The NFL Playoffs are finally here and there are some intriguing matchups in the Wild Card Round. Among the top story lines to watch on Saturday and Sunday will be an offensive shootout in New Orleans, a battle between two historic NFC foes, and a primetime showdown between an ailing Ben Roethlisberger and struggling Tim Tebow. Let's take a full list at the playoff schedule.
In early action on NBC at 2:30 p.m. MT, the No. 6 seed Cincinnati Bengals will take on the No. 3 seed Houston Texans. The Bengals were quite the story in 2011-12, surprising everyone and earning a playoff while many believed the team was rebuilding. As for the Texans, they got through a weak AFC South with little problem, but injuries have started to take their toll in recent weeks.
NBC will also broadcast the late game, with the New Orleans Saints taking on the Detroit Lions at 6:00 p.m. MT. This game has the potential to break the scoring record in playoff history and there will be plenty of fireworks out of the Superdome.
In early action on FOX at 11:00 a.m. MT, the No. 5 seed Atlanta Falcons will take on the NFC East champion New York Giants. Both teams have the talent to make a deep run in the playoffs, although consistency on both sides of the ball has been a serious problem at times. Expect a physical, grueling game on Sunday morning.
Finally, in prime time action on CBS at 2:30 p.m. MT, Tim Tebow and the Denver Broncos will battle Ben Roethlisberger and the Pittsburgh Steelers at Mile High Stadium. The Broncos have struggled in recent weeks as the playoffs neared, while the Steelers have caught the injury bug with Roethlisberger, Rashard Mendenhall, and others.