PHILADELPHIA PA - JANUARY 09: Quinn Johnson #45 of the Green Bay Packers tries to avoid the tackle of Ernie Sims #50 of the Philadelphia Eagles during the 2011 NFC wild card playoff game at Lincoln Financial Field on January 9 2011 in Philadelphia Pennsylvania. (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)

NFL Playoff Schedule: Ravens-Steelers, Jets-Patriots Highlight Divisional Round

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NFL Playoff Bracket: Ravens-Steelers, Jets-Patriots Highlight Divisional Round

The 2011 NFL playoff schedule for the divisional round is set after the Green Bay Packers defeated the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday afternoon. The Baltimore Ravens defeated the Kansas City Chiefs, 30-7, earlier on Sunday. With those two games complete, next week's schedule looks like this:

Saturday, Jan. 15

Baltimore Ravens (12-4) vs. Pittsburgh Steelers (12-4) - 4:30 p.m. ET - CBS

This will be the third game between the Ravens and Steelers this season, the two splitting the season series. The Steelers won the most recent contest (Dec.5 ), 13-10.

Green Bay Packers (10-6) vs. Atlanta Falcons (13-3) - 8:00 p.m. ET - FOX

Atlanta defeated the Packers on Nov. 28, 20-17, when kicker Matt Bryant nailed a 47-yard field goal with only seconds left in the game.

Sunday, Jan. 16

Seattle Seahawks (7-9) vs. Chicago Bears (11-5) - 1:00 p.m. ET - FOX

Seattle defeated the Bears, 23-20, back on Oct. 17. Can they pull off another upset and advance to the NFC championship game?

New York Jets (11-5) vs. New England Patriots (14-2) - 4:30 p.m. ET - CBS

The Jets had defeated the Patriots, 28-14, in Week 2 of the regular season, but then were humiliated by the Patriots on Monday Night Football in December, 45-3. Rex Ryan is gunning for Bill Belichick and the Patriots.

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NFL Playoff Scores: Packers Defeat Eagles, Seal Victory With Interception

The Green Bay Packers held off a last-minute drive by the Philadelphia Eagles to win, 21-16. With a 1st-and-10 on the Green Bay 27-yard line, Eagles quarterback Michael Vick threw a ball intended for Riley Cooper, but it ended up in the hands of the Packers' Tramon Williams. The turnover secured the Packers' victory and advancement to the next round of the playoffs.

Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers went 18-of-27 for 180 yards three touchdowns, though Vick outdid him in yards (292) and passing (20-of-26). Packers rookie running back James Starks controlled the ground, gaining 123 yards. Rodgers spread the ball to nine different receivers, and none of the receivers had more yards than Donald Driver's 56. For the Eagles, Jason Avant (93 yards, 1 TD) and Jeremy Maclin (73 yards) led the receiving corps. DeSean Jackson had suffered a knee injury early in the game, but finished it with two receptions for 47 yards.

The Packers visit the Atlanta Falcons next Saturday at 8 p.m. ET. The Falcons (13-3) are the No. 1 seed in the NFC.

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NFL Playoff Scores: Packers Vs. Eagles - Green Bay Leads Philly, 14-3, On Arm Of Aaron Rodgers

The Green Bay Packers enter halftime with a 14-3 lead over the Philadelphia Eagles. This wild card weekend game has not been match-up of might offenses so far, but Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers has used his arm to accomplish all of the scoring. He threw a seven-yard touchdown pass to Tom Crabtree with seconds left in the first quarter and then he added a second touchdown pass with less than six minutes left in the second quarter. On that scoring drive, Rodgers and the Packers went 12 plays for 57 yards. James Jones had the nine-yard touchdown reception.

The Eagles have done little on offense, though Michael Vick did have a nice pass to Jeremy Maclin for 44 yards toward the end of the half. However, the Eagles wound up with only three points on the drive after a David Akers 29-yard field goal.

Eagles receiver DeSean Jackson left the game following a knee injury and missed an extended period of time. However, he returned around the 4:00 mark in the second quarter, ready to go.

If the Packers win, they will face the Atlanta Falcons next Saturday; an Eagles victory means they would face the Bears, and the Falcons would host the Seattle Seahawks.

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2011 NFL Playoff Picture: Seattle Seahawks, New York Jets Advance To Divisional Round

The 2011 NFL playoff picture sharpened on Saturday evening when the Seattle Seahawks and New York Jets advanced to the divisional round of the postseason. The Seahawks upset the New Orleans Saints, 41-36, and the Jets won a nail-biter over the Indianapolis Colts, 17-16. However, the Jets are the only team to know their opponent at the moment.

On Sunday, Jan. 16, the Jets will face the New England Patriots for a third time this season. Though they split the season series with the Patriots, the Jets dropped their most recent contest (Dec. 6) to them on Monday Night Football, 45-3.

The Seahawks will face either Atlanta Falcons or the Chicago Bears next week, depending on the outcome of Sunday's Green Bay Packers-Philadelphia Eagles contest. In the AFC, the Baltimore Ravens-Kansas City Chiefs winner will face the Pittsburgh Steelers on Saturday, Jan. 15.

Here is the schedule remaining for this week and for the divisional round next week:

Sunday, Jan. 9
1:00 pm ET - Baltimore at Kansas City (CBS)
4:30 pm ET - Green Bay at Philadelphia (FOX)

Divisional Playoffs

Saturday, Jan. 15
4:30 pm ET - Kansas City or Baltimore at Pittsburgh (CBS)
8:00 pm ET - Seattle or Green Bay at Atlanta (FOX)

Sunday, Jan. 16
1:00 pm ET - Philadelphia or Seattle at Chicago (FOX)
4:30 pm ET - New York Jets at New England (CBS)

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NFL Playoff Scores: Jets Vs. Colts - Nick Folk Field Goal Gives New York 17-16 Victory Over Indy

The New York Jets pulled off a last-second victory over the Indianapolis Colts, 17-16, on a 32-yard Nick Folk field goal with three second left on the clock. The Colts had taken a 16-14 lead on a 50-yard Adam Vinatieri field goal less than a minute earlier, but on the ensuing kickoff the Jets' Antonio Cromartie took the ball 47 yards to his team's 46-yard line. After a booth challenge on a Braylon Edwards catch, Mark Sanchez eventually got the Jets to the Colts' to the Indy 14-yard line on an Edwards 18-yard catch. Running the clock down to three seconds and calling a timeout, the Jets set up Folk for the game-winning field goal.

The second half saw a bit more offense as we saw the Jets' LaDainian Tomlinson and Shonn Greene rush for 82 yards and 70 yards, respectively, at game's end. Tomlinson scored both on the Jet's touchdowns on the night. Sanchez finished 18-of-31.

For the Colts, Adam Vinatieri scored all nine of the team's points in the second half. Peyton Manning finished 18-of-26 for 225 yards and no touchdowns. Pierre Garcon finished with five receptions for 112 yards.

Sanchez is now 3-1 in playoff games and Manning is 9-10.

While the Colts go home, the Jets will face the New England Patriots next weekend.

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NFL Playoff Schedule: Seahawks Upset Saints In 41-36 Victory; Marshawn Lynch Has Amazing Run

The Seattle Seahawks became the first team in NFL history to win a playoff game with a losing record. They defeated the defending Super Bowl champion New Orleans Saints, 41-36. Seattle running back Marshawn Lynch had what will undoubtedly become one of the greatest playoff rushes in history when he went 67 yards for a touchdown, putting the Seahawks up, 41-30, at the time. Here is video of that run:

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Those defenders are just bouncing off of Lynch while he plows his way toward the end zone. Had the Saints somehow made a comeback, the play would be remembered as being very good. However, since the Seahawks pulled off a huge upset, Lynch's run will enter the pantheon of moments current NFL fans will be telling their kids about years from now.

It will be hard for an play over the rest of the playoffs to top that one.

The Saints attempted a decent comeback in the fourth quarter, tallying 16 points, but Seattle's offense proved too much. Lynch had 131 rushing yards and quarterback Matt Hasselbeck threw four touchdown passes.

The Seahawks will play either the Bears or the Falcons next week.

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NFL Playoff Schedule: Seahawks Win NFC West With Sub-.500 Record, Face Saints On Wild Card Weekend

The Seattle Seahawks became the first team to win a division with a losing record (7-9) after defeating the St. Louis Rams, 16-6, on Sunday night. They will host the defending Super Bowl champion New Orleans Saints (11-5) on Saturday, Jan. 8. Here is the complete NFL playoff schedule straight from the NFL:

Wild Card Weekend

Saturday, Jan. 8
4:30 pm ET
New Orleans at Seattle (NBC)
8:00 pm ET
New York Jets at Indianapolis (NBC)
Sunday, Jan. 9 
1:00 pm ET
Baltimore at Kansas City (CBS)
4:30 pm ET
Green Bay at Philadelphia (FOX)


Divisional Playoffs

Saturday, Jan. 15
4:30 pm ET
Indianapolis or Kansas City or Baltimore at Pittsburgh (CBS)
8:00 pm ET
Seattle or New Orleans or Green Bay at Atlanta (FOX)
Sunday, Jan. 16
1:00 pm ET
Philadelphia or St. Louis/Seattle or New Orleans at Chicago (FOX)
4:30 pm ET
Kansas City or Baltimore or New York Jets at New England (CBS)

 

Championship Weekend

Sunday, Jan. 23
3:00 pm ET NFC Championship Game
6:30 pm ET AFC Championship Game
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NFL Playoff Picture: Brackets Set Except For NFC West Participant

The 2011 NFL Playoff Bracket is all set except for the NFC West winner. The Indianapolis Colts (10-6) defeated the Tennessee Titans on Sunday to win the AFC South, and the Green Bay Packers (10-6) won, 10-3, over the Chicago Bears. The only spot left open is for the NFC West winner, which comes down to the winner of Sunday night's Rams-Seahawks game. It's a winner-takes-all contest.

While the NFL will release the official schedule later on, here is what the games will be based on the standings:

AFC Playoff Bracket

No. 1 New England Patriots (AFC East winner) - First-round bye

No. 2 Pittsburgh Steelers (AFC North winner) - First-round bye

No. 6 New York Jets (WC) Vs. No. 3 Indianapolis Colts (AFC South winner)

No. 5 Baltimore Ravens (WC) Vs. No. 4 Kansas City Chiefs (AFC West winner)

NFC Playoff Bracket

No. 1 Atlanta Falcons (NFC South winner) - First-round bye

No. 2 Chicago Bears (NFC North winner) - First-round bye

No. 6 Green Bay Packers (WC) Vs. No. 3 Philadelphia Eagles (NFC  East winner)

No. 5 New Orleans Saints Vs. No. 4 Rams or Seahawks (NFC West winner)

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