For the first time ever, NFL has six standalone nationally televised games in two days

Wild Card Round - Seattle Seahawks v Philadelphia Eagles
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The NFL previously has had six TV windows in two days. It also has had at least six playoff games in the same weekend, in 1982. It’s never had six games in six windows, all of which were televised nationally.

That’s what so-called Super Wild Card weekend will give us — and it will now be an annual thing.

Three games Saturday. Three games Sunday. Each game can be watched without another game happening at the same time.

Starting at 1:00 p.m. ET and lasting past 11:00 p.m. ET each day, it’s more than 20 hours of football, with everyone who is watching any of the games watching the same game.

In 1982, a 16-team playoff field had eight postseason games played on the first weekend of the postseason. However, those games unfolded with two games in each of four broadcast windows. None were nationally televised.

So get ready for two days of nothing but NFL football, one game at a time, six times over. After these six games are played, only seven will remain over the balance of the postseason.

17 responses to “For the first time ever, NFL has six standalone nationally televised games in two days

  1. I’m officially bored with people being unable to cope with change and lashing out, How do you thumbs down this news if you’re a football fan? Monday, Thursday, Tuesday games whatever. Triple headers on Saturday? Bring it on. It’s 2021, the year of adjusting. Hard to go w the flow when you’re constantly crabby. I’m looking forward to this weekend.

  2. While the early window is the most convenient for us in the UK, this plan just feels like overload. Monday Night Football is a thing, why don’t we have 2 Saturday, the normal 3 Sunday slots and a Monday game, or a normal 2 & 2 wildcard weekend with a Monday double header?

  3. One wish: may every playoff team remain healthy throughout the playoffs and let the chips fall where they may.

  4. Not a fan of new schedule. Two teams in each conference should get byes. Quite sure in the future those in favor of change will start tweaking the NFL more and more until it resembles nothing of what made it the greatest sport. There’s already too many who want just two conferences and no divisions and find defensive football boring. I hope I am wrong but I grew up a huge NASCAR fan as well and these days the sport has changed so much that I barely watch. Totally understand that both sports are still big businesses, but trying to fix something that is not broken to make more and more money in the end will destroy the very foundation of what made them strong to begin with. To each their own, and maybe I’m worrying about nothing. Hope so anyway.

  5. supercharger says:
    January 9, 2021 at 10:48 am

    I’m officially bored with people being unable to cope with change and lashing out, How do you thumbs down this news if you’re a football fan? Monday, Thursday, Tuesday games whatever. Triple headers on Saturday? Bring it on. It’s 2021, the year of adjusting. Hard to go w the flow when you’re constantly crabby. I’m looking forward to this weekend.
    —————–

    Don’t be so crabby.

  6. Now that tanking is okay in the NFL, and the playoff contenders are totally arbitrary, why watch this nonsense?

  7. rock955 says:
    January 9, 2021 at 12:39 pm
    Now that tanking is okay in the NFL, and the playoff contenders are totally arbitrary, why watch this nonsense?
    —- What’s even worse is commenting on something you claim not to care about… now that’s nonsense.

  8. It’s great to see 6 games in a weekend but there are too many teams in the playoffs. Almost half the league is in, the playoffs have been watered down.

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