The Indianapolis Colts’ 33-17 victory over the Tennessee Titans on Sunday night in the final regular-season game of the NFL’s 2018 season set the postseason schedule that will lead to Super Bowl LIII on Feb. 3.
With all other games completed, the Ravens and Titans squared off for the only open playoff spot, with the winner moving on and the loser going home.
The Colts play in the first playoff game on Saturday as one of the AFC’s two wild-card teams.
The 12 playoff teams have 49 players from Alabama high schools and colleges on their rosters. Because each team has at least one Alabama alumnus, the Crimson Tide is assured of having a player on the Super Bowl-winning team.
The schedule for the Wild-Card Weekend of the NFL playoffs includes (with all times CST):
Saturday, Jan. 5
· AFC: Indianapolis Colts at Houston Texans, 3:35 p.m. (ESPN, ABC)
· NFC: Seattle Seahawks at Dallas Cowboys, 7:15 p.m. (FOX)
Sunday, Jan. 6
· AFC: Los Angeles Chargers at Baltimore Ravens, 12:05 p.m. (CBS)
· NFC: Philadelphia Eagles at Chicago Bears, 3:40 p.m. (FOX)
In the AFC, the Kansas City Chiefs and New England Patriots earned first-round byes as the conference’s No. 1 and No. 2 seeds, respectively.
In the NFC, the New Orleans Saints and Los Angeles Rams earned first-round byes as the conference’s No. 1 and No. 2 seeds, respectively.
The top two seeds in each conference begin postseason play in the Divisional Playoffs at home on Jan. 12 and 13.
Their opponents will be determined during the Wild-Card Weekend, but during the Divisional Playoffs, the Chiefs will play at 3:35 p.m. on NBC and the Rams will play at 7:15 on FOX on Jan. 12, and the Patriots will play at 12:05 p.m. on CBS and the Saints will play at 3:40 p.m. on FOX on Jan. 13.
The conference championship games will be played on Jan. 20, with the NFC game at 2:05 p.m. on FOX and the AFC game at 5:40 p.m. on CBS.
Super Bowl LIII will be played at 5:30 p.m. Feb. 3 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta. CBS will televise the game.
The players with Alabama roots on the active rosters of the playoff teams include:
Baltimore Ravens: Anthony Averett, cornerback, Alabama; Bradley Bozeman, center, Handley, Alabama; Marlon Humphrey, cornerback, Hoover, Alabama; Cyrus Jones, cornerback, Alabama; C.J. Mosley, inside linebacker, Theodore, Alabama; Michael Pierce, defensive tackle, Daphne, Samford; Za’Darius Smith, outside linebacker, Greenville; Tim Williams, outside linebacker, Alabama.
Chicago Bears: Jordan Howard, running back, Gardendale, UAB; Eddie Jackson, safety, Alabama; Cody Parkey, place-kicker, Auburn; Nick Williams, defensive end, Minor, Samford.
Dallas Cowboys: Amari Cooper, wide receiver, Alabama.
Houston Texans: Angelo Blackson, defensive end, Auburn; Zach Cunningham, inside linebacker, Pinson Valley; Kareem Jackson, cornerback, Alabama; Joe Webb, quarterback, Wenonah, UAB.
Indianapolis Colts: Ryan Kelly, center, Alabama; Chester Rogers, wide receiver, Lee-Huntsville; Braden Smith, offensive tackle, Auburn.
Kansas City Chiefs: Gehrig Dieter, wide receiver, Alabama; Dee Ford, outside linebacker, St. Clair County, Auburn; Tyreek Hill, wide receiver, West Alabama; Reggie Ragland, linebacker, Bob Jones, Alabama; Tremon Smith, cornerback, Saks.
Los Angeles Chargers: Anthony Lanier, defensive tackle, Alabama A&M; Darius Philon, defensive tackle, Vigor; Troymaine Pope, running back, Anniston, Jacksonville State; Philip Rivers, quarterback, Athens; Damion Square, nose tackle, Alabama; Trent Scott, offensive tackle, Lee-Huntsville.
Los Angeles Rams: Mark Barron, linebacker, St. Paul’s, Alabama; Blake Countess, defensive back, Auburn; Gerald Everett, tight end, UAB/South Alabama; Darious Williams, cornerback, UAB.
New England Patriots: Trey Flowers, defensive end, Columbia; Dont’a Hightower, linebacker, Alabama; Jonathan Jones, cornerback, Auburn; Brandon King, linebacker, Thompson, Auburn.
New Orleans Saints: Mark Ingram, running back, Alabama; Taylor Stallworth, defensive tackle, Murphy.
Philadelphia Eagles: Jordan Matthews, wide receiver, Madison Academy; Chance Warmack, guard, Alabama.
Seattle Seahawks: D.J. Fluker, guard, Foley, Alabama; J.D. McKissic, running back, Central-Phenix City; Jarran Reed, defensive tackle, Alabama; Kalan Reed, cornerback, Briarwood Christian; Bo Scarbrough, running back, Northridge, Alabama; Neiko Thorpe, cornerback, Auburn.
Mark Inabinett is a sports reporter for Alabama Media Group. Follow him on Twitter at @AMarkG1.