NFL announces there will be a Monday night Wild Card game

Wild Card Round - Seattle Seahawks v Philadelphia Eagles
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Word on Thursday night was that the NFL would hold a Wild Card playoff game on Monday night this season and the league made it official on Friday morning.

The league will hold it’s first Monday night playoff game on January 17 to wrap up Wild Card weekend. That game will kick off at 8:15 p.m. ET and the league said that the broadcaster for the game has not been determined.

CBS and NBC are each set to broadcast two Wild Card games while FOX and ABC/ESPN will both be handling one game. Two games will be played on Saturday and three on Sunday before things wrap up on Monday night.

The expansion to a 17-game regular season helped clear the way for the move to Monday night. In past years, the NFL would have a conflict with the college football title game, but pushing things back a week opened the spot for the league.

36 responses to “NFL announces there will be a Monday night Wild Card game

  1. I will like it when they expand the playoffs to 24 teams, host playoff games in London England, and also have Thursday night playoff games. This league gets better by the day.

  2. So whomever wins that Monday night game will be at a competitive disadvantage. Less time to rest and prepare for the next round when the season is already wearing players down. So much for player safety.

  3. And let me guess…the winning team will play on the following Saturday against the team that played on the previous Saturday.

    Additionally the winner will be an east coast team (or west coast) playing someone on the other coast and then has to go back to that other coast to play that Saturday game.

  4. I assume at least one or two of those teams that wins on Sunday would have to play on Saturday. So, if the Monday night winner had to play the following Sunday, it would be the same days off as those going from Sunday to Saturday.

  5. catchanotherpassadams says:
    September 24, 2021 at 9:30 am
    So whomever wins that Monday night game will be at a competitive disadvantage.
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    The Monday night winner will play on Sunday of the following week. No different than the Sunday winner playing on a Saturday of the following week.

  6. Anyone else getting the feeling the NFL doesn’t know what they are really trying to accomplish?

  7. So whomever wins that Monday night game will be at a competitive disadvantage. Less time to rest and prepare for the next round when the season is already wearing players down. So much for player safety.
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    But they also get a competitive advantage for the first round of the playoffs having an extra day to rest and get healthy, so let’s not get carried away. It’s no different than playing a Saturday game.

  8. To the comment below, the NFL knows exactly and precisely what it is really trying to accomplish: $25B in annual revenues. It is a little over halfway to that target.

    Much more to come, including advertising on uniforms and all manner of changes.

    dcspeedway says:
    September 24, 2021 at 9:52 am
    Anyone else getting the feeling the NFL doesn’t know what they are really trying to accomplish?

  9. Anyone else getting the feeling the NFL doesn’t know what they are really trying to accomplish?
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    Quite the opposite, We know exactly what they’re trying to accomplish. More money. It’s always more money. Honestly I don’t care. 3 games in a row can kind of burn you out and I don’t have to be up early for work so I’ll just use the Monday game as a reason to tip a few

  10. NFL management – It’s like when Papa used to cut the heads of the chickens and let ’em run around.

  11. The fans want Super Bowl Saturday. So of course the league prioritizes the 17 game season and the Monday night wild card. And that winner will get hosed with a Saturday midday kickoff the same week. Integrity of the game.

  12. Mark Cuban’s prediction of the NFL imploding continues to come closer into focus.

  13. Here is any idea…. go back to normal kickoffs and extra points 16 game schedules, 12 playoff teams, 4 teams with playoff bye weeks and play all game within the United States.

  14. One of the NFL’s stupider ideas. This is a clear disadvantage to the team that wins that game, as they now have a shorter week to prepare for their next opponent. These jerks are determined to destroy themselves. Very disappointed with this, but not very surprised.

  15. justokayfootball says:
    September 24, 2021 at 10:41 am
    Screw that. Living on the east coast, MNF games end to late.

    ………………
    Don’t worry, there won’t be any teams from the east in the wild card games.

  16. I like the idea. Monday night games have been part of the NFL culture for a long time. And it gives us more time to digest those 6 games.
    If the Monday Night winner plays on the following Sunday, they will have 6 days rest, while the other teams will have 7 or 8 days rest, which always have been the case.

  17. This could become a redemption opportunity for one QB at home outdoors, with temps in the teens!

  18. So much for an equitable playoff system….I will be giving the points vs the Monday Night winner in the Divisional Round…this is asinine.

  19. Lame. The NFL was the perfect example of a well oiled machine.
    Although I continue to watch, it’s mainly because of fantasy sports.
    I can see them adding more and more playoff teams until the regular season means very little.
    Unfortunately it’s because the hardcore, old skool NFL fan base is shrinking and the newbies care little about watering down the product.

  20. MLB created a problem years ago, mostly it was ESPN, who thought how great an idea it was to flood the market with televised games. There’s multiple games on seven days a week. And baseball has gone downhill in ratings and relevance. The NFL should pay attention to that. Don’t make same mistake.

  21. trentdilfer08 says:
    September 24, 2021 at 10:33 am
    Here is any idea…. go back to normal kickoffs and extra points 16 game schedules, 12 playoff teams, 4 teams with playoff bye weeks and play all game within the United States. I second this notion!

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