Playoffs to start at Indy
Published: Monday, January 1, 2007 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, January 1, 2007 at 12:00 a.m.
NEW YORK — The NFL playoffs will begin in Indianapolis next Saturday when the Colts face the Kansas City Chiefs.
That will be followed by Dallas at Seattle at 8 p.m. Saturday. Then the New York Jets will be at New England at 1 p.m. on Sunday — their third meeting this season — and the New York Giants will play at Philadelphia at 4:30 p.m. to complete the NFL's wild-card meeting.
The Chiefs (9-7) are the most improbable entry — the sixth and last seed in the AFC.
They entered the weekend needing a number of scenarios to break for them. They beat Jacksonville 35-30, then qualified because Tennessee and Cincinnati lost early games and Denver, which had only to win to get in, was beaten 26-23 in overtime by San Francisco.
The Jets (10-6) qualified as the fifth seed by beating Oakland 23-3. They split two games with the Patriots (12-4), winning in Foxborough 17-14 on Nov. 12.
San Diego (14-2) held on to the AFC's first seed, beating Arizona 27-20. Baltimore (13-3) will be No. 2 after beating Buffalo 19-7. The Colts (12-4) beat Miami 27-22 and the Patriots (12-4) won 40-23 in Tennessee.
In the NFC, the Giants (8-8) secured the final spot after beating Washington 34-28 and getting more than enough positive results on Sunday.
Chicago had already secured the top seed entering Sunday night's game with Green Bay. New Orleans (10-6) lost Sunday to Carolina, but had already secured the other first-round bye.
Philadelphia (10-6) won its fifth straight by beating Atlanta 24-17 to win the NFC East, which will have three of the six teams in the playoffs. That title was already secured when Dallas (9-7) lost to lowly Detroit 39-31 earlier in the day.
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NFL playoff schedule
Wild-card PlayoffsAll Times ESTSaturday
· Kansas City at Indianapolis, 4:30 p.m. (NBC)
· Dallas at Seattle, 8 p.m. (NBC)
· New York Jets at New England, 1 p.m. (CBS)
· New York Giants at Philadelphia, 4:30 p.m. (FOX)
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· N.Y. Giants 34,
· Detroit 39, Dallas 31
· N.Y. Jets 23, Oakland 3
· St. Louis 41, Minnesota 21
· Houston 14, Cleveland 6
· Carolina 31, New Orleans 21
· New England 40, Tennessee 23
· Seattle 23, Tampa Bay 7
· Pittsburgh 23, Cincinnati 17, OT
· Kansas City 35, Jacksonville 30
· Indianapolis 27, Miami 22
· Baltimore 19, Buffalo 7
· San Diego 27, Arizona 20
· Philadelphia 24, Atlanta 17
· San Francisco 26, Denver 23, OT
· Green Bay 26, Chicago 7
End of regular season
See Pages 3-5C
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