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NFL playoff bracket and schedule 2014: Chargers, 49ers advance to Divisional round

The Colts take on the Patriots in New England in one of Saturday's two divisional games.

Jared Wickerham

SB Nation 2014 NFL Playoff Coverage

UPDATE: Here's a look at the playoff bracket heading into the AFC and NFC Championship games.

The San Diego Chargers and San Francisco 49ers won their Wild Card games on Sunday, joining the New Orleans Saints and Indianapolis Colts as the teams to survive the first weekend of the NFL postseason. But the playoffs are far from over and there's a lot of work left to be done.

The Chargers beat the Cincinnati Bengals, 27-10, joining the Saints as the other sixth seed to pull off a road win this weekend, aided by Andy Dalton's two interceptions and two fumbles. That means that San Diego is headed to Denver next Sunday, Jan. 12 at 4:40 p.m. ET to play the Broncos for the third time this season. Denver and San Diego split their season series, with the Chargers winning their last meeting, 27-20, on Thursday of Week 15.

In the NFC, the 49ers played a close game against the Green Bay Packers, trading blows throughout, before Phil Dawson hit a 33-yard field goal as time expired to win, 23-20. San Francisco advances to play the Carolina Panthers next Sunday, Jan. 12 at 1:05 p.m. ET. The Panthers beat the 49ers, 10-9, in Week 10.

The other AFC divisional matchup takes place on Saturday, Jan. 11 at 8:15 p.m. ET as the Colts take on the Patriots in New England, following Indy's huge 45-44 comeback win against the Kansas City Chiefs. The Colts and Patriots did not play against each other this season, but New England beat Indianapolis, 59-24, last year.

The Saints pulled off their own comeback on Saturday to advance in the NFC playoffs after beating the Eagles, 26-24. They will head to Seattle to play the Seahawks on Saturday, Jan. 11 at 4:35 p.m. ET. The Seahawks beat New Orleans, 34-7, on Monday Night Football in Seattle in Week 13, as Russell Wilson threw three touchdown passes in the win.

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