NFL playoff matchups set

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PHILADELPHIA - The NFL announced its first-round playoff schedule Sunday after a heavy slate of games helped to clear up the postseason picture.

In the AFC, New England and Pittsburgh hold the byes. The Patriots had already clinched the East division and homefield advantage as the No. 1 seed prior to the weekend, while the Steelers clinched the North title and a first-round bye with Sunday's 41-9 win over Cleveland.

Baltimore also finished with a 12-4 record following a victory over Cincinnati on Sunday, but lost a tiebreaker to the Steelers for the division title and had to settle for the fifth seed in the conference.

The Ravens will play at Kansas City in the first round, with that game taking place next Sunday at 1 p.m. (ET). The Chiefs won the AFC West title last week, but lost a tiebreaker to Indianapolis for the No. 3 seed.

The Colts beat Tennessee and won the AFC South on Sunday, setting up a home game with the sixth-seeded New York Jets on Saturday at 8 p.m. (ET).

In the NFC, Atlanta beat Carolina on Sunday to lock up the South division and the conference's No. 1 seed. Chicago, the NFC North champion, is the second seed.

The Bears secured a bye when Philadelphia lost to the Vikings on Tuesday, a setback that locked the NFC East-champion Eagles into the No. 3 seed in the conference. Philadelphia will host Green Bay on Sunday at 4:30 p.m. (ET).

The Packers reached the playoffs as the NFC's No. 6 thanks to Sunday's 10-3 victory over Chicago.

The first playoff game next weekend will pit No. 5 seed New Orleans against Seattle, which beat St. Louis on Sunday night to clinch the NFC West title. The Saints will travel to play the Seahawks on Saturday at 4:30 p.m. (ET).


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