The NFL Playoffs 2014 schedule will resume with football games to be played on Saturday, Jan. 11 and Sunday, Jan. 12 as the AFC and NFC Divisional games take place. Four teams had byes while the wild card games determined who their opponents would be for the coming weekend's games. That meant that in the AFC, the Denver Broncos and New England Patriots were resting and awaiting their opponents to be decided. The same went for the Seattle Seahawks and Carolina Panthers of the NFC. Now there will be four more games to produce the teams that will participate in the AFC and NFC Conference Championship round.
A report from Seahawks.com on Jan. 5 indicates that the New Orleans Saints will head to play the Seattle Seahawks in a Divisional game from the NFC on Saturday, Jan. 11 with game time set for 4:35 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. The Saints earned that right due to the fact they upset the Philadelphia Eagles by a final of 26-24, winning in the final seconds of their wild card game with a field goal by Shayne Graham. This game will be televised on FOX affiliate stations around the country.
The Seahawks won their previous meeting back on Dec. 2 at CenturyLink Field in Seattle, with Russell Wilson throwing for 310 yards and 3 touchdowns in a 34-7 route. CenturyLink remains one of the toughest venues for visiting teams to play at, and is evidenced by a 7-1 mark by the Seahawks this season, with their only loss coming to a non-playoff team, the Arizona Cardinals.
In the nightcap game for Saturday, Jan. 11, the New England Patriots will host their AFC Divisional matchup at 8:15 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. Tom Brady and the Pats will take on Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts at Foxboro Stadium in Massachusetts. The two teams did not play one another during the regular season schedule. CBS will provide televised coverage of this pivotal AFC game in hi-definition for cable and satellite television viewers. The winner moves on as the first team to make it to the AFC Championship game.
On Sunday, two more NFL playoffs divisional games arrive, with the first game featuring the NFC South champion Carolina Panthers. Cam Newton and the Panthers' top-rated defense will host Colin Kaepernick and the San Francisco 49ers. The 49ers won by a field goal over the Packers in Sunday's thrilling NFC Wild Card game at Lambeau Field. Their game begins at 1 p.m. EST at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte. Television coverage will be presented in standard and hi-definition on FOX affiliate stations.
The later game on Sunday will decide the final representative for the AFC Championship game. The top seed of the AFC, the Peyton Manning-led Denver Broncos will host their Divisional playoff game on Sunday, Jan. 12 starting at 4:40 p.m. EST. Philip Rivers and the San Diego Chargers will look to continue on their late season push into the playoffs. A huge win over the Bengals in Cincinnati for the AFC Wild Card game put Rivers and company into a tougher matchup against the best of the best. CBS will handle the Chargers vs. Broncos television coverage for viewers around the nation on cable and satellite TV affiliate channels.
Once these division games are decided, it will leave a "Final Four" of Super Bowl 2014 contending teams for the AFC and NFC Championships. Each of the remaining teams will be hungry for a trip to Met Life Stadium in early February, and a shot at winning the Lombardi Trophy. Super Bowl XLVIII will be played on Sunday, Feb. 2 with FOX providing coverage.