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NFL conference championship weekend: TV channel, start time, Buffalo Bills connections

Most of the remaining four teams are filled with former Bills

Kansas City Chiefs v Los Angeles Chargers Photo by Harry How/Getty Images

The road to Super Bowl LII makes its last stops in Kansas City and New Orleans this weekend where the Chiefs host the New England Patriots and the Saints host the Los Angeles Rams. All the info you need for the games are here:

Los Angeles Rams at New Orleans Saints
3:05 P.M. Eastern
FOX

The Rams have two former Buffalo Bills on the roster and they both make huge impacts on both sides of the ball. Nickel Robey-Coleman is the starting nickel for the Rams and Robert Woods has resurrected his career with the Rams’ explosive offense. Woods lead the Rams in targets, receptions, yards and is tied for first in touchdowns, truly being the number-one target for Jared Goff.

The Saints have just one player on the roster that formerly played for the Bills. Defensive tackle Tyrunn Walker was with the Bills in during the preseason but was released in final cuts. He was out of football all season, but New Orleans signed him this week to replace the injured Sheldon Rankins. Offensive tackle Michael Ola, another former Bill, is on injured reserve.

New England Patriots at Kansas City Chiefs
6:40 P.M. Eastern
CBS

For the Patriots, Stephon Gilmore leads the way as far as Bills connections go. The former Bills first-round pick earned a first-team All-Pro honor this season and has been the best defender on the Patriots defense. Along with Gilmore is Chris Hogan, who left Buffalo two seasons ago and Ramon Humber who is spending his first season in New England.

The Andy Reid coaching tree has the deepest roots throughout the NFL. Bills’ head coach Sean McDermott and QB coach David Culley are examples of that. The Chiefs have two former Bills’ receivers in Kelvin Benjamin and Sammy Watkins. Watkins is in the starting lineup while Benjamin is low on the depth chart but still sees playing time. Reggie Ragland, the former Bills’ second-round pick, is one of the starting inside linebackers for the Chiefs. MVP candidate Patrick Mahomes was the result of the Bills-Chiefs trade during the 2017 draft when the Chiefs jumped into the Bills spot at 10th overall to take Mahomes. The trade resulted in Tre’Davious White for the Bills and extra picks that helped them to move up in the 2018 NFL Draft to take Josh Allen 7th overall. Before Ike Boettger was on the Chiefs roster earlier this season before landing in Buffalo.


Who are you guys rooting for Sunday?