- The Washington Times - Monday, January 1, 2007

NEW YORK (AP) - The NFL playoffs will begin in Indianapolis on Saturday when the Colts face the Kansas City Chiefs.

That will be followed by Dallas at Seattle at 8 p.m. Saturday. Then the New York Jets will be at New England at 1 p.m. on Sunday their third meeting this season and the New York Giants will play at Philadelphia at 4:30 p.m. to complete the NFL’s wild-card matchups.

The Chiefs (9-7) are the most improbable entry the sixth and last seed in the AFC.

They entered the weekend needing a number of scenarios to break for them. They beat Jacksonville 35-30, then qualified because Tennessee and Cincinnati lost early games and Denver, which had only to win to get in, was beaten 26-23 in overtime by San Francisco.

The Jets (10-6) qualified as the fifth seed by beating Oakland 23-3. They split two games with the Patriots (12-4), winning in Foxborough, Mass., 17-14 on Nov. 12.

San Diego (14-2) held on to the AFC’s first seed, beating Arizona 27-20. Baltimore (13-3) will be No. 2 after beating Buffalo 19-7. The Colts (12-4) beat Miami 27-22, and the Patriots (12-4) won 40-23 in Tennessee.

In the NFC, the Giants (8-8) secured the final spot after beating Washington 34-28 and getting more than enough positive results yesterday.

Chicago already had secured the top seed entering last night’s game with Green Bay. New Orleans (10-6) lost yesterday to Carolina but already had locked up the other first-round bye as well.

Philadelphia (10-6) won its fifth straight game by beating Atlanta 24-17 to win the NFC East, which will have three of the six teams in the playoffs. That title was secured when Dallas (9-7) lost to lowly Detroit 39-31 earlier in the day.

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