NFL Playoff Schedule: Who Is Playing On Wildcard Weekend?
The NFL playoff schedule for the wildcard and divisional rounds has been confirmed by the league, only hours after the conclusion of the regular season. Find out who's playing during Wildcard Weekend, and when you can catch the games on TV. (Photo: Reuters / Jonathan Bachman)
With Week 17 in the books, the NFL playoff schedule has finally been determined, and the first postseason match-ups are less than a week away.
The NFL playoff schedule was finalized with the conclusion of Week 17 on Sunday night, as the Washington Redskins claimed the NFC East championship and the final divisional slot in the 2012 postseason. A number of today's outcomes had last minute impacts on the NFL playoff schedule, and this year's match-ups are unlikely to disappoint many fans.
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The Atlanta Falcons clinched a first round bye week back in Week , and the San Francisco 49ers moved up to claim the second-place bye after the Green Bay Packers lost their Week 17 game against the Minnesota Vikings. That loss also set-up a rematch between the two NFC North rivals during Wildcard Weekend; however, unlike Sunday's contest, this Packers - Vikings game will be played at Lambeau Field. The Seattle Seahawks clinched their Wildcard slot with a devastating 42 - 13 win over the San Francisco 49ers, and they'll travel to Washington D.C. for the first Redskins home playoff game since 1999.
As for the AFC, Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos will get a week off thanks to their conference-leading 13-3 record, and head into the NFL playoffs on an 11-game win streak. The New England Patriots also clinched a first round bye week, leaving the Cincinnati Bengals to travel to Houston for a rematch from last year's Wildcard Weekend match-up and the Indianapolis Colts to take a trip to Baltimore.
It will be interesting to see how rookie quarterbacks Robert Griffin III, Russell Wilson, and Andrew Luck respond to the pressures of the their NFL playoff schedule. All three have impressed fans around the league with their play this season, and it will be interesting to see if one of the first year players manages to lead their team to the Super Bowl.
Here's the official NFL Playoff Schedule for Week 1 of the postseason:
Saturday - January 5, 2013
Cincinnati Bengals vs. Houston Texans
Reliant Stadium - 4:30 pm EST
Minnesota Vikings vs. Green Bay Packers
Lambeau Field - 8:00 pm EST
Sunday - January 6, 2013
Indianapolis Colts vs. Baltimore Ravens
M&T Bank Stadium - 1:00 pm EST
Seattle Seahawks vs. Washington Redskins
FedEx Field - 4:40 pm EST
Which teams do you think are headed to the Super Bowl, and who will ultimately walk out of the Superdome with the Lambeau Trophy in February?
Leave your predictions in the comments section!