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What time are NFL playoff games today? TV schedule, channels for Saturday’s wild-card tripleheader



What time are NFL playoff games today? TV schedule, channels for Saturday's wild-card tripleheader

Please stay home — and watch NFL playoff football all day.

Prior to the start of the 2020 NFL season, the league expanded the playoffs to add an extra wild card in each conference. With the addition of an extra team in each conference, there are six total football games coming your way this weekend, starting with a Saturday tripleheader of playoff action.

The results of the expansion: Seven teams secured spots in the playoffs in Week 17 and many, many intriguing matchups across the board were born for wild-card weekend. No. 2 seed Buffalo will be taking on No. 7 Colts in the AFC, a divisional matchup between the Seahawks and Rams is sa and Steelers and Browns and the 11-5 Buccaneers traveling to FedEx Field to take on the 7-9 Washington Football Team.

So, while you’re getting ready to prep the nachos, crack open a cold one and veg out on the couch, here’s what you need to know about today’s slate of playoff matchups:

MORE: Watch today’s NFL playoff games live with fuboTV

What time are the NFL playoff games today?

Game 1

  • Date: Saturday, Jan. 9
  • Matchup: Buffalo Bills vs. Indianapolis Colts
  • Location: Bills Stadium, Buffalo, NY
  • Start time: 1:05 p.m. ET

Game 2

  • Date: Saturday, Jan. 9
  • Matchup: Seattle Seahawks vs. Los Angeles Rams
  • Location: Lumen Field, Seattle, Was.
  • Start time: 4:40 p.m. ET

Game 3

  • Date: Saturday, Jan. 9
  • Matchup: Washington Football Team vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  • Location: FedEx Field, Washington, D.C
  • Start time: 8:15 p.m. ET

Josh Allen and the Bills look to avenge last year’s early playoff exit as they take on the No. 7 seed Colts in the first game of the day. The Colts were locked in an AFC South battle that came down the Titans downing the Texans on a game-winning field goal in Week 17. Indianapolis enters the playoffs hot, winners of four of their last five games, putting up at least 25 points in each win. 

The afternoon game features an NFC West matchup between the Seahawks and Rams. With Jared Goff’s status up in the air, the Rams could turn to John Wolford once again, who made his NFL debut in Week 17 

In the nightcap, the Buccaneers travel to Washington to take on Alex Smith and the Football Team, who continue their unlikely romp to the playoffs after winning the NFC East in Week 17. Washington faces a very tough task in having to try and tame the potent Buccaneers’ offense, which has come to life heading into the playoffs.

What channel are Saturday NFL games on?

Bills vs. Colts

For those with cable, you’ll be able to catch the AFC wild-card matchup on CBS.

Ian Eagle and Charles Davis will be on the call, with sideline reporter Evan Washburn rounding out the team.

Seahawks vs. Rams

The Rams travel to Seattle to take on the Seahawks on Fox in the afternoon game. Kickoff is scheduled for 4:15 p.m. ET, and Fox’s A-Team of Joe Buck, Troy Aikman and Erin Andrews will be on the call. 

Tom Rinaldi will also join the squad, making the jump from ESPN.

Washington Football Team vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

In the final game of the day, NBC’s Mike Tirico and Tony Dungy will be on the call, with Kathryn Tappen working the sidelines.

NFL live streams for playoffs

For those with cable, several networks will broadcast the games via their respective streaming services: ESPN+, CBS All Access, Fox Sports Go, et al.

For those without cable, there are several options for streaming the NFL playoffs:

NFL playoff schedule 2021

Wild-card round

Saturday, Jan. 9

Matchup Start time TV channel Live stream
Colts at Bills 1:05 p.m. ET CBS CBS All Access, fuboTV
Rams at Seahawks 4:40 p.m. ET Fox Fox Sports Go, fuboTV
Buccaneers at Washington 8:15 p.m. ET NBC NBC Sports App, fuboTV

Sunday, Jan. 10

Matchup Start time TV channel Live stream
Ravens at Titans 1:05 p.m. ET ESPN/ABC ESPN App, fuboTV
Bears at Saints 4:40 p.m. ET CBS/Nickelodeon/Amazon Prime CBS All Access, Amazon Prime Video, fuboTV
Browns at Steelers 8:15 p.m. ET NBC NBC Sports App, fuboTV

Divisional round

Saturday, Jan. 16

Matchup Start time TV channel Live stream
AFC Divisional Round (TBD at TBD) TBD TBD fuboTV
NFC Divisional Round (TBD at TBD) TBD TBD fuboTV

Sunday, Jan. 17

Matchup Start time TV channel Live stream
AFC Divisional Round (TBD at TBD) TBD TBD fuboTV
NFC Divisional Round (TBD at TBD) TBD TBD fuboTV

Conference championships

Sunday, Jan. 24

Matchup Away team Start time TV channel Live stream
NFC vs. NFC NFC TBD 3:05 p.m. ET Fox fuboTV
AFC vs. AFC AFC TBD 6:40 p.m. ET CBS fuboTV

Super Bowl 55

Sunday, Feb. 7

Matchup Start time TV channel Live stream
AFC champion vs. NFC champion 6:30 p.m. ET CBS fuboTV

When is Super Bowl 55 in 2021?

  • Date: Sunday, Feb. 7
  • Time: 6:30 p.m. ET
  • Location: Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Fla.

Super Bowl 55 stays in Florida in 2021, returning to Raymond James Stadium, home of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. “Ray Jay” has hosted two previous Super Bowls, in 2000 and 2008. 

Super Bowl 54 was played in Hard Rock Stadium, the home stadium of the Miami Dolphins.

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Kyrie Irving’s 37-point Nets return offers positive takeaways despite loss to Cavaliers



Kyrie Irving's 37-point Nets return offers positive takeaways despite loss to Cavaliers

In a game featuring Nets superstars Kyrie Irving, James Harden and Kevin Durant, the best player on the floor in the second overtime period was Cavaliers third-year pro Collin Sexton.

Sexton nailed four 3-pointers in quick succession to guide Cleveland to a 147-135 win.

That’s not how Wednesday night was supposed to go down for Brooklyn after the team traded for Harden last week and Irving returned from a mysterious two-week absence. But while the Nets’ stretches of ineptitude backed up concerns about their defense following the Harden deal, their moments of brilliance should perhaps be the primary takeaway from the defeat. Brooklyn recovered from a 14-point deficit late in the third quarter to send the contest beyond regulation, at times using breathtaking passing at tempo to unlock openings.

Irving, Harden and Durant combined to net 96 points on an efficient 49.3 percent shooting clip from the field. If not for a once-a-season type of explosion from Sexton, coach Steve Nash’s squad would have likely escaped with a victory.

And mere presence of their enigmatic point guard should offer the Nets their greatest hope of cohesion moving forward.

“I’m just excited for the future,” said Irving, who spent the previous seven games away from the team for personal reasons.

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Four minutes into his return to basketball, Irving acknowledged the sparse crowd of about 2,000 gathered at Quicken Loans Arena and pointed to his ring finger. The venue had just given him a tribute video recounting his crowning achievement with the organization: A 2016 NBA championship won with the help of his iconic jumper over Stephen Curry. Fans offered a standing ovation.

That the Nets’ third-best player is worthy of emotional tribute videos is a testament to their absurd talent.

Another reminder of their abilities came soon after when Harden accelerated up the floor flanked by Irving to his left and Durant to his right on a 3-on-1 fast break. Cavaliers forward Cedi Osman was petrified, not knowing which all-time great shot creator to guard. He chose Harden. Harden chose Irving. Irving chose a delicious scoop off the window for two points.

These were the sequences in which everything seemed obvious about the roster. How could the group not become great?  Name the sports teams that have ever failed because of too many good players. Too many Hall of Famers. Too many centerpieces of worldwide brand campaigns.

The third quarter, though, seemingly poked holes through what general manager Sean Marks had done in shipping out big man Jarrett Allen, forward Taurean Prince, sixth-man extraordinaire Caris LeVert and so many future first-rounders for Harden. With DeAndre Jordan off the floor, the Nets struggled defending the interior. At the same time, they managed to neglect assignments along the perimeter. Even as their own offensive ball movement looked good enough, the lack of stops at the other end were concerning.

“Look, this was the first night when we’ve had everyone on the floor together,” coach Steve Nash told reporters. “This is going to be a process that takes the entire year.”

The process can only work if everyone participates.

Irving not only appearing but also scoring 37 points following his prolonged stretch away from teammates made it easier to imagine everything coming together, the glimpses shown Wednesday becoming more and more frequent until a Finals contender is born.

The Duke product, whose interest in his sport has been questioned by some people of late, showed plenty of emotion on the court as the game progressed. When he called for a pass in the corner from Durant in the fourth quarter and didn’t get it, he fist-pumped anyway when Durant drained a midrange jumper. When he was whistled for an offensive foul with 1.5 seconds left in regulation — a ruling later reversed — he reacted forcefully toward the nearest official.

Irving was the player Brooklyn needs him to be if it wants to get things figured out ahead of the playoffs.

“Two OTs in your first game back?” Irving asked rhetorically after the game. “You got to love NBA basketball, bro.”

The Nets sure hope he does.

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Bernie Sanders’ inauguration meme gets social media attention from sports world



Bernie Sanders' inauguration meme gets social media attention from sports world

Bernie Sanders has a knack for online stardom.

The senator from Vermont is already the subject of one well-known meme — we’ll get to that in a second — and on Wednesday, thanks to his inauguration outfit, socially-distanced spot and demeanor at the Capitol, he earned another one. 

First off, props to Sanders who was sporting the same jacket from the original “I am once again asking” meme. If the jacket still fits and is in good shape from 2019, why not keep wearing it? 

So aside from the coat, he’s got a new meme thanks to a photo that popped up of the 79-year-old senator sitting in a folding chair socially distanced from everyone. He sat in said coat, with his arms crossed and warm mittens on his hands and his legs crossed — and, of course, he had on a mask. 

Following COVID-19 protocols, Sanders became a social media sensation once again and the sports world was quick to follow suit as well. 

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Collin Sexton beats Nets’ Kyrie Irving, James Harden & Kevin Durant on his own in double-OT



Collin Sexton beats Nets' Kyrie Irving, James Harden & Kevin Durant on his own in double-OT

Collin Sexton did not dribble with the artistic flow of Kyrie Irving as he destroyed the Nets in double-overtime, but his pull-up jumpers and drives against Irving and Kevin Durant carried a lethal dose.

In the span of 1:31, Sexton scored 11 points on his own, including three 3-pointers in the face of Brooklyn defenders. He finished the game with a career-high 42 points, five rebounds, five assists and just one turnover in 38 minutes as his Cavaliers beat the Nets 147-135.

The performance came as the Nets played their first game with Irving, Durant and newly acquired James Harden on the floor together, spoiling a night in which Irving scored 37 points of his own.

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Sexton, now in his third NBA season, isn’t far removed from being a rookie subjected to vitriol from his own teammates. Back then, Cavaliers veterans anonymously ripped him to the media and said he didn’t “know how to play.” He’s proving those critics wrong.

Sexton is averaging 27 points per game following his performance Wednesday night. He caught the attention of people around the NBA with the scoring outburst.

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