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2013 NFL playoff schedule: Chuck Pagano returns to Baltimore

Below is the schedule of playoff games for the Wild Card round of the post season, starting next Saturday afternoon.

Joe Robbins

Wild Card Round:

Saturday, Jan. 5 - Bengals at Texans, 4:30 p.m. (NBC)
Saturday, Jan. 5 - Vikings at Packers, 8 p.m. (NBC)
Sunday, Jan. 6 - Colts at Ravens, 1 p.m. (CBS)
Sunday, Jan. 6 - Seahawks at Redskins, 4:30 p.m. (FOX)

Divisional Round:
Saturday, Jan. 12 - lowest remaining seed at Broncos, 4:30 p.m. (CBS)
Saturday, Jan. 12 - highest remaining seed at 49ers, 8 p.m.
Sunday, Jan. 13 - lowest remaining seed at Falcons, 1 p.m.
Sunday, Jan. 13 - highest remaining seed at Patriots, 4:30 p.m.

The Baltimore Ravens will play a relatively "normal" game in that they are playing at a typical 1pm (ET) time slot. Before they kickoff, they will already have a better idea where they will go after they dispatch the Indianapolis Colts.

The Colts will be returning to Baltimore as they have done over the years since they went to Indianapolis and came here to play the Ravens. This by itself adds to the intrigue of the game, but when you add the return of former Ravens defensive coordinator Chuck Pagano, with his winning fight against leukemia as well as the rookie QB Andrew Luck leading his team to the playoffs?

Then you have a game with perhaps more story lines than any other one in this first round of the playoffs. Of course, this most likely also means that outside of Baltimore, pretty much everyone else around the country as well as the NFL will be rooting for Indy to win this game and advance.

It will be so sad to disappoint so many people on Sunday.