Playoff schedule to Tampa and Ravens talk to Goodell

December 29, 2008 |



Saturday, January 3


NFC:    4:30 PM (ET)

Atlanta (11-5) at Arizona (9-7) (NBC-TV)





AFC:    8:00 PM (ET)

Indianapolis (12-4) at Denver (8-7) or San Diego (7-8) (NBC-TV)



Sunday, January 4


AFC:      1:00 PM (ET)

Baltimore (11-5) at Miami (11-5) (CBS-TV)





NFC:      4:30 PM (ET)

Philadelphia (9-6-1) at Minnesota (10-6) (FOX-TV)




Saturday, January 10


AFC:     4:30 PM (ET)

Baltimore (11-5) or Denver (8-7)/San Diego (7-8) or Indianapolis (12-4) at Tennessee (13-3) (CBS-TV)





NFC:     8:15 PM (ET)

Arizona (9-7) or Atlanta (11-5) or Minnesota (10-6) at Carolina (12-4) (FOX-TV)

Sunday, January 11



NFC:    1:00 PM (ET)

Arizona (9-7) or Atlanta (11-5) or Philadelphia (9-6-1) at New York Giants (12-4) (FOX-TV)





AFC:    4:45 PM (ET)

Miami (11-5) or Denver (8-7) or Indianapolis (12-4) or San Diego (7-8) at Pittsburgh (12-4) (CBS-TV)


In the Divisional Playoffs, the division champion with the best record in each conference is host to the surviving Wild Card Weekend team with the lowest playoff ranking.  The division champion with the second-best record in each conference is host to the surviving Wild Card Weekend team with the highest playoff ranking.  There are no restrictions on intradivision games. 


Once teams are ranked for the playoffs, positions do not change:


American Football Conference

National Football Conference

1.  Tennessee (South Division champion)      

1.  New York Giants (East Division champion)     

2.  Pittsburgh (North Division champion) 

2.  Carolina (South Division champion)

3.  Miami (East Division champion)

3.  Minnesota (North Division champion)

4.  Denver or San Diego (West Division champion)

4.  Arizona (West Division champion)

5.  Indianapolis   

5.  Atlanta

6.  Baltimore    

6.  Philadelphia


The AFC (CBS, 6:30 PM ET) and NFC (FOX, 3:00 PM ET) Championship Games will be played on Sunday, January 18, and Super Bowl XLIII at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa Bay, Florida on Sunday, February 1 (NBC).


* There was talk in the Ravens locker room following the game that the team made it a point to point out to NFL commisioner Roger Goodell that the Ravens did not truly get a bye week because of the hurricane in Houston and that it would be asking a lot of them to turn around and have to play on Saturday, which is what was expected to happen. Commisioner Goodell was in Baltimore Sunday to watch the Jaguars and Ravens play.