2023 NFL playoff schedule, bracket: Dates, times, TV, streaming for every round of NFC and AFC postseason
After a wild season, the NFL playoffs are finally here, and if you love throwbacks, then you’re definitely going to love what the NFL has in store for Super Wild Card Weekend starting Saturday.
All six games from the opening round will feature a rematch from the regular season, marking just the fifth time since the NFL-AFL merger in 1970 that the opening round will feature all replays. Before this year, the last time it happened was in 2009.
While there will be some familiar faces this year — hello, Tom Brady and Patrick Mahomes — there will also be three teams making the playoffs for the first time in years with the Jaguars (2017), Giants (2016) and Dolphins (2016) all making their first postseason trip in at least five years.
As for Brady, he’ll actually be in an unfamiliar position this year. The NFL legend will lead the 8-9 Buccaneers, who will enter the postseason as the sixth team ever to enter the playoffs with a losing record. Brady’s first game will come against a Cowboys team he has never lost to in his career (7-0).
And don’t forget, this postseason could also give us a twist: If the Bills and Chiefs end up playing each other in the AFC Championship, then the game will be played at a neutral site. However, there is no guarantee that the game will happen because the defending AFC champions – the Cincinnati Bengals – may have something to say about it.
So when and where will everyone be playing during the postseason?
Let’s get to the playoff schedule and find out.
Super Wild Card Weekend
Saturday, January 14
(2) 49ers 41-23 over (7) Seahawks. The 49ers got a brief scare from the Seahawks on a day where Seattle jumped out to a 17-16 halftime lead. But in the second half, San Francisco opened the game with a dominant performance. Brock Purdy threw for 332 yards, also becoming the first rookie in NFL history to total four touchdowns in a playoff game. (Purdy finished with three touchdowns and a rushing score).
(5) Chargers at (4) Jaguars (+1.5), 8:15 p.m. ET (NBC, broadcast on fuboTV). This is a remake of one of the most surprising games of the year. In week three, the Jaguars destroyed the Chargers 38-10 on the road. Trevor Lawrence threw three touchdowns on a day where the Jags racked up 413 yards of total offense.
Sunday, January 15
(7) Dolphins at (2) Bills (-10), 1 p.m. ET (CBS, airs on Paramount+). These two teams split their season series with each team winning at home, but it’s worth noting that both games were decided by three points or less. The big question here revolves around who will start at quarterback for the Dolphins. Right now, Tua Tagovailoa (concussion) and Teddy Bridgewater (finger) are both out. If they can’t go, Skyler Thompson will get the start.
(6) Giants at (3) Vikings (-3), 4:30 p.m. ET (Foxes, broadcast on fuboTV). These two played one of the wildest games of the season on Christmas Eve in a game that wasn’t decided until Greg Joseph kicked a 61-yard field goal on the final play. This will be Minnesota’s first home playoff game since the Minneapolis Miracle in January 2018.
(6) Ravens at (3) Bengals (-6.5), 8:15 p.m. ET (NBC, broadcast on fuboTV). It’s unclear if Lamar Jackson (knee) will play Sunday, but even if he does, it will mark his first action in six weeks if he’s on the field. Jackson led the Ravens to a 19-17 win over the Bengals in Week 5, but the Bengals got their revenge with a 27-16 win in Week 18 to take a split of the season series.
Monday, January 16
(5) Cowboys at (4) Buccaneers (+3), 8:15 p.m. ET (ABC/ESPN, broadcast on fuboTV). If the Cowboys are going to advance to the divisional round, they’ll have to do something they’ve never done: Beat Tom Brady. The Cowboys are 0-7 all-time against the Buccaneers QB and that includes a Week 1 loss where Tampa Bay beat Dallas 19-3.
Saturday, January 21 and Sunday, January 22
Giants/Buccaneers/Cowboys at (1) EaglesVikings/Buccaneers/Cowboys at (2) 49ers
If the Giants beat the Vikings on Sunday, they will play the Eagles, which will leave the 49ers waiting for the Cowboys-Buccaneers winner. If the Vikings win, they will play the 49ers while the Eagles will host the Cowboys-Buccaneers winner. Which team will host the Cowboys-Buccaneers winner will definitely be played on Sunday, January 22nd.
TBD at (1) ChiefsTBD at TBD
The NFL will announce the division round schedule during the wild card round.
Championship on Sunday
NFC Championship, 3:05 pm ET (Foxes) AFC Championship, 6:40 pm ET (CBS) Super Bowl LVII
AFC Champion vs. NFC Champion at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona, 6:30 p.m. ET (Fox)