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New York, NY (.com) - After an action-packed final afternoon to the regular season helped clear up the postseason picture, the NFL announced its playoff schedule on Sunday night.

The postseason will kick off in Indianapolis on Saturday at 4:35 p.m. ET, with the fifth-seeded Kansas City Chiefs heading to Lucas Oil Stadium to clash with the fourth-seeded and AFC South-champion Colts.

The Saturday night game at 8:10 ET will feature the NFC East Champion -- the winner of the Philadelphia Eagles/Dallas Cowboys game -- hosting the sixth- seeded New Orleans Saints. The Saints lost control of the NFC South in Week 16 after falling to the Carolina Panthers 17-13, but got into the postseason with a 42-17 triumph over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Sunday.

Next Sunday at 1:05 ET, the sixth-seeded San Diego Chargers will travel to Cincinnati to take on the third-seeded Bengals. The Bengals, who have been knocked out of the postseason the last two years during wild-card weekend, won the AFC North for the first time since 2009. Everything fell into place for San Diego. Earlier in the day, the Chargers got the help they needed after Miami and Baltimore lost. They then rallied for a 27-24 overtime win over the Kansas City Chiefs, who sat 19 of their 22 regular starters.

The wild-card round will conclude at 4:40 ET Sunday at Lambeau Field as the fourth-seeded Green Bay Packers host the No. 5 seed San Francisco 49ers. Green Bay defeated the Chicago Bears 33-28 Sunday to capture the NFC North for the third straight year. The 49ers beat Green Bay, 45-31, at Candlestick Park in the divisional playoffs last season.

In the divisional round, the lowest remaining NFC seed will visit West division-champion Seattle to battle to Seahawks at 4:35 ET on Saturday, January 11, and the highest remaining AFC seed will travel to New England to take on the East-champion Patriots in the primetime game that night at 8:15.

On Sunday January 12, the highest remaining NFC seed will head to Carolina to play the Panthers at 1:05, and the lowest remaining AFC seed will visit Denver to clash with the West Division-champion Broncos at 4:40 ET.

The AFC and NFC championship Games take place on Sunday, January 19. The Super Bowl is on Sunday, February 2 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

December 29, 2013, at 10:33 PM ET
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