NFL Playoff Schedule 2015: Cowboys-Lions headlines Wild Card Weekend

Tony Romo and the Cowboys have a date with Detroit. (USATSI)
Tony Romo and the Cowboys have a date with Detroit. (USATSI)

Let the playoffs begin.

The NFL has announced the dates and times for this weekend's wild-card games. The NFL postseason will kick off in Carolina on Saturday with the NFC South champion Panthers hosting the fifth-seeded Arizona Cardinals.

Tony Romo and the Cowboys will make their first playoff appearance in five years on Jan. 4 when they host the Lions. 

Peyton Manning and the Broncos will be the last playoff team in action this postseason. After taking Wild Card Weekend off, the Broncos will open postseason play in Denver at 4:40 p.m. ET on Sunday, Jan. 11, in a game that will be televised on CBS.

Here's the complete wild-card schedule:

Saturday, Jan. 3

NFC: No. 5 Arizona Cardinals at No. 4 Carolina Panthers, 4:35 p.m. ET (ESPN)

AFC: No. 6 Baltimore at No. 3 Pittsburgh, 8:15 p.m. ET (NBC)

Sunday, Jan. 4

AFC: No. 5 Cincinnati at No. 4 Indianapolis 1:05 p.m. ET (CBS)

NFC: No. 6 Detroit at No. 3 Cowboys 4:40 p.m. ET (Fox)

Divisional round schedule

Saturday, Jan. 10

AFC: Baltimore/Cincinnati/Indianapolis at No. 1 New England, 4:35 p.m. ET (NBC)

NFC: Detroit/Carolina/Arizona at No. 1 Seattle, 8:15 p.m. ET (Fox)

Sunday, Jan. 11

NFC: Dallas/Carolina/Arizona at No. 2 Green Bay, 1:05 p.m. ET (Fox)

AFC: Cincinnati/Pittsburgh/Indianapolis at No. 2 Denver, 4:40 p.m. ET (CBS)

Championship Weekend

Sunday, Jan. 18

NFC Championship, 3:05 p.m. ET (Fox)

AFC Championship, 6:40 p.m. ET (CBS)

NFL Playoff Seedings

NFC

1. Seattle

2. Green Bay

3. Dallas

4. Carolina 

5. Arizona

6. Detroit

AFC

1. New England

2. Denver

3. Pittsburgh

4. Indianapolis

5. Cincinnati

6. Baltimore

CBS Sports Writer

John Breech has been at CBS Sports since July 2011 and currently spends most of his time writing about the NFL. He's believed to be one of only three people in the world who thinks that Andy Dalton will... Full Bio

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