With the door to the regular season closed, the 2014 NFL playoffs are set for fans to watch on live TV and live online thanks to CBS, FOX and NBC, as well as the NBC Sports Live Extra site. It’s time for four epic wild card games to be played within a two day time period to determine who will continue seeking a conference championship and Super Bowl berth. The games take place on January 4th and 5th with the Kansas City Chiefs and Indianapolis Colts leading the way. Get ready for some exciting football this weekend between eight teams that are prepared to go the distance. Here’s the details on each of the games that viewers can watch on live television or in some cases live online!
Chiefs at Colts (Jan. 4 at 4:35 pm EST on NBC, NBC Sports Live Extra)
No longer is Kansas City a Cinderella story after powering through the whole season, continuing to prove themselves. While they are playing in Indianapolis and are newcomers to the playoff scene as of late, the Chiefs are ready to solidify their presence in the postseason. If you weigh the game in reference to the last few games of the season, Kansas City didn’t finish as strong as they would like while Indianapolis held their own. Still, both teams boast an 11-5 record, and if you’re looking for a prediction, experts are calling it a football game dominated by Alex Smith. NBC will allow for viewers to watch live TV coverage around the nation (barring blackouts), while NBC Sports Live Extra will have the game live online.
Saints at Eagles (Jan. 4 at 8:10 pm E/T on NBC, NBC Sports Live Extra)
New Orleans has to take on Philadelphia at Lincoln Financial Field, but Drew Brees isn’t worried and neither is the rest of his crew. The Saints have their eyes on the Superbowl, and they are focused on taming the momentum that Nick Foles has brought to the Eagles. While the Saints only have one more win than Philadelphia on the season, they had a bigger divisional challenge throughout the season out of the Panthers than did the Eagles out of the Cowboys. If you want a prediction for this game, the experts are pointing to Philadelphia. Didn’t expect that call? Wait and see what happens. This game will be available to watch on live TV thanks to NBC, as well as live online via the NBC Sports Live Extra site.
Chargers vs Bengals (Jan. 5 at 1:05 pm EST on CBS)
The Bengals sit atop of the AFC North in a division that has the team under them playing .500 football. The Chargers hail from the a stellar AFC East division this year in which they have a playoff berth despite their 3rd place showing. There is no Drew Brees or Alex Smith in this game, but there are two teams who have earned their spots in the postseason for sure. Philip Rivers and the Chargers face off against Andy Dalton and the Bengals. Cincinnati enters the playoff picture with an 11-5 record while San Diego steps onto the scene at 9-7. If you go by regular season performance and hype, you would probably guess the Bengals as the victor, and the playoff experts are suggesting the same for this wild card game. Will there be any surprises here? This game goes off at 1:05 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, with viewers able to watch on television thanks to CBS. They will also have live online coverage of the game through the CBS Sports Live NFL video site.
49ers at Packers (Jan 5 at 4:40 pm EST on FOX)
Colin Kaepernick and the 49ers are ready for the return of Aaron Rodgers, or are they? Packers have finished off the regular season without Rodgers and have their playoff berth. However, their record is 8-7 as they sit atop the weak NFC North. In a more challenging division, they might have missed out. After all, they have the worst record of any team that made the playoffs this season. The 49ers have one of the best records at 12-4 but do not sit atop their division where Seattle edged them out by one win. The return of Rodgers keeps this prediction from being one-sided, and while anything can happen during the playoffs, experts are pointing to San Francisco as the victor. This game follows the first wildcard game of Sunday to cap off the first round of playoff action, with the game’s start time set for 4:40 p.m. EST on FOX and affiliate stations. There will be live online viewing available for viewers with access to FOX Sports Go service online.
Prepare all your snacks and get ready for an exciting weekend of NFL football wild card playoff games. No doubt these match ups will live up to their billing, and only time will tell who moves on to face another opponent on the road to the Super Bowl.