NFL playoffs: Divisional-round matchups and TV schedule


There will be no game next weekend in Green Bay. (Benny Sieu / USA Today)

The NFL divisional-round playoffs for next weekend are set. Here’s a quick look at the matchups, with the times and TV information.

Saturday, Jan. 11 (all time Eastern)

New Orleans and Seattle will kick off the weekend with a 4:35 p.m. ET game in Seattle. The Saints, the No. 6 seed, and Seahawks played Dec. 2, with the Seahawks, the NFC’s top seed, winning 34-7 on Dec. 2 in Seattle. That game will be telecast on Fox.

The Indianapolis Colts, the No. 4 seed, will play the second-seeded Patriots in New England in an 8:15 p.m. game on CBS.

Sunday, Jan. 12 (all times Eastern)

In the opener, the No. 2-seeded Carolina Panthers will host the San Francisco 49ers in a game that will be played at 1:05 p.m. and telecast on Fox. The Panthers beat the Niners 10-9 in the teams’ only meeting, Nov. 10 in San Francisco. “We owe them,” Colin Kaepernick said after the 49ers beat the Green Bay Packers, “for the last time they came to our house.”

San Diego, the No. 6 seed, will play the Denver Broncos, the AFC’s No. 1 seed and an AFC West rival, in Denver. That game, at 4:40 p.m., will be shown on CBS. The teams, of course, played twice in the regular season, with the Broncos winning 28-20 on Nov. 10 in San Diego and the Chargers winning 27-20 on Dec. 12 in Denver.

After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.
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