NFL Playoff Schedule 2012: Super Bowl XLVI at Indianapolis (COMPLETE SCHEDULE)

  on January 02 2012 10:20 AM
New York Giants Will Beatty and David Diehl separate New York Giants Brandon Jacobs and New York Jets Bart Scott in East Rutherford
The New York Giants put up a fight in the last game of the NFL regular season, beating Dallas for the divisional crown. The Giants made the playoffs as a result. Reuters

Some teams like the Denver Broncos needed some help. Others, like the New York Giants, controlled their own destiny by winning in the last game of the regular season. But that's history now as the schedule is set for the NFL Playoffs 2012, culminating with Super Bowl XLVI in Indianapolis on Feb. 5.

The 2012 NFL Playoff schedule begins next Saturday, Jan. 7, with AFC and NFC Wild Card games.

Four teams get byes in the first round, including the New England Patriots (13-3) and the Baltimore Ravens (12-4) in the AFC, and the Green Bay Packers (15-1) and San Francisco 49ers (13-3) in the NFC. The Patriots and the Packers are No. 1 seeds, so they control their own home-field destiny until the Super Bowl.

Below is the complete schedule, with game times, and broadcasting TV networks. In the divisional rounds, the top seed will play against the lowest remaining seed, while the No. 2 seeds (the Ravens in the AFC and the 49ers in the NFC) play the other remaining team.

2012 NFL Playoff Schedule (Wild Card Weekend)

AFC Playoffs

Saturday, Jan. 7

No. 6 Cincinnati Bengals (9-7) at No. 3 Houston Texans (10-6), 4:30 p.m. ET on NBC

Sunday, Jan. 8

No. 5 Pittsburgh Steelers (12-4) at No. 4 Denver Broncos (8-8), 4:30 p.m. ET on CBS

NFC Playoffs

Saturday, Jan. 7

No. 6 Detroit Lions at No. 3 New Orleans Saints (13-3), 8 p.m. ET on NBC

Sunday, Jan. 8

No. 5 Atlanta Falcons at No. 4 New York Giants (9-7), 1 p.m. ET on FOX.

AFC Divisional Round

Saturday, Jan. 14

Lowest remaining seed at No. 1 New England (13-3), 8 ET (CBS)

Sunday, Jan. 15

Highest remaining seed at No. 2 Baltimore (12-4), 1 ET (CBS)

NFC Divisional Round

Saturday, Jan. 14

Highest remaining seed at No. 2 San Francisco (13-3), 4:30 ET (FOX)

Sunday, Jan. 15

Lowest remaining seed at No. 1 Green Bay (15-1), 4:30 ET (FOX)

AFC Championship Game

Sunday, Jan. 22 (CBS)

NFC Championship Game

Sunday, Jan. 22 (FOX)

SUPER BOWL XLVI

Sunday, Feb. 5

At Indianapolis (NBC, 6:30 ET) Lucas Oil Stadium

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