Before the games were even done being played on Sunday, the NFL announced the schedule for the first round of the 2009/2010 NFL Season Playoffs.
All four contests in the opening round are rematches. Three of the four are rematches of week 17 games… and all three of those featured blowout and embarrassing losses. Embarrassing to the tune of a combined 94-7 score. In defense of two of those teams, they did shut it down to protect their players since not much was on the line. We’ll see how they rebound during wildcard weekend. The roster will be as follows:
Saturday, January 9
AFC: 4:30 PM (ET)
New York Jets (8-7) at Cincinnati (10-5) (NBC-TV)
NFC: 8:00 PM (ET)
Philadelphia (11-5) at Dallas (11-5) (NBC-TV)
Sunday, January 10
AFC: 1:00 PM (ET)
Baltimore (9-7) at New England (10-6) (CBS-TV)
NFC: 4:40 PM (ET)
Green Bay (11-5) at Arizona (10-6) (FOX-TV)
Only the Jets/Bengals game is changing venues for the rubber match. The Cowboys/Eagles game will be the third time the two teams will meet this season, the two previous games featured Dallas victories.