By Aaron Wilson
The Baltimore Sun
9:09 PM EST, December 30, 2012
The AFC North division champion Ravens' AFC wild-card playoff game against the Indianapolis Colts is set for Sunday at 1 p.m. at M&T Bank Stadium, the NFL announced tonight.
The game features the emotional return of Colts coach Chuck Pagano, a popular former Ravens defensive coordinator, to Baltimore as he has successfully battled leukemia to return to the sidelines for a regular-season finale win over the Houston Texans.
Inspired by Pagano and quarterbacked by top overall pick Andrew Luck, the Colts engineered a nine-win turnaround after going 2-14 last season. That ties for the third-best turnaround in NFL history.
The game between the fourth-seeded Ravens (10-6) and the fifth-seeded Colts (11-5) will be carried on CBS.
Here's the entire playoff schedule for next weekend:
The Houston Texans host the Cincinnati Bengals at 4:30 p.m. Saturday.
The Green Bay Packers host the Minnesota Vikings at 8 p.m. Saturday.
Following the Ravens-Colts wild-card game, the winner of tonight's game between the Washington Redskins and the Dallas Cowboys will host the Seattle Seahawks at 4:30 p.m. Sunday.
Here's the seeding for the AFC: No. 1 AFC West champion Denver Broncos (13-3); No. 2 AFC East champion New England Patriots (12-4); No. 3 AFC South champion Houston Texans (12-4); No. 4: AFC North champion Baltimore Ravens (10-6); No. 5 Indianapolis Colts (11-5); No. 6 Cincinnati Bengals (10-6).
Here's the seeding for the NFC: No. 1 NFC South champion Atlanta Falcons (13-3); No. 2: NFC West champion San Francisco 49ers (11-4-1); No. 3: NFC North champion Green Bay Packers (11-5); No. 4 NFC East champion Washington or Dallas; No. 5: Seattle Seahawks (11-5); No. 6 Minnesota Vikings (10-6).