Full NFL Wildcard weekend schedule with exact times, days and channels

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Saturday, Jan. 10

AFC Divisional Game 1
(1) New England Patriots vs. (6) Baltimore Ravens, 4:35 p.m. CBS

NFC Divisional Game 1
(1) Seattle Seahawks vs. (4) Carolina Panthers, 8:15 p.m. FOX

Sunday, Jan. 11

NFC Divisional Game 2
(2) Green Bay Packers vs. (3) Dallas Cowboys, 1:05 p.m. FOX

AFC Divisional Game 2
(2) Denver Broncos vs. (4) Indianapolis Colts, 4:40 p.m. NBC

Championship round

Sunday, January 18

NFC: FOX, 3:05 p.m.

AFC: CBS, 6:40 p.m.

Super Bowl XLIX

Sunday, February 1

NFC champion versus AFC champion (FOX, 4:30 p.m.)

NOTE: Above game times are Pacific(west coast), game times below are Eastern(east coast)

NFL Wild Card Weekend

Saturday, Jan. 3
NFC: 4:35 PM (ET) Arizona at Carolina (ESPN)

AFC: 8:15 PM (ET) Baltimore at Pittsburgh (NBC)

Sunday, Jan. 4
AFC: 1:05 PM (ET) Cincinnati at Indianapolis (CBS)

NFC: 4:40 PM (ET) Detroit at Dallas (FOX)

Key Dates for 2015 NFL Offseason

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Jan. 19-22: Senior Bowl practices in Mobile, Alabama

Feb. 2: First day teams can release or waive players under contract for 2015

Feb. 16-March 2: Franchise and transition tagging period

Feb. 17-23: NFL scouting combine in Indianapolis

March 7-10: Pre-free agency negotiation period

March 10: Free-agent signing and trading period opens at 4 p.m.

March 22-25: NFL owners’ meetings in Phoenix, Arizona

April 6: Teams with new head coaches can begin offseason workouts at team facilities

April 30-May 2: 2015 NFL draft in Chicago

“Huge wild-card audience surely means more wild-card games” – @ProFootballTalk

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In March, the NFL’s owners likely will vote to expand the playoff field from 12 to 14 teams.  That would mean two more games in the wild-card round, an increase from four to six.

Which would mean 50 percent more games that America watches by the tens of millions.  Specifically the four wild-card games generated an average audience of 29.9 million, even though one of the games was on cable.  The FOX game between the Lions and Cowboys had an average audience of 42.3 million, with a peak of 48.3 million viewers between 7:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. ET.

Read full article on PFT

Wildcard Weekend Recap: Injuries, injuries, and more injuries

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wildcardrecapOne way to sum up NFL Wildcard Weekend for 2015? Injuries. Third-string quarterback Ryan Lindley couldn’t provide any spark to an already Andre Ellington-less Cardinals offense. The Pittsburgh Steelers offense severely lacked any rushing attack with the absence of Le’Veon Bell. The Bengals lost two starting offensive weapons in A.J. Green and Jermaine Gresham. It shouldn’t be a surprise that each of these teams lost. Additionally, those three teams’ offenses combined for a total 43 points, meanwhile, the Panthers, Ravens and Colts combined for 83 total points.

The Detroit-Dallas game didn’t feature any injuries to key players and thus turned out to be a shootout with the Cowboys winning 24-20.

The Cowboys will face off against  the Green Bay Packers next SUNDAY at 1:05pm EST on FOX.

The rest of the divisional round is

Baltimore Ravens at New England Patriots – SATURDAY 4:35pm EST on NBC

Carolina Panthers at Seattle Seahawks – SATURDAY 8:15 pm EST on FOX

Indianapolis Colts at Denver Broncos 4:40pm – SUNDAY EST on CBS

Vegas odds have the Denver Broncos beating the Indianapolis Colts by 7 points

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After the Colts put up 26 points in their Wildcard game against the Bengals, Vegas is expecting a shootout for the Colts-Broncos game with Denver winning by a touchdown in the Divisional round. The official line is DEN (-7) with a game total of 53 points.The odds are similar for the other Divisional round game with the Baltimore Ravens versus the New England Patriots whom are also favored to win by seven points.

This could of course change throughout the week, but there doesn’t seem to be any major injuries from either team that would move the line significantly. Check out the odds below and let us know what you think.

Indianapolis Colts
Denver Broncos -7

Over/Under 53 points

Tom Brady and the New England Patriots are 7-point favorites to beat the Baltimore Ravens

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Las Vegas made their odds available for the Patriots versus Ravens Divisional round playoff game and their statement is pretty clear: Ravens are going to get whooped-on.

Baltimore is a touchdown underdog to New England in what is expected to be a shootout with more than 48 points potentially scored. Check out the official line below:

Baltimore Ravens
New England Patriots(-7)
Over/Under total: 48.5 points

Bengals can’t overcome injuries, Indianapolis Colts will go on to face the Denver Broncos in AFC Divisional Round

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In the third game of Wildcard Weekend, the Bengals offense couldn’t overcome injuries to sidelined starters in A.J. Green and Jermaine Gresham. Cincinnati was only able to score once, which was on a 1-yard goal line rush by running back Jeremy Hill in the first quarter.

The Colts offense looked sloppy at times with drops by T.Y. Hilton and multiple fumbles by Daniel “Boom” Herron, but Andrew Luck continued to make plays and find open receivers leading to him to pass for 376 yards and a touchdown. Despite the turnovers, Herron also contributed heavily in the victory, rushing 12 times for 54 yards and adding 10 receptions for 85 yards in the passing game.

The Colts will go on to face the Denver Broncos next Sunday (1/11) with a schedule start time of 4:40pm EST airing on CBS.

Steelers offense sputters, Baltimore Ravens win Wildcard and will face New England Patriots next Saturday

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A late touchdown by the Pittsburgh Steelers wasn’t enough to overcome the stout Baltimore Ravens defense in the second Wildcard game on Saturday.

The Steelers offense sputtered for most of the game, putting up three field goals until a Justin Foresett fumble led to a Ben Roethlishberger-to-Martavis Bryant touchdown pass with 11:01 in the fourth quarter.

Pittsburgh’s fate was all but sealed after a Big Ben interception led to Joe Flacco(18/29 for 259 yards, 2 TDs on the night) throwing a touchdown with about eight minutes left to tight end Crockett Gillmore.

The Ravens went on to win 30-17 and will face the New England Patriots next Saturday(1/10) at 4:35pm EST on NBC.