After the longest regular season in NFL history, it’s finally time for the playoffs, and this year there’s one more playoff twist.
For the first time ever, the NFL playoffs will feature a Monday game, which takes place over the Super Wild Card weekend. This first game on Monday will be played on January 17 and will feature the Rams hosting the Cardinals in what will be the third meeting this year between the two teams. Of course, before we get to that game on Monday, we’ll have two wild card matches on Saturday and three on Sunday in what will be a busy weekend.
This year’s playoffs begin in Cincinnati, where the Bengals host the Raiders on Saturday afternoon. Saturday’s Last Drink will feature the Patriots heading to Buffalo for their third game this season against the Bills.
Sunday’s roster begins at 1 p.m. ET with the Eagles traveling to Tampa to face Tom Brady and the Buccaneers. Sunday’s interim game will give us a rematch for one of the most legendary playoff rivalries in NFL history with the 49ers traveling to Dallas to face the Cowboys. Sunday night’s wild card game will then feature the Chiefs hosting the Steelers.
Super Wild Card Weekend
Saturday January 15th
- (5) Raiders at (4) Bengals: 4:30 p.m. ET (NBC). This is a rematch of a game the Bengals won 32-13 on the road in Week 11. This is the first time the two teams have met in the playoffs since January 1991, when the Raiders began Cincinnati’s 31-year streak in the playoffs.
- (6) Patriots at (3) Bills: 8:15 p.m. ET (CBS) Flux: Paramount + (click here). These two division rivals will meet for the third time this season. The Patriots and Bills have split their series of seasons, with the home team losing each time.
Sunday January 16
- (7) Eagles to (2) Buccaneers: 1 p.m. ET (Fox). The Eagles will get another chance against a Buccaneers team that beat them 28-22 in Week 6. After that loss, the Eagles went 7-4 in their last 11 games to earn a playoff berth.
- (6) 49ers at (3) Cowboys: 4:30 p.m. ET (CBS and Nickelodeon) Flux: Paramount + (click here). It will be a revenge for one of the most legendary rivalries in NFL playoff history. Although these two teams have met seven times in the playoffs, this will be the first time in the 1994 season, which is also the last time the 49ers have won the Super Bowl.
- (7) Steelers at (2) Chiefs: 8:15 p.m. ET (NBC). Ben Roethlisberger will have the option of extending his retirement for a week or two if the Steelers find a way to upset the Chiefs. However, that won’t be easy, considering Kansas City blew up the Steelers 36-10 just two weeks ago.
Monday January 17th
- (5) Cardinals to (4) Rams: 8:15 p.m. ET (ABC / ESPN). These two division rivals will meet for the third time this season. The Cardinals and Rams have split their season streak, with the home team losing each time, which is not good news for the Rams, who will be the home team in this game.
Saturday 22 January
TBD vs. TBD, 4:35 p.m. ET
TBA vs TBA, 8:15 p.m. ET
Sunday 23 January
TBD vs. TBD, 3:05 p.m. ET
TBD vs. TBD, 6:40 p.m. ET
To note: Both Titans and Packers to host Divisional Round playoffs
3:05 p.m. ET (CBS)
6:40 p.m. ET (Fox)
AFC Champion vs. NFC Champion at Los Angeles, 6:30 p.m. ET (NBC)