The NFL unveiled a brand new playoff format in April, and that is the primary probability for followers to see it in motion.
It’s not an excessive amount of of a change from the way it’s been previously, however it’s a bit completely different. Here’s the way it works:
Now, just one staff in every convention will get a bye. That’s the Tennessee Titans within the AFC and the Green Bay Packers within the NFC. That means no week off for Tom Brady.
Previously, with six groups, the 2-seed acquired a bye as effectively. Now, with seven groups, the 2-seed faces the 7, and the three nonetheless faces the 6 and the 4 will get the 5.
Just like previously, the 1-seed faces the lowest-remaining seed within the Divisional Round and the opposite two groups match up as effectively. Then the 2 remaining groups in every convention play, adopted by the Super Bowl.
Here’s the schedule:
Saturday, Jan. 15, 4:30 p.m.: 5-seed Raiders at 4-seed Bengals (NBC)
Saturday, Jan. 15, 8:15 p.m.: 6-seed Patriots at 3-seed Bills (CBS)
Sunday, Jan. 16, 1 p.m.: 7-seed Eagles at 2-seed Buccaneers (FOX)
Sunday, Jan. 16, 4:30 p.m.: 6-seed 49ers at 3-seed Cowboys (CBS)
Sunday, Jan 16, 8:15 p.m.: 7-seed Steelers at 2-seed Chiefs (NBC)
Monday, Jan. 17, 8 p.m.: 5-seed Cardinals at 4-seed Rams (ESPN)
So if the Patriots beat the Bills, they’ll face the Titans if the Chiefs maintain the Steelers. If the Steelers pull the upset, the Patriots would face the winner of the Bengals-Raiders recreation.
The solely time the Patriots may see the Chiefs is the AFC Championship Game.
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