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NFL playoff schedule 2013: AFC West champion Broncos earn bye week

The NFL playoffs are set to begin on Saturday, when the Houston Texans play host to the Cincinnati Bengals to kick off Wild Card weekend.


After finishing the regular season 2-14, the Kansas City Chiefs obviously won't participate in the 2013 NFL playoffs -- though that doesn't mean Chiefs fans won't want to tune into the playoffs this year, as there are plenty of excellent storylines still to be played out around the league.

The AFC West champion Denver Broncos won't be playing this week, as Peyton Manning led the Broncos to the No. 1 seed in the AFC. Manning's nemesis Tom Brady will also have the week off, as the Patriots earned the No. 2 seed.

Wild Card weekend kicks off on Saturday, when the Houston Texans play host to the Cincinnati Bengals (3:30 p.m. CT, NBC). As recently as a month ago, it looked like the Texans were a lock to earn the AFC's top seed, but now find themselves playing on Wild Card weekend.

Lambeau Field will be the site of Saturday night's game, when the Green Bay Packers play host to Adrian Peterson and the Minnesota Vikings (7 p.m. CT, NBC). The Vikings knocked off the Packers in Week 17 to clinch a playoff berth, but the setting now shifts to Wisconsin and the frozen tundra.

On Sunday, the Indianapolis Colts head to Baltimore to take on the Ravens (12 p.m. CT, CBS), as Andrew Luck tries to keep Indianapolis' Cinderella season alive.

Later on Sunday, Russell Wilson heads to Washington D.C., as the Seattle Seahawks take on Robert Griffin III and the Washington Redskins, as two of the league's most exciting young quarterbacks square off. (3:30 p.m. CT, FOX)