Playoff Schedule Released: Bears Set to Play Sunday January 16th at Noon


The NFL released the playoff schedule for the Wild Card and Division Round of the playoffs.  The Bears will host the highest remaining seed that makes it out of the Wild Card round, either the Eagles, Saints or Seahawks/Rams.  Here’s the complete schedule:

NFL WILD CARD WEEKEND

Saturday, January 8

NFC: 4:30 PM (ET) New Orleans at Seattle (NBC-TV)
AFC: 8:00 PM (ET) New York Jets at Indianapolis (NBC-TV)

Sunday, January 9

AFC: 1:00 PM (ET) Baltimore at Kansas City (CBS-TV)
NFC: 4:30 PM (ET) Green Bay at Philadelphia (FOX-TV)

NFL DIVISIONAL PLAYOFFS

Saturday, January 15

AFC: 4:30 PM (ET) Indianapolis or Kansas City or Baltimore at Pittsburgh (CBS-TV)
NFC: 8:00 PM (ET) Seattle or New Orleans or Green Bay at Atlanta (FOX-TV)

Sunday, January 16

NFC: 1:00 PM (ET) Philadelphia or Seattle or New Orleans at Chicago (FOX-TV)
AFC: 4:30 PM (ET) Kansas City or Baltimore or New York Jets at New England (CBS-TV)

In the divisional playoffs, the division champion with the best record in each conference will host the lowest seeded Wild Card survivor.  Once teams are seeded for the playoffs, positions do not change:

American Football Conference National Football Conference
1.  New England (14-2, AFC East champion) 1.  Atlanta (13-3, NFC South champion)
2.  Pittsburgh (12-4, AFC North champion) 2.  Chicago (11-5, NFC North champion)
3.  Indianapolis (10-6, AFC South champion) 3.  Philadelphia (NFC East champion)
4.  Kansas City (10-6, AFC West champion) 4.  Seattle (7-9 NFC West champion)
5.  Baltimore (12-4) 5.  New Orleans (11-5)
6.  New York Jets (11-5) 6.  Green Bay (10-6)

The  AFC (CBS, 6:30 p.m. ET) and NFC (FOX, 3 p.m. ET) Championship Games will be played on Sunday, January 23.

The 2011 Pro Bowl (FOX, 7 p.m. ET) will be played on Sunday, January 30 at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii, one week before Super Bowl XLV takes place at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas, on Sunday, February 6 (FOX, 6:30 PM ET).

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