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2021 NFL playoff schedule: dates, times, TV channels for each round in AFC, NFC brackets

The 2021 NFL playoffs lead to Super Bowl 55 in Tampa.

A few rescheduling, dozens of players ending up on the COVID-19 roster, and chaos largely avoided created a winding path during the 2020 season. That path leads to the playoffs starting in just one week.

With teams still competing for playoff spots, positioning and home advantage entering Week 17, the dust has settled and the field is now set.

PLUS: Watch the NFL playoff games live on both (7-day free trial)

With the playoffs now expanded to 14 teams, two additional squads entering the fray for the 2020 season, seven spots in the AFC and the NFC were up for grabs in Week 17. The AFC South and NFC East were down to one game. Final.

The Chiefs secured the first overall seed in the AFC, while the Saints, Packers and Seahawks entered Sunday’s games with a chance to secure that first seed in the NFC.

With the field officially established, here is what we have to look forward to this playoff season:

NFL playoff group 2021

(SN illustration)

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


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


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

When do the NFL playoffs start in 2021?

  • Start date: Saturday, January 9, 2021

The first games of Wild Card Weekend will be played on Saturday, January 9. There will be six games in two game days, what the NFL has called ” Super Wildcard Weekend.”

How to watch NFL playoff games on TV, live stream

  • TV networks: ESPN, ABC, CBS, NBC
  • Live broadcast: ESPN +, CBS All Access, both, Dan (Canada)

People with a cable connection will be able to watch the NFL playoff games on ESPN, ABC, CBS or NBC. They can be streamed live online on the respective websites and apps of those networks.

Some NFL playoff games can also be streamed live online with a subscription to both (7-day free trial).

Dan will lead NFL playoff games in Canada.

2021 NFL playoff schedule

Wild card round

Saturday January 9

Match Start timetelevision channelLive broadcast
Colts at Bills1:05 pm ETCBSCBS All Access
Rams at Seahawks4:40 pm ETFoxFox Sports Go, both
Buccaneers in Washington8:15 pm ETNBCNBC Sports app, both

Sunday January 10

Match Start timetelevision channelLive broadcast
Ravens on Titans1:05 pm ETESPN / ABCESPN app, both
Bears in the saints4:40 pm ETCBS / Nickelodeon / Amazon PrimeCBS All Access, Amazon Prime Video, both
Browns at Steelers8:15 pm ETNBCNBC Sports app, both

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 is Super Bowl 55 in 2021?

  • Date: Sunday, February 7
  • Time: 6:30 pm ET
  • Location: Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Florida.

Super Bowl 55 remains in Florida in 2021, returning to Raymond James Stadium, home of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. “Ray Jay” has hosted two previous Super Bowls, in 2000 and 2008.

Super Bowl 54 was played at Hard Rock Stadium, the home stadium of the Miami Dolphins.

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