NFL announces playoff schedule

The NFL has announced the schedule for next weekend's opening round of the playoffs.

With the late afternoon games completed, the NFL has announced the playoff schedule for the first two weeks of the playoffs.

Wild Card Weekend gets underway Saturday with a doubleheader on NBC. The early game (4:30 p.m. ET) will pit New Orleans at the winner of tonight's St. Louis-Seattle game, followed by the New York Jets at Indianapolis at 8 p.m. ET.

On Sunday, Baltimore will head into Kansas City at 1 p.m. ET on CBS, followed by Green Bay at Philadelphia at 4:30 p.m. ET on FOX.

The divisional round matchups won't be finalized until after the games next weekend are completed, but the times have been set for them as well.

On Saturday, Jan. 15, the Steelers will host the highest remaining seed in the AFC playoffs (Indianapolis, Kansas City or Baltimore) at 4:30 p.m. ET on CBS. The top seed in the NFC – the Atlanta Falcons – will host the lowest remaining seed, either the AFC West champion or wild cards New Orleans or Green Bay, at 8 p.m. ET on FOX.

On Sunday, Jan. 16, the No. 2 seed Chicago Bears will play the highest remaining seed – they will automatically play the Eagles if they win over the Packers or the winner of the Saints-NFC West champion game – at 1 p.m. ET on FOX. The divisional round will end with the Patriots hosting the lowest-seeded team remaining, which could be anyone except the Colts, who would automatically play the Steelers if they win – at 4:30 p.m. Sunday on CBS.

The NFC Championship Game will be played at 3 p.m. ET Sunday, Jan. 23 on FOX, followed by the AFC Championship Game at 6:30 p.m. ET on CBS. The Super Bowl will be played at 6:30 p.m. ET Sunday, Feb. 6 on FOX.

John Holler has been writing about the Vikings for more than a decade for Viking Update. Follow Viking Update on Twitter and discuss this topic on our message boards. To become a subscriber to the Viking Update web site or magazine, click here.

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