When does the 2022 NFL playoffs start: times, games today, schedule, dates, Wild Card weekend TV channels

January is here and the 2022 NFL Playoffs are right around the corner. With the playoffs starting today, here’s everything you need to know about the 2022 NFL Playoffs.

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At the start of the 2021-22 season, the NFL expanded the regular season schedule from 16 games to 17. The addition of Game 17 therefore pushes the start of the playoffs back a week in January and Super Bowl LVI will have held on the second Sunday of February.

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Last year, the NFL expanded the playoffs to include six total Wild Card games. Three of those games were played on Saturday and the other three were on Sunday. The format is slightly different this year. Two of the Wild Card matches will be played on Saturday, three will be played on Sunday and there will be one match Monday night.

When does the 2022 NFL playoffs start?

Game 1 of the 2022 NFL Playoffs kicks off at 4:30 p.m. ET on Saturday, January 15 when the Cincinnati Bengals take on the Las Vegas Raiders on NBC and Peacock. Check out the full Wild Card Weekend schedule below:

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NFL Super Wild Card Weekend

saturday january 15

  • 4:30 p.m. ET: (5) Las Vegas Raiders vs. (4) Cincinnati Bengals
  • 8:15 p.m. ET: (6) New England Patriots vs. (3) Buffalo Bills

Sunday January 16

  • 1:00 p.m. ET: (7) Philadelphia Eagles vs. (2) Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  • 4:30 p.m. ET: (6) San Francisco 49ers vs. (3) Dallas Cowboys
    • TV channel: CBS, Nickelodeon, Amazon Prime Video
  • 8:15 p.m. ET: (7) Pittsburgh Steelers vs. (2) Kansas City Chiefs

monday january 17

  • 8:00 p.m. ET: (5) Arizona Cardinals vs. (4) Los Angeles Rams
    • TV channel: ESPN, ABC, ESPN2

NFL Division Tour

saturday 22 january

Sunday January 23

NFL Conference Championships

Sunday January 30

  • AFC Championship game: TBD
  • NFC Championship Game: TBD

Super Bowl LVI

How many teams are in the NFL playoffs?

Fourteen teams will make the playoffs this season. In 2020, the NFL increased the number of playoff teams from 12 to 14, leading to Super Wild Card Weekend which features three games instead of two.

How to watch the NFL playoffs on TV and live

The playoff games will be broadcast on a combination of the following networks: NBC and Peacock Premium, ESPN, ABC and CBS. Super Bowl LVI will be televised on NBC and available live on Peacock.

How to watch the Super Bowl 2022

Super Bowl 56 will be televised by NBC and will be available live on Peacock or with the NBC Sports app. NBC was originally scheduled to air the 2021 game and CBS had the 2022 Super Bowl, but the two networks decided to swap years so that NBC would have both the Super Bowl and the Winter Olympics in 2022.

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What are the NFL tiebreaker rules?

Below are the NFL’s tiebreaker procedures for the playoffs.

To break a Division Ranking tie:

Between two teams

  1. Head to head (best win-loss-tie percentage in matches between clubs).
  2. Highest win-loss-tie percentage in games played within the division.
  3. Best win-loss-tie percentage in common games.
  4. Highest win-loss-tie percentage in games played within the conference.
  5. Strength of Victory.
  6. Calendar strength.
  7. Highest combined ranking among conference teams in runs scored and runs allowed.
  8. Highest combined ranking among all teams in points scored and points allowed.
  9. Best net points in common games.
  10. Best net points in all games.
  11. Best net touchdowns in all games.
  12. Draw

Between three or more teams

  1. Head to head (best win-loss-tie percentage in matches between clubs).
  2. Highest win-loss-tie percentage in games played within the division.
  3. Best win-loss-tie percentage in common games.
  4. Highest win-loss-tie percentage in games played within the conference.
  5. Strength of Victory.
  6. Calendar strength.
  7. Highest combined ranking among conference teams in runs scored and runs allowed.
  8. Highest combined ranking among all teams in points scored and points allowed.
  9. Best net points in common games.
  10. Best net points in all games.
  11. Best net touchdowns in all games.
  12. Draw

To break a wildcard ranking tie:

Between two teams

  1. One-on-one, if applicable.
  2. Highest win-loss-tie percentage in games played within the conference.
  3. Best win-loss-tie percentage in common games, minimum of four.
  4. Strength of Victory.
  5. Calendar strength.
  6. Highest combined ranking among conference teams in runs scored and runs allowed.
  7. Highest combined ranking among all teams in points scored and points allowed.
  8. Best net points in conference games.
  9. Best net points in all games.
  10. Best net touchdowns in all games.
  11. Draw.

Between three or more teams

  1. Apply the division tiebreaker to eliminate all but the top-ranked clubs in each division before proceeding to step 2. The initial ranking within a division when applying the division tiebreaker remains the same for all subsequent applications of the procedure which are necessary to identify the two wild-card participants.
  2. Head to head scan. (Applicable only if a club beat each other or if a club lost to each other.)
  3. Highest win-loss-tie percentage in games played within the conference.
  4. Best win-loss-tie percentage in common games, minimum of four.
  5. Strength of Victory.
  6. Calendar strength.
  7. Highest combined ranking among conference teams in runs scored and runs allowed.
  8. Highest combined ranking among all teams in points scored and points allowed.
  9. Best net points in conference games.
  10. Best net points in all games.
  11. Best net touchdowns in all games.
  12. Draw

2022 NFL Playoffs Photo

CAF ranking

*zyx – Tennessee Titans (12-5)

yx – Kansas City Chiefs (12-5)

yx-Buffalo Bills (11-6)

yx – Cincinnati Bengals (10-7)

x Las Vegas Raiders (10-7)

x-New England Patriots (10-7)

x Pittsburgh Steelers (9-7-1)

NFC Ranking

*zyx – Green Bay Packers (13-3)

yx – Tampa Bay Buccaneers (13-4)

yx – Dallas Cowboys (12-5)

yx – Los Angeles Rams (12-5)

x-Arizona Cardinals (11-5)

x – San Francisco 49ers (10-7)

x- Philadelphia Eagles (9-8)

Key:

x- Place in the playoffs won

y- Unhooked division title

z- Bye in the first unhooked round

*- Home court advantage

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