413 pass yards (282.6 per game) & 7 TDs vs. 4 INTs for 96 rating in 5 games as starter this season.
The Bears won the NFC North, propelled by the hiring of rookie coach Matt Nagy and the trade for All-Pro linebacker Khalil Mack (12.5 sacks). Chicago leads the NFL in scoring defense, takeaways and interceptions.
SB Nation’s ‘FanPulse’ voters are overwhelmingly riding with the Bears in this one.