This article is about the NFL Playoff Schedule – you can click here for full details about the NFL’s 2022 regular-season schedule.
The NFL playoff schedule for 2021 is over and the bracket is completed.
Fourteen franchises made it into postseason play with hopes of figuring in Super Bowl LVI at SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles on Sunday February 13, 2022.
In the end it was the Los Angeles Rams who defeated the Cincinnati Bengals 23-20 to become world champions.
The playoffs take place every year over four weekends in January and February – with a bye week between the conference Championship games and the Super Bowl.
There is no se2cond chance here, it’s do or die. Sudden death football all the way.
NFL Playoff Schedule 2021 & TV Channel
The 2021 NFL playoff schedule played out as follows:
SUPER WILD CARD WEEKEND
Saturday January 15, 2022
- Las Vegas Raiders 19-26 Cincinnati Bengals (4.30pm ET – NBC, Peacock, Universo)
- New England Patriots 17-47 Buffalo Bills (8.15pm ET – CBS, Paramount+)
Sunday January 16, 2022
- Philadelphia Eagles 15-31 Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1pm ET – FOX, FOX Deportes)
- San Francisco 49ers 23-17 Dallas Cowboys (4.30pm ET – CBS, Paramount+, Nickelodeon, Amazon Prime Video)
- Pittsburgh Steelers 21-42 Kansas City Chiefs (8.15pm ET – NBC, Peacock, Telemundo)
Monday January 17, 2022
- Arizona Cardinals 11-34 Los Angeles Rams (8.15pm ET – ESPN/ABC, ESPN2, ESPN+, ESPN Deportes)
Bye: Green Bay Packers, Tennessee Titans
Saturday January 22, 2022
- Cincinnati Bengals 19-16 Tennessee Titans (4.30pm ET – CBS)
- San Francisco 49ers 13-10 Green Bay Packers (8.15pm ET – FOX)
Sunday January 23, 2022
- Los Angeles Rams 30-27 Tampa Bay Buccaneeers (3pm ET – NBC)
- Buffalo Bills 36-42 Kansas City Chiefs (OT) (6.30pm ET – CBS)
Sunday January 30, 2022
- Cincinnati Bengals 27-24 Kansas City Chiefs (OT) (AFC, 3pm ET, CBS)
- San Francisco 49ers 17-20 Los Angeles Rams (NFC, 6.30pm ET, FOX)
SUPER BOWL LVI
Sunday February 13
- Cincinnati Bengals 20-23 Los Angeles Rams -4 (6.30pm ET, NBC)
Which teams made the NFL playoffs in 2021?
A total of 14 teams made it into the tournament, seven from the AFC and seven from the NFC. Each conference seeded its seven teams.
AFC Playoff Teams
- 1. Tennessee Titans (12-5)
- 2. Kansas City Chiefs (12-5)
- 3. Buffalo Bills (11-6)
- 4. Cincinnati Bengals (10-7)
- 5. New England Patriots (10-7)
- 6. Las Vegas Raiders (10-7)
- 7. Pittsburgh Steelers (9-7-1)
NFC Playoff Teams
- 1. Green Bay Packers (13-4)
- 2. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (12-5)
- 3. Dallas Cowboys (12-5)
- 4. Los Angeles Rams (12-5)
- 5. Arizona Cardinals (11-6)
- 6. San Francisco 49ers (10-7)
- 7. Philadelphia Eagles (9-8)
How does the NFL Playoff Schedule work?
Those 14 teams play off for the right to make it to the Super Bowl.
For starters the top seed in each conference receives a first-round bye – crucial in getting players healthy in time for the games that matter the most. Those top seeds also play at home throughout the postseason until the Super Bowl – assuming they advance.
The basic rule during the postseason is that whichever team is seeded highest plays at home.
The starting point in each conference for Wild Card Weekend is this:
- #2 seed plays #7 seed
- #3 seed plays #6 seed
- #4 seed plays #5 seed
For the Divisional Playoffs each conference looks like this:
- #1 ranked remaining team vs #4 ranked remaining team
- #2 ranked remaining team vs #3 ranked remaining team
For the Conference Championships it is this:
- #1 ranked remaining team plays home vs #2 ranked remaining team