Best NFL weekend of the yearPosted: January 9, 2014
Chris Berman is pumped.
NFL fans should be also.
The four winners from last weekend advance to face the best of each conference in the divisional round Saturday and Sunday.
The action begins Saturday at 4:30 p.m. on Fox, with the Saints heading to Seattle. The teams met three years ago, with the 7-9 Seahawks pulling the upset in Pete Carroll’s first postseason trip, and Seattle won their meeting this season.
CBS gets the primetime game, matching the Patriots and Colts. Andrew Luck notched his first playoff victory last weekend, while Tom Brady wants to add a fourth Super Bowl title.
Sunday, the Panthers host San Francisco on Fox at 1 p.m. Carolina won at Candlestick Park earlier in the season, part of their run to the second seed in the NFC.
Peyton Manning and the Broncos have the final game of the weekend, meeting division rival San Diego on CBS at 4:30 p.m. The Broncos have the top seed in the AFC for the second straight year, but last year lost in double overtime to eventual champion Baltimore in this round.
By Sunday evening, just four teams will be left on the road to the Meadowlands on Groundhog Day.
Down under, the Australian Open begins Sunday at 7 p.m. on ESPN2.
The Wizards take on Indiana Friday at 7 p.m. on Comcast before coming home to face Houston Saturday at 7 p.m.
The Heat head to New York Thursday at 8 p.m. on TNT, followed by Oklahoma City-Denver. ESPN has the Heat visiting Brooklyn Friday at 8 p.m., with the nightcap matching the Lakers and Clippers.
ESPN has top-ranked Arizona facing UCLA Thursday at 9 p.m., after Louisville takes on Memphis at 7 p.m. Second-ranked Syracuse hosts North Carolina Saturday at noon, followed by Kansas State-Kansas.
Auburn battles Mississippi on ESPN2 Thursday at 7 p.m., then it’s Nebraska-Michigan. Virginia’s game against North Carolina State at 5 p.m. caps the slate of four games on ESPN2 Saturday. The day starts at 11 a.m. when Saint Louis meets Dayton. Florida faces Arkansas at 1 p.m. before Memphis plays Temple.
There’s three games on FoxSports1 Thursday, beginning at 7 p.m. with DePaul-Butler. Marquette travels to Xavier at 9 p.m., with California against Oregon as the nightcap. Villanova plays St. John’s Saturday at 1 p.m. and Georgetown battles Butler at 7 p.m., and there’s two games from the Pac-12 Sunday – Colorado-Washington at 3 p.m. followed by Stanford-Oregon.
CBS offers Kentucky-Vanderbilt Saturday at 3:30 p.m. and Iowa goes against Ohio State Sunday at 1 p.m.
The ACC network has Georgia Tech against Notre Dame Saturday at noon, with some areas getting Wake Forest at Pittsburgh.
Comcast has three contests Saturday, starting at noon with Virginia Tech against Boston College. Duke meets Clemson at 2 p.m., then it’s off to the CAA for Delaware-James Madison.
MASN has a Big 12 doubleheader Saturday, with TCU-Baylor at 1:30 p.m. followed by Oklahoma’s visit to West Virginia.
George Washington battles LaSalle Thursday at 8 p.m. on NBC Sports network. There’s Atlantic 10 action between St. Bonaventure and Massachusetts at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, followed by Rhode Island-George Washington. Princeton takes on Pennsylvania in an Ivy League contest at 6 p.m.
Duquesne hosts La Salle Sunday at 2:30 p.m.
In women’s basketball, North Carolina heads to Florida State Sunday at 1 p.m. on Comcast. ESPN has a Sunday doubleheader, with Purdue against Penn State at 3 p.m. before Tennessee takes on Vanderbilt.
MASN2 offers Tulane at Marshall Thursday at 9 p.m. Texas-San Antonio faces Southern Mississippi Saturday at 4 p.m. on MASN2 and Texas takes on West Virginia Sunday at noon.
There’s high school basketball between Oak Ridge and Montverde Saturday at 4 p.m. on ESPN.
The Capitals visit Tampa Bay Thursday at 7 p.m. on Comcast and host Buffalo Sunday at 3 p.m. NBC Sports network brings the Flyers against Rangers Sunday at 7 p.m.
On the college ice, Notre Dame takes on Alabama-Huntsville Friday at 7:30 p.m. on NBC Sports network and Harvard meets Yale Saturday at 8 p.m.
Manchester United faces Swansea in Premier League play Saturday at 12:30 p.m. on NBC. There’s a pair of games on NBC Sports network Saturday morning, as Hull City faces Chelsea at 7:45 a.m. before Tottenham Hotspur battles Crystal Palace. Sunday, Newcastle United faces Manchester City at 9 a.m. and Stoke City takes on Liverpool at 11:15 a.m.
Getting ready for Sochi, NBC shows the United States Figure Skating championships Saturday at 3 and 8 p.m., and Sunday at 3 p.m.
Bowlers gather for the Japan Cup Sunday at 1 p.m. on ESPN.