The NFL playoffs schedule 2014 is on the way for fans with two AFC and two NFC wildcard games on the slate for the coming weekend. Early January will yield two teams who survive that first round and advance to play tougher competition in the divisional rounds. However, first they have to get by their opponents. Eight teams will be in action this weekend, including the Kansas City Chiefs, Indianapolis Colts, New Orleans Saints and Green Bay Packers. There will be games on television for fans nationally (although locally is questionable both Saturday and Sunday, making for some exciting sports action. It will also provide the ability to stay away from chilly weather outside and enjoy televised sports.
A Jan. 2 report via ESPN.com talks of the potential for local TV blackouts if the teams are unable to sell out their stadiums prior to their wildcard games. Two of the teams come from the AFC, as the Colts had 5,500 tickets left as of this report ahead of their Saturday game. The Cincinnati Bengals, who play the San Diego Chargers, have about 8,000 tickets left, while the Green Bay Packers, who host the San Francisco 49ers, still have 7,500 or so to sell by 3:40 p.m. EST on Thursday.
As far as the schedule goes, the games will be played, some in colder temperatures or rougher climates than others. Most national viewers, including those in the Roanoke, Virginia area, will get to see the games on live TV. They'll begin on Saturday, starting at 4:35 p.m. EST when the Kansas City Chiefs meet the Colts in Indianapolis. This game will be televised on NBC, as will the second game of Saturday’s slate at 8:10 p.m. EST when the Saints battle the Eagles in Philadelphia.
On Sunday, two more games take place for the American and National football conferences. Starting at 1:05 p.m. EST when San Diego battles the Bengals in Cincinnati. CBS will handle the live televised coverage of this game. Following up at 4:40 p.m. EST will be FOX presenting the final wildcard game from the NFC, as the San Francisco 49ers visit cold Lambeau Field for their game against the Green Bay Packers.
As far as weather goes, the Weather.com is indicating partly cloudy skies in Green Bay on Sunday, but temperatures at 0 degrees or less. The chances of snow there are just 20%, although there’s a 50% chance the day prior. In Cincinnati, they may be wishing the game was in San Diego, as temperatures will also be cold, around 35 degrees, with a 100% chance of rain or snow. Expect a potentially-sloppy game there.
Saturday’s games in Philadelphia and Indianapolis may not be all that much warmer, but there currently appears to be less chance for snow. Philly is anticipating mostly sunny skies and a temperature of 31 degrees with 0% chance for precipitation, while Indianapolis is expecting temperatures from 26 to 36 degrees, also with little chance for precipitation. So unless there are local blackouts, NFL fans should probably enjoy these four games from the confines of warm indoor environments, or bundle up quite a bit if heading out to root on their teams.