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2021 NFL divisional playoffs Saturday: Patriots rooting guide, how to watch, open thread

Related: The list of past Patriots on 2021 NFL divisional round rosters

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The NFL’s 2020-21 playoffs continue today, with the first two divisional round games on the schedule. While the New England Patriots do not participate this year — the team went just 7-9 during the regular season and failed to qualify for the first time since 2008 — the postseason tournament has still shaped up to be an interesting one yet again.

So, without further ado here’s how you can watch Saturday’s games and who Patriots fans should root for.

#6 Los Angeles Rams (11-6) at #1 Green Bay Packers (13-3)

When: 4:35 p.m. ET

Where: Lambeau Field, Green Bay WI

Television: FOX, FOX Deportes

Live streaming: fuboTV (Try for free here!)

SB Nation coverage: Turf Show Times (Rams), Acme Packing Company (Packers)

Patriots rooting guide: Go Packers! When we asked Patriots fans about their rooting interests in the NFC, the Rams received only 1 percent of the vote. Green Bay, for comparison, ended up with 9 percent. One can see why: the Packers are one of the league’s most storied organizations and have played some impressive football this season while being led by MVP favorite Aaron Rodgers.


#5 Baltimore Ravens (12-5) at #2 Buffalo Bills (14-3)

When: 8:15 p.m. ET

Where: Bills Stadium, Orchard Park NY

Television: NBC, Universo

Live streaming: fuboTV (Try for free here!)

SB Nation coverage: Baltimore Beatdown (Ravens), Buffalo Rumblings (Bills)

Patriots rooting guide: Go Bills! It may sound weird to root for the Patriots’ division rivals in the playoffs, but considering the opponent it certainly makes sense: the Ravens have had much more intense and high-stakes battles with New England in recent memory, while Buffalo lived in relative obscurity. Now, however, the team has a chance to make its first AFC Championship Game since the 1993 season.