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The postseason schedule is shaping nicely once the Seattle Seahawks beat the St. Louis Rams on Sunday (Jan. 2) Night Football.  Also, notably, the Green Bay Packers won a very important game for them against the Chicago Bears last night.  While the outcome of the game would neither adversely nor positively affect the Bears post season chances, the Packers desperately needed a win to stay in.  Ask and ye shall receive, yah?

The schedule of sites, dates and times for the National Football League Wild Card Playoffs and Divisional Playoffs were announced by Commissioner Roger Goodell today.  The Wild Card Playoffs occur January 8-9th while the Divisional Playoffs take place January 15 – 16th.

On the 15th, the highest seed between the Colts, Chiefs and Ravens will play against the Steelers in Pittsburgh.  The lowest seed team among the Rams/Seahawks, Saints and Packers will take on the Falcons in Atlanta later in the evening.

The following day on the 16th, the remaining NFC team (Eagles, Seahawks or Saints) will play the Bears in Chicago in the afternoon.  The remaining AFC team (Chiefs, Ravens or Jets) will play the Patriots in New England in the evening.

The NFC Championship Game will be played at 3 p.m. (ET) on January 23rd 23 (Fox); the AFC game will be at 6:30 p.m. (ET) (CBS).
NFL WILD CARD WEEKEND

Saturday, January 8

NFC4:30 PM (ET) New Orleans Saints at Seattle (NBC-TV)
AFC: 8:00 PM (ET) New York Jets at Indianapolis Colts (NBC-TV)

Sunday, January 9

AFC: 1:00 PM (ET) Baltimore Ravens at Kansas City Chiefs (CBS-TV)
NFC: 4:30 PM (ET) Green Bay Packers at Philadelphia Eagles (FOX-TV)

NFL DIVISIONAL PLAYOFFS

Saturday, January 15

AFC4:30 PM (ET) Indianapolis Colts or Kansas City Chiefs or Baltimore Ravens at Pittsburgh Steelers (CBS-TV)
NFC: 8:00 PM (ET) Seattle Seahawks or New Orleans Saints or Green Bay Packers at Atlanta Falcons(FOX-TV)

 Sunday, January 16

NFC: 1:00 PM (ET) Philadelphia Steelers or Seattle Seahawks or New Orleans Saints at Chicago Bears (FOX-TV)
AFC: 4:30 PM (ET) Kansas City or Baltimore or New York Jets at New England (CBS-TV)

The 2011 Pro Bowl (FOX, 7:00 PM ET) will be played on Sunday, January 30 at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii.  This will be one week before Super Bowl XLV which takes place at Cowboys Stadium in North Texas on Sunday, February 6 (FOX, 6:30 PM ET).

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