And then there were eight. Following a controversial and thrilling wild-card round, the 2016 NFL playoffs continue the torrid run toward Super Bowl 50 with Saturday and Sunday’s AFC and NFC Divisional Round matchups.
Each of the four matchups, two on each day, feature eight squads who ranked in the top 10 in nearly every major statistical category and many rode impressive win streaks in the regular season to make the playoffs.
The weekend kicks off Saturday afternoon as the No. 5 seed Kansas City Chiefs put their 11-game winning streak on the line against the defending Super Bowl champion and No. 2 New England Patriots with a spot in the AFC title game up for grabs, followed by the primetime matchup featuring the No. 5 Green Bay Packers traveling to face the No. 2 Arizona Cardinals in a rematch of 2009’s high-scoring playoff affair.
The action then turns to Sunday when the two-time defending NFC champion and No. 6 Seattle Seahawks meet the No. 1 Carolina Panthers, a rematch of last year’s divisional round matchup that saw Seattle move on to the title game after a blazing 17-point fourth-quarter finish.
Then Peyton Manning and the No. 1 Denver Broncos play host to a severely banged up No. 6 Pittsburgh Steelers squad at Mile High.
Unlike last weekend’s wild-card round, every home team is favored to win by at least a field goal with Arizona the biggest favorite at -7 over Green Bay. Last week every road team proved victorious, but Las Vegas appears to think that won’t happen again.
Below is the full television schedule for the AFC and NFC Divisional round, including kickoff times.
Saturday, January 16
Kansas City Chiefs at New England Patriots
Kickoff: 4:35 p.m. ET
TV Channel: CBS
Green Bay Packers at Arizona Cardinals
Kickoff: 8:15 p.m. ET
TV Channel: NBC
Sunday, January 17
Seattle Seahawks at Carolina Panthers
Kickoff: 1:05 p.m. ET
TV Channel: FOX
Pittsburgh Steelers at Denver Broncos
Kickoff: 4:40 p.m. ET
TV Channel: CBS