After 17 grueling weeks of good play and bad play, wins and losses, and a lot of not very good refereeing, we have finally reached the beginning of the end.
The NFL playoffs are upon us.
Coming into the 2012 season, most folks had the New York Giants and Pittsburgh Steelers pegged as legitimate contenders; that ultimately didn’t work out. Along the same lines, nobody had the Washington Redskins or Indianapolis Colts performing the way they performed this year.
The sheer unpredictability and quality play that we have seen to date will lend itself well to what is unquestionably the most exciting postseason in all of sports. (Unlike March Madness, with the NFL playoffs everyone actually knows all of the teams involved.)
The action kicks off next week. Check out the full Wild Card schedule below.
Cincinnati Bengals vs. Houston Texans – 4:30 p.m. NBC
Minnesota Vikings vs. Green Bay Packers – 8:00 p.m. NBC
Indianapolis Colts vs. Baltimore Ravens – 1:00 p.m. CBS
Seattle Seahawks vs. Washington Redskins – 4:30 p.m. FOX
(all times EST)