NFL releases playoff schedule

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The NFL released the playoff schedule minutes after the 49ers finished off the Seahawks to secure the top seed in the NFC.

The AFC teams will play the wild-card round Saturday and the NFC teams Sunday.

The Texans and Bills will open the postseason on Saturday with a 4:35 p.m. ET kickoff in Houston. That game will air on ESPN/ABC.

The Titans and Patriots will follow at 8:15 p.m. ET on CBS on Saturday.

On Sunday, Minnesota will play at New Orleans at 1:05 p.m. ET on Fox followed by Seattle at Philadelphia on NBC at 4:40 p.m. ET.

The league also announced the days and times for the divisional-round games.

The 49ers will host the 4:35 p.m. ET game Jan. 11 on NBC followed by the Ravens and whomever they host at 8:15 p.m. ET on CBS.

The Chiefs will host the 3:05 p.m. ET game Jan. 12 on CBS, and the Packers will host the 6:40 p.m. ET game on Fox.

The AFC Championship Game will kickoff at 3:05 p.m. ET on Jan. 19. The NFC Championship Game will follow that day at 6:40 p.m. ET with Fox broadcasting it.

84 responses to “NFL releases playoff schedule

  1. jake1199 says:
    December 29, 2019 at 11:56 pm
    What a joke! Why is the saints and Vikings game early on Sunday? NFL wake up!
    ___(

    Why? Seattle from the west coast should not have an early Sunday game to be fair.

  2. jake1199 says:
    December 29, 2019 at 11:56 pm
    What a joke! Why is the saints and Vikings game early on Sunday? NFL wake up!
    ___(

    Why? Seattle from the west coast should not have an early Sunday game to be fair.
    ___
    NFL schedulers got this one right

  3. great 2 biggest whiniest officiating blaming fan bases saints and vikings play each other every play one fanbase will be crying about the officiating

  4. Am I missing something? Here in Pittsburgh, Steeler fans think Tomlin is a genius. No Super bowl?I am disappointed. NOT. 🙂 But then again, he didn’t have a losing season.

  5. So Seattle travels east to play late Sunday against the Eagles. If they win then they play the Niners for the early Saturday game?

    Are the schedule makers on dope?

  6. @jake1199 says:
    December 29, 2019 at 11:56 pm
    What a joke! Why is the saints and Vikings game early on Sunday? NFL wake up!
    ===================================
    Perhaps it’s because the teams playing early played early on Sunday and the teams that played late games today will play late games next week. Just a thought. And the Patriots are defending champs and have won 2 of the last 3.

  7. jake1199 says:
    December 29, 2019 at 11:56 pm
    What a joke! Why is the saints and Vikings game early on Sunday? NFL wake up
    —————-

    Because Kirk Cousins likes that. Primetime isnt his friend.

  8. Big win tonight. It means the Packers will likely meet New Orleans in the divisional round. If the Niners win their divisional round game they need to win against the winner of the Packers-Saints contest instead of having to beat them both on the road on consecutive weekends as a wild card to reach the big dance.

  9. “The Bills will only win 4 games” or “Josh Allen is a bust” or or “They will never turn things around” etc etc. Well look at what we have here. Now that they dust has settled on the 2019 regular season look who’s in the dance lol. Since coach Sean Mcdermott & GM Brandon Beane arrived 3 yrs ago, it’s now 2 out of those 3 yr that we’re in the playoffs. Young franchise quarterback, young franchise running back & an elite defense. Plus plenty of draft picks & the 3rd most cap space to get even better. Snuck up on the league and you never saw us coming. Time to shock the world again Saturday. LET’S GOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  10. Of course the GB game is the late game on Sunday as the NFL wants it to be as cold as possible to help GB against the Saints. NFL does every thing they can do to give whatever slight advantage it can to anyone that the Saints play to try and keep hem out of the Super Bowl. I guess they will just need to steamroll everyone to prevent any referee bad calls to keep them out.

  11. Of course the GB game is the late game on Sunday as the NFL wants it to be as cold as possible to help GB against the Saints. NFL does every thing they can do to give whatever slight advantage it can to anyone that the Saints play to try and keep hem out of the Super Bowl. I guess they will just need to steamroll everyone to prevent any referee bad calls to keep them out.

  12. As a nfl fan that ALWAYS watches every playoff game I am confused with the wild card games schedule. Both afc games are on Saturday?! The Seahawks vs eagles is Sunday in the prime time slot…confusing.

  13. nflhistorybuff68 says:
    December 29, 2019 at 11:53 pm
    As usual, the Patriots always get a primetime sat night game…have they ever lost one ?
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    How about because they are perennially the best team in football.

  14. nflhistorybuff68 says:
    December 29, 2019 at 11:53 pm
    As usual, the Patriots always get a primetime sat night game…have they ever lost one ?
    —-
    Denver 05

  15. No way the Eagles should have the late Sunday game. But, the NFL is propping them up for a playoff run. The league is rigged. This is more evidence.

  16. The New England Patriots aren’t going to recover from this loss.

    There seems to be zero chemistry on offense while their defense just went through the motions.

    Done.

  17. They should name to early Saturday game after the Texans. Guaranteed they will lose, it will be boring and there will be lots of shots of JJ Watt.

  18. List of losing teams are, Titans, Buffalo, Saints and Eagles. The following week losing teams are Patriots, Texans, Packers and Seahawks. VIKINGS VS 9ERS CHAMPIONSHIP GAME.

  19. Playoff Predictions:
    NFC: WC1- Seahawks 27 Eagles 23
    WC2: Saints 35 Vikings 33
    DR1: 29-28 (not saying who wins Hawks Niners)
    DR2: Saints 30 Packers 29
    CC: If Seahawks vs. Saints, Seahawks 31 Saints 37
    If Niners vs. Saints, Niners 39 Saints 41

    AFC: WC1: New England 27 Tennessee 24
    WC2: Texans 19 Bills 21
    DR1: Ravens 27 Bills 20
    DR2: Kansas City 34 New England 26
    CC: Ravens 27 Chiefs 24

    SB: Saints 34 Ravens 33

  20. nflhistorybuff68
    Dec 29, 2019, 21:53 PM MST

    As usual, the Patriots always get a primetime sat night game…have they ever lost one ?

    Every single person outside of NE is waiting for this dynasty to crumble simply because we’re tired of comments like these. Have you ever thought about humility?

  21. NFL stays keeping the Saints early so the jobbed calls dont get so much attention. Wont matter much, shouldnt be very close.
    Too bad the 49ers are the lovechild this season, or we’d have a bye.

  22. Why are the Sunday wild card games starting 2 hours earlier than the Sunday divisional and conference games?

  23. nflhistorybuff68 says:
    December 29, 2019 at 11:53 pm

    As usual, the Patriots always get a primetime sat night game…have they ever lost one ?
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    The Titans will give them a run for their money. They have been coming on strong since Tannehill replaced Mariota, and Derrick Henry is running like a beast. That coupled with the fact that NE’s defense is showing some vulnerability as of late, and their offense has been missing in action most of the season, (seriously getting beat by Miami at home in Foxborough and losing out on the the second seed ???), the Patriots may have their hands full next week.

  24. Born and raised in Buffalo and spent my early years as a Titans fan because I loved McNair and George… until I was harassed by a group of crying male relatives immediately after the music city miracle.

    At 29 years old I am happy to once again be able to root for the Titans. I can’t think of a team the Patriots would not want to see more than them right now.

  25. 6burgh says:
    December 29, 2019 at 11:55 pm

    Congrats to these 12 organizations and good luck!
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    Agreed…congratulations to all on making it to the post season. In particular Philadelphia and Seattle who were almost as devastated with injuries as the Steelers, but had the fortitude to endure and overcome those injuries to reach the playoffs. That said…Go Ravens and Go Saints (as long as you don’t sign Mr. Big Jerk).

  26. What a day for Buffalo Bills fans…. we MIGHT see the Bills win a playoff game for the first time this millennia and watch the Patriots leave the post season early on the very same day.

    Well throw me through a table and set me on fire because hell might have finally frozen over.

  27. Way to care for the fans. GB potentially hosting all the latest starting games. As someone who’s gone to them, like the 07 ice bowl 2 game, that’s horrible.

  28. And the anointed Superbowl favorite Dallas Cowboys will be sitting on their butts at home.

    Cheer Up Dallas Fans, you’ll always have next year to show em!

  29. thats the way its always been and i’m sorry the vikings are about to get waxed one of the least competitive of the games.

  30. Good to see Houston is back in their 4:30 Saturday slot. Surprised the league didn’t put it on TruTV.

  31. So the nfl makes the 2 games played in domes the early games and the 2 games played outdoors in the northeast in January the late games.
    Then they’ll tell us how much they love the fans and want them to have a great experience

  32. Nineteen teams were .500 or below. Two 9-7 made it in. Hope the NFL doesn’t turn into the NBA and MLB where over half the teams are lousy forever.

  33. Now that the NFC playoff picture is set, I’m sure Sean Payton is salivating at the idea that he can literally beat at least two of the teams that have costed him several playoff runs: Seahawks (2010), 49ers (2011), and Vikings (2017). (Only saying that because if the Saints win the Wild Card, they would play Green Bay in the Divisional round since they are the No. 2 seed). If the Saints beat GB on the road (it would be tough), they could possibly face off with the 49ers in the NFCCG.

    What a magical ride it would be for the Saints to run the tables as the No. 3 seed AND win the Super Bowl back in Miami, 10 years later from their first Super Bowl win. Drew would ride off into the sunset (likely retire) and Drew would live easy knowing he avenged some of his past playoff losses.

    It would be a storybook ending.

  34. I looked at the divisional round schedule and see the Packers playing on Sunday at 7 at night. Kind of stupid, no? For one, it is cold up this way in mid January, especially at night. Two, it is Sunday night and people have to work on Monday morning. If I have to drive home from that game and it takes 3 hours to get home, that puts me getting home at like 1 in the morning. The NFL does some stupid stuff with schedules.

  35. “What a joke! Why is the saints and Vikings game early on Sunday? NFL wake up!”

    Because it’s going to be an absolute one-sided blood bath that doesn’t deserve a prime time slot?

    With the way the Vikings wrapped up the season, this game will be over at the end of the first quarter.

  36. jake1199 says:
    December 29, 2019 at 11:56 pm
    “What a joke! Why is the saints and Vikings game early on Sunday?”

    Because in the other matchup, Seattle (a West Coast team) is traveling to Philadelphia.
    Due to the three hour time difference, the 4:40 PM EST start is actually a 1:40 PM PST start time.

    Therefore, if the Saints played in the 4:40 slot as you whined, Seattle fans would have to watch their game beginning at 10:40 AM PST.

    Wake up, indeed.

  37. jake1199 says:
    December 29, 2019 at 11:56 pm
    What a joke! Why is the saints and Vikings game early on Sunday? NFL wake up!
    ——————————————————————————
    It is not that hard to figure out if you puit your personal feeling aside. Green Bay is a bigger draw nationalally so the get the spot. Same as New England.

  38. As usual, the Patriots always get a primetime sat night game…have they ever lost one ?

    I don’t know if they lost, but it was always my assumption that the least desirable games always got put onto saturday. Texans/Bills and the Pats/Titans seem to fit that mold.

  39. Why are the Packers slated for a game at night when it will be even colder than it would have been during the day? I know the answer but still…

  40. After witnessing Zimmer’s broken-wristed “attitude handshake” after LaFleur schooled him last week, and the fans selecting Rodgers’ injury as a ten-year Top Ten Moment, there is nothing left to admire about the Vikings or their petty, fight-picking fans.

    One-and-done. The Vikings history of being the luckiest team in the NFL is coming to a screeching halt, and deservedly so.

  41. Very pleased that the Packers have a week to heal up and prepare for a playoff game against the Saints in Lambeau(New Orleans has a 96% chance of winning their wild-card game.)

    I know someone will cry😭 because the focus is only on playing the Saints in the divisional round. It is also possible the Packers could play the winner of Seattle vs. Philadelphia, but that is highly unlikely.

    Bulaga should be fine and went out against Detroit because of a possible concussion. Linsley had his back lock up which has happened before and he should be good to go on the 12th. Veldheer and Patrick filled in nicely and are very good depth that you love having going into the playoffs. Allen Lazard said his ankle was fine after the game.

    Early weather forecast for Jan. 12th at 5:40 p.m. is 21 degrees with a 10 mph wind that will make it feel like about 4 degrees. We welcome the dome team to Green Bay.👍

    #2019NFLPlayoffs

    #GoPackGo!🏈

  42. jake1199 says:
    December 29, 2019 at 11:56 pm
    What a joke! Why is the saints and Vikings game early on Sunday? NFL wake up!

    ————————————————————

    Because if they put Seattle vs Philly at that time slot, then everyone in Seattle would be watching a 10am PST game.

  43. californianewton says:
    December 30, 2019 at 12:13 am

    Big win tonight.
    ********************************
    No worries California, the 9er’s are a shoe-in.
    The NFL made it clear again last night that Pass Interference will NOT be called when it is in any way advantageous to the Saints, no matter how blatantly clear the infraction is.

  44. bcknights says:
    December 30, 2019 at 12:22 am
    Good luck Vikings you will need it. Got a feeling Saints want some payback. And very much so…
    ////////////
    Ummmm…..are you not old enough to remember Bountygate? The Saints parlayed that into a SB win, so I’d say the Vikings still need a payback, not the Saints.

  45. The Vikings are going to win. Then the payback is going to be to GB.

    bcknights says:
    December 30, 2019 at 12:22 am
    Good luck Vikings you will need it. Got a feeling Saints want some payback. And very much so…

  46. Whoa Whoa did we all ready play the Wild Card games? I picked the Saints in the office pool back in September but saying “easy wins” and “bye week wins” because an opponent is 10-6 are just stupid. Anything can happen in the play offs.

    Packer fans yes you! You only beat two teams that finished the season with winning records this year. Vikings 2 times and a Mahomes-less Chiefs team. 13 wins is cool but The only championship team you face in the 9ers you got smoke by 29 points. 13-3 is great but hard dominant team.

  47. nflhistorybuff68 says:
    December 29, 2019 at 11:53 pm
    As usual, the Patriots always get a primetime sat night game…have they ever lost one ?

    __________________________

    Very first post has to be a complaint about the Patriots. Shocker. They must have paid off whoever makes the schedule,of course.

  48. justintuckrule says:
    December 30, 2019 at 1:50 am

    Way to care for the fans. GB potentially hosting all the latest starting games. As someone who’s gone to them, like the 07 ice bowl 2 game, that’s horrible.

    ———————————–

    But but but but warm wetaher teams cannot play in Green Bay……. that’s what all Green Bay fans brag about, the weather being an advantage right? Well there ya go!

  49. “The Vikings are going to win. Then the payback is going to be to GB.”

    =============

    If the highly unlikely happens and Minnesota beats New Orleans in the wild-card game then the Packers play the winner of Seattle vs. Philadelphia and the Vikings would play the 49ers.

    Try to keep up👌

  50. bcknights says:
    December 30, 2019 at 12:22 am
    Good luck Vikings you will need it. Got a feeling Saints want some payback. And very much so…

    XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXx

    Payback for what??? For the Saints’ Marcus Williams failing to tackle Diggs? Saints should be happy for providing the blueprint in the 2nd half of that game on how to completely dismantle a Zimmer defense.

  51. when they meet in the NFCCG

    try to FO

    freefromwhatyouare says:
    December 30, 2019 at 12:07 pm
    “The Vikings are going to win. Then the payback is going to be to GB.”

    =============

    If the highly unlikely happens and Minnesota beats New Orleans in the wild-card game then the Packers play the winner of Seattle vs. Philadelphia and the Vikings would play the 49ers.

    Try to keep up👌

  52. As usual, the Lavender trolls are making bold predictions about the Vikings, with no evidence (empirical or otherwise) to back them up. Of all the games scheduled for the first round, the only one that’s a lock is that the Saints D will feast on that porous and anemic Viking Offensive line, and then the Saints will pound the exhausted MN defense into the ground, just like the Packers did. Saints 38, Lavenders 10.

  53. “Because Kirk Cousins likes that. Primetime isnt his friend.”

    Hate to tell you and Kirk, but every playoff game is essentially “prime time” regardless of what time its played at. He will choke as usual under the brightest lights

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