11:06am PT by Sofia M. Fernandez
NFL Playoff Schedule 2012
Twelve teams begin their quest for Super Bowl XLVI (46) beginning this Saturday when the New Orleans Saints host the Detroit Lions and the Houston Texans take on the Cincinnati Bengals in the day's wild card match-ups.
The following day, wild card games pit the Atlanta Falcons against the New York Giants (who secured the spot with a victory over the Dallas Cowboys in the regular season's final game on Jan. 1), and the Pittsburgh Steelers against the Denver Broncos. NBC, Fox and CBS will broadcast the wild card weekend games.
The New England Patriots, San Francisco 49ers, Baltimore Ravens and Green Bay Packers join in for divisional playoffs the following weekend.
Super Bowl XLVI takes place Sunday, Feb. 5, and will be telecast on NBC. The game will also be officially live streamed for the first time ever. Madonna will be the halftime performer.
The Pro Bowl and NBC’s broadcasts of wild card playoff games will also be available on the NFL and NBC websites through Verizon’s NFL Mobile app.
Saturday, Jan. 7, 2012
AFC - Cincinnati Bengals vs. Houston Texans, 4:30 p.m. ET (NBC)
NFC - Detroit Lions vs. New Orleans Saints, 8 p.m. ET (NBC)
Sunday, Jan. 8, 2012
NFC - Atlanta Falcons vs. New York Giants, 1 p.m. ET (Fox)
AFC - Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Denver Broncos, 4:30 p.m. ET (CBS)
Saturday, Jan. 14, 2012
New England Patriots vs. TBD, 8 p.m. ET
San Francisco 49ers vs.TBD, 4 p.m. ET
Sunday, Jan. 15, 2012
Baltimore Ravens (12-4) vs. TBD, 1 p.m. ET
Green Bay Packers (15-1) vs. TBD, 4:30 p.m. ET