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2021 NFL playoff group: full schedule, TV channels, AFC and NFC game scores


The NFL playoff draw for 2021 has taken its final shape.

While the NFC East champion has yet to be determined on “Sunday Night Football,” whoever it is will be locked into the NFC’s No. 4 seed and host the Buccaneers in the wild-card round. Otherwise, everything is set in stone. The Chiefs and Packers get the only goodbye from each conference. The Dolphins, Cardinals and Cowboys all had costly losses in Week 17. And the Bills and Rams proved they can win even without their best players on the field.

Beginning January 9, the NFL will showcase its expanded playoff pool of 14 teams (up from the usual 12 for the first time this season). Of those 14, 12 will play in the first round thanks to a necessarily altered bye structure to end up with the same number of playoff rounds. Extra teams mean two extra games, putting up a trio of games on both Saturday and Sunday on wild card weekend.

Below is everything you need to know about the NFL playoff group in 2021, including a full postseason schedule, TV channels for all playoff games, and scores / results as they come.

MORE: Expanded NFL Playoff Support Explained

NFL playoff group 2021

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Here’s a look at the full NFL playoff chart for 2021, updated ahead of “Sunday Night Football.”

AFC

1. Kansas City Chiefs (goodbye)
2. Buffalo Bills vs. 7. Indianapolis Colts
3. Pittsburgh Steelers vs. 6. Cleveland Browns
4. Tennessee Titans vs. 5. Baltimore Ravens

NFC

1. Green Bay Packers (goodbye)
2. New Orleans Saints vs. 7. Chicago Bears
3. Seattle Seahawks vs. 6. Los Angeles Rams
4. Washington Football Team / New York Giants vs. 5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

2021 NFL playoff schedule

This section will be updated when the NFL playoff schedule is released.

Wild card round

Saturday January 9

Match Start timetelevision channelLive broadcast
TBD in TBD1:05 pm ETTBDTBD
TBD in TBD4:40 pm ETTBDboth
TBD in TBD8:15 pm ETTBDboth

Sunday January 10

Match Start timetelevision channelLive broadcast
TBD in TBD1:05 pm ETTBDboth
TBD in TBD4:40 pm ETCBSboth
TBD in TBD8:15 pm ETNBCboth

Divisional round

Saturday January 16

Match Start timetelevision channelLive broadcast
AFC Divisional Round (TBD in TBD)TBDTBDboth
NFC divisional round (TBD in TBD)TBDTBDboth

Sunday January 17

Match Start timetelevision channelLive broadcast
AFC Divisional Round (TBD in TBD)TBDTBDboth
NFC divisional round (TBD in TBD)TBDTBDboth

Conference Championships

Sunday January 24

MatchAway team Start timetelevision channelLive broadcast
NFC vs NFCNFC TBD3:05 pm ETFoxboth
AFC vs AFCAFC TBD6:40 pm ETCBSboth

Super Bowl 55

Sunday February 7

Match Start timetelevision channelLive broadcast
AFC Champion vs. NFC Champion6:30 pm ETCBSboth

TV channels, live broadcasts of NFL playoff games

Beginning with the wild card round, each week’s NFL playoff games will air nationally on NBC, CBS, Fox and ESPN. CBS has exclusive broadcast rights to the AFC championship game, while Fox showed the NFC championship. CBS is the home of Super Bowl 55.

In Canada, you can broadcast live on Dan, which offers a free trial.

Details of national and local television coverage for each playoff game are included in the tables below and will be updated when the NFL playoff schedule is released.

Wild card round

Saturday January 9

Match Start timetelevision channelLive broadcast
TBD in TBD1:05 pm ETTBDTBD
TBD in TBD4:40 pm ETTBDboth
TBD in TBD8:15 pm ETTBDboth

Sunday January 10

Match Start timetelevision channelLive broadcast
TBD in TBD1:05 pm ETTBDboth
TBD in TBD4:40 pm ETCBSboth
TBD in TBD8:15 pm ETNBCboth

Divisional round

Saturday January 16

Match Start timetelevision channelLive broadcast
AFC Divisional Round (TBD in TBD)TBDTBDboth
NFC divisional round (TBD in TBD)TBDTBDboth

Sunday January 17

Match Start timetelevision channelLive broadcast
AFC Divisional Round (TBD in TBD)TBDTBDboth
NFC divisional round (TBD in TBD)TBDTBDboth

Conference Championships

Sunday January 24

MatchAway team Start timetelevision channelLive broadcast
NFC vs NFCNFC TBD3:05 pm ETFoxboth
AFC vs AFCAFC TBD6:40 pm ETCBSboth

Super Bowl 55

Sunday February 7

Match Start timetelevision channelLive broadcast
AFC Champion vs. NFC Champion6:30 pm ETCBSboth

When do the NFL playoffs end in 2021?

  • Start date: Saturday, January 9
  • Final date: Sunday, February 7

The NFL playoffs last about a month, beginning with the wild card round, then the divisional round, and the conference championships before culminating in the Super Bowl on February 7 in Tampa, Florida.

As is often the case, there is a week off between conference title games and the Super Bowl. Normally, the Pro Bowl is played in that space, although a physical Pro Bowl game is not played in 2021.



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