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NFL playoff bracket 2021: Full schedule, TV channels, scores for AFC & NFC games

The NFL playoff bracket for 2021 has taken its final shape.

While the NFC East champ is still to be determined on “Sunday Night Football,” whoever it is will be locked into the NFC’s No. 4 seed and host the Buccaneers in the wild card round. Otherwise, it’s all set in stone. The Chiefs and Packers get each conference’s lone bye. The Dolphins, Cardinals and Cowboys had costly Week 17 losses. And the Bills and Rams showed they can win even without their best players on the field. 

Beginning Jan. 9, the NFL will show off its expanded 14-team playoff bracket (up from the usual 12 for the first time this season). Out of those 14, 12 will play in the first round thanks to a necessarily altered bye structure to wind up with the same number of playoff rounds. Additional teams mean two additional games, putting a trio of games on both Saturday and Sunday in wild card weekend.

Below is all you need to know about the NFL playoff bracket in 2021, including a complete postseason schedule, TV channels for all the playoff games and scores/results as they come.

MORE: NFL’s expanded playoff bracket, explained

NFL playoff bracket 2021

(SN illustration)

Here’s a look at the complete NFL playoff bracket for 2021, updated prior to “Sunday Night Football.”

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/New York Giants vs. 5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

NFL playoff schedule 2021

This section will be updated when the NFL playoff schedule is released.

Wild-card round

Saturday, Jan. 9

Matchup Start time TV channel Live stream
TBD at TBD 1:05 p.m. ET TBD TBD
TBD at TBD 4:40 p.m. ET TBD fuboTV
TBD at TBD 8:15 p.m. ET TBD fuboTV

Sunday, Jan. 10

Matchup Start time TV channel Live stream
TBD at TBD 1:05 p.m. ET TBD fuboTV
TBD at TBD 4:40 p.m. ET CBS fuboTV
TBD at TBD 8:15 p.m. ET NBC fuboTV

Divisional round

Saturday, Jan. 16

Matchup Start time TV channel Live stream
AFC Divisional Round (TBD at TBD) TBD TBD fuboTV
NFC Divisional Round (TBD at TBD) TBD TBD fuboTV

Sunday, Jan. 17

Matchup Start time TV channel Live stream
AFC Divisional Round (TBD at TBD) TBD TBD fuboTV
NFC Divisional Round (TBD at TBD) TBD TBD 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

TV channels, live streams for NFL playoff games

Beginning with the wild-card round, NFL playoff games each week will be shown nationally on NBC, CBS, Fox and ESPN. CBS has exclusive broadcast rights for the AFC championship game, while Fox showed the NFC championship. CBS is the home to Super Bowl 55.

In Canada, you can live stream on DAZN, which offers a free trial.

Details of national and local television coverage for each playoff game are included in the tables below and will be updated when the NFL playoff schedule is released.

Wild-card round

Saturday, Jan. 9

Matchup Start time TV channel Live stream
TBD at TBD 1:05 p.m. ET TBD TBD
TBD at TBD 4:40 p.m. ET TBD fuboTV
TBD at TBD 8:15 p.m. ET TBD fuboTV

Sunday, Jan. 10

Matchup Start time TV channel Live stream
TBD at TBD 1:05 p.m. ET TBD fuboTV
TBD at TBD 4:40 p.m. ET CBS fuboTV
TBD at TBD 8:15 p.m. ET NBC fuboTV

Divisional round

Saturday, Jan. 16

Matchup Start time TV channel Live stream
AFC Divisional Round (TBD at TBD) TBD TBD fuboTV
NFC Divisional Round (TBD at TBD) TBD TBD fuboTV

Sunday, Jan. 17

Matchup Start time TV channel Live stream
AFC Divisional Round (TBD at TBD) TBD TBD fuboTV
NFC Divisional Round (TBD at TBD) TBD TBD 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 do the NFL playoffs end 2021?

  • Start date: Saturday, Jan. 9
  • End date: Sunday, Feb. 7

The NFL playoffs last about a month, starting with the wild card round, then the divisional round and conference championships before culminating in the Super Bowl on Feb. 7 in Tampa, Florida. 

As is often the case, there’s a week off between the conference title games and the Super Bowl. Normally, the Pro Bowl is played in that gap, although there isn’t a physical Pro Bowl game being played in 2021. 


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