This Weekend In Sports — NFL Playoffs Divisional Round
The next round of the NFL playoffs highlights the upcoming sports schedule. Here’s what to watch this weekend:
Friday, Jan. 10
Miami Heat at Brooklyn Nets
Barclays Center, Brooklyn, N.Y.; 8 p.m. (ET) on ESPN
The Miami Heat (27-8) is playing like a team that intends to three-peat as NBA champs. They’ll continue their road-trip with a stop in Brooklyn to face the Nets (14-21). Heat forward LeBron James is the NBA’s third-leading scorer with 25.5 points per game. Shooting guard Joe Johnson is Brooklyn’s go-to threat.
Saturday, Jan. 11
(25) Kansas State at (18) Kansas
Allen Fieldhouse, Lawrence, Kan.; 2 p.m. (ET) on ESPN
Eighteenth-ranked Kansas (10-4) hosts No. 25 Kansas State (12-3) in a renewal of a state and Big 12 Conference rivalry. Andrew Wiggins paces the Jayhawks’ attack. Freshman guard Marcus Foster leads the Wildcats.
New Orleans Saints at Seattle Seahawks
CenturyLink Field, Seattle; 4:35 p.m. (ET) on Fox
NFC West champion Seattle hosts New Orleans, a team they blew out, 34-7, on Dec. 2. The Seahawks fans will be loud as they try to rattle Saints’ quarterback Drew Brees. Seattle’s Russell Wilson guides the Seahawks’ offense. The winning team will play in next Sunday’s NFC championship.
Indianapolis Colts at New England Patriots
Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, Mass.; 8:15 p.m. (ET) on CBS
Tom Brady and AFC East champ New England host Andrew Luck and AFC South champ Indianapolis in a divisional round playoff game. The winning team is off to next Sunday’s AFC title game.
Sunday, Jan. 12
San Francisco 49ers at Carolina Panthers
Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, N.C.; 1:05 p.m. (ET) on Fox
After eliminating Green Bay in dramatic fashion in extreme conditions, San Francisco must travel to Charlotte to face the NFC South champion Panthers. Niners’ quarterback Colin Kaepernick seeks to redeem himself for his lousy performance in a 10-9 loss to the Panthers on Nov. 10. Carolina’s Cam Newton looks for a victory in his first NFL playoff game. The winning team advances to next Sunday’s NFC title game.
(20) Iowa at (3) Ohio State
Value City Arena, Columbus, Ohio; 1:30 p.m. (ET) on CBS
Twentieth-ranked Iowa (12-3) faces third-ranked Ohio State (15-1) in the Buckeyes’ first game since an overtime loss to Michigan State on Tuesday. Senior guard Roy Devyn Marble is the key to the Hawkeyes’ offense. Junior forward LaQuinton Ross averages 13.1 points and 5.8 rebounds per game for OSU.
San Diego Chargers at Denver Broncos
Sports Authority Field at Mile High, Denver; 4:40 p.m. (ET) on CBS
AFC West rivals San Diego and Denver duel for the right to advance to next Sunday’s AFC championship game. The teams split their two meetings this year, with Peyton Manning and the Broncos winning in San Diego and Philip Rivers and the Chargers winning in Denver.