Slow holiday season day at work so lots of time on my hands to think ahead to the playoffs. Sorry, I just can't see any way Arizona beats the Niners so I am assuming we end up in the 5 seed. Also going to assume that Green Bay wins and everyone holds serve in the AFC so first round matchups are:
Seattle at Washington / Dallas
Minnesota/ Chicago / Giants at Niners
Bengals at Patriots
Colts at Ravens
The way I understand it, NBC gets first dibs of the 4 games for their Saturday prime time spot. Then they get the left over game for the early Sat spot spot. When I look at those matchups, I think if the Cowboys win, NBC will pick our game for sure. Cowobys and the new found star power of Russell Wilson in prime time is a given. Even if Washington wins they may want the RG3 / Wilson matchup (I know I would). The only way I see NBC choosing the other NFC game over us is if it's the Giants who get the 6 seed so they get the NY market and the NY / San Fran matchup.
Would NBC actually take one of those AFC matchups over the Hawks game? Would the Pats or Andrew Luck be a bigger draw?
I think the most likely scenario for us is the Saturday prime time spot. 2nd most likely spot is the late game on Sunday (a game in Baltimore or NE would be the early one). I really can't see a scenario where we are in that early slot on Saturday. If NBC takes an AFC game, I think Fox would much rather grab our game than the Niners game.