There are so many sports every weekend that it can be nearly impossible to keep track of them all. Here is a weekly guide to the five games/events/experiences that you will be in danger of missing if you make the mistake of going outside.
1. Your NFL divisional playoff matchup rankings.
- Falcons at Eagles (4:35 p.m. Saturday, NBC)
- Saints at Vikings (4:40 p.m. Sunday, Fox)
- Jaguars at Steelers (1:05 p.m. Sunday, CBS)
- Titans at Patriots (8:15 p.m. Saturday, CBS)
2. The NFC is crazy. We've all essentially known that the AFC title game was going to be Steelers-Patriots since September. But the NFC scrum has been an amusing brawl all season, and it finally whittles down to two this week. Of the two games, the most compelling has to be the Falcons-Eagles game kicking things off at 4:35 p.m. ET Saturday on NBC. The Eagles were the most compelling team in the conference this year … until Carson Wentz went down. Now they've still got home-field advantage, and they're facing the inconsistent Falcons, who have never quite been able to capture last year's magic. But they're two wins away from avenging last year's nightmare, both very winnable games. Can the Falcons erase last year? Can the Eagles figure out a way to host the NFC championship game? This one is a firecracker.
3. Those sneaky Raptors. We're still a week away from the start of ABC's Saturday prime-time coverage -- it still is pretty cool that the NBA is getting a prime-time spot on network television for regular-season games -- and that's a shame, because there's an excellent Saturday night game this week, too. But it's the Raptors, so obviously it's not on national television. The Warriors travel to Toronto at 7:30 p.m. ET Saturday on NBA League Pass. The Raptors are having a much better year than you probably realize, and they might well win this game.
4. The Big 12 rules. The Big 12 has been far and away the best conference in college basketball this year, and here's some proof for you: It has a huge top-10 matchup Saturday, and neither team playing is Kansas. The stirring, defensively suffocating No. 2 West Virginia Mountaineers head to Lubbock to face the No. 8 Texas Tech Red Raiders at 2 p.m. Saturday on ESPN. Funny thing, too: It's Texas Tech, of all teams, that has the highest KenPom ranking in the conference. If you make the tournament out of the Big 12 this year, you have earned it.
5. Handball! The World Handball Championships are this weekend! Well, they start this weekend. You need beIN Sports to watch it, but you know, other than the NFL, it's a really slow sports weekend so maybe you can learn how handball works and then tell me.
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