2013 NFL Playoff Schedule: Where to Watch Each Game on Wild Card Weekend

Ian Hanford@Ian_HanfordFeatured ColumnistDecember 31, 2012

KANSAS CITY, MO - DECEMBER 23:  Quarterback Andrew Luck #12 of the Indianapolis Colts in action during the game against the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium on December 23, 2012 in Kansas City, Missouri.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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Without one clear-cut, dominant team in the NFL this season, the postseason should be extremely interesting.

That begins with the Wild Card Round on Saturday. Four teams from each conference will square off in what should be four competitive games over the weekend.

Avid NFL fans wait all season for these games to arrive. It's important to know where to watch each game so you don't miss a single important play.

Let's take a look at the television schedule and also pick out a few players to watch.


*Schedule courtesy of NFL.com's Gregg Rosenthal

*All times ET

Houston Texans Cincinnati Bengals 1/5/13 4:30 p.m. NBC
Green Bay Packers Minnesota Vikings 1/5/13 8 p.m.  NBC
Baltimore Ravens Indianapolis Colts 1/6/13 1 p.m. CBS
Washington Redskins Seattle Seahawks 1/6/13 4.30 p.m.


Now let's look at three players to watch in the first batch of games.


Alfred Morris

Morris' 200-yard, three-touchdown performance Sunday night versus the Dallas Cowboys was incredible, but it's not like he hasn't had a great year overall.

The rookie ball-carrier had over 1,400 yards and 10 touchdowns entering Sunday night's game. He was one of the biggest surprises in the NFL this season, and he has given Robert Griffin III someone to rely on in the Redskins' offense.

Running against the Seahawks' defense is going to be tough, but he could find openings if he's patient. Washington's read-option offense can present problems for teams that aren't used to defending it, and Morris will be ready to capitalize.

The Redskins need Morris to help RG3 if they want to advance past the first round of the playoffs.

If he can't, their playoff run will be a short one.


Andrew Luck

Luck has played like anything but a rookie this season. If he had played like a typical first-year player, he wouldn't have turned the Colts around from their two-loss season a year ago.

There's no doubt he still makes mistakes, but it will be interesting to see how the heralded rookie fares in his first postseason start versus the Baltimore Ravens. M&T Bank Stadium is not an easy place to walk into for anyone, but he must make it happen for his team to win.

All eyes should be on Luck in this game. The Colts really have nothing to lose at this point, and he's already accustomed to leading his team to dramatic wins. 

If he can continue to play like an experienced veteran, his team will score a huge road victory to kick off his playoff career.


J.J. Watt

Watt is one of the few defensive players who can change a game all by himself. His presence alone could earn Houston the win that it needs to right the ship moving forward.

Not only has he proven himself as a capable run-stopper, but he has 20.5 sacks on the season. His combination of size/speed gives offensive tackles nightmares, and he's such a smart player that he makes things even more difficult on opponents.

If the Texans want to win the game, they're going to need plays from the defense. Matt Schaub and Arian Foster will be able to move the ball, but it's important for Watt to pressure Andy Dalton.

Watt is a rare breed. If he has his way with the Cincinnati offensive line, he can alter the game with one big play.