NFL Playoff Schedule 2014: How to Watch the Remaining Postseason Matchups

Brian MaziqueCorrespondent IIIJanuary 12, 2014

DENVER, CO - DECEMBER 12:  Quarterback Peyton Manning #18 of the Denver Broncos congratulates quarterback Philip Rivers #17 of the San Diego Chargers after a 27-20 loss to the San Diego Chargers at Sports Authority Field Field at Mile High on December 12, 2013 in Denver, Colorado.  (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)
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There are only four games left until Super Bowl XLVIII, and the NFL playoff coverage will be split between Fox and CBS.

The New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks punched their tickets to the conference championships with wins at home on Saturday. On Sunday, the San Francisco 49ers and Carolina Panthers will tangle in Charlotte for the right to play Seattle with a spot in the Super Bowl on the line.

The Panthers handed the 49ers a 10-9 loss during the regular season.

Also, the San Diego Chargers will attempt to defeat the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field for the second time in four weeks with the same prize at stake.

The Bolts beat the Broncos 27-20 in Week 15 of the regular season. The rematches should be epic.

Here's how you can watch both games, the conference championships and Super Bowl.

RoundDate and TimeRoad TeamHome TeamNetwork
DivisionalJan. 12 (1:05 p.m. EST)San Francisco 49ers (5)Carolina Panthers (2)Fox
DivisionalJan. 12 (4:40 p.m. EST)San Diego Chargers (6)Denver Broncos (1)CBS
AFC ChampionshipJan. 19 (TBA)TBATBACBS
NFC ChampionshipJan. 19 (TBA)TBASeattle Seahawks (1)Fox
Super Bowl XLVIIIFeb. 2 (6:30 p.m. EST)TBATBAFox

What to Watch for in Sunday's Action

Who Will Win Epic Battle of Young, Dual-Threat Quarterbacks?

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - NOVEMBER 10:  Colin Kaepernick #7 of the San Francisco 49ers congratulates Cam Newton #1 of the Carolina Panthers after the Panthers beat the 49ers at Candlestick Park on November 10, 2013 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Ezra
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The San Francisco 49ers' Colin Kaepernick and Carolina Panthers' Cam Newton will go head-to-head on Sunday. Neither man has reached the age of 27, but both have already had substantial success in their brief careers.

Kaepernick guided the 49ers to the Super Bowl last year, and Newton led the Panthers to a 12-4 record and a first-round bye this season. Per Fox News, Newton said this of himself and his counterpart on Sunday:

"Being a big guy, being fast and being agile and having the art of throwing like only God has blessed a few people with — and Kaepernick has it (too)."

It's true. Few players—if any—have been as big, strong and fast and had the rifles for an arm that Newton and Kaepernick have.

Because the Niners and Panthers are built similarly (strong run games and stout defenses), the play of the quarterbacks could very well dictate who moves on to the NFC title game.

This is a game you don't want to miss as it could be the first of many postseason battles between the two young signal-callers.


Can Peyton Manning Shake the "One-and-Done" Curse?

KANSAS CITY, MO - DECEMBER 01:  Quarterback Peyton Manning #18 of the Denver Broncos walks off the field after beating the Kansas City Chiefs on December 1, 2013 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri.  Denver beat Kansas City 35-28.  (Photo by Pet
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Per ESPN Stats and Info, Manning's penchant for "one-and-done" playoff appearances is unequaled. 

The future Hall of Famer will be looking to make sure he doesn't add to that number on Sunday. He faces a stiff test from a red-hot Chargers team that will be determined to keep him on the sidelines as much as possible.

With a ball-control attack, the Chargers have held the ball 33 minutes more than the Broncos in their two meetings combined. 

With fewer opportunities to score comes more pressure for Manning and the Broncos to maximize on their possessions. Will Manning move one step closer to his third Super Bowl appearance, or will he add another early exit to his dubious distinction?


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