NFL playoff schedule set; Steelers face Bengals in prime time Saturday

They split the season series, but the Pittsburgh Steelers' victory over the Cincinnati Bengals on Dec. 13 could have a big impact on Saturday's wild-card playoff game.

In the Steelers' 33-20 win less than a month ago, Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton broke his thumb early in the game making a tackle after an interception. The Steelers blitzed backup A.J. McCarron the rest of the game and started their playoff run.


It's unclear if Dalton will be ready to play Saturday night. The Steelers won four of their last five games and snuck into the playoffs when the Buffalo Bills beat the New York Jets Sunday.

The wild-card weekend playoff schedule:



No. 5 Kansas City Chiefs at No. 4 Houston Texans, Saturday, 4:20 p.m. (ABC/ESPN)

No. 6 Steelers at No. 3 Bengals, Saturday, 8:15 p.m. (CBS)


No. 6 Seattle Seahawks at No. 3 Minnesota Vikings, Sunday, 1:05 p.m. (NBC)

No. 5 Green Bay Packers at No. 4 Washington Redskins, Sunday. 4:40 p.m. (Fox)

The tops seeds in the AFC (No. 1 Denver Broncos and No. 2 New England Patriots) and in the NFC (No. 1 Carolina Panthers and No. 2 Arizona Cardinals) have byes.