National Football League releases playoff schedule

Dec 26 2016 Arlington TX USA Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott runs for a touchdown in the third quarter against Detroit Lions middle linebacker Tahir Whitehead at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

The World's Worst Exhibition is Sunday, Jan. 29, at 8 Orlando.

Cordcutters in search of a new way to stream the game can do so via Sling TV, whose Blue package carries NBC (more on Sling below).

BUCS 17, PANTHERS 16: Jameis Winston threw for 202 yards and one touchdown in the win, but the 9-7 Buccanneers were eliminated from playoff contention.

The Packers are a 3.5-point favorite, according to Vegas Insider. Yet Aaron Rodgers and the Packers have historically struggled playing indoors, including Ford Field.

The New York Giants will take on the Green Bay Packers in a Wild Card game on Sunday, start time at 4:40 PM ET, at Lambeau Field. Unless Miami wins and Kansas City loses, the Dolphins are going to Pittsburgh for the first round of the playoffs.

But where it all went, I can't really say. "But the fact of the matter is though that we have an opportunity".

It hasn't been easy, and it certainly wasn't against the Lions.

That Ben McAdoo deadpanned his way through what emotions he might be feeling as he approaches his National Football League head coaching playoff debut is not a surprise - if you've been listening to the Giants head coach at all this season, you've grown accustomed to his monotone, often monosyllabic treatment of anything beyond the scope of the 100-yard rectangle he calls his office. The New York Jets are 30th in points scored and 29th in points allowed. In 2007 and 2011 the Giants rolled through Green Bay en route to championships, knocking off favored Packers teams each time.

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Veteran players such as linebacker Clay Matthews believe the Packers can make a big run this postseason as a lower-seeded team, much like they did in the 2010 season all the way to the Super Bowl title as the No. 6 seed.

Rodgers-Cromartie's role as the nickel corner is particularly important against a Green Bay offense that moves Nelson into the slot in an attempt to exploit mismatches. Just hearing Seattleites talk about the 12th man is enough to sap your will to even play the sport. Some of the best teams were hodgepodges like the Giants, Lions, and Chiefs that seemed created to win on turnover luck, injury management, and fourth quarter comebacks.

In Detroit's previous six home games - all victories - they trailed in the fourth quarter. And that crowd helped force the Packers into several false start calls, the offense's timing thrown off ever so slightly by the noise.

Regardless of the rumors and his job status seemingly being in jeopardy, McCarthy remained calm, pointing out how well the team has performed under him over the past decade.

"I try to leave feelings out of it", he said.

On a 3rd-and-15 in Green Bay's territory, quarterback Matthew Stafford completed a attractive back-shoulder throw to receiver Golden Tate for a first down while taking a massive body shot from linebacker Julius Peppers. "That's kind of what I did", said Rodgers, who was 27 of 39 for 300 yards with four touchdowns (126.0 rating) against the Lions. The bottom eight teams in yards per play will all be playing golf this year, including the Broncos. The Packers have also had injuries in the secondary to cornerbacks Damarious Randall and Ladarius Gunter. At the end of the season, half the games are going to be meaningless. "And frankly, just watching the Giants come down the stretch here - I obviously have a personal interest in Ben McAdoo and how his football team is doing - I think both teams (are) coming into this game with a lot of momentum and a lot of confidence", McCarthy said.

Detroit is also headed to the playoffs as a wild card. Hyde might never go into a season as a starter but injuries are inevitable, and when they hit he's three players in one. The Packers are the No. 4 seed in the six-team NFC bracket.

Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.

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