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NFL playoff schedule: TV schedule, channels, and picks for Wild Card Saturday

It's time for Bengals vs. Steelers and Chiefs vs. Texans.

David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports

How much do you care about the AFC? Your answer to that question will determine how much of today's NFL playoffs action you end up watching, but we'll fill you in on all the details regardless.

Here's the schedule for the playoffs, minus tomorrow's slate of NFC games, which we'll be covering in the morning on Sunday. Share your picks and predictions with us using the widgets wayyy below.

Wild Card Weekend (Saturday)

3 - Cincinnati Bengals (12-4) vs. 6 - Pittsburgh Steelers (10-6) - Saturday, Jan. 9, 8:15 p.m., CBS

4 - Houston Texans (9-7) vs. 5 - Kansas City Chiefs (11-5) - Saturday, Jan. 9, 4:25 p.m., ESPN/ABC

First round bye (AFC)

1 - Denver Broncos (12-4) - Sunday, Jan. 17, 3:40 p.m., CBS

2 - New England Patriots (12-4) - Saturday, Jan. 16, 3:35 p.m., CBS

First round bye (NFC)

1 - Carolina Panthers (15-1) - Sunday, Jan. 17, 12:05 p.m., FOX

2 - Arizona Cardinals (12-4) - Saturday, Jan. 16, 7:15 p.m., NBC

Saturday, Jan. 16

AFC Divisional Round Game 1: New England Patriots vs. highest seed, 3:35 p.m., CBS
NFC Divisional Round Game 1: Arizona Cardinals vs. highest seed, 7:15 p.m., NBC

Sunday, Jan. 17

NFC Divisional Round Game 2: Carolina Panthers vs. lowest seed, 12:05 p.m., FOX
AFC Divisional Round Game 2:
Denver Broncos vs. lowest seed, 3:40 p.m., CBS

Sunday, Jan.24

AFC Championship: AFC Divisional Round winners, 2 p.m., CBS
NFC Championship: NFC Divisional Round winners, 5:40 p.m., FOX

Sunday, Feb. 7

Super Bowl 50: AFC champion vs. NFC champion, 5:30 p.m., CBS


I'll be taking the Bengals and Chiefs today. The Bengals are the better football team, even with A.J. McCarron at the helm and their history of playoff chokery. The Chiefs, similarly, are the better offense and arguably better defense, and should handle their business against the Texans, even on the road.