NFL playoff schedule: Falcons, 49ers earn NFC byes

Kevin C. Cox

Here are the first round NFC matchups that football fans will be treated to next Saturday and Sunday.

The NFC playoff picture was far hazier than the AFC's, but we finally know who will be playing who next weekend with the conference looking to win the Super Bowl for the fifth consecutive season.

Saturday will feature a grudge match with the No. 6 Vikings heading to Green Bay to take on the No. 3 Packers for the second consecutive week at 8:00 p.m. EST. Green Bay won in their first divisional meeting back in Week 13, 23-14, but Minnesota came out on top Sunday by grinding out a 37-34 victory. Now, the Pack will be looking to make Minnesota pay for stealing away their first round vacation.

On Sunday, the No. 5 Seahawks will visit the winner of the Sunday Night Football matchup between the Washington Redskins and the Dallas Cowboys at 4:30 p.m. EST. Rookies Russell Wilson and Robert Griffin III have not met this season, but Seattle did spank Tony Romo and Co., 27-7, at home back in Week 2.

After all the dust settles, the Atlanta Falcons are set to play the lowest remaining seed while the San Francisco 49ers will draw whichever team is left.

NFC Playoff Schedule

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

Divisional Round:
Saturday, Jan. 12 - highest remaining seed at 49ers, 8 p.m.
Sunday, Jan. 13 - lowest remaining seed at Falcons, 1 p.m.

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The 2012 NFL regular season is in the books and the six-team playoff field is set. David Fucillo comments on the upcoming playoffs in the NFC following an exciting and fitting conclusion to the regular season.

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