NFL Playoff Schedule 2021: Dates, time, and TV for AFC, NFC games

By Kevin Kelley -

The NFL Playoff Schedule 2021 is now set for the AFC and NFC Wild-Card games, Divisional Round, Championship Games, and Super Bowl LV.

Beginning this season, the NFL playoffs have expanded by two to a total of 14 teams. That will bring the total number of Wild-Card Round games to six.

The NFL Playoffs begin on Saturday, January 9, 2021, when the Indianapolis Colts travel to face the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field in Orchard Park, N.Y. The game will be televised by CBS at 1:05pm ET.

Next, it’s the Seattle Seahawks hosting the Los Angeles Rams at CenturyLink Field in Seattle, Wash. That contest will begin at 4:40pm ET on FOX. The nightcap on Saturday features the Washington Football Team hosting the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, with kickoff set for 8:15pm ET on NBC.

Sunday’s Wild-Card action begins with the Baltimore Ravens traveling to face the Tennessee Titans at Nissan Stadium in Nashville, Tenn., and it will be televised at 1:05pm ET on ESPN and simulcast on ABC. Then at 4:40pm ET, the Chicago Bears will travel to take on the New Orleans Saints at Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, La., and the game will be televised by CBS, Nickelodeon, and Amazon Prime.

Wild-Card Round action concludes with the Cleveland Browns traveling to play the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pa. The game will be televised by NBC, Telemundo, and Peacock at 8:15pm ET.

Teams with a first-round bye and homefield advantage in the NFL Playoffs this season are the Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC and the Green Bay Packers in the NFC.

Divisional Round action kicks off on Jan. 16-17 with Kansas City and Green Bay each hosting games and two additional matchups to be determined.

The NFC and AFC Championship games will be played on Sunday, Jan. 24, 2021, at 3:05pm ET on FOX and 6:40pm ET on CBS, respectively.

Super Bowl LV will be played on Sunday, February 7, 2021 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla. (6:30pm ET, CBS).

NFL PLAYOFF SCHEDULE 2021

(Full Schedule w/ PDF)
* All times Eastern.

WILD-CARD ROUND

Saturday, Jan. 9, 2021
Colts at Bills | 1:05pm | CBS
Rams at Seahawks | 4:40pm | FOX
Buccaneers at Washington | 8:15pm | NBC

Sunday, Jan. 10, 2021
Ravens at Titans | 1:05pm | ESPN/ABC
Bears at Saints | 4:40pm | CBS/Nick/Amazon
Browns at Steelers | 8:15pm | NBC/Telemundo/Peacock

DIVISIONAL ROUND

Jan. 16-17, 2021
TBA at Chiefs
TBA at Packers
2 games TBD

CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIP GAMES

Sunday, Jan. 24, 2021

NFC Championship Game
3:05pm | FOX

AFC Championship Game
6:40pm | CBS

SUPER BOWL LV
Sunday, Feb. 7, 2021 | 6:30pm | CBS
Raymond James Stadium – Tampa, Fla.
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Again, the NFL pre-sets the conf. champ. games without regard as to who will be hosting. IF it is Seattle in the NFC, is stupid to kick off that game at Noon local time, etc…