THE SIDELINES : Schedule Set for NFL Playoffs

<i> From Times Wire Services </i>

A pair of wild-card doubleheaders, with two of the games involving division champions, open the NFL playoffs Saturday and Sunday.

Saturday’s first game has Philadelphia (10-6) hosting Washington (10-6) in the opening game of the NFC playoffs, starting at 9:30 a.m. PST. In Saturday’s other game, Kansas City (11-5) is at Miami (12-4) in a matchup of AFC wild-card teams at 1 p.m.

On Sunday, the early game will have Houston (9-7), an AFC wild-card team, playing at Cincinnati (9-7), champions of the Central Division, at 9:30 a.m.

Sunday’s second game will be played at Chicago, where the NFC Central champion Bears (11-5) face either New Orleans or Dallas. It will be the Saints if they beat the Rams in the final regular season game tonight. Otherwise, the spot goes to Dallas.