Today, the NFL playoff field will narrow from eight down to six, as the first pair of divisional playoff games will take place this afternoon and evening.
In just about 30 minutes or so here, the New Orleans Saints will take on the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field in Seattle. The weather is apparently not being terribly cooperative up there, so that might make things a bit more interesting. That game will be televised on FOX, and commentary will be handled by the team of Kevin Burkhardt and John Lynch. Kickoff time is officially at 3:30 PM Central time. If you need to find it on satellite radio, you can get the national feed from the Dial Global Radio Network on Channel 88 (on both Sirius and XM), the Saints feed on Sirius Channel 92/XM Channel 225, and the Seahawks feed on Channel 86 (on both Sirius and XM). The referee for that one will be Terry McAulay.
That will be followed by the late game, as the Indianapolis Colts once again travel to Foxboro to take on the New England Patriots. The game will be on CBS and called by Greg Gumbel and Dan Dierdorf. It will be Dierdorf's final game in the booth, as he is retiring after this season and the AFC Championship Game will be called by Jim Nantz and Phil Simms. Kickoff time for that one is set for 7:00 PM Central. The satellite radio channels are the same as above. . .just substitute "Colts" in for "Saints" and "Patriots" in for "Seahawks." The referee for this one will be Pete Morelli, who is inexplicably getting post-season assignments instead of the pink slip he so richly deserves.
If you're going to be watching the games this afternoon and this evening, hang out here and discuss them with your fellow Minnesota Vikings fans, folks!