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NFL playoff schedule: 49ers land bye, Seahawks to start on road against RG3, Redskins

It is the year of the young quarterback, Six of the 12 teams in the playoffs are led by a QB drafted in the past two years.


The NFC West will be well represented in this year's NFC playoffs. With their 27-13 win over the Arizona Cardinals, the San Francisco 49ers locked in the number two seed in the NFC, earning them a first round bye. The Seattle Seahawks, on the other hand, won their game 20-13 over the pesky St. Louis Rams and ended with the five seed.

Seattle will start on the road, and will travel to the nation's capitol to play the Washington Redskins, who won their NFC East clinching game Sunday night over the Dallas Cowboys 28-18.

That matchup will see two rookie quarterbacks lead their teams in the postseason -- Robert Griffin III for the 'Skins and Russell Wilson for the Seahawks.

In the other NFC wild card game, the Green Bay Packers will host the Minnesota Vikings, playing them for the second week in a row.

In the AFC, the two top seeds are the Denver Broncos at number one and the New England Patriots at number two. ( Go figure...Peyton Manning and Tom Brady, just like every year it seems.)

The AFC wild card weekend will see the Houston Texans host the Cincinnati Bengals in a rematch of last year's wild card matchup, while Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts travel to Baltimore to face the Ravens.

Here is the TV schedule for next weekend:

NFC Playoff Schedule

Wild Card Round:
Saturday, Jan. 5 - Vikings at Packers, 8 p.m. (6PM AZT) (NBC)
Sunday, Jan. 6 - Seahawks at Redskins, 4:30 p.m. (2:30PM AZT) (FOX)

AFC Playoff Schedule

Wild Card Round:
Saturday, Jan. 5 - Bengals at Texans, 4:30 p.m. (2:30PM AZT) (NBC)
Sunday, Jan. 6 - Colts at Ravens, 1 p.m. (11AM AZT) (CBS)