With the Inexperienced Bay Packers (13-3) and Kansas Metropolis Chiefs (14-2) incomes the highest seeds and first-round byes within the NFC and AFC playoffs, respectively, the opposite 12 groups that made the playoffs have realized the place they’re going to be headed for wild card weekend.
In an unprecedented transfer for the NFL, seven groups made the postseason from every convention, with solely the highest seed receiving a first-round bye. In earlier years, every convention despatched six groups to the postseason and the highest two seeds obtained first-round byes.
There can be three video games on Saturday and three extra on Sunday, beginning at 1:05 p.m., 4:40 p.m. and eight:15 p.m. All instances are EST.
Within the NFC, the second-seeded and NFC South champion New Orleans Saints (12-4) will host the seventh-seeded Chicago Bears (8-8), who backed into the playoffs when the Arizona Cardinals misplaced to the Los Angeles Rams. The Saints and Bears will meet on Sunday at 4:40 p.m.
Third-seeded and NFC West champion Seattle (12-4) will host the sixth-seeded Los Angeles Rams (10-6), who punched their playoff ticket for the third time in 4 years with a win over the Cardinals on Sunday.
Seattle and the Rams will meet on Saturday at 4:40 p.m. The groups cut up a pair of regular-season video games, with every successful on its house subject, most lately the Seahawks’ 20-9 win in Week 16 that secured the division title.
The NFC East champion, both Washington (6-9) or New York Giants (6-10) pending the result of the Washington-Philadelphia Eagles, will host fifth-seeded Tampa Bay (11-5) on Saturday at 8:15 p.m., as Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (NYSE:) is three wins away from his seventh Tremendous Bowl title.
Both the Giants or Washington can be simply the second group to make the playoffs with a dropping document — except for the 1982 strike-shortened season — becoming a member of the 2010 Seahawks, who went 7-9 en path to successful the NFC West title. That yr, Seattle defeated New Orleans within the first spherical earlier than falling every week later within the divisional spherical at Chicago.
Within the AFC, the second-seeded and AFC East champion Buffalo Payments (13-3) will host the seventh-seeded Indianapolis Colts (11-5) on Saturday at 1 p.m.
Colts coach Frank Reich is a Buffalo legend, as he quarterbacked the Payments to the most important comeback in playoff historical past, rallying Buffalo from a 32-point deficit towards the Houston Oilers to win in extra time, 41-38, on Jan. 3 1993.
The third-seeded and AFC North champion Pittsburgh Steelers (12-4) will host sixth-seeded Cleveland (11-5), which is making its first postseason look since 2002, within the opening weekend finisher on Sunday at 8:15 p.m.
The AFC North groups cut up a pair of conferences, with every group successful on its house subject. Cleveland defeated Pittsburgh, 24-22, in Week 17 in a sport wherein the Steelers rested a number of of their greatest gamers, together with quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.
Fourth-seeded and AFC South champion Tennessee (12-4) will host the fifth-seeded Baltimore Ravens (11-5) on Sunday at 1 p.m.
The Titans knocked the then-top-seeded Ravens out of the playoffs final yr within the divisional spherical earlier than falling to the eventual-Tremendous Bowl champion Kansas Metropolis Chiefs within the AFC title sport.
–Area Stage Media