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What channel is Buccaneers vs. Washington today? Time, TV schedule for the NFL wild card playoff game

Buccaneers vs. Washington brings Tom Brady’s matchup against Alex Smith to primetime in the NFL wild card round on the first day of the 2021 playoffs.

Tampa Bay travels to the nation’s capital to begin at 8:15 pm ET on NBC. Brady is having one of the best seasons of his career in the NFL, throwing four touchdowns in Week 17 to get as many as 40 touchdowns through the air on the season. Smith is an inspiring story in its own right, having returned this season from a gruesome leg injury in 2018.

Brady has all kinds of pitching talent, starting with Mike Evans, Antonio Brown, Chris Godwin, and Rob Gronkowski. Evans suffered a knee injury in Week 17, however, and could be limited at best against Washington.

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Washington’s offense looks a lot like a gang of players outnumbering non-believers. Smith recovered from his leg injury. Starting running back Antonio Gibson was a college catcher. Secondary running back JD McKissic is an officer. Terry McLaurin slipped into the draft out of Ohio. Logan Thomas at tight end is a converted quarterback. Together, they won enough games to win the NFC East.

Of course, one of the most controversial rules in the NFL comes into play here, as despite the Buccaneers’ 11-5 record, they will travel to play Washington, which finished 7-9. That’s because a division champion, in this case the Washington Football Team, always starts the playoffs with a home game.

Below is all the information you need to watch Buccaneers vs. Washington on Saturday, including TV channels and start time.

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What channel is Buccaneers vs. Washington today?

  • Television channel (national): NBC
  • Television channel (Tampa): WFLA
  • Television channel (Washington, DC): WRC
  • Live broadcast: NBC Sports app

NBC owns the rights to both primetime games on Wild Card Weekend, which means two different broadcast teams will be in play. Buccaneers vs. Washington puts Mike Tirico on play by play and Tony Dungy as commentator of color. Dungy’s previous season’s comments about Brady could come up during the broadcast.

The “Sunday Night Football” team of Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth will actually work Sunday night to call Steelers vs. Browns.

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Buccaneers vs. Washington start time

  • Date: Saturday, January 9
  • Start time: 8:15 pm ET

This start time is the same as the usual start time on Monday nights during the regular season. Washington is coming off a Sunday night game in Week 17, which will have its biological clocks lined up to start again at this point in the first round of the playoffs.

Buccaneers vs. Washington marks the third of three wild-card games on the first Saturday of the playoffs, with three more scheduled for Sunday.

NFL playoff schedule: wild card round

Below is the full 2021 NFL wild card playoff schedule, complete with TV channels and live streaming links.

Saturday January 9

Sunday January 10

Match Start time television channel
Ravens on Titans 1:05 pm ET ESPN / ABC
Bears in the saints 4:40 pm ET CBS / Nickelodeon / Amazon Prime
Browns at Steelers 8:15 pm ET NBC

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