The first round of the 2016 NFL playoff schedule is finally here: it's Wild Card weekend. Unfortunately for the Philadelphia Eagles and their fans, they'll be sitting at home for the second straight year. But at least they'll have some good games to watch.
Saturday's action kicks off with an AFC matchup between the 9-7 Houston Texans and 11-5 Kansas City Chiefs. The Texans somehow found a way to make the postseason despite being 2-5 at one point and starting the likes of Brian Hoyer and Brandon Weeden at quarterback throughout the season. Andy Reid's Chiefs also got off to a slow start. They were 1-5 before winning 10 straight games to end the year. Big Red could be primed for a playoff win if the Chiefs can stay hot.
Saturday night's game features an AFC North rivalry game between the 12-4 Cincinnati Bengals and 10-6 Pittsburgh Steelers. Marvin Lewis is 0-6 all-time in the playoffs. He's counting on AJ McCarron to prevent him from going 0-7. The Steelers averaged 32 points scored per game in the second half of the season so the Bengals defense will be tested here.
Sunday's slate starts off with the 10-6 Seattle Seahawks on the road against the 11-5 Minnesota Vikings. Aside from a down game against the Rams in Week 16, the Seahawks have looked pretty dominant lately. They kicked the crap out of the Cardinals in Week 17. The Vikings lost to Seattle by a score of 38-7 earlier this season.
Wild Card weekend wraps up with the 10-6 Green Bay Packers traveling to Landover, Maryland to play the 9-7 Washington Redskins. Kirk Cousins is playing good football lately so Washington might be able to win this one. Green Bay would be 3-6 in their last nine games if not for a Hail Mary touchdown against the Lions. The Packers have a whopping 18 players listed on their injury report, and only two of them have been full participants in practice. Eagles fans will obviously still be rooting for a Packers win here.
The first and second seeds in each conference have a bye on Wild Card weekend. The lowest seeded winners from Wild Card weekend will play the No. 1 seed while the No. 2 seed will play whoever else is left. Both the No. 1 and No. 2 seeds have home games in the Divisional round.
Watch via Online Stream: NBC and CBS will be streaming their games online for free. FOX will also be streaming their games, but will require users to have a subscription.
All times EST.
Saturday, January 9
AFC: Kansas City Chiefs at Houston Texans (ESPN and ABC, 4:25 p.m.)
AFC: Pittsburgh Steelers at Cincinnati Bengals (CBS, 8:15 p.m.)
Sunday, January 10
NFC: Seattle Seahawks at Minnesota Vikings (NBC, 1:05 p.m.)
NFC: Green Bay Packers at Washington Redskins (FOX, 4:40 p.m.)
NFL Divisional Round
Saturday, January 16
AFC: Kansas City/Houston/Cincinnati at New England Patriots (CBS, 4:35 p.m.)
NFC: Green Bay/Washington/Minnesota at Arizona Cardinals (NBC, 8:15 p.m.)
Sunday, January 17
NFC: Seattle/Green Bay/Washington at Carolina Panthers (FOX, 1:05 p.m.)
AFC: Pittsburgh/Houston/Kansas City at Denver Broncos (CBS, 4:40 p.m.)
Sunday, January 24
AFC: CBS, 3:05 p.m.
NFC: FOX, 6:40 p.m.
Super Bowl 50
Sunday, February 7
NFC champion versus AFC champion (CBS, 6:30 p.m.)
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