The first round of the postseason features familiar faces and upcoming rematches among the six games.
The Bills’ victory over the Dolphins at home on Sunday night clinched the AFC East championship and with it the final field of 14 invitees to the NFL postseason, seven per conference. However, before the match ended, the dates and times for the six matches that would make up the Wild Card round were announced.
Based on the results of the 272nd game of the regular season, the matches of the first round of the playoffs were determined as follows:
Cleveland Browns vs. Houston Texans, Saturday, January 13, 3:30 p.m. Central Mexico time; 4:30 pm ET.
The action begins with the top wild card of the two qualifying for the AFC North visiting the surprise South Division champion, a team that was very close to being the worst in the entire NFL last year.
Miami Dolphins at Kansas City Chiefs Stadium, Saturday, January 13, 7:00 p.m. Mexico Central time; 8:00 pm Eastern Time.
The defending Super Bowl champions take the first step toward defending their playoff crown with a surprise third-place finish in the American Conference, where they are unaccustomed to starting the postseason. Miami lost its last game at home, preventing it from facing Buffalo again a week later.
Pittsburgh Steelers at Buffalo Bills, Sunday, January 14, 12:00 PM MT; 1:00 p.m. Eastern Time.
Buffalo was crowned in the AL East with a last-minute interception, and now it was time to return home to await the visit of the Steelers, another team that managed to sneak into the playoffs at the last minute when it seemed a long way off. postseason offseason. Pittsburgh has won the last three meetings, while Buffalo has won the last five.
Green Bay Packers vs. Dallas Cowboys, Sunday, January 14, 3:30 p.m. Central Mexico time; 4:30 pm ET.
One of the great classics of the early modern era, the Cowboys have had some unfinished business against the Packers in recent seasons. Let’s start with the fact that no one forgets Dez Bryant’s touchdown denial in the 2014 regular-season playoffs, a play that led to a change in the wording of the NFL’s catching rules.
Los Angeles Rams vs. Detroit Lions, Sunday, January 14, 7:00 p.m. Central Mexico time; 8:00 pm Eastern Time.
The main story will be Matthew Stafford’s return with the team he led to a Super Bowl victory to the place where he began his career as the first overall pick in the 2009 draft and where he failed to achieve much professional success. for a Sunday night meeting. However, we shouldn’t forget that Detroit’s current starting quarterback Jared Goff was a first-round pick who also led the Rams to the Super Bowl after he was the first overall draft pick in 2016.
Philadelphia Eagles vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Monday, January 15, 7:00 p.m. Central Mexico time; 8:00 pm Eastern Time.
In that “Monday night football” from ESPNThe defending NFC champions head into a meeting with the penultimate National League Super Bowl champions after losing the last five games they played in a regular season they looked set to dominate from start to finish.