The Buffalo Bills will play in their first playoff game since 2000, and running back LeSean McCoy will not miss out on it. McCoy, who suffered a sprained ankle against the Dolphins in Week 17, will play against the Jacksonville Jaguars in the Wild Card Round, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.
McCoy is now ready to play against Jacksonville, despite being listed as questionable this week. Friday was his only day at practice, where he was was limited.
Why is this important? McCoy, 29, is the heart and soul of the offense. Buffalo finished the regular season with the sixth-best rushing attack in the NFL. McCoy accumulated 1,138 rushing yards and six touchdowns this season. McCoy’s presence would help take some pressure off quarterback Tyrod Taylor.
Jacksonville’s second-ranked defense is the best at defending the pass but 21st against the run. Buffalo must run the ball to have a chance at upsetting the Jaguars. McCoy should have a huge workload in this game.
The Eagles started the NFL action Saturday by shutting down the Atlanta Falcons offense and doing just enough offensively to pick up a 15-10 win. The Falcons had one last chance at a touchdown, but the Eagles forced a turnover on downs nearly on the goal line with less than a minute left to put the game on ice.
New England’s win was much less stressful for the home fans with the Patriots cruising through the Tennessee Titans for a 35-14 win. Tennessee scored first, but James White gave the Patriots an early lead with two rushing touchdowns and it was all New England from there.
Both the Eagles and Patriots will host the conference championship games next week, but will have to wait until Sunday to find out their opponents. Philadelphia will face the winner of a matchup between the New Orleans Saints and Minnesota Vikings, while the Patriots will take on the winner of a game between the Jacksonville Jaguars and Pittsburgh Steelers.