NFL Playoffs: Wild-Card Weekend Schedule

SportsBlenderNFL Mon, 31 Dec 2018

The 2018-19 NFL playoffs will begin in the Lone Star State next Saturday when the Houston Texans and the Dallas Cowboys host a pair of NFC wild-card weekend matchups.

The Indianapolis Colts will visit NRG Stadium for the second time in 27 days for a rematch against the Texans, while the Seattle Seahawks will travel to AT&T Stadium to square off against the Cowboys for the second time this season.

In the AFC, the Baltimore Ravens will host the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday in a wild-card encounter at M&T Bank Stadium. The Ravens upset the Chargers on the road in Week 16 en route to the AFC North title.

The final contest on wild-card weekend has the Philadelphia Eagles visiting Soldier Field to meet the Chicago Bears. The surprising Eagles won their last three games with backup quarterback Nick Foles to claim a playoff spot.

The Colts (10-6) will play Houston for the third time this season and would have a date with the Kansas City Chiefs on Jan. 12 at Arrowhead Stadium with a wild-card game victory. Indianapolis is only the third team in NFL history to make the playoffs after starting the season with just one win in their first six games.

The Texans (11-5) can book a ticket to the second round with a win and setup a Jan. 13 battle against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium. Houston opened the season with three consecutive losses and overcame an injury-depleted receiving group and a woeful offensive line that allowed 62 sacks to win the AFC South crown.

The Cowboys (10-6) will travel to the Mercedes-Benz Superdome for a Jan. 13 matchup against the New Orleans Saints with a win over the Seahawks, and a Bears victory over the Eagles. However, a Cowboys victory -- combined with Philadelphia upsetting Chicago -- would send Dallas to the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum for a Jan. 12 clash with the Los Angeles Rams.

The Seahawks (10-6) can advance to a second round encounter with the Saints on Jan. 13 in New Orleans with a victory over the Cowboys, and a Chicago win over Philadelphia. But, Seattle would play the Los Angeles Rams on Jan. 12 at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum if the Eagles knock off the Bears.

The Ravens (10-6) can secure a berth in the next round with a victory over the Chargers and would meet the Chiefs at in Kansas City on Jan. 12 if the Texans defeats the Colts. Baltimore will visit New England on Jan. 13 to square off against the Patriots if Indianapolis beats Houston.

The Chargers (12-4) will travel to Kansas City to tangle with the Chiefs with a win over the Ravens, and a Texans victory against the Colts. However, Los Angeles will collide with the Patriots in New England on Jan. 13 if Indianapolis beats Houston.

The Bears (12-4) can book a ticket to the second round with a victory against the Eagles and would travel to Los Angeles on Jan. 12 to battle the Rams. The Bears are making their first playoff appearance since 2010, and boast a dominant defense led by pass rushing specialist Khalil Mack.

The Eagles (9-7) will visit New Orleans on Jan. 13 to battle the Saints if they can upset the Bears on the road. Foles has been red-hot down the stretch and Philadelphia has its sights set on back-to-back Super Bowl titles.