2012 NFL playoffs schedule announced

By Will Brinson | NFL Writer

The NFL announced the first set of playoff schedules on Sunday evening, setting up some serious wild-card action as well as potentially storyline-packed divisional round games.

The Bengals and Texans will kick things off on Saturday afternoon at 4:30 p.m. ET, followed by a Vikings-Packers rematch at 8 p.m. ET.

The Colts and Ravens will square off in the 1 p.m. ET slot on Sunday afternoon, followed by the Seahawks traveling to either Dallas or Washington to play the winner of the Cowboys/Redskins game at 4:30 p.m. ET.

The following weekend, the lowest-remaining AFC seed will head to Denver to play the top-seeded Broncos on Saturday afternoon. That game will be followed by the highest-remaining seed in the NFC squaring off against the 49ers in San Francisco at 8 p.m.

On Sunday, the lowest-remaining seed in the NFC heads to Atlanta to play the Falcons at 1 p.m., while the highest-remaining seed in the AFC will go to New England for a 4:30 p.m. ET game against the Patriots.

Wild-Card Weekend Schedule

Saturday, January 5
No. 6 Bengals at No. 3 Texans: 4:30 p.m. ET (NBC)

No. 6 Vikings at No. 3 Packers: 8 p.m. ET (NBC)

Sunday January 6
No. 5 Colts at No. 4. Ravens: 1:00 p.m. ET (CBS)

No. 5 Seahawks at No. 4 Redskins/Cowboys: 4:30 p.m. ET (FOX)

Divisional Weekend Schedule

Saturday, January 12
No. 4/5/6 winner at No. 1 Denver: 4:30 p.m. ET (CBS)

No. 3/4/5 NFC winner at No. 2 San Francisco: 8 p.m. ET (FOX)

Sunday, January 13
No. 4/5/6 NFC winner at No. 1 Atlanta: 1 p.m. ET (FOX)

No. 3/4/5 AFC winner at No. 2 New England: 4:30 p.m. ET (CBS)

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