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What time are NFL playoff games today? TV schedule, channels for Saturday’s wild-card tripleheader

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Prior to the start of the 2020 NFL season, the league expanded the playoffs to add an extra wild card in each conference. With the addition of an extra team in each conference, there are six total football games coming your way this weekend, starting with a Saturday tripleheader of playoff action.

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The results of the expansion: Seven teams secured spots in the playoffs in Week 17 and many, many intriguing matchups across the board were born for wild-card weekend. No. 2 seed Buffalo will be taking on No. 7 Colts in the AFC, a divisional matchup between the Seahawks and Rams is sa and Steelers and Browns and the 11-5 Buccaneers traveling to FedEx Field to take on the 7-9 Washington Football Team.

So, while you’re getting ready to prep the nachos, crack open a cold one and veg out on the couch, here’s what you need to know about today’s slate of playoff matchups:

MORE: Watch today’s NFL playoff games live with fuboTV

What time are the NFL playoff games today?
Game 1
Date: Saturday, Jan. 9
Matchup: Buffalo Bills vs. Indianapolis Colts
Location: Bills Stadium, Buffalo, NY
Start time: 1:05 p.m. ET
Game 2
Date: Saturday, Jan. 9
Matchup: Seattle Seahawks vs. Los Angeles Rams
Location: Lumen Field, Seattle, Was.
Start time: 4:40 p.m. ET
Game 3
Date: Saturday, Jan. 9
Matchup: Washington Football Team vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Location: FedEx Field, Washington, D.C
Start time: 8:15 p.m. ET
Josh Allen and the Bills look to avenge last year’s early playoff exit as they take on the No. 7 seed Colts in the first game of the day. The Colts were locked in an AFC South battle that came down the Titans downing the Texans on a game-winning field goal in Week 17. Indianapolis enters the playoffs hot, winners of four of their last five games, putting up at least 25 points in each win.

The afternoon game features an NFC West matchup between the Seahawks and Rams. With Jared Goff’s status up in the air, the Rams could turn to John Wolford once again, who made his NFL debut in Week 17

In the nightcap, the Buccaneers travel to Washington to take on Alex Smith and the Football Team, who continue their unlikely romp to the playoffs after winning the NFC East in Week 17. Washington faces a very tough task in having to try and tame the potent Buccaneers’ offense, which has come to life heading into the playoffs.

What channel are Saturday NFL games on?
Bills vs. Colts
TV channel: CBS
Live stream: fuboTV | DAZN (in Canada)
For those with cable, you’ll be able to catch the AFC wild-card matchup on CBS.

Ian Eagle and Charles Davis will be on the call, with sideline reporter Evan Washburn rounding out the team.

Seahawks vs. Rams
TV channel: Fox
Live stream: fuboTV | DAZN (in Canada)
The Rams travel to Seattle to take on the Seahawks on Fox in the afternoon game. Kickoff is scheduled for 4:15 p.m. ET, and Fox’s A-Team of Joe Buck, Troy Aikman and Erin Andrews will be on the call.

Tom Rinaldi will also join the squad, making the jump from ESPN.

Washington Football Team vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
TV channel: NBC
Live stream: fuboTV | DAZN (in Canada)
In the final game of the day, NBC’s Mike Tirico and Tony Dungy will be on the call, with Kathryn Tappen working the sidelines.

NFL live streams for playoffs
For those with cable, several networks will broadcast the games via their respective streaming services: ESPN+, CBS All Access, Fox Sports Go, et al.

For those without cable, there are several options for streaming the NFL playoffs:

Streaming option Cable subscription needed? Free? Cost Free trial?
NFL App Yes Yes – –
CBS All Access Yes No $5.99 Yes
Yahoo! Sports App No Yes – –
fuboTV No No $60/month Yes
AT&T TV Now No No $55/month Yes
Hulu Plus Live TV No No $55/month Yes
Sling TV No No $30/month Yes
YouTube TV No No $65/month Yes
NFL playoff schedule 2021
Wild-card round
Saturday, Jan. 9

Matchup Start time TV channel Live stream
Colts at Bills 1:05 p.m. ET CBS CBS All Access, fuboTV
Rams at Seahawks 4:40 p.m. ET Fox Fox Sports Go, fuboTV
Buccaneers at Washington 8:15 p.m. ET NBC NBC Sports App, fuboTV
Sunday, Jan. 10

Matchup Start time TV channel Live stream
Ravens at Titans 1:05 p.m. ET ESPN/ABC ESPN App, fuboTV
Bears at Saints 4:40 p.m. ET CBS/Nickelodeon/Amazon Prime CBS All Access, Amazon Prime Video, fuboTV
Browns at Steelers 8:15 p.m. ET NBC NBC Sports App, 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 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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