NFL WILD CARD PLAYOFF SCHEDULE ANNOUNCED
Commissioner Paul Tagliabue announced Sunday the schedule of sites, dates and times for the National Football League Wild Card games of January 8-9 (all times Central):
NFL WILD CARD WEEKEND
Saturday, January 8
NFC: 3:30 PM CT
St. Louis (8-8) at Seattle (9-7) (ABC-TV)
AFC: 7:00 PM CT
New York Jets (10-6) at San Diego (12-4) (ABC-TV)
Sunday, January 9
AFC: 12:00 PM CT
Denver (10-6) at Indianapolis (12-4) (CBS-TV)
**NFC: 3:30 PM CT
Minnesota (8-8) at Green Bay (10-6) (FOX-TV)**
The NFL Divisional Playoffs will be played on Saturday and Sunday, January 15-16; AFC and NFC Championship Games on Sunday, January 23; and Super Bowl XXXIX at ALLTEL Stadium in Jacksonville, Florida on Sunday, February 6.
The annual AFC-NFC Pro Bowl, featuring the NFL All-Stars, will be played in Honolulu, Hawaii on Sunday, February 13.
The Packers and Vikings have met 87 times -- but never in the postseason. That will change Sunday, when the bitter NFC North rivals face off at Lambeau Field. Kickoff is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. (CT).
Green Bay owns a 44-42-1 series record after sweeping the Vikings this year, including a come-from-behind 34-31 triumph in Week 16 with the division title on the line.
The Packers storm into the playoffs with momentum after beating the rival Vikings and Bears in back-to-back weeks, while Minnesota limps in with four losses in the last five games.
Once teams are ranked for the playoffs, positions do not change:
National Football Conference
- Philadelphia (East Division champion)
- Atlanta (South Division champion)
- Green Bay (North Division champion)
- Seattle (West Division champion)
- St. Louis
American Football Conference
- Pittsburgh (North Division champion)
- New England (East Division champion)
- Indianapolis (South Division champion)
- San Diego (West Division champion)
- New York Jets