The NFL playoffs 2014 live stream and televised games schedule begins on Saturday, Jan. 4 as the Kansas City Chiefs visit the Indianapolis Colts in the first of the Wild Card games. The Colts blackout will be avoided, as they were one of three teams able to avert a television blackout thanks to the fact they managed to sell out all of the tickets for this crucial playoff game. The two teams will meet up Saturday afternoon, with the winner moving on to next week's divisional round. The first of the televised and live streaming NFL playoffs games arrives courtesy of the NBC sports networks.
According to ESPN.com on Jan. 3 the Packers, Bengals and Colts all avoided local market blackouts of their games on TV thanks to selling out the remaining tickets to their home stadiums. The Indianapolis Colts can thank the Meijer retailer, which is a corporate sponsor, as they bought the remaining 1,200 tickets for the game. Meijer also donated those tickets to local military families so they can root on the home team. Colts owner Jim Irsay posted several tweets about the situation including:
"WHAT'S all this jibber jabber about a blackout??????"
He also noted that the weather conditions, in particular the expected temperatures outdoors, will be much more pleasant than those at Lambeau Field or Cincinnati's home stadium, tweeting:
"Here's the weather forecast for tomorrow at kickoff: 72 and dry. #usingtheroof"
With that, the game will be televised for all markets, allowing them to see Andrew Luck and the 11-5 Colts as they host Alex Smith and the 11-5 Chiefs. These are two teams who started off looking unstoppable, yet faltered a bit along the way. At one point, the Colts went on a 2-3 stretch, but managed to close out the season with three straight wins. Of note, their last loss before that streak was to another wildcard team, the Cincinnati Bengals.
For the Chiefs, they were one of the sole unbeaten teams in the league for quite some time, that is until they met up with the Denver Broncos. In their first meeting, Denver took down their division rivals 27-17, and then again several weeks later 35-28 in Kansas City. The Chiefs finished the season with two straight losses including defeats by both the Colts and Chargers of the Wild Card teams. Kansas City was 2-5 in their final seven games, a surprising mark after starting the season a perfect 9-0. With all five of their losses coming to other AFC playoff teams, one would have to wonder if this team is the real deal.
Kansas City currently ranks tenth in rushing with 128.5 yards averaged per game on the ground, but that's where the stats success stops. Their defense has been atrocious ranking near the bottom of the league in both pass and rush defenses, while they rank 24th in passing. The Colts don't have stats that are too much better, ranking 17th in passing and 13th in pass defense, the best of their overall stats.
The game will feature two of the top 20 quarterbacks with KC's Alex Smith and Indianapolis' Alex Luck. Luck currently ranks thirteenth in passing yards with 3,822 and Smith is a few spots below with 3,313. Surprisingly, the two QB's have each thrown 23 touchdowns, so with today's game could possibly break that tie, resulting in advancement to the next round of the AFC playoffs. The Chiefs will also look to the No.3 running back Jamaal Charles (1,287 yards, 12 touchdowns) to get their ground game going and take some pressure off Smith, if possible in a hostile away team's environment.
For today's game, the home team Colts are the favorites, first opening as 2 1/2-point favorites and since dropping to 1-point favorites at various books. The over/under points total for today's game is set to 46 1/2 points. Weather is expected to be mostly cloudy with a kickoff temperature of 33 and a wind chill of 24. However, as Jim Isray mentioned the game will be played in the confines of Lucas Oil Stadium with a roof that can close in cold weather situations.
Saturday's NFL playoff game featuring the Chiefs vs. Colts has a scheduled start time of 4:35 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. This game will be presented on national television via the NBC channel and affiliate stations on cable and satellite. In addition, NBC is giving fans the ability to watch the game live streaming online at the NBC Sports Live Extra website. This site is a free online video feed for viewers around the country to enjoy the game, with several camera angles, as well as additional features.