What time are NFL playoff games today? TV schedule, channels for Saturday's wild-card doubleheader

Written By Jake Aferiat
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When the first round of NFL playoff action gets underway on Saturday, the day's AFC matchups could be among the biggest of wildcard weekend.

In one game, there are two franchises — Las Vegas and Cincinnati — who are both desperately searching for their first playoff win in over a decade. Both teams finished the year 10-7, though got there very differently and with different storylines at play throughout the season.

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The other matchup features the Bills and Patriots facing off against each other for the third time this season. The AFC East rivals played in two very different games both times out, with the Patriots running the ball at will in the first meeting and the Bills coming back and winning the second meeting handily.

Given what's at stake for all four teams taking the field Saturday and the history and rivalries at play, the first day of wildcard action could be one of the best.

Sporting News has you covered with all the information you need to watch NFL playoff action throughout Saturday.

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What time are the NFL playoff games today?

Raiders vs. Bengals

  • Date: Jan. 15, 2022
  • Location: Paul Brown Stadium, Cincinnati
  • Start time: 4:30 p.m. ET

The first day of NFL action begins with a historic matchup. Las Vegas is back in the playoffs for the first time since 2016 and just the second time since 2002 when they won the Super Bowl. Cincinnati, meanwhile, is back in the postseason for the first time since 2015 and hasn't won a playoff game since 1991 when they were beat by the Raiders in the divisional round.

Under interim coach Rich Bisaccia, the Raiders went 7-5 and won their final four games to make the playoffs. They were a fairly middle of the road team this year, ranking 18th in scoring offense, 11th in total offense, 26th in scoring defense and 14th in total defense.

Cincinnati, meanwhile, improved drastically, going 10-7 this year after a 4-11-1 campaign last season. Much of that has to do with the connection between Joe Burrow and Ja'Marr Chase, as the team ranked seventh in scoring offense and 13th in total offense.

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Patriots vs. Bills

  • Date: Jan. 15, 2022
  • Location: Highmark Stadium, Orchard Park, N.Y.
  • Start time: p.m.

The prime-time showdown of Day 1 of wildcard weekend should be a good one. The Bills and Patriots have faced off twice this season, playing very different games each time. The first game, New England won 14-10 in Bufalo after running for 222 yards and throwing the ball just three times.

After the game, Buffalo's defensive stars in Jordan Poyer and Micah Hyde were asked if they were embarrassed by the team's run defense that night, while Sean McDermott downplayed the credit Bill Belichick deserved in that win.

The second go-round went the Bills' way, as they beat New England 33-21 at Gillette Stadium in a game where they had 428 total yards of offense as Josh Allen threw for 314 yards and three touchdowns while Mac Jones was picked off twice.

What channel are NFL games on?

Raiders vs. Bengals

The first game of Saturday's wild-card doubleheader will air on NBC.

Mike Tirico will handle play-by-play duties while Drew Brees joins him in the booth as an analyst, with Kathryn Tappen reporting from the sidelines.

Patriots vs. Bills

The third meeting between the Patriots and Bills will air nationally on CBS

Ian Eagle will serve as the play-by-play voice as Charles Davis joins him as an analyst while Evan Washburn will be reporting from the sidelines. 

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NFL live streams for playoffs

Each of the game will have live streams produced by their network's streaming service that fans will be able to have access to, like Paramount Plus, Fox Sports Go and Peacock.

There are also several independent streaming options that will grant viewers access to all three games. Here's a look at several options for streaming the NFL playoffs:

Streaming option Cable subscription needed? Free? Cost Free trial?
Fox Sports Live Yes Yes - -
Paramount Plus No No $4.99/month Yes
Amazon Prime Video No No $8.99/month No
NBC Sports Yes Yes - -
ESPN.com/ESPN App Yes Yes - -
NFL App Yes Yes - -
Yahoo! Sports App No Yes - -
fuboTV No No $64.99/month Yes
AT&T TV Now No No $69.99/month Yes
Hulu Plus Live TV No No $64.99/month Yes
Sling TV No No $35/month No
YouTube TV No No $64.99/month Yes

NFL playoff schedule 2022

Wild-card round

Saturday, Jan. 15

Matchup Start time TV channel Live stream
Bengals 26, Raiders 19 4:35 p.m. ET NBC Peacock, fuboTV
Bills 47, Patriots 17 8:15 p.m. ET CBS Paramount+, fuboTV

Sunday, Jan. 16

Matchup Start time TV channel Live stream
Buccaneers 31, Eagles 15  1:05 p.m. ET Fox fuboTV
49ers 23, Cowboys 17 4:40 p.m. ET CBS, Nickelodeon Paramount+, Amazon Prime, fuboTV
Steelers vs. Chiefs 8:15 p.m. ET NBC Peacock, fuboTV

Monday, Jan. 17

Matchup Start time TV channel Live stream
Cardinals vs. Rams 8:15 p.m. ET ESPN ESPN App, fuboTV

Divisional round

Saturday, Jan. 22

Matchup Start time TV channel Live stream
AFC divisional round TBA TBA fuboTV
NFC divisional round TBA TBA fuboTV

Sunday, Jan. 23

Matchup Start time TV channel Live stream
AFC divisional round TBA TBA fuboTV
NFC divisional round TBA TBA fuboTV

Conference championships

Sunday, Jan. 30

Matchup Start time TV channel Live stream
AFC championship game 3:05 p.m. ET CBS Paramount+, fuboTV
NFC championship game 6:40 p.m. ET Fox Fox Sports app, fuboTV

Super Bowl 56

Sunday, Feb. 13

Matchup Start time TV channel Live stream
Super Bowl 56 6:30 p.m. ET NBC NBC Sports app, fuboTV

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