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NFL playoff schedule 2021: Dates, times, TV channels for every round in AFC, NFC brackets

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

A few reschedules, dozens of players ending up on the COVID-19 list and chaos largely averted made for a winding road during the 2020 season. That road leads to the playoffs starting in just a week.

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

MORE: Watch NFL playoff games live with fuboTV (7-day free trial)

With the playoffs now expanded to 14 teams ‚ÄĒ an additional two squads entering the fray for the 2020¬†season ‚ÄĒ seven spots across the AFC and NFC were up for grabs in Week 17. The AFC South and the NFC East all came down to a final game.

The Chiefs clinched the No. 1 overall seed in the AFC, while the Saints, Packers and Seahawks all entered Sunday’s games with a chance to lock up that top seed in the NFC.¬†

With the field officially set, here’s what we have to look forward to this playoff season:

MORE: SN predicts the entire 2021 NFL playoff bracket

NFL playoff bracket 2021

(SN illustration)

Here’s a look at the complete NFL playoff bracket for 2021:

AFC

1. Kansas City Chiefs (bye)
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 (bye)
2. New Orleans Saints vs. 7. Chicago Bears
3. Seattle Seahawks vs. 6. Los Angeles Rams
4. Washington Football Team vs. 5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

When do the NFL playoffs start 2021?

  • Start date: Saturday, Jan. 9, 2021

The first games of wild-card weekend will be played Saturday, Jan. 9. There will be six games across two days of play ‚ÄĒ what the NFL has dubbed “Super Wild Card Weekend.”

How to watch NFL playoff games on TV, live stream

  • TV networks:¬†ESPN, ABC, CBS, NBC
  • Live stream:¬†ESPN+, CBS All Access, fuboTV,¬†DAZN (Canada)

Folks with a cable connection will be able to catch NFL playoff games on ESPN, ABC, CBS or NBC. They can be live streamed online on those networks’¬†respective websites and apps.

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

DAZN will be carrying NFL playoff games in Canada.

NFL playoff schedule 2021

Wild-card round

Saturday, Jan. 9

Matchup Start time TV channel Live stream
Colts at Bills 1:05 p.m. ET CBS CBS All Access, fuboTV
Rams at Seahawks 4:40 p.m. ET Fox Fox Sports Go, fuboTV
Buccaneers at Washington 8:15 p.m. ET NBC NBC Sports App, fuboTV

Sunday, Jan. 10

Matchup Start time TV channel Live stream
Ravens at Titans 1:05 p.m. ET ESPN/ABC ESPN App, fuboTV
Bears at Saints 4:40 p.m. ET CBS/Nickelodeon/Amazon Prime CBS All Access, Amazon Prime Video, fuboTV
Browns at Steelers 8:15 p.m. ET NBC NBC Sports App, fuboTV

Divisional round

Saturday, Jan. 16

Matchup Start time TV channel Live stream
Rams at Packers 4:35 p.m. ET Fox fuboTV
Ravens/Steelers at Bills 8:15 p.m. ET NBC fuboTV

Sunday, Jan. 17

Matchup Start time TV channel Live stream
Ravens/Browns at Chiefs 3:05 p.m. ET CBS fuboTV
Buccaneers at Saints 6:40 p.m. ET Fox fuboTV

Conference championships

Sunday, Jan. 24

Matchup Away team Start time TV channel Live stream
NFC vs. NFC NFC TBD 3:05 p.m. ET Fox fuboTV
AFC vs. AFC AFC TBD 6:40 p.m. ET CBS fuboTV

Super Bowl 55

Sunday, Feb. 7

Matchup Start time TV channel Live stream
AFC champion vs. NFC champion 6:30 p.m. ET CBS fuboTV

When is Super Bowl 55 in 2021?

  • Date: Sunday, Feb. 7
  • Time: 6:30 p.m. ET
  • Location: Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Fla.

Super Bowl 55¬†stays 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 in Hard Rock Stadium, the home stadium of the Miami Dolphins.

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