NBC to present AFC divisional game at New England Saturday, Jan. 10, at 4:30 p.m.
NBC kicks off its coverage of the 2014 NFL playoffs this Saturday night in primetime with a Wild Card matchup between bitter division rivals, when Ben Roethlisberger and the AFC North champion Pittsburgh Steelers host Joe Flacco and the Baltimore Ravens at 8 p.m. NBC's NFL Wild Card coverage begins at 7:30 p.m. with a special edition of "Football Night in America."
The Steelers earned the AFC North title and the No. 3 seed with a 27-17 win over the Cincinnati Bengals on "Sunday Night Football" last weekend, led by Roethlisberger's 317 passing yards and two touchdowns. The Ravens reached the playoffs for the sixth time in seven years with a 20-10 win over the Cleveland Browns, coupled with San Diego's loss in Kansas City, as Flacco led a fourth-quarter comeback by completing 8-of-9 passes for 161 yards and two touchdowns in the final stanza.
Saturday's primetime matchup between the Ravens and Steelers marks the third time these division rivals will square off in the postseason, with all three taking place in Pittsburgh, and their third meeting this season. The Steelers defeated the Ravens, 23-14, in the 2008 AFC Championship Game en route to their victory in Super Bowl XLIII, and earned a 31-24 win over Baltimore in the 2010 Divisional Round.
This season, the Ravens defeated the Steelers, 26-6, in week two in Baltimore, holding Pittsburgh without a touchdown for the first time since the 2011 season. In week nine, Roethlisberger threw six touchdown passes for the second consecutive game in a 43-23 win on "Sunday Night Football."