Now it gets serious.
Win or go home, starting with NFL wild-card weekend, the first of fans’ favorite two weekends: back-to-back Saturdays and Sundays with two games each day, all with the pressure of the playoffs.
But also consider this is supposed to be fun, too.
With that in mind, Opta’s crack data editorial crew put together this package for wild-card weekend: Four games, 40 fun facts. (And if you like what you see here, give ’em a follow on Twitter.)
Saturday’s NFL wild-card games
Titans at Chiefs
4:20 p.m. ET (ESPN)
— Tennessee has won four of its last six against Kansas City dating to 2007. The Titans are 4-1 all-time in Kansas City. This marks the first time the teams have met in the playoffs.
— Kansas City has won its last three home games while committing only one turnover. Over that same span, the Chiefs have nine takeaways.
— The Titans have lost three of their last four road playoff games, allowing 17 or more points in all four. Tennessee was 3-5 on the road this season, although it allowed 20-plus points only three times in those games.
— Kansas City has lost 10 of its last 11 playoff games, including its last five at Arrowhead Stadium. The Chiefs last home playoff victory was a 27-24 win over the Steelers Jan. 8, 1994.
— The Titans have lost their last three playoff games. They haven’t lost four in a row in franchise history, including their time as the Oilers.
— Kareem Hunt became the first Chiefs RB to lead the league in rushing (1,327 yards) since Priest Holmes in 2001 (1,555 yards).
— Tennessee QB Marcus Mariota had five rushing touchdowns this season, tied for the fifth most in Titans franchise history and tied for the second most among quarterbacks this season.
— Kansas City’s Travis Kelce was one of five TEs to have at least eight touchdown receptions this season. He had nine over his previous two seasons combined.
— Tennessee S Kevin Byard had eight interceptions, tied for the most in the NFL this season. The rest of the Titans combined for four interceptions in 2017.
— Chiefs LB Justin Houston led his team with 9 1/2 sacks, the most he has had since leading the NFL in 2014 with 22.
Falcons at Rams
8:15 p.m. (NBC)
— The Falcons have won six of the previous seven matchups (including the playoffs) against the Rams and carry a four-game winning streak into Saturday night. Before those seven games, the Rams had won seven straight against the Falcons.
— Los Angeles finished the season with a point differential of plus-60 at home, eighth best in the NFL. Last season, the Rams finished with a point differential of minus-86 at home, second worst in the league.
— Atlanta finished the regular season with a 5-3 road record. In the five wins, the Falcons averaged 27.2 points. In the three losses, they averaged just 12.3 points.
— The Rams have won five of their last six playoff games at home. This will be the first Rams home playoff game since L.A.’s 20-0 win over the Cowboys Jan. 4, 1986.
— Atlanta is looking for its first road playoff victory since it beat the Packers, 27-7, Jan. 4, 2003, at Lambeau Field — a span of five games. That five-game road playoff skid is the longest in franchise history.
— Rams RB Todd Gurley led the NFL with 13 rushing TDs this season. In his past two seasons combined, Gurley had 16 rushing touchdowns.
— Falcons WR Julio Jones finished the regular season with 1,444 receiving yards, his fourth consecutive season with 1,400-plus receiving yards. That ties an NFL record for consecutive seasons with at least 1,400 yards (Marvin Harrison, 1999-2002).
— Los Angeles rookie WR Cooper Kupp had 62 receptions this season, the most by a rookie in Rams franchise history.
— Atlanta QB Matt Ryan finished the regular season with 4,095 passing yards, his seventh consecutive season of more than 4,000 yards through the air. That’s tied for third-longest such streak in NFL history.
— Second-year Rams QB Jared Goff threw four touchdown passes in Week 17, tying his career high. He finished with 28 TD passes, the sixth most in a single season in team history.
Sunday’s NFL wild-card games
Bills at Jaguars
1 p.m. (CBS)
— The Bills have won three of the last four matchups against the Jaguars, and Buffalo is 4-2 all-time in Jacksonville.
— The Jaguars have won five straight at EverBank Field. They haven’t won six straight at home since Dec. 18, 2005-Nov. 5, 2006.
— Buffalo has won just three of its last 10 road games. The Bills allowed 31.7 points per game in the seven losses but surrendered just 14.3 per game in the three wins.
— Jacksonville is 2-1 in home playoff games. In the two wins, the Jags forced 10 turnovers while giving away the ball only twice. This is their first home playoff game since Jan. 23, 2000.
— The Bills are playing in their first playoff game since after the 1999 regular season. They’ve lost their last three road playoff games and have never lost four straight playoff games on the road.
— Jacksonville forced 33 turnovers in the regular season, second best in the NFL. In 2016, they forced only 13 turnovers, second-to-last in the NFL.
— Since coming to Buffalo in 2015, Bills RB LeSean McCoy leads the NFL in rushing with 3,300 yards.
— Jags RB Leonard Fournette finished the regular season with 1,040 yards rushing, the second-most rushing yards by a rookie in Jaguars franchise history (Fred Taylor, 1,223 yards in 1998).
— Bills rookie CB Tre’Davious White had four interceptions this season, the most by a Buffalo rookie since Jairus Byrd’s nine in ’09.
— Jacksonville rookie WR Keelan Cole is averaging 17.8 yards per reception, good for the second-highest average in the NFL. It is the highest yards per catch average in a single season in Jaguars history (minimum 40 receptions).
Panthers at Saints
4:30 p.m. (Fox)
— The Saints have won three of their last four against the Panthers, including both this regular season. The two teams have never met in the postseason.
— The Saints have won seven straight at home, the third-longest streak in franchise history.
— Carolina has lost three of their last five road games. Two of those losses have been to division opponents, including the Saints Dec. 3.
— The Saints are 5-0 at home in the postseason since 2000, tied for the best playoff record in that time. They’ve averaged 35.8 points per game in those matchups. This will be their first home playoff game since their 45-28 NFC wild-card win over the Lions Jan. 7, 2012.
— The Panthers are 4-3 on the road in the playoffs since joining the NFL in 1996. Their .571 winning percentage in road playoffs games is third highest in the league in that span. However, they’ve lost their last two away playoff games.
— New Orleans QB Drew Brees threw for 4,334 yards this season. It was his 12th straight season with at least 4,300 yards passing, the longest streak in NFL history. No other player has a streak longer than five seasons.
— Carolina RB Christian McCaffrey had 80 receptions this season, the fourth most by a rookie running back in NFL history.
— New Orleans WR Michael Thomas set an NFL record for most receptions in the first two years of a career with 196.
— Panthers QB Cam Newton has seven rushing touchdowns against the Saints in his career, tied for the second most he has against any team.
— New Orleans RBs Mark Ingram and Alvin Kamara had 12 and 14 touchdowns, respectively, this season. They are just the third pair of teammates to each have 12-plus TDs in the same year.