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17 Jan 2021, 05:30 GMT+10

Mike Prisuta

The Steelers have been ushered into the offseason but the NFL's postseason marches on this weekend.

Here's a capsule look at today's action:

NFC: Rams (11-6) at Packers (13-3), 4:35 p.m.

It's a classic offense-vs.-defense matchup, highlighted by the headliners.

The Packers led the NFL with an average of 31.8 points per game and were the NFL's best red zone team with touchdowns on 80 percent of their opportunities (48-for-60). Green Bay's points-per-game average was the second-highest figure in franchise history (35.0 in 2011).

The Rams allowed the fewest points per game (18.5), the fewest yards per game (190.7) and were second in sacks (53) in the 2020 regular season.

Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers led the NFL with a career-high 48 touchdown passes (the fifth-highest total in NFL history) and with a passer rating of 121.5 (second in NFL history behind Rodgers' 122.5 in 2011).

Rams defensive lineman Aaron Donald tied for second in the league with 13.5 sacks in 2020 and became the fourth player since 1982 with at least eight sacks in each of his first seven seasons (Hall-of Famers Derrick Thomas and Reggie White, and DeMarcus Ware). Donald had two sacks in the Rams' 30-20 victory over the Seahawks in the Wild Card round.

There's also an element of familiarity. Packers head coach Matt LaFleur worked with Rams head coach Sean McVay in Washington and Los Angeles.

Green Bay will appear in its 34th postseason and surpass Dallas (33) for the most in NFL history. A win would tie the Packers with the Steelers for the second-most playoff wins in NFL history (36), behind the Patriots' 37.

AFC: Ravens (12-5) at Bills (14-3), 8:15 p.m.

Baltimore rushed for 236 yards in its 20-13 Wild Card victory at Tennessee and has totaled 889 rushing yards (296.3 per game) over its last three games. The Ravens led the NFL this season with 3,071 rushing yards and 191.9 rushing yards per game and are the first team in NFL history to rush for at least 3,000 yards in consecutive seasons.

Rookie running back J.K. Dobbins has a rushing touchdown in seven consecutive games (regular season and postseason), tied for the second-longest such streak by a rookie in NFL history behind Maurice Jones-Drew (eight games, 2006).

Ravens head coach John Harbaugh won on the road for the eighth time in his postseason career and surpassed Tom Coughlin (seven) and Tom Landry (seven) for the most such wins in NFL history.

The Ravens are 16-10 (.615) all-time in the postseason, the second-best winning percentage in NFL history behind the Patriots (37-21, .638).

Bills quarterback Josh Allen completed 74.3 percent of his passes (26-for-35) for 324 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions in Buffalo's 27-24 victory over Indianapolis in the Wild Card round. Allen had a passer rating of 121.6 rating, rushed for 54 yards and a touchdown and became the first player in NFL history to pass for 300 yards, complete 70 percent of his passes and rush for 50 yards in a postseason game.

Wide receiver Stefon Diggs (six receptions for 128 yards and a touchdown against Indianapolis) became the second player in NFL history to produce at least 125 receiving yards and one or more touchdowns in a playoff game for multiple teams (Jerry Rice). Diggs had six catches for 137 yards and a touchdown with Minnesota in a 2017.

The Bills won a playoff game for the first time since the 1995 season.

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