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NFL playoff bracket: Divisional playoff matchups, schedule for AFC, NFC | NFL

The NFL playoff bracket for the 2018 divisional round is set.

The Chiefs, Patriots, Saints and Rams punched their tickets to the divisional round before the playoffs started when they secured first-round byes during the regular season. The Colts, Chargers, Cowboys and Eagles joined them with wins in the wild-card round.

Below is the updated NFL playoff seeding, including dates, times and TV info for all four divisional playoff matchups.

MORE: NFL playoff schedule | Predictions

NFL playoff bracket: AFC teams

1. Kansas City Chiefs

(vs. Colts: Sat., Jan 12, 4:35 p.m. ET, NBC)

The Chiefs should feel good about hosting a divisional playoff game at Arrowhead Stadium, one of if not the loudest in the NFL, after earning the No. 1 seed in the AFC. They shouldn’t feel as good about playing against the Colts. SN’s Vinnie Iyer can name three reasons why Indianapolis can give Kansas City fits Saturday.

2. New England Patriots

(vs. Chargers: Sun., Jan 13, 1:05 p.m. ET, CBS)

Much has been made about the Patriots’ rate of success when they get a first-round bye in the playoffs. For their first postseason game this year, they draw a Chargers team that finished with a better regular-season record than they did. New England will get challenged in this one.

5. Los Angeles Chargers

(vs. Patriots: Sun., Jan 13, 1:05 p.m. ET, CBS)

The Chargers were blowing out the Ravens in the wild-card round … until they weren’t. It came down to the wire, but Los Angeles, which finished in a tie for the best record in the AFC this season despite its status as a wild-card team, took care of its business in Baltimore. A Chargers-Patriots divisional playoff game in New England? Let’s party like it’s 2006.

6. Indianapolis Colts

(at Chiefs: Sat., Jan 12, 4:35 p.m. ET, NBC)

We doubt the Colts will be intimidated by the playoff atmosphere in Kansas City; they certainly weren’t bothered by the crowd in Houston early in the wild-card game. Again, SN’s Vinnie Iyer can name three reasons why Indianapolis can give Kansas City fits Saturday.

NFL playoff bracket: NFC teams

1. New Orleans Saints

(vs. Eagles: Sun., Jan. 13, 4:40 p.m. ET, FOX)

Two conclusions were drawn when the Saints demolished the Eagles in November: New Orleans officially was a Super Bowl contender, and Philadelphia’s chances to defend its Super Bowl title were done. One for two isn’t bad. The Saints remain arguably the best team in football, and the Superdome remains arguably the toughest NFL venue in which to play. But the Eagles are bringing their inexplicable playoff magic to New Orleans for the divisional round.

2. Los Angeles Rams

(vs. Cowboys: Sat., Jan. 12, 8:15 p.m. ET, FOX)

When Sporting News dished out its NFL playoff predictions, all four writers named the Rams as the team most prone to defeat out of the four with first-round byes. Stopping Ezekiel Elliott and the Cowboys’ rushing attack in the divisional round will be a tough ask for LA’s shaky run defense. And considering Dallas is the opponent, we’ll see which team is actually the “home team” come Saturday night.

4. Dallas Cowboys

(at Rams: Sat., Jan. 12, 8:15 p.m. ET, FOX)

Coming off a tough win against Seattle and heading to Los Angeles for the divisional round of the playoffs, Dallas has to feel great about itself. Quarterback Dak Prescott has a playoff win under his belt, and Elliott will be ready to run against the Rams’ defense. Except for that guy Aaron Donald. He might be a problem.

6. Philadelphia Eagles

(at Saints: Sun., Jan. 13, 4:40 p.m. ET, FOX)

Good luck pinning how exactly the Eagles keep winning playoff games with clutch plays behind Nick Foles at quarterback. Philadelphia’s run continues into New Orleans for the divisional round. The Eagles will be heavy underdogs against the Saints, but expect them to put up a bigger fight compared to the debacle at the Superdome a couple months ago.

Teams eliminated in wild-card round of playoffs: Texans, Seahawks, Ravens, Bears

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