NFL announces wild-card schedule, and Saints get a Sunday game

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The NFL announced the wild-card playoff schedule for next weekend.

The most highly anticipated scheduling decision involved the Saints-Bears game. Saints running back Alvin Kamara is on the COVID-19 reserve list with a chance to play in the wild-card round only if his team was given a Sunday game.

The Saints and Bears play at 4:40 p.m. ET on Sunday.

On Saturday, the Colts and Bills begin the postseason with a 1:05 p.m. ET game on CBS.

The Rams at Seahawks follow at 4:40 p.m. ET on Saturday on FOX.

The NFC East winner — Washington or the Giants — hosts the Bucs in the Saturday night game that kicks off at 8:15 p.m. ET on NBC.

Three more games follow on Sunday.

The Ravens and Titans — a rematch from last year, only this year’s game is in Tennessee — are scheduled for 1:05 p.m. ET on ESPN/ABC on Sunday.

The Bears-Saints play the middle game.

The Browns play the Steelers for a second consecutive week with an 8:15 p.m. ET kickoff on Sunday Night Football on NBC.

43 responses to “NFL announces wild-card schedule, and Saints get a Sunday game

  1. Amazed the nfl scheduled saints game for a date/time that allows Kamera to potentially be out of covid protocol in time to play in the first round.

  2. Holy accommodation Batman. Anyone still want to complain the league office has it out for the Saints?

  3. SUPER BOWL, SUPER BEARS!

    The WR Screens and Shotgun calls at 4th&1 will work in the playoffs. Watch.

  4. First positive thing the NFL has done in favor of the Saints since their Super Bowl win….

  5. NFL still owes Saints after years of abuse. This schedule was a TV rating decision anyway. Kamara is a big TV draw and Sunday is a better TV day than Saturday.

  6. Washington defensive line is a bad match up for Brady. So I will not be shocked if they upset the Bucs.

  7. Tough game for the Colts, but I guess that if you want to be a champion you have to beat everyone. Still I think that the Bills are going to win though

  8. Perfect chance for the Ravens to get revenge on the Titans. Whoever makes it out of the giants and Washington I hope they smack the bucs

  9. If Mitch can’t throw he better run run run…just like Lamar and Jalen, your not going to outthrow Brees !

  10. Predictions: Saints/Seahawks/Washington (if WASH wins the division bc of their DLine) or TB (if NYG wins NFC East)
    and
    Bills/Browns (hot take, at least one upset on WC Weekend)/Titans

  11. Chris Paul says:
    January 3, 2021 at 9:50 pm

    First positive thing the NFL has done in favor of the Saints since their Super Bowl win….

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

    There is more truth in that statement than you intended…

  12. Kamara has never had a 1,000 yard season so let’s not pretend that he is a game changer.

    I loved his Christmas shoes though.

  13. How is a team with a losing record in prime time on a Saturday night? That’s a terrible idea

  14. Why are the worst games the featured night games? The NFC East winner will have a losing record and the Browns almost just lost to the Steelers’ backups. Lame.

  15. Ok ! Please don’t say the schedules are rigged for ratings. That is moronic. Why wouldn’t the NFL try to set it up for ratings? They are in the business of making money. To use the words rigged for ratings is really not thought out at all. If thinking were a game, you would get a zero score.

  16. As a Steelers fan, congrats to the Browns. This was long overdue for those die hard fans that did long follow the trail to Baltimore. If you lose to the Steelers next week, you cannot take away the huge turnaround in only a few seasons. If you beat the Steelers next week, show your next opponent what AFC North football is all about.

  17. billsmafia703 says:
    January 3, 2021 at 10:56 pm
    How is a team with a losing record in prime time on a Saturday night? That’s a terrible idea

    51 8 Rate This

    Maybe they think the other team has a guy that will “Be ready” to draw some eyeballs.

  18. Great irony if Buffalo were to meet Green Bay in Super Bowl. Two cold weather open air stadium teams meet up in warm Tampa.

  19. Kamara means more viewers after that performance last week. That means more advertisers and $$. The league is always in favor of making $.

  20. I think the Saints lose (like normal) , The Bills, Titans and Browns, Washington, Rams (what is up with Wilson?) bears win! I don’t think ANYONE at the top wants to meet any of those teams!

  21. Wow, that is really interesting, and I think a little unfair.

    Why should N.O. be given any special accommodation like this with a COVID quarantined player?

    They showed no such consideration during the season for multiple teams.

    To purposely schedule the Saints in the absolute LAST time frame for the playoffs possible, essentially says “We want Kamara to be able to play”

    Meanwhile, we had teams without entire position groups playing games that would determine their playoff fate.

    This and the Iggles Tanking is really poor Sportsmanship.

  22. I think you’re being a little hard on this “rigged for ratings” thing Troy. It may not be rigged but if the NFL is in the business of making money they are going to put their biggest draws in prime time for…higher ratings on those networks which could lead to more lucrative network deals later on.

    The most interesting story line on Saturday is Brady and if he lead a new team deep into the playoffs. The other games have no real compelling story lines.

    On Sunday the best story line is the Browns getting to the tournament and if the Steelers are the fraud people think they are. The other games don’t have much story lines. As a Ravens fan we have the Titans to deal with but that is more a local story than a National one.

  23. Titans, Bills, Chiefs, & Packers… The Ravens next 4 wins…they have em right were they

    want them!!

  24. Did the Saints lose the 2 seed? Interesting…

    kevpft says:
    January 4, 2021 at 5:33 am
    The 2 seeds play on Saturday while the 3 seeds get an extra day of rest. Interesting.

  25. lifelongwhodat says:
    January 4, 2021 at 10:33 am
    Did the Saints lose the 2 seed? Interesting…

    kevpft says:
    January 4, 2021 at 5:33 am
    The 2 seeds play on Saturday while the 3 seeds get an extra day of rest. Interesting.

    Saints are #2 seed. Seahawks are #3.

  26. kevpft says:
    January 4, 2021 at 5:33 am
    The 2 seeds play on Saturday while the 3 seeds get an extra day of rest. Interesting.
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    But if your 2 seed wins on Saturday they get an extra day of rest going into their next playoff game.

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