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

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

The NFC East champion Washington Football Team claimed the NFC’s No. 4 seed and will host the Buccaneers in the wild-card round. The Chiefs and Packers got 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.

NFL playoff bracket 2021

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

AFC

1. Kansas City Chiefs vs. 6. Cleveland Browns
2. Buffalo Bills vs. 5. Baltimore Ravens

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 vs. 6. Los Angeles Rams
2. New Orleans Saints vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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

NFL playoff schedule 2021

Below is the full NFL playoff schedule for 2021, complete with TV channels and live stream links.

Wild-card round

Saturday, Jan. 9

Sunday, Jan. 10

Divisional round

Saturday, Jan. 16

Sunday, Jan. 17

Conference championships

Sunday, Jan. 24

Super Bowl 55

Sunday, Feb. 7

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.

Wild-card round

Saturday, Jan. 9

Sunday, Jan. 10

Saturday, Jan. 16

Sunday, Jan. 17

Conference championships

Sunday, Jan. 24

Super Bowl 55

Sunday, Feb. 7

When do the NFL playoffs end 2021?

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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