NFL Playoff Picture: What teams made the playoffs this year?

With 12 of the 13 2020-2021 NFL Playoff games in the books, the NFL playoff picture is becoming clearer. We know what teams made the playoffs, but which teams are heading to the Super Bowl on February 7th, 2021?

Which NFL teams made the playoffs in the AFC?

  1. Kansas City Chiefs, 14-2
  2. Buffalo Bills, 13-3
  3. Pittsburgh Steelers, 12-4
  4. Tennessee Titans, 11-5
  5. Baltimore Ravens 11-5
  6. Cleveland Browns, 11-5
  7. Indianapolis Colts, 11-5

Who is heading to the Super Bowl from the Conference Championship game in the AFC?

The Kansas City Chiefs defeated the Buffalo Bills 38-24 in the Conference Championship of the AFC on Sunday, January 24. The Chiefs will go to their second straight Super Bowl, with an opportunity to win back-to-back titles.

AFC Divisional Round Matchups

  • January 16: 8:15 PM ET on NBC – Buffalo Bills 17, Baltimore Ravens 3
  • January 17: 3:05 PM ET on CBS – Kansas City Chiefs 22, Cleveland Browns 17

NFL Playoff Picture: AFC Wild Card Playoff Matchups

  • January 9: 1:05 PM ET on CBS – Buffalo Bills 27, Indianapolis Colts 24
  • January 10: 1:05 PM ET on ABC/ESPN – Baltimore Ravens 20, Tennessee Titans 13
  • January 10: 8:15 PM ET on NBC – Cleveland Browns 48, Pittsburgh Steelers 37

Which NFC teams made the playoffs?

  1. Green Bay Packers, 13-3
  2. New Orleans Saints, 12-4
  3. Seattle Seahawks, 12-4
  4. Washington Football Team, 7-9
  5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 11-5
  6. Los Angeles Rams, 10-6
  7. Chicago Bears, 8-8

Who is heading to the Super Bowl from the Conference Championship game in the NFC?

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers defeated the Green Bay Packers 31-26 in the Conference Championship of the NFC on Sunday, January 24. The Buccaneers will be the first team in NFL history to play a Super Bowl in their own stadium.

NFC Divisional Round Matchups

  • January 16: 8:15 PM ET on FOX – Green Bay Packers 32, Los Angeles Rams 18
  • January 17: 6:40 PM ET on FOX – Tampa Bay Buccaneers 30, New Orleans Saints 20

NFL Playoff Picture: NFC Wild Card Playoff Matchups

  • January 9: 4:40 PM ET on FOX – Los Angeles Rams 31, Seattle Seahawks 20
  • January 9: 8:15 PM ET on NBC – Tampa Bay Buccaneers 31, Washington Football Team 23
  • January 10: 4:40 PM ET on CBS – New Orleans Saints 21, Chicago Bears 9

What is different about the NFL playoffs in 2020?

After around 30 years of featuring 12 playoff teams, six for each conference, the NFL expanded their playoffs to a 14-team system for the 2020 season. As a result, each conference will now feature three Wild Card teams instead of two for the first time since the 2002 expansion. The additional Wild Card team places a premium on the number one seed. Only that team receives a bye in the first weekend of the playoffs.

The remaining six teams in each conference will face off on Wild Card Weekend, as the three remaining divisional winners hosting the three Wild Card teams (#2 vs. #7, #3 vs. #6, and #4 vs. #5). This change in the NFL structure has significantly altered the playoff scenarios and how we view both the playoff picture and standings in the NFC and AFC.

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Ben Rolfe is a Senior Managing Editor at Pro Football Network and is also a member of the Fantasy Sports Writers Association (FSWA). You can find him on Twitter @BenRolfePFN

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