Matchups, schedule set for divisional round of NFL playoffs

Many believe the divisional round of the NFL playoffs is the best sports weekend of the year, and there are four fantastic matchups this season.

This playoff field was deep, and it means strong matchups throughout. The AFC seems wide open, and both wild-card teams that won in the first round seems capable of another road upset in round two. The NFC matchups feature the defending Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles on an another unbelievable run against the No. 1 seed New Orleans Saints, and the ever-popular Dallas Cowboys traveling to Los Angeles to face the Rams.

Here is the schedule for the divisional round of the NFL playoffs:

Indianapolis Colts at Kansas City Chiefs, Saturday Jan. 12, 4:35 p.m. ET on NBC

The Chiefs don’t get an easy start to their postseason. Kansas City welcomes the Colts, perhaps the hottest team in the NFL. Andrew Luck and the Colts controlled the Houston Texans in wild-card weekend, winning 21-7 in a game that was never in doubt. Indianapolis has won 10 of its last 11 games. This matchup will be one between arguably the top two quarterbacks in the AFC this season. Patrick Mahomes seems like a lock to win MVP, and Luck should be among anyone’s top five.

Dallas Cowboys at Los Angeles Rams, Saturday Jan. 12, 8:15 p.m. ET on Fox

The Cowboys looked like they were headed toward a rematch against the Saints, a team they beat in the regular season, but then the Eagles came back and beat the Bears in the final minute on Sunday evening. That shifted Dallas’ focus to Los Angeles. The game will feature perhaps the two best running backs in the NFL, Ezekiel Elliott of the Cowboys and Todd Gurley of the Rams. Dallas advanced on the strength of its defense in a 24-22 win over the Seahawks, the only home team to win in wild-card weekend. Someone’s long drought will be snapped: The Cowboys haven’t been the NFC championship game since the end of the 1995 season, and the Rams haven’t been that far since the end of the 2001 season.

Los Angeles Chargers at New England Patriots, Sunday Jan. 13, 1:05 p.m. ET on CBS

The Chargers are in the weird situation of playing a divisional round game on the road despite having a better record than their opponent. The 12-4 Chargers should give a great challenge to the 11-5 Patriots, who have won back-to-back AFC championships. The Patriots were undefeated at home this season, but the Chargers were 8-1 on the road including a wild-card win over the Ravens. The matchup will pit 41-year-old Patriots quarterback Tom Brady against 37-year-old Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers. Given the star power on both sides, this could be the marquee matchup of the divisional round.

Philadelphia Eagles at New Orleans Saints, Sunday Jan. 13, 4:40 p.m. ET on Fox

The Nick Foles story keeps going on. Foles, last season’s Super Bowl MVP, led a fourth straight Eagles win, hitting Golden Tate for the game-winning touchdown on fourth down in the final minute against the Bears in a wild-card playoff victory. The Eagles will have a tough challenge at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, where they’ll find a fired-up crowd and a Saints offense led by MVP candidate Drew Brees. The Saints defense has also played very well in the second half of the season.

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FOXBOROUGH, MASSACHUSETTS - JANUARY 13: Devin McCourty #32 of the New England Patriots breaks up a pass intended for Mike Williams #81 of the Los Angeles Chargers during the second quarter in the AFC Divisional Playoff Game at Gillette Stadium on January 13, 2019 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill (10) gestures as he runs past Indianapolis Colts safety Clayton Geathers (26) and linebacker Anthony Walker during the second half of an NFL divisional football playoff game in Kansas City, Mo., Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019. (AP Photo/Ed Zurga)
Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Alshon Jeffery (17) lies on the turf in front of New Orleans Saints defensive end Cameron Jordan (94) after the Saints intercepted a pass in the second half of an NFL divisional playoff football game in New Orleans, Sunday, Jan. 13, 2019. The Saints won 20-14. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)
FOXBOROUGH, MASSACHUSETTS - JANUARY 13: Sony Michel #26 of the New England Patriots scores a touchdown as he is defended by Casey Hayward #26 of the Los Angeles Chargers during the first quarter of the AFC Divisional Playoff Game at Gillette Stadium on January 13, 2019 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Adam Glanzman/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 12: Inside linebacker Cory Littleton #58 of the Los Angeles Rams tackles running back Ezekiel Elliott #21 of the Dallas Cowboys in the fourth quarter of the NFC Divisional Round playoff game at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on January 12, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Meg Oliphant/Getty Images)
KANSAS CITY, MO - JANUARY 12: Travis Kelce #87 of the Kansas City Chiefs is tackled by J.J. Wilcox #37 and teammate Kenny Moore #23 of the Indianapolis Colts during the first quarter of the AFC Divisional Round playoff game at Arrowhead Stadium on January 12, 2019 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Peter Aiken/Getty Images)
New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas (13) pulls in a touchdown reception against Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Cre'von LeBlanc (34) in the second half of an NFL divisional playoff football game in New Orleans, Sunday, Jan. 13, 2019. (AP Photo/Bill Feig)
BALTIMORE, MARYLAND - JANUARY 06: Melvin Gordon #28 of the Los Angeles Chargers loses the ball on the 1 yard line against the Baltimore Ravens during the fourth quarter in the AFC Wild Card Playoff game at M&T Bank Stadium on January 06, 2019 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TX - JANUARY 05: Eric Ebron #85 of the Indianapolis Colts catches a pass for a touchdown defended by Tyrann Mathieu #32 of the Houston Texans in the first quarter during the Wild Card Round at NRG Stadium on January 5, 2019 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)
Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Cre'von LeBlanc (34) breaks up a pass intended for Chicago Bears wide receiver Anthony Miller (17) during the first half of an NFL wild-card playoff football game Sunday, Jan. 6, 2019, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott (4) celebrates his first down near the goal line against the Seattle Seahawks during the second half of the NFC wild-card NFL football game in Arlington, Texas, Saturday, Jan. 5, 2019. (AP Photo/Ron Jenkins)
Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson (8) tries to break free from Los Angeles Chargers free safety Derwin James in the first half of an NFL wild card playoff football game, Sunday, Jan. 6, 2019, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
Baltimore Ravens tight end Mark Andrews (89) leaps over Los Angeles Chargers defenders as he rushes the ball in the second half of an NFL wild card playoff football game, Sunday, Jan. 6, 2019, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott (4) flies for the goal line and makes a first down against Seattle Seahawks defensive end Frank Clark (55) during the second half of the NFC wild-card NFL football game in Arlington, Texas, Saturday, Jan. 5, 2019. (AP Photo/Ron Jenkins)
Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Cre'von LeBlanc (34) breaks up a pass intended for Chicago Bears wide receiver Anthony Miller (17) during the first half of an NFL wild-card playoff football game Sunday, Jan. 6, 2019, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
Chicago Bears kicker Cody Parkey (1) reacts after missing a field goal in the closing minute during the second half of an NFL wild-card playoff football game against the Philadelphia Eagles Sunday, Jan. 6, 2019, in Chicago. The Eagles won 16-15. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
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