2012 NFL Playoffs Schedule - Wildcard Weekend


The NFL Playoffs officially kickoff today, with the first two games of Wildcard Weekend. Here's a look at the schedule for this weekend, including where you can find each game.

The 2012 NFL Playoffs are upon us, with 12 teams all trying to hold up the Lombardi Trophy in February. It starts today, with the first half of Wildcard Weekend, featuring two division winners and two wild card years from each conference.

The NFL playoffs are a single elimination tournament, but is set up oddly, with the top two division winners, based on regular season win-loss record, in each conference getting a bye week. Then, the conference's four remaining teams, two division winners and two wildcard teams, play on the opening weekend. The two division winners host the games, with the two wildcard teams having to go on the road to keep their Lombardi dreams alive. Teams are seeded by their regular season record, with the division winner with the better record hosting the widlcard team with the worst record.

After this weekend, the match ups are reset, with the top seeded division winner hosting the lowest seeded team, either a wildcard team or one of the other division winners.

This year's playoff seeding is:

American Football Conference

National Football Conference

1. Denver (13-3, AFC West champion)

1. Atlanta (13-3, NFC South champion)

2. New England (12-4, AFC East champion)

2. San Francisco (11-4-1, NFC West champion)

3. Houston (12-4, AFC South champion)

3. Green Bay (11-5, NFC North champion)

4. Baltimore (10-6, AFC North champion)

4. Washington (9-6, NFC East champion)

5. Indianapolis (11-5)

5. Seattle (11-5)

6. Cincinnati (10-6)

6. Minnesota (10-6)

With Denver and New England in the AFC and Atlanta and San Francisco in the NFL all earning a bye this week, the playoff games today and tomorrow will feature each conference's third seed hosting the sixth seed and the fourth seed hosting the fifth seed.

Here are the scheduled kickoff times and television coverage for all four games this weekend.

Saturday (January 5, 2013):

4:30pm ET - (6) Cincinnati Bengals at (3) Houston Texans - AFC Wildcard Game (NBC - Dan Hicks, Mike Mayock)

8:00pm ET - (6) Minnesota Vikings at (3) Green Bay Packers - NFC Wildcard Game (NBC - Al Michaels, Chris Collinsworth)

Sunday (January 6, 2013):

1:00pm ET - (5) Indianapolis Colts at (4) Baltimore Ravens - AFC Wildcard Game (CBS - Jim Nantz, Phil Simms)

4:30pm ET - (5) Seattle Seahawks at (4) Washington Redskins - NFC Wildcard Game (Fox - Joe Buck, Troy Aikman)

As usual, we will have live threads available here on the Phinsider to discuss all the game action.


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