Game times, channels, how to watch and stream the playoffs

The divisional round of the NFL playoffs begins Saturday with the Cincinnati Bengals taking on the Tennessee Titans at 4:30 p.m. on CBS, followed by the San Francisco 49ers taking on the Green Bay Packers at 8:15 p.m. on Fox.

All eyes will be on Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, who overcame the controversy created by his less than truthful approach to the COVID-19 vaccine to post an MVP-caliber season in Green Bay. But perhaps the focus should be on 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, despite his sometimes ugly stats and misplaced shots.

Garoppolo is scheduled to play Saturday against the Packers despite spraining his right shoulder in last week’s win over the Dallas Cowboys. The Packers are easily home favorites at Lambeau Field, but Garoppolo is 13-5 in his underdog career, the best winning percentage by any NFL quarterback on an underdog team in the Super Bowl era, according to ESPN researcher Mackenzie Kraemer.

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A word of caution – Garoppolo has never started a game where the temperature has dropped below freezing, according to Pro Football Reference. The coldest game he started was against the Baltimore Ravens on Dec. 1, 2019, where the kickoff temperature was 40 degrees. Meanwhile, Rogers is no stranger to bad weather — the Packers are 6-3 in playoff games with him under center and the temperature at kickoff was 32 degrees or lower.

As for the playoffs, the 49ers are 3-1 in playoff games with Garoppolo as a starter, including a 37-20 win over Rodgers and the Packers in the 2019 Divisional Round of the playoffs. But Garoppolo only needed to throw eight passes in that game thanks to running back Raheem Mostert, who rushed for 220 yards and four touchdowns.

Calling the game on Fox will be Joe Buck and Troy Aikman, who seem to draw the same amount of irrational anger in Green Bay as they do here in Philadelphia (a reaction Buck used to mock on his Twitter bio with the phrase, “I love every team EXCEPT yours.”) Reporting on the sidelines will be Tom Rinaldi and Erin Andrews, who came under fire last month after sharing a maskless hug with Rodgers following a post-game interview where the two were socially distanced due to the league’s COVID-19 protocols.

“A lot of people forget that we are with these guys 18 weeks a year. We see them all the time, we are with them in the ups and downs of their career. I’m grateful for the access they gave me,” Andrews said on his podcast. Calm down with Erin and Charissa, which she co-hosts with her Fox Sports colleague, Charissa Thompson.

Here’s everything you need to know to watch Saturday’s matches:

  • Or: Nissan Stadium, Nashville, Tenn.

  • TV: CBS (Ian Eagle, Trent Green, Evan Washburn)

  • Radio: 94.1 WIP via Westood One (Ryan Radtke, Tony Boselli, Laura Okmin)

  • Diffusion: Paramount+, fuboTV (seven-day free trial), YouTube TV, Hulu + Live TV, DirecTV Stream, Sling TV (all require subscription)

  • Mobile: NFL Mobile app, Yahoo Sports app (free on smartphones and tablets in the Philadelphia market)

  • Line: Titans-3 | Total: 47

CBS NFL analyst Charles Davis, known to many as the voice of Madden football, was a late-game scratch due to COVID-19 protocols.

This is the second time this month that CBS has had to move its booth at the last minute – in Week 18 Phillies announcer Tom McCarthy had to step in to replace Jim Nantz, who was also out in due to COVID-19 protocols.

“My biggest goal was just to fit in and not disrupt what they did for all the weeks they played those games,” McCarthy told the Inquirer after the game.

Davis’ replacement will be former Rams and Chiefs quarterback Trent Green, who has been an analyst at CBS since 2014 and has called NFL games since 2009.

  • Or: Lambeau Field, Green Bay, Wisc.

  • TV: Fox (Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Erin Andrews, Tom Rinaldi)

  • Radio: 94.1 WIP via Westood One (Kevin Harlan, James Lofton, Ben Leber)

  • Diffusion: Fox Sports Go app (authentication required), fuboTV (7-day free trial), YouTube TV, Hulu + Live TV, DirecTV Stream, Sling TV (all require subscription)

  • Mobile: NFL Mobile app, Yahoo Sports app (free on smartphones and tablets in the Philadelphia market)

  • Line: Packers -5.5 | Overall: 47.5

  • ESPN, 10 a.m.: NFL Countdown (Sam Ponder, Randy Moss, Tedy Bruschi, Matt Hasselbeck, Rex Ryan)

  • NFL Network, noon: NFL GameDay Morning (Rich Eisen, Steve Mariucci, Kurt Warner, Michael Irvin)

  • CBS3, 3:30 p.m.: The NFL today (James Brown, Phil Simms, Bill Cowher, Boomer Esiason, Nate Burleson)

  • Fox29, 7:30 p.m.: NFL on Fox (Terry Bradshaw, Curt Menefee, Howie Long, Michael Strahan, Jimmy Johnson)

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4:30 p.m.

Bengals-Titans

SCS

8:15 p.m.

49ers-Packers

Fox

3 p.m. or 6:30 p.m.

AFC Championship

SCS

3 p.m. or 6:30 p.m.

NFL Championship

Fox

3 p.m.

AFC-NFC

Allegiant Stadium, Las Vegas

ABC, ESPN

6:30 p.m.

To be determined

SoFi Stadium, Inglewood, CA.

NBC

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