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NFL playoff schedule 2021: Updated bracket & TV channels for AFC, NFC championship games

Three of the NFL’s high 4 playoff seeds superior to the convention championship spherical this previous weekend, organising heavyweight matchups individuals have been wanting ahead to all yr.

On the AFC aspect, the Chiefs will host the Payments at Arrowhead Stadium. On the NFC aspect, the Packers will host the Buccaneers at Lambeau Area.

All 4 groups have top-tier quarterbacks, although the standing of Kansas Metropolis’s Patrick Mahomes is uncertain after his concussion in the divisional round. Star defensive gamers litter the remaining contenders, however it is going to be these passers making Sunday a special day for postseason motion with a big nationwide draw.

Within the divisional spherical, Kansas Metropolis beat Cleveland, Buffalo beat Baltimore, Inexperienced Bay beat the Los Angeles Rams and Tampa Bay beat New Orleans.

Here is all the things you want to know concerning the AFC and NFC championship video games:

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NFL playoff bracket 2021

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Here is a have a look at the entire NFL playoff bracket for 2021:


1. Kansas Metropolis Chiefs vs. 2. Buffalo Payments

1. Kansas Metropolis Chiefs vs. 6. Cleveland Browns
2. Buffalo Payments vs. 5. Baltimore Ravens

1. Kansas Metropolis Chiefs (bye)
2. Buffalo Payments vs. 7. Indianapolis Colts
3. Pittsburgh Steelers vs. 6. Cleveland Browns
4. Tennessee Titans vs. 5. Baltimore Ravens


1. Inexperienced Bay Packers vs. 5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

1. Inexperienced Bay Packers vs. 6. Los Angeles Rams
2. New Orleans Saints vs. 5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

1. Inexperienced Bay Packers (bye)
2. New Orleans Saints vs. 7. Chicago Bears
3. Seattle Seahawks vs. 6. Los Angeles Rams
4. Washington Soccer Group vs. 5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

MORE: NFL’s expanded playoff bracket, explained

NFL playoff schedule

Championship spherical

Sunday, Jan. 24

Matchup Begin time TV channel Stay stream
Buccaneers at Packers 3:05 p.m. ET Fox fuboTV
Payments at Chiefs 6:40 p.m. ET CBS fuboTV

AFC, NFC championship recreation matchups


  • No. 1 Chiefs vs. No. 2 Payments

Patrick Mahomes suffered a concussion in the second half of the Chiefs’ divisional spherical recreation towards the Browns, however Kansas Metropolis managed to flee with a win and advance to its third straight AFC championship. Coach Andy Reid and his employees now have an anxious week of ready to see if Mahomes will likely be accessible to face the Payments. If the star quarterback is dominated out, then it might imply Chad Henne below middle at Arrowhead Stadium. Henne was the late hero vs. Cleveland, changing an important first down as a sub to clinch victory, however he is clearly a steep full-game downgrade from what Mahomes presents.

Buffalo confirmed it may well shut down a high-powered playoff offense in holding the Ravens to 3 factors in their very own divisional contest. So, even whether it is Mahomes slinging passes, it is likely to be tough to maneuver the ball towards the Payments.

Josh Allen will likely be on the highway for the primary time this postseason, offering its personal type of problem for coach Sean McDermott’s squad. Allen prevented turnovers within the divisional spherical however was inaccurate throwing deep — a flaw that will doubtlessly be season-ending ought to the AFC title recreation flip right into a shootout. He definitely has the receivers to maneuver downfield in chunks; it is only a matter of hitting his targets.

The Chiefs will likely be closely favored in the event that they’re at full energy, however with Allen’s upside and a protection peaking on the good time, this may hopefully be an thrilling recreation regardless.


  • No. 1 Packers vs. No. 5 Buccaneers

Followers have waited a very long time to see an Aaron Rodgers vs. Tom Brady playoff recreation. It may have taken place in 2011, the yr the Packers received their final ring, if not for Mark Sanchez’s Jets upsetting Brady’s Patriots within the divisional spherical. A gathering got here even nearer to fruition in 2015, however the Packers’ collapse towards the Seahawks within the NFC championship recreation prevented them from assembly the Patriots within the Tremendous Bowl. 

Rodgers and Brady will lastly go head-to-head on Sunday with the NFC title on the road.

Rodgers was horrible by nearly each measure when the Buccaneers beat the Packers 38-10 in October, however his uncharacteristic two-interception displaying happened within the heat confines of Florida. Inexperienced Bay is 10-2 since that blowout and can host Tampa Bay at what may very well be a snowy Lambeau Area on Sunday.

Brady is used to robust winter situations from his years in New England and is as composed as any quarterback in NFL historical past when requested to stage a highway playoff upset. He won’t be mentally rattled. Bodily, although? Given his occasional shakiness throwing towards the Saints within the divisional spherical, it isn’t out of the query that he would be the mistake-maker within the duel of future Corridor of Famers. It appears extra seemingly, nonetheless, that Brady will put collectively the classic efficiency we have come to count on from him within the largest events. In that case, it may very well be an epic battle with Rodgers that will make for a enjoyable a part of any dialogue about their respective legacies.

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