The Wild Card round schedule has been released, and the Steelers will play their first opening-round playoff game at 4:30 p.m. ET Sunday, January 8. The game will be aired on CBS.
It's the first time the Steelers have played a Wild Card game on Sunday of the playoff-opening weekend since 2006 (2005 season playoffs), when, incidentally, they played at the Cincinnati Bengals on Jan. 8.
Denver will host the game by virtue of their AFC West championship. The Steelers are the 5 seed. The last time these teams met in the playoffs was in Denver for the 2005 AFC Championship game. The Steelers won 34-20 en route to the Super Bowl XL championship.
The Bengals, the AFC's 6-seed, will travel to Houston (3-seed) to take on the AFC South champion Texans at 4:30 p.m. ET Saturday, Jan. 7. It will be broadcast on NBC.
The lowest seeded winner will travel to New England next weekend for the divisional round. The higher seed will travel to Baltimore.
The lowest remaining seed will travel to Green Bay the following weekend, and the other remaining team will travel to San Francisco.