Week 16 of the NFL regular season is upon us, and with it comes a slot of Saturday’s games in place of “Thursday Night Football.”
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The league held games on Saturday at the end of December each season, but one (2013) since 1970. This year, the showcase Saturday features a tripleheader with significant playoff effects in three games.
We start with the Texans (9-5) visiting the Buccaneers (7-7), followed by an AFC East showdown between the Bill (10-4) and the Patriots (11-3). Finally, the 49ers (11-3) take on the Rams (8-6) on the night sole.
All three games feature teams with a .500 or better winning percentage, including three playoff teams and one that wants to stay in the playoff picture.
Here’s a guide to the NFL’s annual triple championship on Saturday, including a full schedule, TV channels and opening times for the three games starting Week 16.
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Here is the full NFL schedule for Saturday, plus final results and how to watch every game live.
Texans (9-5) at Buccaneers (7-7)
1 pm ET
NFL Network, fuboTV
Battles (10-4) to the Patriots (11-3)
4:30 pm ET
NFL Network, fuboTV
Plates (8-6) at 49ers (11-3)
8:15 pm ET
NFL Network, fuboTV
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Here’s how you can catch every game on Saturday.
Texans vs. Buccaneers
The Texans head to Tampa Bay to take on the Buccaneers in Week 16.
Houston holds only one game lead over the Colts in second place in the AFC South race and can move one step closer to winning the division on Saturday. Tampa Bay comes off a dramatic win over Indianapolis in Week 15 and reached .500 thanks to four straight wins.
The Texans can still put the top seed in the AFC if they have to win and help a little in the final weeks of the season. Despite being removed from the playoffs, the Bucs are looking to end the season strong and undermine the Texans’ play-off hopes in the process.
The NFL Network will air the game with Rich Eisen, Nate Burleson and Joe Thomas on the stand and Melissa Stark on the sidelines.
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Accounts Against Patriots
Buffalo wants to avenge the loss of the Patriots early in the season as he heads to Foxxboro, Massachusetts to take on New England.
The Bills have already won second place in the last three seasons, having not made the playoffs for 17 consecutive years. In order for Buffalo to win the AFC East, it must win and New England will have to lose.
Since the 8-0 start, the Patriots have played average football in recent months. New England are 3-3 in their last six games with three losses coming against the playoffs. While New England may seem deadly at the moment, it has a history of shifting playoff time, so don’t count Bill Belichick, Tom Brady and partner. still out.
Saturday’s game will be broadcast by the NFL Network with Mike Tirico and Kurt Warner on the stand and Pete Schrager on the sidelines.
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Rams vs. 49ers
San Francisco looks to gain an edge and pass Seattle for the lead in the NFC West as it takes on Los Angeles.
While the 49ers have already won a playoff spot, they hold the first wild point in the NFC and face the reality of playing on the road to open the postseason despite their double-digit wins. A win in combination with a loss to the Seahawks would give the 49ers first place and bring them closer to clinging to a top seed in the NFC.
Los Angeles playoff hopes aren’t dead yet. With eight wins under their belt, the Rams sit just two games behind the Vikings for the final wild card spot in the NFC. LA will need to win out and the Vikings lose if they want any shot at a place in the race.
The game on Saturday will air on the NFL with Kevin Burkhardt and Charles Davis on the call and Pam Oliver on the sidelines.
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