NEW YORK -- The NFL playoffs will begin in Indianapolis next
Saturday when the Colts play the Kansas City Chiefs at 4:30 p.m. ET.
That will be followed by Dallas at Seattle at 8 p.m. ET Saturday.
Then the New York Jets will be at New England at 1 p.m. ET on Sunday --
their third meeting this season -- and the New York Giants will play
at Philadelphia at 4:30 p.m. ET to complete the NFL's wild-card
The Chiefs (9-7) are the most improbable entry -- the sixth and
last seed in the AFC.
They entered the weekend needing a number of scenarios to break
for them. They beat Jacksonville 35-30, then qualified because
Tennessee and Cincinnati lost early games and Denver, which had
only to win to get in, was beaten 26-23 in overtime by San
The Jets (10-6) qualified as the fifth seed by beating Oakland
23-3. They split two games with the Patriots (12-4), winning in
Foxborough 17-14 on Nov. 12.
San Diego (14-2) held on to the AFC's first seed, beating
Arizona 27-20. Baltimore (13-3) will be No. 2 after beating Buffalo
19-7. The Colts (12-4) beat Miami 27-22 and the Patriots (12-4) won
40-23 in Tennessee.
In the NFC, the Giants (8-8) secured the final spot after
beating Washington 34-28 and getting more than enough positive
results on Sunday.
Chicago had already secured the top seed entering Sunday night's
game with Green Bay. New Orleans (10-6) lost Sunday to Carolina,
but had already secured the other first-round bye.
Philadelphia (10-6) won its fifth straight by beating Atlanta
24-17 to win the NFC East, which will have three of the six teams
in the playoffs. That title was already secured when Dallas (9-7)
lost to lowly Detroit 39-31 earlier in the day.