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NFL Week 15 Live: Late Afternoon Games

Let’s take our minds off the Texans with some decent football this afternoon.

NFL: Green Bay Packers at Pittsburgh Steelers
We’ll be rooting for the Steelers, both because of the Watt-connection and because everyone roots for the team that plays the Patriots.
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So we’re just going to pretend that Florida doesn’t exist and the last three hours didn’t happen, okay? Okay. Texas is a football-mad state, and Texans watch any and all football we get the chance to see. So we’re going to rest our nerves by tuning in to three games, each of which has at least one team aiming for playoff glory.

Rams @ Seahawks

In another season, this would be a defensive football wonderland. This season, the Rams have an offense worth AF, and the Seahawks’ defense is on injured reserve. So Jared Goff will be leading his team north along the Pacific Coast to take on Russell Wilson. The Rams sit atop the NFC West at 9-4 with Seattle a game behind, so both teams will be playing their hardest this afternoon. The game’s on Fox for those of you in their markets, in Minnesota, Buffalo, Cleveland, New Orleans, Miami, and southwest Louisiana.

Patriots @ Steelers

This is the game to watch (it’s on CBS across the country except for the poor souls watching the game below). Mike Tomlin and Bill Belicheck’s men will be in the playoffs this season, but for now we get to watch regular season football between Tom Brady and Ben Roethlisberger. Antonio Brown, LeVeon Bell, T.J. Watt and company get more headlines than Tom Brady’s receivers and defenders, but that may be more because Brady’s star shines pretty bright and Belicheck refuses to get wedded to any players (you get the sense that even Tom Terrific is replaceable in Bill’s eyes) than because there’s a lack of talent in Foxboro.

Titans @ 49ers

Sadly, the Titans will likely win this game against one of the few teams in the NFL playing worse than us. This game is on for the teams’ respective markets. The rest of us will be spared the slaughter.