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NFL announces playoff schedule

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With the Redskins crowned as the NFC East champions and the postseason seedings finalized, the NFL’s postseason schedule has been announced.

For the second consecutive year, the playoffs will start with the Bengals at the Texans. That was the first game on wild card Saturday last season, and it’s the first game on wild card Saturday this season as well. That game kicks off on Saturday in Houston at 4 p.m. Eastern.

After that, the Saturday night game is a rematch of today’s game between the Vikings and Packers. That game kicks off at 8 p.m. Eastern on Saturday at Lambeau Field. Both Saturday games are on NBC.

On Sunday, January 6, the Colts will visit Baltimore for a 1 p.m. kickoff on CBS and the Seahawks will visit the Redskins for a 4:30 p.m. kickoff on FOX.

The divisional round will begin on Saturday, January 12 in Denver, with the lowest remaining seed in the AFC (the Bengals, Colts or Ravens) visiting the Broncos for a 4 p.m. kickoff on CBS.

Also on Saturday, January 12, the highest remaining seed in the NFC (the Packers, Redskins or Seahawks) will visit the 49ers at 8 p.m. ET on FOX.

On Sunday, January 13, the lowest remaining NFC seed (the Vikings, Redskins or Seahawks) will visit the Falcons at 1 p.m. ET on FOX. And the divisional round will end on Sunday, January 13, in New England, with the highest remaining AFC seed (the Texans, Colts or Ravens) at the Patriots for a 4:30 p.m. ET kickoff on CBS.

The AFC and NFC Championship Games are on Sunday, January 20. The Pro Bowl is on Sunday, January 27 and the Super Bowl is on Sunday, February 3.

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  1. Wisconsin77 says: Dec 30, 2012 9:18 PM

    Night game at Green Bay in early January.

    Good luck with that Minnesota!

  2. johnnyb1976 says: Dec 30, 2012 9:19 PM

    Bring on the texans WHO DEY!!!

  3. eigglesnosuperbowls says: Dec 30, 2012 9:22 PM

    We would like to thank the Redskins for participating this year but better luck next time around !

  4. sportfan23 says: Dec 30, 2012 9:23 PM

    Cause the Vikings can’t run the ball or anything….

  5. mclovinib says: Dec 30, 2012 9:23 PM

    texans are toast, they played their superbowl v. baltimore and have been average since…look it up….average since…one and done if dalton can do anything…anything at all sat evening…

  6. bucrightoff says: Dec 30, 2012 9:24 PM

    Pencil the Seahawks into the divisional round. Both these NFC East teams are chumps

  7. vikingprideforever says: Dec 30, 2012 9:24 PM

    any time any where baby! just glad to be back in the tourney!!!!!! it will be incredibly tough in lambeau, but with AP i’ll take my chances

  8. thereisfootballwestofjersey says: Dec 30, 2012 9:25 PM

    Saturday night January 12th Pack @ The Niners in Frisco baby. Huey Lewis on the National Anthem. Goose flesh!

  9. Where's Bud Grant when you need him? says: Dec 30, 2012 9:26 PM

    It won’t be the cold that stops the Vikings if their banged up secondary can’t stop Rodgers any better than they did today.

    But that’s ok… If Peterson plays like has has been and the cold causes a couple of turnovers for the Vikings I like their chances.

  10. trapshoot says: Dec 30, 2012 9:26 PM

    Green Bay at night that tome of the year could be brutal.

  11. greatminnesotasportsmind says: Dec 30, 2012 9:29 PM

    Vikings have never lost a playoff game a Lambeau.

    Giants and Falcons seem to have beaten the Packers at Lambeau during the night.

    Yeah Vikings have no chance at all

  12. ndnut says: Dec 30, 2012 9:29 PM

    Ready for some Saturday Skoling #skol

  13. taintedsaints2009 says: Dec 30, 2012 9:33 PM

    Vikings have not won on Sunday night football in a very long time. It’s like a curse.

  14. pinion8ted says: Dec 30, 2012 9:33 PM

    Remember when the Texans were the force to be reckoned with in the AFC?

    That was cute, wasn’t it?

  15. jasndc75 says: Dec 30, 2012 9:36 PM

    If the replacement refs hadn’t debacled the call, GB would be off & would be Minny at San Fran

  16. blacknole08 says: Dec 30, 2012 9:37 PM

    Vikings upset the Packers next Saturday. In fact, I think all the road teams have a legit shot at winning next week.

  17. jackdaniels1 says: Dec 30, 2012 9:39 PM

    I can’t remember the last time I was this psyched for the playoffs. Looks like any team in the AFC could pull it out. Broncos are the favorites followed by the Pats but who knows! Texans, maybe Baltimore gets their act together then there are the upstarts in the Colts and Bengals. Any team out of the AFC is dangerous. The NFC is just as intriguing w/ Niners, GB, Atlanta, and the up and coming Seahawks, RG3 and on and on. Let’s hope the NFL doesn’t screw things up with the 18 game schedule, elimination of kickoffs, and god forbid expanding the number of teams in the playoffs. Can’t wait for next weekend

  18. mjkelly77 says: Dec 30, 2012 9:40 PM

    No Bears. Bad-mouthing the Lions yet the Bears were doing all the taunting. Cheap hits on StafFORD when he was down. The Bears are the real dirty team, not the Lions. Karma is a female dog, boys.

  19. 1phd says: Dec 30, 2012 9:46 PM

    No way the Vikings can do this two weeks in a row – especially at Lambeau.

  20. pack13queens0 says: Dec 30, 2012 9:46 PM

    Queens have no chance in the cold next week. Pack will win the following Week in San Francisco as well.

  21. fakefranknunley says: Dec 30, 2012 9:47 PM

    What time do the Giants,Saints,Lions & Steelers play?

  22. reporterofthetruth says: Dec 30, 2012 9:51 PM

    Falcons will be one and done….book that and win some jack.

  23. stairwayto7 says: Dec 30, 2012 9:52 PM

    Packers seem to lose alot at home in playoffs..atlanta, giants twice..minnasota?
    I say Peterson and Foster both have 170+ total yards in wins.

  24. threedeep1998 says: Dec 30, 2012 9:52 PM

    “Wisconsin77
    Dec 30, 2012, 8:18 PM CST
    Night game at Green Bay in early January.

    Good luck with that Minnesota!”

    Pretty sure we did just fine last time we met in cold Lambeau in January.

  25. yourmomcalled says: Dec 30, 2012 9:58 PM

    thereisfootballwestofjersey says:
    Dec 30, 2012 9:25 PM
    Saturday night January 12th Pack @ The Niners in Frisco baby. Huey Lewis on the National Anthem. Goose flesh!
    —————————–

    Niners fans living in the 80s.

  26. jmc1718 says: Dec 30, 2012 10:00 PM

    Bengals have the D to give them a chance at a run in the playoffs but the O-line and offense really need to step up their game….GO BENGALS!!!!!!!

  27. vikingprideforever says: Dec 30, 2012 10:02 PM

    idiots!!!!!! None of the players from either team like the cold.

  28. onlyopinionthatmatters says: Dec 30, 2012 10:04 PM

    whoever walks away as the winner in every game itll be a great story. every team has its own interesting angle and storyline. im pyched to watch how luck handles his first playoff game, to see if the texans can be who they thought we were and the vikings interesting run, and the cowboys seahawks rematch, etc..its a good playoff year, wouldve been nice to see a different group of afc teams, but i cant complain none the less

  29. jbaxt says: Dec 30, 2012 10:04 PM

    After a 4 month slumber I’m confused. The experts said my Chiefs were going to win the AFC West and the Bronco’s were supposed to be in the cellar with Manning’s noodle arm.

    Surely their records are backwards…

  30. weedman8693 says: Dec 30, 2012 10:13 PM

    Go broncos!

  31. blackfootkiller says: Dec 30, 2012 10:14 PM

    Looks like the Seahawks aren’t going to get to thump the Pack out of the playoffs…
    Vikes have their number…
    Wonder if Packer fans will carry their whining over to next season?
    Paper Champions, same as last year…
    Go Hawks!

  32. sellout1983 says: Dec 30, 2012 10:16 PM

    ^nobody says “go bengals”, it’s called “WHO DEY” fyi..

  33. sellout1983 says: Dec 30, 2012 10:17 PM

    Who dey?!

  34. lightcleric says: Dec 30, 2012 10:23 PM

    Wisconsin77 says:
    Dec 30, 2012 9:18 PM
    Night game at Green Bay in early January.

    Good luck with that Minnesota!

    ——-

    I know they play in a dome, but I’m pretty sure a team that lives in Minnesota doesn’t lose sleep over cold weather.

    Unless it snows on their stadium roof.

  35. tedmurph says: Dec 30, 2012 10:23 PM

    Anyone know how the schedule is decided? Is there a formula or is it a highest ratings in prime time thing?

  36. 22much4ken says: Dec 30, 2012 10:26 PM

    Packets are one and done again this year – then we’ll get to hear how they beat themselves and these two losses In a row to the Vikings really left a bad taste in their mouths , empty your lockers early packers – the season is over !!!!!!!

  37. twoconeys says: Dec 30, 2012 10:27 PM

    PAYBACK!!!!… Go Catz……hi chase

  38. t8ertot says: Dec 30, 2012 10:28 PM

    It’s Cincy’s time :) bring on Houston!

  39. norcalmafia says: Dec 30, 2012 10:32 PM

    Seahawks are frauds away from home……goooodbye Pete the Cheat!

  40. oaktown49er says: Dec 30, 2012 10:38 PM

    jasndc75 says:
    Dec 30, 2012 9:36 PM
    If the replacement refs hadn’t debacled the call, GB would be off & would be Minny at San Fran
    —————————————————-
    If GB had won, week 1 at home vs. SF they would have a bye.

  41. dwarftosser says: Dec 30, 2012 10:41 PM

    Peterson is incredible. Combine that with Ponder having a great day passing and that team is tough to beat…

    Still, I’m not sold that Ponder can keep playing at this level. I like the Packers chances.

  42. urcrap says: Dec 30, 2012 10:49 PM

    Playoffs = New Season. Vikes will be 1-0 after next Saturday.
    SKOL!!!!!

  43. thereisfootballwestofjersey says: Dec 30, 2012 10:49 PM

    Seattle has NO PRAYER of stopping Washington’s running game. If Gore can hang 150 on the Sea Crocs just think of what Morris is gonna do to them. Sea Crocs are FRAUDULENT!!!!! Can’t wait to see ‘em exposed on the big stage next Sunday afternoon

  44. purpblooded says: Dec 30, 2012 10:50 PM

    taintedsaints2009 says:
    Dec 30, 2012 9:33 PM
    Vikings have not won on Sunday night football in a very long time. It’s like a curse
    ———————————————-

    I’m glad they play Saturday night! SKOL!

  45. bjwbrown2011 says: Dec 30, 2012 10:53 PM

    The format for the games is based on the network choices and rotation.

    For the game times (wildcard sunday, Divisional Sat/Sun & the Conference) CBS/Fox alternate every year.

    For Wildcard weekend NBC has first and last choice, they get to choose their #1 game which is the Saturday late game (the other game in that conference goes to CBS/Fox by default), then the CBS/Fox gets to choose between the two games for their conference. The game that isn’t chosen becomes the Saturday early game by default.

    For the divisional CBS/Fox get their choice of which team hosts each night, generally the late game (Saturday night/Sunday afternoon) is where the prime game will go.

  46. purpblooded says: Dec 30, 2012 10:53 PM

    jasndc75 says:
    Dec 30, 2012 9:36 PM
    If the replacement refs hadn’t debacled the call, GB would be off & would be Minny at San Fran
    —————————————————-

    If Rodgers wasn’t sacked 7 times in the 1st half, they would’ve won that game.

  47. tedmurph says: Dec 30, 2012 10:58 PM

    thanks, bjwbrown2011

  48. yourmomcalled says: Dec 30, 2012 10:59 PM

    thereisfootballwestofjersey says:
    Dec 30, 2012 10:49 PM
    Seattle has NO PRAYER of stopping Washington’s running game. If Gore can hang 150 on the Sea Crocs just think of what Morris is gonna do to them. Sea Crocs are FRAUDULENT!!!!! Can’t wait to see ‘em exposed on the big stage next Sunday afternoon
    ——————

    Umm, Gore had 28 yards last week.

  49. kash71 says: Dec 30, 2012 11:00 PM

    What would be really crazy would be a Luck vs RGIII Superbowl.

  50. jmc1718 says: Dec 30, 2012 11:01 PM

    sellout1983 says:
    Dec 30, 2012 10:16 PM
    ^nobody says “go bengals”, it’s called “WHO DEY” fyi

    ———————————–

    fyi I just did Go Bengals LOL

  51. rickrock6661982 says: Dec 30, 2012 11:06 PM

    Lol..the Bears were beat out for the playoffs by Christian Ponder

    Now I know what Patriots fans felt like to lose to the Sanchize in the playoffs

  52. briwis7 says: Dec 30, 2012 11:28 PM

    I may have missed it. When do the Bears play?

  53. number20pick6 says: Dec 31, 2012 12:03 AM

    No, that can’t be right. I’m pretty sure the steelers are playing next week, cuz if they aren’t someone should let their fans know.

  54. packerpauly says: Dec 31, 2012 12:14 AM

    What a great slate of games next weekend! Can’t wait to start watching ‘em! I’d love to see the Bengals knock the Texans out of the dance…what an inglorious end that would be to the season that started out 11-1.

  55. baherr2012 says: Dec 31, 2012 12:52 AM

    I can not wait fore the playoffs this weekend. I hope the hawks can make a statement and for once get some credit where credit is do I sometime get tired of the media and sports all knowing pro’s who still wish they could play.

  56. norcalmafia says: Dec 31, 2012 1:19 AM

    Ugh anyone else watch football? Seattles done in Washinton that cant win outside of their house they illegaly pipe noise into…Enjoy your 5 seconds of fame you flannel wearing lames.

  57. alonzodavid says: Dec 31, 2012 1:30 AM

    That being said… Any other year, I think Russell Wilson gets the ROY but it really as to go to RG3. And I hope he enjoys holding it while the Seahawks beat down Atlanta in 2 weeks!

  58. jt38 says: Dec 31, 2012 3:56 AM

    It’s gonna be a long flight back to Seattle from D.C. After RG3 shows them when the clock strikes 12. Your fantasy is over See Cox.

  59. sdelmonte says: Dec 31, 2012 4:36 AM

    I suppose it would be crazy to suggest that the game in the coldest city be the 1 pm Sunday game and that the night game be in the warmest city.

  60. rockthered1286 says: Dec 31, 2012 7:55 AM

    About that Cincy/Houston matchup…

    Houston has lost 2 straight games, BUT Cincy goes into Houston BARELY knocking off the Ravens backups. Most of the starters played 2 drives each for Baltimore. O drove once and stalled, D held Cincy to 11 yards in 2 drives. Backups came on and shut down their starters. Cincy pulled only Dalton for some reason at half time, and barely escaped. Ravens rested Lewis, Ngata, Suggs, Williams, Reed, Kruger, McPhee, Pollard, Flacco, Rice, Leach, Torrey Smith, Boldin, Birk, Dickson, Pitta, Yanda, Reid & KO. The only starter left in on O was Oher and he switched positions (RT to LT). D kept Cody, Ellerbe, Chykie Brown and Kemo in. That’s it. And Cincy BARELY won.

    So before everyone jumps all over Cincy as walking into Houston and pulling out an easy win because their hot right now? Maybe want to rethink that.

  61. rockthered1286 says: Dec 31, 2012 8:15 AM

    About that Seahawks/Skins matchup…

    Seattle may be playing some good ball right now, but the majority of it is at home. On the road they boast a 3-5 record, averaging a shade over 21 ppg on O. What makes it worse? Loses to Arizona, St Louis, Detroit, Miami and SF- only 1 of their 5 road loses to playoff teams. The others combine for a 23-40-1 record. Not exactly something worth bragging about.

  62. 8to80texansblog says: Dec 31, 2012 12:21 PM

    Btw… I am so rooting for Seattle. I can’t stand the arrogance of the DC fans. You’ve been terrible for decades and now you have a star and all the sudden your the best team of all time?

    Russell Wilson for OROY. More wins, More TD passes, more adversity, better story, less obnoxious fans.

  63. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Dec 31, 2012 7:17 PM

    Of the games being played in the first round, I think the redskins and seahawks should be the best game.

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