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

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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.

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NFL playoff bracket 2021

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

AFC

1. Kansas City Chiefs vs. 2. Buffalo Bills

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

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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. 5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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

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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

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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

Results
Bills 27, Colts 24
Rams 30, Seahawks 20
Buccaneers 31, Washington 23

Sunday, Jan. 10

Results
Ravens 20, Titans 13
Saints 21, Bears 9
Browns 48, Steelers 37

Divisional round

Saturday, Jan. 16

Matchup
Packers 32, Rams 18
Bills 17, Ravens 3

Sunday, Jan. 17

Matchup
Chiefs 22, Browns 17
Buccaneers 30, Saints 20

Conference championships

Sunday, Jan. 24

MatchupStart timeTV channelLive stream
Buccaneers at Packers3:05 p.m. ETFoxfuboTV
Bills at Chiefs6:40 p.m. ETCBSfuboTV

Super Bowl 55

Sunday, Feb. 7

MatchupStart timeTV channelLive stream
AFC champion vs. NFC champion6:30 p.m. ETCBSfuboTV

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.

MORE: Live stream NFL playoff games on fuboTV (7-day free trial)

Wild-card round

Saturday, Jan. 9

MatchupStart timeTV channelLive stream
Colts at Bills1:05 p.m. ETCBSCBS All Access, fuboTV
Rams at Seahawks4:40 p.m. ETFoxFox Sports Go, fuboTV
Buccaneers at Washington8:15 p.m. ETNBCNBC Sports App, fuboTV

Sunday, Jan. 10

MatchupStart timeTV channelLive stream
Ravens at Titans1:05 p.m. ETESPN/ABCESPN App, fuboTV
Bears at Saints4:40 p.m. ETCBS/Nickelodeon/Amazon PrimeCBS All Access, Amazon Prime Video, fuboTV
Browns at Steelers8:15 p.m. ETNBCNBC Sports App, fuboTV

Saturday, Jan. 16

MatchupStart timeTV channelLive stream
Rams at Packers4:35 p.m. ETFoxfuboTV
Ravens at Bills8:15 p.m. ETNBCfuboTV

Sunday, Jan. 17

MatchupStart timeTV channelLive stream
Browns at Chiefs3:05 p.m. ETCBSfuboTV
Buccaneers at Saints6:40 p.m. ETFoxfuboTV

Conference championships

Sunday, Jan. 24

MatchupStart timeTV channelLive stream
Buccaneers at Packers3:05 p.m. ETFoxfuboTV
Bills at Chiefs6:40 p.m. ETCBSfuboTV

Super Bowl 55

Sunday, Feb. 7

MatchupStart timeTV channelLive stream
AFC champion vs. NFC champion6:30 p.m. ETCBSfuboTV

When do the NFL playoffs end 2021?

  • Start date: Saturday, Jan. 9
  • End date: Sunday, Feb. 7

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.