Although the Vikings and their fans won’t have a rooting interest in the action next weekend, we can start making our plans for watching the games because the NFL has announced the schedule.
Wild Card Weekend kicks off on Saturday at 3:30 CT with an AFC rematch between the NY Jets and Cincinnati Bengals. On Sunday night the Jets and Bengals concluded their regular seasons by playing each other in New York, with the Jets winning 37-0 and thus earning a spot in the playoffs and a rematch with the Bengals. This weekend’s game will be played in Cincinnati however, because the Jets enter the playoffs as a wild card and the Bengals enter as a division winner.
The nightcap on Saturday is an NFC matchup and another rematch from Week 17. The Philadelphia Eagles, fresh off a 24-0 loss to the Cowboys, will make a return trip to Dallas to take on the NFC East champs. Kickoff for that game is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. CT.
Both games on Saturday will be televised by NBC.
On Sunday, the AFC will begin the action again with a noon CT kickoff between the Baltimore Ravens and New England Patriots. Baltimore enters as the wild card while New England stands as winners of the AFC East.
Wild Card Weekend concludes with another rematch from Week 17, this one between the Green Bay Packers and Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, AZ. Green Bay demolished Arizona in Week 17 during a game Arizona treated more like a preseason contest than a regular season game. Much more is on the line this time, though, and these teams will kickoff at 3:40 CT.
Indianapolis and San Diego have the byes in the AFC while the Vikings and New Orleans Saints have the NFC byes. The Vikings, as the #2 seed in the NFC, will play the highest-seeded winner in the NFC from Wild Card Weekend.
Here are the seeds for both the AFC and NFC:
1. Indianapolis Colts
2. San Diego Chargers
3. New England Patriots
4. Cincinnati Bengals
5. NY Jets
6. Baltimore Ravens
1. New Orleans Saints
2. Minnesota Vikings
3. Dallas Cowboys
4. Arizona Cardinals
5. Green Bay Packers
6. Philadelphia Eagles
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