NFL playoffs: Divisional-round games TV schedule


Tom Brady and the Patriots play Andrew Luck and the Colts Saturday night for a trip to the AFC Championships. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

The NFL divisional playoff games begin Saturday with the New Orleans Saints taking on the Seattle Seahawks, who will try to win a sixth straight home playoff game. The winner of the four weekend games will advance to the divisional championships on Jan. 19.

Saturday’s games:

NFC Divisional Game Latest Line  Date/Time (ET) TV/Radio
New Orleans Saints (12-5) at Seattle Seahawks (13-3) Seattle -8 Sat., Jan. 11
4:35 p.m.
WTTG (Channel 5), WBFF (Channel 45), WTEM (980 AM)

The Saints rallied to beat the Philadelphia Eagles, 26-24, in the wild-card game last Saturday. Kicker Shayne Graham, signed by New Orleans just a few weeks ago, made a 32-yard field goal on the final play for the team’s first road playoff victory.

The Seahawks will use their home-field advantage (i.e. the 12th man) in attempt to secure their 16th win in 17 games at CenturyLink Field.

Complete preview.

AFC Divisional Game Latest Line  Date/Time (ET) TV/Radio
Indianapolis Colts (12-5) at New England Patriots (12-4) New England -7 Sat., Jan. 11
8:15 p.m.
WUSA (Channel 9), WJZ (Channel 13), WTEM (980 AM)

The Colts staged an improbable comeback to top the Chiefs, 45-44, after quarterback Andrew Luck threw four second-half touchdown passes and scored on a fumble recovery. Now they get Tom Brady and the AFC East-winning Patriots, who beat Luck’s Colts, 59-24, in Week 11 of the 2012 season.

Complete preview.

Sunday’s games:

NFC Divisional Game Latest Line  Date/Time (ET) TV/Radio
San Francisco 49ers (13-4) at Carolina Panthers (12-4) San Francisco -1 Sun., Jan. 12
1:05 p.m.
WTTG (Channel 5), WBFF (Channel 45), WTEM (980 AM)

This game features the enticing matchup of star quarterbacks, Carolina’s Cam Newton and 49ers’ Colin Kaepernick – both of whom are in their third NFL season. The Panthers won, 10-9, when the teams met in November.

Complete preview.

AFC Divisional Game
Latest Line  Date/Time (ET) TV/Radio
San Diego Chargers (10-7) at Denver Broncos (13-3) Denver -9.5 Sun., Jan. 12
4:40 p.m.
WUSA (Channel 9), WJZ (Channel 13), WTEM (980 AM)

The surging Chargers sneaked into the playoffs and then convincingly beat the Cincinnati Bengals, 27-10, in the wild-card game last Sunday.

Denver, led by the record-setting Peyton Manning, heads into the game as nearly double-digit favorites after outscoring opponents by an average of 20.4 points this season. The Broncos had won its first seven home games before losing, 27-20, to the Chargers on Dec. 12.

Complete preview.

Post Sports Live’s Jason Reid, Dan Steinberg, Mike Wise and Jonathan Forsythe make predictions for the Super Bowl:

The divisional championship games are on Jan. 19 with the AFC teams playing at 3 p.m. ET on CBS and the NFC teams playing at 6:30 p.m. ET on FOX.

The Super Bowl will be played on Feb. 2 at 6:30 p.m. ET on FOX.

Kelyn Soong is a news aide and blogger and covers high school tennis for The Washington Post sports section.
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