Shortly after the New England Patriots wrapped up the AFC's second seed and secured a first-round playoff bye, the NFL released the 2013 playoff schedule.
While the Patriots opponent in the AFC Divisional Round remains to be seen, we do know the game will be played on Sunday, Jan. 13, 2013 at 4:30 p.m. on CBS at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough.
The Pats will host the Houston Texans if the Texans beat the Cincinnati Bengals next Saturday. But if the Texans lose to the Bengals then the Patriots will host the winner of Sunday's Indianapolis Colts/Baltimore Ravens game.
The following is a complete schedule of the NFL playoffs:
NFL WILD CARD WEEKEND
Saturday, Jan. 5
- AFC: Cincinnati at Houston, 4:30 p.m. (NBC)
- NFC: Minnesota at Green Bay, 8 p.m. (NBC)
Sunday, Jan. 6
- AFC: Indianapolis at Baltimore, 1 p.m. (CBS)
- NFC: Seattle at Washington, 4:30 p.m. (FOX)
NFL DIVISIONAL PLAYOFFS
Saturday, Jan. 12
- AFC: Baltimore/Indianapolis/Cincinnati at Denver, 4:30 p.m. (CBS)
- NFC: Green Bay/Washington/Dallas/Seattle at San Francisco, 8 p.m. (FOX)
Sunday, Jan. 13
- NFC: Washington/Seattle/Minnesota at Atlanta, 1 p.m. (FOX)
- AFC: Houston/Baltimore/Indianapolis at New England, 4:30 p.m. (CBS)
In the Divisional playoffs, the division champion with the best record in each conference will host the lowest seeded wild card survivor. Once teams are seeded for the playoffs, positions do not change:
American Football Conference Seeds
1. Denver (13-3, AFC West champion)
2. New England (12-4, AFC East champion)
3. Houston (12-4, AFC South champion)
4. Baltimore (10-6, AFC North champion)
5. Indianapolis (11-5)
6. Cincinnati (10-6)
National Football Conference Seeds
1. Atlanta (13-3, NFC South champion)
2. San Francisco (11-4-1, NFC West champion)
3. Green Bay (11-5, NFC North champion)
4. Washington (10-6) (NFC East champion)
5. Seattle (11-5)
6. Minnesota (10-6)
The AFC (CBS, 6:30 p.m.) and NFC (FOX, 3 p.m.) Championship Games will be played on Sunday, Jan. 20.
The 2013 Pro Bowl (NBC, 7 p.m.) will be played on Sunday, Jan. 27 at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii, one week before Super Bowl XLVII takes place at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans on Sunday, Feb. 3 (CBS, 6:30 p.m.).