First takeaways on NFL playoff matchups


The schedule for the first two rounds of the 2013 NFL playoffs was released on Sunday night. Let's take a look:

Saturday, Jan. 4

4:35 p.m. ET -- Kansas City Chiefs at Indianapolis Colts (NBC)
8:10 p.m. ET -- New Orleans Saints at Philadelphia Eagles (NBC)

Sunday, Jan. 5

1:05 p.m. ET -- San Diego Chargers at Cincinnati Bengals (CBS)
4:40 p.m. ET -- San Francisco 49ers at Green Bay Packers (FOX)

Saturday, Jan. 11

4:35 p.m. ET -- at Seattle Seahawks (FOX)
8:15 p.m. ET -- at New England Patriots (CBS)

Sunday, Jan. 12

1:05 p.m. ET -- at Carolina Panthers (FOX)
4:40 p.m. ET -- at Denver Broncos(CBS)

Quick thoughts ...

» Special shout-out to the Bengals, who finally got a Sunday wild-card game after playing on Saturday in three of the past four seasons. Perhaps this will change their luck.

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» The Niners and Packers will almost surely get the Joe Buck/Troy Aikman treatment next Sunday. Lambeau will be on fire.

» The Broncos get the final game of divisional weekend. They were the No. 1 seed in the AFC last year as well, but pulled the early Saturday game. Rahim Moore has expressed his wish that we stop here.

» The Patriots last played the Saturday night divisional game on Jan. 14, 2012. That also doubled as the unofficial death of Tebowmania.

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