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2019-20 NFL Playoffs: Wild Card Weekend TV and Announcer Schedule

The National Football League announced its postseason television schedule on Sunday, December 29.

Wild Card weekend marks the kickoff to the NFL postseason on Jan. 4-5.

ESPN and ABC will simulcast the first game of these playoffs on Saturday, Jan. 4 at 4:35 p.m. ET: AFC South division winner Houston Texans make their sixth playoff appearance in franchise history, all within an 9-season span. They’ll encounter the Buffalo Bills who earned their best regular-season record (10-6) since 1999. This is only the Bills’ second playoff appearance within the past 20 years, with a Jan. 2018 wild card loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars being their most recent.

In prime time on CBS for Jan. 4, the New England Patriots, with its 17th AFC East division title in the Tom Brady era, will appear in its first Wild Card Weekend in ten years as they battle the Tennessee Titans. The Titans’ head coach is Mike Vrabel, a former linebacker with the Patriots from 2001-08 and member of three of their Super Bowl championship seasons. The Titans reach just their second postseason in 11 seasons, thanks to the installation of former Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill. The Titans won seven of the last ten games that Tannehill had started.

It will be yet another playoff clash between NFC rivals, the Minnesota Vikings and the New Orleans Saints. The two most notable being the Saints’ NFC championship game win following the 2009 season and the Saints’ gut-wrenching loss in a divisional game following the 2017 season. This year’s playoff game will air on Fox at 1 p.m. ET.

Then, at 4:40 p.m. ET on NBC, NFC East champion Philadelphia Eagles host the Seattle Seahawks. The Eagles and the Seahawks met in Week 12 of this season at Philadelphia’s Lincoln Financial Field with Seattle coming out with a 17-9 victory. Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz was 33-of-45 for 256 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions for a 75.8 passer rating against Seattle. He also lost two fumbles. The Eagles had five total turnovers. The Seahawks’ key to their 17-9 win was running back Rashaad Penny who had gained 129 yards and a touchdown. But Penny had since gotten a season-ending knee injury. Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson has never lost to the Eagles in four previous matchups but none have come in the postseason.

All start times in the following TV schedule are Eastern:

Saturday, January 4, 2020

4:35 p.m.
AFC Wild Card Game (ABC/ESPN)
(#5) Buffalo Bills at (#4) Houston Texans
Announcers: Joe Tessitore (play-by-play), Booger McFarland (analyst), Lisa Salters (reporter)

8:15 p.m.
AFC Wild Card Game (CBS)
(#6) Tennessee Titans at (#4) New England Patriots
Announcers: Jim Nantz (play-by-play), Tony Romo (analyst), Tracy Wolfson (reporter)

Sunday, January 5, 2020

1:05 p.m.
NFC Wild Card Game (Fox)
(#6) Minnesota Vikings at (#3) New Orleans Saints
Announcers: Joe Buck (play-by-play), Troy Aikman (analyst), Erin Andrews (reporter), Chris Myers (reporter)

4:40 p.m.
NFC Wild Card Game (NBC)
(#5) Seattle Seahawks at (#3) Philadelphia Eagles
Announcers: Al Michaels (play-by-play), Cris Collinsworth (analyst), Michele Tafoya (reporter), Heather Cox (reporter)

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  1. I’d willingly give up hearing them during the AFC/NFC playoffs, if we could only have the announcing team of Kevin Burkhardt and Charles Davis calling the Super Bowl on FOX. They don’t talk over plays, don’t drown us with meaningless stats, or waste our time with TMI/TMZ player gossip. Forget the rest, and go with the best!

  2. THE NFL HAS TURN OFF A LOTS OF BLACK AUDIENCE FOX TREATED PAM OLIVER WRONG
    AND CBS WILL NOT GIVE GREG GUMBEL THE NUMBER 1 OR NUMBER 2 LEAD PLAY BY PLAY WHICH HE WAS THE FIRST BLACK PERSON TO CALL A SUPERBOWL THEN YOU HAVE THE ATHLETE WHO BURST THEIR TALE FROM HIGH SCHOOL THROUGH COLLEGE
    AND TO GET TO THE PROS AND THEY HAVE TO LISTEN TO THESE WHITE ANNOUNCER BY DESCRIBING THEM AS MONSTER OR BEAST WHICH IS TOTALLY WRONG I DID NOT TURN OFF THE GAME BECAUSE OF THE ATHLETE I TURN OFF THE GAME BECAUSE OF THE ANNOUNCER THE ONLY THING I WILL DO IS LOOK AT THE SCORES AND SEE IF MY TEAM WON OR I CAN GO TO YOU TUBE AND WATCH THE HIGHLIGHT AND I JUST WONDER WILL THERE EVERY BE A TIME WHEN BLACK WILL TAKE OVER THE NFL AND GET RID OF SOME OF THAT BAD LANGUAGE THAT THE WHITE ANNOUNCER ARE USING IN DESCRIBING ATHLETE.

    • Danny! If you want to listen to a good black announcer, then look no further than Charles Davis (and his white partner, Kevin Burkhardt). You might have seen Davis on the NFL Network, where he’s a keen and well-respected analyst. They’re my favorites. The others? I often turn off the volume and just watch the game — all I care about, really, is the play… and the refs give hand signals, so I know that the penalties are for. But Charles Davis is THE Man. Check him out.

  3. Jim Nantz. You and Romo are the most one sided commentators I’ve ever heard. All kudos to Titans. At least make it less obvious who your pulling for. I’d rather have teeth pulled with no Novocain than listen to you two.

      • Yeah, he does “motor-mouth”. OTOH, he’s knowledgeable and quick to share his analysis. Equally important, the/they don’t talk over the plays; Mike Tirico does that, as does Chris Collinsworth.

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