Four former Commodores on the Chicago Bears -- wide receiver Earl Bennett, quarterback Jay Cutler, defensive back D.J. Moore, and left guard Chris Williams -- will finally get their first taste of the NFL Playoffs.
They'll also have a much-needed week off after finishing the grueling 17-week season atop the NFC North with an 11-5 record, good for second overall in the conference.
The Bears will open the playoffs against either Philadelphia, Seattle or New Orleans in Chicago on Sunday, January 16 (12 p.m. CT, FOX).
It's been a remarkable regular season run for the Bears, who most predicted to finish behind Green Bay and Minnesota in the division.
Also worth noting-- former Commodore safety Reshard Langford contributed to Kansas City's AFC West Division title. The Chiefs (10-6), the No. 4 seed in the AFC, will host No. 5 seed Baltimore in the opening round of the playoffs Sunday (12 p.m. CT, CBS).
Here's the playoff schedule for the first two weekends:
Saturday, Jan. 8
NFC: New Orleans at Seattle (NBC), 3:30 p.m. CT
AFC: N.Y. Jets at Indianapolis (NBC), 7 p.m. CT
Sunday, Jan. 9
AFC: Baltimore at Kansas City (CBS), 12 p.m. CT
NFC: Green Bay at Philadelphia (FOX), 3:30 p.m. CT
Saturday, Jan. 15
AFC: Indianapolis or Kansas City or Baltimore at Pittsburgh (CBS), 3:30 p.m. CT
NFC: Seattle or New Orleans or Green Bay at Atlanta (FOX), 7 p.m. CT
Sunday, Jan. 16
NFC: Philadelphia or Seattle or New Orleans at Chicago (FOX), 12 p.m. CT
AFC: Kansas City or Baltimore or N.Y. Jets at New England (CBS), 3:30 p.m. CT
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