Despite closing their season with a loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the Atlanta Falcons claimed a first-round bye in the NFC playoffs, awaiting the results of Sunday night's Washington Redskins-Dallas Cowboys game and next weekend's Wild Card round to figure out their opponent.
The Falcons will face the lowest-ranked remaining NFC team after the first round of the playoffs are completed as the conference's top seed. The NFC playoff schedule is as follows:
NFC Playoff Schedule
Wild Card Round
Saturday, Jan. 5 - Vikings at Packers, 8 p.m. (NBC)
Sunday, Jan. 6 - Seahawks at Redskins/Cowboys, 4:30 p.m. (FOX)
Saturday, Jan. 12 - highest remaining seed at 49ers, 8 p.m.
Sunday, Jan. 13 - lowest remaining seed at Falcons, 1 p.m.
And the AFC playoff schedule:
AFC Playoff Schedule
Saturday, Jan. 5 - Cincinnati Bengals vs. Houston Texans, 4:30 p.m.
Sunday, Jan. 6 - Indianapolis Colts vs. Baltimore Ravens, 1 p.m.
Lowest winning seed at Denver Broncos
Highest winning seed at New England Patriots