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.

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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. 

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

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NFL playoff bracket 2021

(SN illustration)

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 will be played Saturday, Jan. 9. There will be six games across two days of play — 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

MatchupStart timeTV channelLive stream
Colts at Bills1:05 p.m. ETCBSCBS All Access, fuboTV
Rams at Seahawks4:40 p.m. ETFoxFox Sports Go, fuboTV
Buccaneers at Washington8:15 p.m. ETNBCNBC Sports App, fuboTV

Sunday, Jan. 10

MatchupStart timeTV channelLive stream
Ravens at Titans1:05 p.m. ETESPN/ABCESPN App, fuboTV
Bears at Saints4:40 p.m. ETCBS/Nickelodeon/Amazon PrimeCBS All Access, Amazon Prime Video, fuboTV
Browns at Steelers8:15 p.m. ETNBCNBC Sports App, fuboTV

Divisional round

Saturday, Jan. 16

MatchupStart timeTV channelLive stream
Rams at Packers4:35 p.m. ETFoxfuboTV
Ravens at Bills8:15 p.m. ETNBCfuboTV

Sunday, Jan. 17

MatchupStart timeTV channelLive stream
Browns at Chiefs3:05 p.m. ETCBSfuboTV
Buccaneers at Saints6:40 p.m. ETFoxfuboTV

Conference championships

Sunday, Jan. 24

MatchupAway teamStart timeTV channelLive stream
Buccaneers or Saints at PackersBucs or Saints3:05 p.m. ETFoxfuboTV
Bills vs. Chiefs or BrownsTBD6:40 p.m. ETCBSfuboTV

Super Bowl 55

Sunday, Feb. 7

MatchupStart timeTV channelLive stream
AFC champion vs. NFC champion6:30 p.m. ETCBSfuboTV

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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