Day 2 of super wild-card weekend tripleheaders could prove more entertaining than the first.
Following up on a day’s worth of entertaining games, Sunday features equally as intriguing matchups (and the Saints vs. Bears), as the 2021 NFL playoffs march on through the winter.
Derrick Henry and the Titans defend home turf vs. 2019 MVP Lamar Jackson and the Ravens; Baltimore is looking for revenge after being eliminated by Tennessee in the 2020 NFL playoffs, leaving Jackson in search of that elusive playoff victory.
Capping off the night, the Browns make their first playoff appearance since 2003 — with a twist. Cleveland will be without head coach Kevin Stefanski, who, along with other members of the coaching staff, tested positive for coronavirus on Tuesday. The Browns make their playoff debut under Baker Mayfield against the Steelers, a team who Cleveland upended in Week 17.
Also, Mitchell Trubisky and the Bears play against the Saints. So, that’s cool.
Here’s what you need to know about today’s playoff matchups:
What time are the NFL playoff games today?
The matinee matchup features Derrick Henry, Ryan Tannehill and the Titans start on their quest to a second-consecutive AFC Championship appearance vs. Lamar Jackson and the Ravens. Henry, who secured his second-consecutive rushing title in 2020, takes on one of NFL’s top all-around defenses and the dynamic Lamar Jackson. Last year, the Titans shocked the football world by downing Baltimore in the divisional round, leaving Jackson still searching for his first playoff victory.
In the late afternoon slot, Sean Payton, Drew Brees and the Saints go marchin’ against the Bears and the reinvigorated Mitchell Trubisky in NOLA. Since Trubisky’s return as Bears starting QB, the soon-to-be free agent has thrown 10 touchdowns to five interceptions and a 3-3 record overall en route to a playoff berth.
The late game makes for an interesting matchup for more reasons than it’s an AFC North divisional rematch: the Browns, still dealing with coronavirus issues, will be without head coach Kevin Stefanski, who tested positive for COVID-19 on Tuesday. Cleveland will be without a collection of coaches and players, as well, but the game was deemed safe to play.
What channel are Sunday’s NFL playoff games on?
Titans vs. Ravens
ESPN’s coverage features the “Monday Night Football” booth trio of Steve Levy, Brian Griese and Louis Riddick. Lisa Salters will provide sideline reporting and commentary throughout the evening.
Saints vs. Bears
The Saints vs. Bears game will be aired on CBS, with Jim Nantz handling play-by-play duties. The ever-popular Tony Romo may not make the matchup, as he’s currently going through COVID-19 protocol. Reports suggest Romo may call the game from his home.
For a kid-friendly approach to the game, Nickelodeon (yes, that Nickelodeon), will be broadcasting the game, as well, featuring Nick-themed graphics and images. Noah Eagle and Nate Burleson will be on the call.
Steelers vs. Browns
Super wild-card weekend wraps up with an AFC North divisional matchup on NBC. The Peacock’s A-team of Cris Collinsworth, Al Michaels and Michele Tafoya will have the call.
NFL live streams for playoff games
For those with cable subscriptions, networks will be carrying games on their respective streaming services: CBS All Access, Peacock (NBC), ESPN+, et al.
For those without a cable service, there are some viable streaming options for this weekend’s games:
Sunday afternoon’s Bears vs. Saints matchup will be available via Amazon Prime.
NFL playoff schedule 2021
Saturday, Jan. 9
Sunday, Jan. 10
Saturday, Jan. 16
Sunday, Jan. 17
Sunday, Jan. 24
Super Bowl 55
Sunday, Feb. 7
When is Super Bowl 55 in 2021?
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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