NEW ORLEANS, LA - JANUARY 07: Drew Brees #9 of the New Orleans Saints celebrates after throwing a touchdown pass to Robert Meachem #17 in the fourth quarter against the Detroit Lions during their 2012 NFC Wild Card Playoff game at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 7, 2012 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

NFL Playoffs Schedule 2012: Saints Go Marching To The Bay

The NFL playoff schedule resumes on Saturday as the Saints and 49ers face-off in the early game, followed by the Broncos and Patriots. For more on Saturday's action, check out Patriots blog Pats Pulpit, Broncos blog Mile High Report, Saints blog Canal Street Chronicles and 49ers blog Niners Nation.

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NFL Playoff Schedule For Saturday: Broncos-Patriots, Saints-49ers On Tap

The NFL playoff schedule resumes on Saturday as the Saints and 49ers face-off in the early game, followed by the Broncos and Patriots.

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Saints Vs. 49ers, NFL Playoffs 2012: Game Time, TV Schedule And More

The New Orleans Saints are looking to make their second Super Bowl in three seasons, but in order to do so they'll have to beat the San Francisco 49ers on the road, attempting to win the Saints first playoff road game in the franchises history. The Saints are 0-4 in franchise history on the road in the playoffs. Not only will the Saints have to play on the road, they'll also need to travel out west. "This will be a good challenge for us," Saints head coach Sean Payton said. "Not just playing on the road, but traveling west."

On the other hand, the 49ers are playing in their first playoff game since their 2002 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. "You tend to be a little jealous of the guys that are playing in the playoffs," 49ers safety Donte Whitner said. "We'll be one of eight teams, and hopefully after we'll be one of four. We're going to enjoy this." This will be the first meeting of the two teams in the playoffs, but the 49ers look to their defense to slow down the Saints explosive offense. The 49ers gave up just 10.9 points per game this season, going 7-1 at home in 2011.

Game Date/Time: Saturday, January 14; 4:30pm ET

Location: Candlestick Park, San Francisco, CA

TV Schedule
Local: FOX

For more on the 49ers, check out Niners Nation and SB Nation Bay Area, and for the Saints check out Canal Street Chronicles. Here's a look at the complete 2012 NFL playoffs schedule.

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Broncos Vs. Patriots, NFL Playoffs 2012: Game Time, TV Schedule And More

The Denver Broncos are coming off a thrilling overtime victory against the Pittsburgh Steelers in overtime on an 80-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Tim Tebow to wide receiver Demaryius Thomas. "We were just waiting for him to come out and play the way we knew he could and show everybody," receiver Eddie Royal said. The Broncos will hit the road this week however and head to Gillette Stadium to try and win on the road. In the first meeting between the teams in the regular season, the Patriots walked out of Denver with a 41-23 win.


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The Patriots on the other hand are trying to win their first playoff game since the 2007 NFL playoffs. The Patriots are prepared to take on the Broncos offense and defense though, having already beat them this season. Former Broncos head coach Josh McDaniels is now on the Patriots staff as well, so he should know a bit about Tebow. "He's ready to help us in any way that he can. I'm sure that he'll be an asset to our coaching staff and our team," Belichick said. "I'm not sure exactly how that will pan out." In the last meeting, quarterback Tom Brady threw for 320 yards in the air with two touchdowns.

Game Date/Time: Saturday, January 14; 8:00pm ET

Location: Gillette Stadium, Foxboro, MA

TV Schedule
Local: CBS

For more on the two teams, check out Denver Broncos blog Mile High Report and New England Patriots blog Pats Pulpit. For more coverage of the NFL Playoffs, head over to SB Nation's NFL news hub.

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NFL Playoffs Picks: A Round Of Upsets In Divisional Matchups

Get ready for this weekend's NFL playoffs games with lines and picks for each game. Will Sunday be a day of upsets for the Packers and Ravens? Read on.

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