The Divisional Playoffs have finally arrived. This weekend, the Green Bay Packers make their return to postseason action, suiting up in the playoffs for the first time since the 2016 NFC Championship Game. However, with their game scheduled for Sunday evening, they will need to wait for an extra day as the games get started on Saturday afternoon.
Today, both conferences’ number-one seeds are in action, hosting sixth-seeded teams that pulled road upsets in the Wild Card round. That means that once this day is done, everyone who plays on Sunday will know if they will get to host a Conference Championship Game next week or if they will be traveling to play the top seed.
If this year’s top-seeded teams end up advancing to the Super Bowl, it would set up a rematch of both a week 13 contest as well as Super Bowl XLVII, when the Baltimore Ravens defeated the San Francisco 49ers 34-31. That game — which was coached by both Harbaugh brothers on either sideline — lives on in infamy due to the lights going out inside the New Orleans Superdome during the third quarter.
Meanwhile, the Vikings and Titans will try to continue their unlikely playoff runs as the sixth seeds. A win by the Vikings would guarantee the winner of Packers-Seahawks a home game for the NFC Championship, and the same can be said for the Chiefs and Texans if Tennessee upsets Baltimore.
Here is the schedule for today’s games:
Minnesota Vikings (NFC #6) at San Francisco 49ers (NFC #1)
Kickoff time: 1:35 PM Pacific (4:35 PM Eastern)
Venue: Levi’s Stadium, Santa Clara, MD
TV Network: NBC
Commentators: Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth, Michele Tafoya
Point spread: 49ers -7.0
Tennessee Titans (AFC #6) at Baltimore Ravens (AFC #1)
Kickoff time: 8:15 PM Eastern
Venue: M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore, MD
TV Network: CBS
Commentators: Ian Eagle, Dan Fouts, Evan Washburn
Point spread: Ravens -10.0