2021 NFL playoff schedule updates: Divisional round, Time, TV and Stream
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.
With the playoffs now expanded to 14 teams — an additional two squads entering the fray for the 2020 season — 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.
|Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen (17) during the first half of an NFL football game against the Indianapolis Colts in Orchard park, N.Y., Saturday Jan. 9, 2021.AP|
Here's a look at the complete NFL playoff bracket for 2021:
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
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 was played on Saturday, Jan. 9. There are six games across two days of play — what the NFL has dubbed "Super Wild Card Weekend."
How do the NFL playoffs work and what’s different about this year?
A total of 14 teams–seven from each conference–will compete in the playoffs this year. The top seed from each conference has a bye to the divisional round. The previous format featured 12 teams (6 from each conference) and allowed two teams in each conference to have first-round byes. As a result, there are now two extra games on Wild Card weekend.
Here are the teams competing in the playoffs this year:
Kansas City Chiefs, Buffalo Bills, Pittsburgh Steelers, Tennessee Titans, Baltimore Ravens, Cleveland Browns, Indianapolis Colts, Green Bay Packers, New Orleans Saints, Seattle Seahawks, Washington Football Team, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Los Angeles Rams, and Chicago Bears.
How to watch NFL playoff games on TV, live stream
The games will air on FOX, NBC and CBS starting Saturday, January 16 through Sunday, January 17, and are available to stream, live, on fuboTV, Sling, CBS All Access and Hulu + Live TV, Syracuse reported.
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.
DAZN will be carrying NFL playoff games in Canada.
NFL playoff schedule 2021
|Matchup||Start time||TV channel||Live stream|
|Browns at Chiefs||3:05 p.m. ET||CBS||fuboTV|
|Buccaneers at Saints||6:40 p.m. ET||Fox||fuboTV|
|Matchup||Away team||Start time||TV channel||Live stream|
|Buccaneers or Saints at Packers||Bucs or Saints||3:05 p.m. ET||Fox||fuboTV|
|Bills vs. Chiefs or Browns||TBD||6:40 p.m. ET||CBS||fuboTV|
2021 NFL Playoff Scores, Results
Divisional Round Weekend
Saturday, January 16
(6) Los Angeles Rams at Green Bay Packers
• Final score: Packers 32, Rams 18
• Recap: Packers defeat Rams 32-18, advance to NFC Championship Game
• Final score: Bills 17, Ravens 3
• Recap: Bills headed to AFC Championship Game for first time since 1993 season
Super Wild Card Weekend
Sunday, January 10
(5) Baltimore Ravens at (4) Tennessee Titans
• Final score: Ravens 20, Titans 13
• Recap: Ravens advance with 20-13 win over Titans
(7) Chicago Bears at (2) New Orleans Saints
• Final score: Saints 21, Bears 9
• Recap: Saints beat Bears 21-9 to advance to divisional round, third meeting with Bucs
(6) Cleveland Browns at (3) Pittsburgh Steelers on NBC and Peacock
• Final score: Browns 48, Steelers 37
• Recap: Cleveland holds on to defeat Pittsburgh 48-37
Saturday, January 9
(7) Indianapolis Colts at (2) Buffalo Bills
• Final score: Bills 27, Colts 24
• Recap: Bills hold on to beat Colts in wild postseason opener
(6) Los Angeles Rams at (3) Seattle Seahawks
• Final score: Rams 30, Seahawks 20
• Recap: Rams advance with 30-20 victory over Seahawks
(5) Tampa Bay Buccaneers at (4) Washington Football Team
• Final score: Buccaneers 31, Washington 23
• Recap: Tom Brady, Bucs hold off Taylor Heinicke, Washington 31-23
Super Bowl 55
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|Matchup||Start time||TV channel||Live stream|
|AFC champion vs. NFC champion||6:30 p.m. ET||CBS||fuboTV|
The 2021 Super Bowl LV will take place in Tampa, Florida at Raymond James Stadium on Sunday February 7th. We know it will be the AFC vs. the NFC and we know when the game will take place, but we don’t know the specific teams yet, according to DKNation.
It will be the fifth Super Bowl Tampa has hosted, the previous ones in 1984 and 1991 (the Scott Norwood/Whitney Houston National Anthem game) at Tampa Stadium, and 2001 and 2009 at Ray Jay.
Since the last one in Tampa, there’s a brand new Riverwalk built downtown that connects all parts of the core of the city. It’s helped revitalize an area where there wasn’t much nighttime activity before, and takes advantage of the Hillsborough River feeding into Tampa Bay with gorgeous sunsets and terrific weather. Especially in the winter when it’s not too hot, so it’s a good year to have the game in a tropical climate, as most of the activities will be outside.
The Super Bowl Experience will take place all along the 2.6 mile Riverwalk, but will be centered at Julian B. Lane Park right in the heart of downtown. It’s free this year, but fans will need to download the NFL OnePass app.
The stadium sits a few miles west of town, but is easily reached via I-275 from where most of the activity will be. And especially because attendance will be very limited, getting to the game shouldn’t be much of an issue for those with a ticket.
Though no official attendance policies have been announced, it looks like at least some vaccinated health care workers will be able to attend.
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.
Who will perform at the Super Bowl halftime show 2021?
The Super Bowl halftime show in 2021 will provide quite the excitement as your weekend moves toward its conclusion.
That's because The Weeknd (no, there's no typo there) will perform at Super Bowl 55 in Tampa, Florida, as the latest in a long line of high-end musical artists to take the stage halfway through the Super Bowl's football action. The Weeknd brings a wide range of musical genres in his repertoire that should allow for a halftime show that has some appeal for everyone at your Super Bowl party.
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