Kickoff is at 6:30 p.m. on FOX and can be streamed online for free via Fox Sports Go. The NFL is ramping up its equipment this year, adding some new technology to immerse at-home fans.
“There will also be cameras on the field so you can be a part of the play action and even get the players’ view,” according to FOX. “They’re actually using an array of 38 high-definition cameras around the field, which gives a 360-degree view, so you can be virtually placed in any position.”
Both the NFC and AFC Championships were predicted to be offensively loaded — and close — competitions. And while both the Falcons and Patriots found ways to put up points, there were no trips to overtime or Hail Mary attempts to close out the matches.
Matt Ryan and the Falcons’ No. 1 scoring offense have proven that they can consistently put points on the board — and, that Julio Jones can catch anything. Jones hauled in nine catches for 180 yards and two touchdowns against the Packers. He boasts the highest receiving average in NFL playoff history, with 110.4 yards per game in his postseason career.
Atlanta also proved that its defense, albeit young, is more than primed to take down some one of the most proficient passers in the league. The defense, which allowed 25.4 points per game during the regular season, has only given up an average of 20.5 in the playoffs.
Now, the Falcons will need to keep this momentum to beat one of the best, Tom Brady.
In the AFC Championship, the Patriots showed the world that Brady had another target to have some fun with: Chris Hogan. After an electric first half, Brady kept connecting with the receiver, who ended up finishing the day with a career-high nine receptions on 12 targets for 180 yards and two touchdowns. The fourth-year player already has over one-third of the receptions and yards in the postseason than he did in the regular season and seems to be heating up at the perfect time.
The Patriots have a balanced offensive attack, but their defense has been stout this season, ranking atop the league in points allowed per game. They’ll get their biggest test yet against the Falcons and their many weapons.
New England, under Bill Belichick and with Brady at quarterback, is one of the most successful franchises in NFL history, but Atlanta is surging at just the right time. Don’t miss your last chance to watch and/or listen to NFL football before the long and arduous offseason.
How to watch
Time: 6:30 p.m. ET
Location: NRG Stadium, Houston, Texas
Announcers: Joe Buck and Troy Aikman, with Erin Andrews and Chris Myers on the sidelines.
Radio: For local listeners: Boston (98.5 FM) and Atlanta (92.9 FM); For Sirius and XM listeners the Patriots team broadcast (Sirius 81 / XM 225 / App 819), the Falcons team broadcast (Sirius 82 / XM 82 / App 801) and the national radio broadcast (Sirius 88 / XM 88 / App 88).
Online Radio Stream: 98.5 The Sports Hub Online Radio Stream; 92.9 The Game Online Radio Stream; also, the SiriusXM app and at SiriusXM.com for authenticated subscribers with the SiriusXM All-Access package.