It’s NFL playoff time! Find out what time your favorite team is playing today and make sure you don’t miss a single game.
The NFL playoffs are a single-elimination tournament held after the regular season to determine the NFL champion. Six teams from each of the league’s two conferences qualify for the playoffs. The four division winners and two wild card teams (the two teams with the best record who did not win their division) play in the Wild Card round. The divisional playoffs then take place, followed by the conference championships, and finally the Super Bowl, the league’s championship game.
What time are the NFL playoff games today?
The National Football League (NFL) playoffs are a single-elimination tournament held after the regular season to determine the NFL champion. Following the 2014 season, the current playoff format was introduced, in which four division winners and two wild card teams (the top two teams in each conference not winning a division) play in the first round of the playoffs, also known as the Wild Card round. The division winners advance to the Divisional Round, and the Wild Card survivors play one another in the second round. The two surviving teams from each conference’s Divisional Round meet in the respective AFC and NFC Conference Championship games, with those winners advancing to face each other in Super Bowl LIII.
The NFL playoffs are not based on a pure bracket system. In the divisional playoffs, as mentioned above, only four teams from each conference compete. This number is down from six in earlier years (before 1977), when there were more ties during the regular season. As a result, divisional home field advantage plays a large role in these rounds—teams know they must win at least one playoff game on their home field to make it to their conference’s championship game.
Only two teams from each conference can have a first-round bye (one of these is given to each division winner), which means that at least two wild card teams will be playing on Wild Card Weekend. All four division winners are seeded 1–4 based on their overall won-lost-tied record, with any ties broken by various tiebreakers. The NFL does not use a fixed bracket playoff system so different treatments of divisional and conference seeding can occur; match-ups are determined based on Playoff seeds.
How to watch the NFL playoffs?
The NFL playoffs are here, and if you’re looking for how to watch the action, we have you covered. Below is the full schedule for this weekend’s games, as well as the TV channels and live stream information you need to catch every snap.
Saturday, Jan. 16
AFC: No. 6 Indianapolis Colts at No. 1 Kansas City Chiefs, 4:35 p.m. ET (NBC, fuboTV)
NFC: No. 6 Philadelphia Eagles at No. 1 New Orleans Saints, 8:15 p.m. ET (NBC, fuboTV)
Sunday, Jan. 17th
AFC: No 5 Los Angeles Chargers at No 2 New England Patriots, 1:05 p.m ET (CBS, fuboTV)
NFC: No 5 Seattle Seahawks at No 2 Dallas Cowboys, 4:40 pm ET (FOX, fuboTV)
NFL playoff TV schedule
Here is the NFL playoff TV schedule for this weekend’s divisional round games. All times are Eastern.
Saturday, Jan. 12
AFC: No. 6 seed Indianapolis Colts at No. 1 seed Kansas City Chiefs, 4:35 p.m., NBC
NFC: No. 6 seed Minnesota Vikings at No. 1 seed San Francisco 49ers, 8:15 p.m., NBC
Sunday, Jan. 13
AFC: No. 5 seed Houston Texans at No. 2 seed Baltimore Ravens, 1:05 p.m., CBS
NFC: No. 5 seed Seattle Seahawks at No. 2 seed Green Bay Packers, 4:40 p.m., Fox
Now that you know what time the NFL Playoff games are today, you can plan your day around watching them. Make sure to catch all the action and root for your favorite team!