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NFL Playoffs 2017 Wild Card Round: How to watch, game time, TV info, online stream, odds

Everything you’ll need to know for Wild Card weekend.

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The NFL playoffs begin this weekend with the Wild Card round.

The action kicks off on Saturday afternoon when the Houston Texans host the Oakland Raiders. Both teams will be shuffling their quarterbacks thanks to injuries to the starters.

Houston is going back to Brock Osweiler while Tom Savage is dealing with a concussion. Osweiler opened the year as the starter before being benched in Week 15 in favor of Savage.

Oakland, meanwhile, will be down to their third-string quarterback, a fourth-round rookie in Connor Cook. With Derek Carr out with a broken fibula and Matt McGloin dealing with a shoulder injury, Cook will make his first NFL start in the biggest game of Oakland’s season.

After Oakland vs Houston, the Seattle Seahawks host the Detroit Lions in primetime. For much of this season, Seattle look poised to win one of the NFC’s top two seeds, but a couple of bad losses down the stretch knocked them down into the Wild Card round.

Detroit enters this game having just lost the NFC North crown to Green Bay in Week 17. They’re now looking to end a pair of playoff droughts when they face the heavily favored Seahawks: The Lions haven’t won a playoff game since 1991, and they’ve not won on the road in the postseason since 1957, before the Super Bowl era began.

The Sunday playoff action kicks off with the Pittsburgh Steelers hosting the Miami Dolphins. This will be a rematch of the Week 6 beatdown Miami put on Pittsburgh, which sparked a six-game winning streak that propelled the Dolphins into the playoffs.

But that came in part thanks to Ben Roethlisberger injuring his knee in that game. The tables are turned this time around as Miami is without starting quarterback Ryan Tannehill due to a knee injury, leaving backup Matt Moore to start in Pittsburgh. This is the second year in a row that the Steelers will face a backup quarterback in the Wild Card round.

The Wild Card round wraps up with the Green Bay Packers playing host to the New York Giants. The two meant way back in Week 5, a 23-16 win by Green Bay.

However, both teams have improved vastly since then, highlighted by Aaron Rodgers having a scorching-hot streak that has him in the NFL MVP discussions. On the other side, the Giants have been suffocating on defense while allowing an average of just 11.8 points per game in their last four games.

Here is everything you’ll need to watch and follow this weekend’s Wild Card action:

No. 5 Oakland (12-4) at No. 4 Houston (9-7)

When: Saturday, Jan. 7

Where: NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas


Game Time: 4:35 p.m. ET

Online Stream: Watch ESPN

Line: Texans -4

No. 6 Detroit (9-7) at No. 3 Seattle (10-5-1)

When: Saturday, Jan. 7

Where: CenturyLink Field in Seattle, Washington


Game Time: 8:15 p.m. ET

Online Stream: NBC Sports

Line: Seahawks -8

No. 6 Miami (10-6) at No. 3 Pittsburgh (11-5)

When: Sunday, Jan. 8

Where: Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania


Game Time: 1:05 p.m. ET

Online Stream: CBS Sports

Line: Steelers -10

No. 5 N.Y. Giants (11-5) at No. 4 Green Bay (10-6)

When: Sunday, Jan. 8

Where: Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisconsin


Game Time: 4:40 p.m. ET

Online Stream: FOX Sports Live

Line: Packers -5