It’s playoff time! The regular NFL season is over, and the 2016 postseason is officially underway. Will your team be part of the Super Bowl race? Check out the whole postseason schedule right here!
The final week of the NFL‘s regular season was crucial for a few teams, which resulted in celebration for some and heartbreak for others. While New York Jets fans were left daydreaming about the 2016 postseason, followers of the Pittsburgh Steelers are rejoicing that their season is still alive. So who else made it, and what will the playoffs look like leading up to Super Bowl 50? We have the scoop!
Despite making the postseason, relief hasn’t fully set in for some teams just yet. Only eight teams can be part of the official playoffs, and as of Jan. 3, there are 12 teams left in the fight. That means the first week of the playoffs is the Wildcard Round, with eight teams fighting for the four remaining spots in the Divisional Rounds.
As the Jets faltered and couldn’t pull off a critical win against the Buffalo Bills in their final regular season game, the Steelers’ win over the Cleveland Browns gave them at least one more week to try for the Super Bowl. They’ll be facing AFC North champs Cincinnati Bengals on Jan. 9, hoping to make it to the following week to take on Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos. The other AFC opponents, the Kansas City Chiefs and Houston Texans, will duke it out in hopes of playing either the Broncos or the New England Patriots in the next week.
When it comes to the NFC, the Wild Card Round is almost even more intense, with all four teams’ records being within a win or two of each other. After pulling off a nail-biting victory over the Green Bay Packers, the Minnesota Vikings clinched the NFC North and are set for a rematch with Seattle Seahawks on Jan. 10. If they win, they’ll face the NFC West champs Arizona Cardinals on Jan. 16. The Packers will also play on Jan. 10, taking on the NFC East-clinching Washington Redskins and looking to make it to either the Cardinals or the 15-1 Carolina Panthers in the Divisional Round.
Check out the full schedule, according to FoxSports.com:
Wild Card Round
Saturday, Jan. 9
No. 5 Kansas City Chiefs (11-5) at No. 4 Houston Texans (9-7): 4:35 p.m., ABC/ESPN
No. 6 Pittsburgh Steelers (10-6) at No. 3 Cincinnati Bengals (12-4): 8:15 p.m., CBS
Sunday, Jan. 10
No. 6 Seattle Seahawks (10-6) at No. 3 Minnesota Vikings (11-5): 1:05 p.m., NBC
No. 5 Green Bay Packers (10-6) at No. 4 Washington Redskins (9-7): 4:40 p.m., FOX
Saturday, Jan. 16
AFC higher seed at No. 2 New England Patriots (12-4): 4:35 p.m., CBS
NFC higher seed at No. 2 Arizona Cardinals (13-3): 8:15 p.m., NBC
Sunday, Jan. 17
NFC lower seed at No. 1 Carolina Panthers (15-1): 1:05 p.m., FOX
AFC lower seed at No. 1 Denver Broncos (12-4): 4:40 p.m., CBS
Sunday, Jan. 24
AFC lower seed at AFC higher seed: 3:05 p.m., CBS
NFC lower seed at NFC higher seed: 6:40 p.m., FOX
After an intense few weeks of playoff football, the AFC champion vs. NFC champion will then face off in Super Bowl 50 on Sunday, Feb.7, at 6:30 p.m. Broadcast on CBS, the big game will be held at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif. Considering the teams that are left and the fact that Coldplay will be the halftime performer, it’s sure to be a great game no matter what. Let the postseason begin!
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