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2017-18 NFL Playoffs: Divisional Round TV and Announcer Schedule

Opening NFL Divisional Playoff weekend on Jan. 13, the defending NFC champion Atlanta Falcons visit the Philadelphia Eagles and will air on NBC. As of Jan. 7, the Eagles — helmed by backup quarterback Nick Foles since the season-ending injury to MVP-contending QB Carson Wentz — are the first-ever No. 1 seeded NFL team to be designated as an underdog in its first playoff game. Las Vegas odds favor the Falcons by 2.5 points.

Then, on in CBS prime time on Jan. 13, the defending Super Bowl champion New England Patriots host the Tennessee Titans. The Patriots come off a tumultuous week off-the-field as an ESPN report alleged a dysfunctional rift between owner Robert Kraft, head coach Bill Belichick and quarterback Tom Brady. The Titans scored an unanswered 19 points in their Wild Card matchup in Kansas City on Jan. 6 to stun the Chiefs in a 22-21 upset win for the franchise’s first playoff victory in 14 years.

The Jacksonville Jaguars, fresh off their first playoff win in eleven years, head to Pittsburgh to play the Steelers on CBS on Jan. 14 at 1:10 p.m. Since drafting quarterback Ben Roethlisberger in 2004, the Steelers have a losing home record against two teams (including playoffs): the New England Patriots (2-5) and the aforementioned Jacksonville Jaguars (1-4).

Then, at 4:40 p.m. ET on Fox Jan. 14, the New Orleans Saints are at the Minnesota Vikings. It’s a rematch of the infamous 2009-10 NFC Championship Game that ultimately led to the NFL changing its rules for overtime. In his Jan. 7 Wild Card game versus the Carolina Panthers, Saints quarterback Drew Brees accomplished throwing for 376 yards in the 31-26 victory. It was Brees’ seventh playoff game to throw for at least 300 passing yards — third-most for a quarterback in the Super Bowl era, behind Tom Brady and Peyton Manning.

All start times in the following TV schedule are Eastern:

Saturday, January 13, 2018

4:35 p.m.
NFC Divisional Playoff Game (NBC)
(#6) Atlanta Falcons at (#1) Philadelphia Eagles
Announcers: Al Michaels (play-by-play), Cris Collinsworth (analyst), Michele Tafoya (reporter), Heather Cox (reporter)

8:15 p.m.
AFC Divisional Playoff Game (CBS)
(#5) Tennessee Titans at (#1) New England Patriots
Announcers: Jim Nantz (play-by-play), Tony Romo (analyst), Tracy Wolfson (reporter), Jay Feely (reporter)

Sunday, January 14, 2018

1:05 p.m.
AFC Divisional Playoff Game (CBS)
(#3) Jacksonville Jaguars at (#2) Pittsburgh Steelers
Announcers: Ian Eagle (play-by-play), Dan Fouts (analyst), Evan Washburn (reporter)

4:40 p.m.
NFC Divisional Playoff Game (Fox)
(#4) New Orleans Saints at (#2) Minnesota Vikings
Announcers: Joe Buck (play-by-play), Troy Aikman (analyst), Erin Andrews (reporter), Chris Myers (reporter)

Written by Douglas Pucci

Douglas Pucci (a.k.a. “Son of the Bronx”) has worked with Mr. Berman for more than a decade. A Bronx native, NYU graduate and once-intern for VH1's "Pop Up Video," Pucci went on to design, build and maintain websites for various non-profit organizations in his hometown of New York City. He also contributes to the sports website Awful Announcing.

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