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NFL playoff schedule: 2015 divisional round matchups set

Former Bills running back Fred Jackson and the Seattle Seahawks square off against the 15-1 Carolina Panthers in the marquee matchup of the divisional round of the 2015 NFL playoffs. Here is next weekend's schedule.

The wild card round of the 2015 NFL playoffs is now in the books, with all four road teams beating four separate division winners over Saturday and Sunday to set up matchups with the top four seeds in the postseason next weekend.

Here is the viewing schedule for next week's divisional round. The winners of these games will move on to the AFC and NFC championship games.

Patriots (12-4) vs. Chiefs (12-5)

  • Date: Saturday, January 16, 2016
  • Time: 4:30 p.m. ET
  • Location: Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, MA
  • TV (announcers): CBS (Ian Eagle, Dan Fouts)

Kansas City has won 11 straight games, including Saturday's 30-0 drubbing of AFC South champ Houston, while the banged-up Patriots lost four of their last six games to close out the regular season. This will be the Chiefs' toughest test yet, however, especially if New England is able to return some key players to the lineup.

Cardinals (13-3) vs. Packers (11-6)

  • Date: Saturday, January 16, 2016
  • Time: 8:00 p.m. ET
  • Location: University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, AZ
  • TV (announcers): NBC (Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth)

Two weekends ago, these two teams met in this stadium, and Arizona absolutely crushed Green Bay, 38-8. But Arizona is coming off of a blowout loss themselves in Week 17, while the Packers appeared to rediscover a groove on offense in their 35-18 wild card win over Washington. The scoreboard will, with any luck, be much more competitive this time around.

Panthers (15-1) vs. Seahawks (11-6)

  • Date: Sunday, January 17, 2016
  • Time: 1:00 p.m. ET
  • Location: Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, NC
  • TV (announcers): FOX (Joe Buck, Troy Aikman)

Only by the grace of a missed chip-shot Minnesota field goal are the Seahawks still in this tournament, escaping freezing Minneapolis with a 10-9 win over the Vikings. Now the two hottest teams in the NFC square off in what might have been a dynamite conference championship game. Ex-Bills running back Fred Jackson and his Super Bowl dream is still alive.

Broncos (12-4) vs. Steelers (11-6)

  • Date: Sunday, January 17, 2016
  • Time: 4:30 p.m. ET
  • Location: Sports Authority Field at Mile High, Denver, CO
  • TV (announcers): CBS (Jim Nantz, Phil Simms)

Peyton Manning will start for the top-seeded Broncos in this game, but time will tell if Pittsburgh - fresh off of their insane, 18-16 win over Cincinnati - will have either Ben Roethlisberger or Antonio Brown for this contest. These teams played each other in Week 15 in Pittsburgh - the Steelers won, 34-27 - but the landscape has changed a lot since then.