As the Green Bay Packers and Chicago Bears renew the NFL’s oldest and most-played rivalry today, there’s another modern rivalry that will be taking center stage this afternoon once again with heavy playoff implications. The New England Patriots and Pittsburgh Steelers have been consistent contenders in the AFC over the better part of the last two decades, and they met in the postseason two years ago with a trip to the Super Bowl on the line.
New England has certainly had the better of these matchups recently, however. They have won five straight meetings including that playoff game, with Pittsburgh’s last victory coming in 2011. Last year’s game was marred by an overturned touchdown reception by Jesse James late in the game that likely would have give the Steelers a victory; instead, Ben Roethlisberger threw an interception two plays later to clinch a three-point Pats win.
Packers fans will be scoreboard watching a bit in the early games as well, as they need to see the Vikings lose at least two of their final three games to have a shot at the postseason. Minnesota has a home game against the Miami Dolphins today, so keep an eye on that contest as well.
All games kick off at 1:00 PM Eastern
Miami Dolphins at Minnesota Vikings
U.S. Bank Stadium
East Rutherford, NJ
Washington at Jacksonville Jaguars
TIAA Bank Field
Paul Brown Stadium
Lucas Oil Stadium
Green Bay Packers at Chicago Bears
M&T Bank Stadium
New Era Field
1:05 PM PT (4:05 ET)
Santa Clara, CA
New England Patriots at Pittsburgh Steelers
4:25 PM ET
Sunday Night Football
5:20 PM PT (8:20 ET)
Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
Los Angeles, CA