Divisional Playoffs Preview


And then there were eight.

On Saturday, January 11, the Seattle Seahawks (13-3), the NFC’s No. 1 seed, will host the New Orleans Saints (12-5) at CenturyLink Field to kick off the weekend (FOX, 4:35 PM ET). That night in primetime (CBS, 8:15 PM ET), the Indianapolis Colts (12-5), who won the AFC South, will travel to Gillette Stadium to face the AFC East champion New England Patriots (12-4).

On Sunday, January 12, the Carolina Panthers (12-4), who won the NFC South, will welcome the San Francisco 49ers (13-4) to Bank of America Stadium (FOX, 1:05 PM ET) and the AFC’s top seed, the Denver Broncos (13-3) will host the San Diego Chargers (10-7) at Sports Authority Field at Mile High (CBS, 4:40 PM ET).

“The playoffs is football at the highest level,” says Carolina defensive tackle DWAN EDWARDS.

Last week, three of the four Wild Card games were decided by three points or fewer, the first time three games were decided by three points or fewer in the Wild Card round. The four Wild Card games averaged 34.7 million viewers, the most-watched Wild Card Weekend on record.

Three of the four Divisional games are rematches of regular-season meetings: Carolina won at San Francisco 10-9 in Week 10, Seattle defeated New Orleans 34-7 in Week 13 and Denver and San Diego split the season series.

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