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NFL Wild Card Sunday: Bears-Saints game will decide Packers’ first playoff opponents

Chicago’s result today will dictate whether the Bears or Rams head to Lambeau Field next week.

New Orleans Saints v Chicago Bears Photo by Quinn Harris/Getty Images

The stage is nearly set. The Green Bay Packers watched and waited on Saturday as the Wild Card teams defeated division winners in both NFC playoff games. The Los Angeles Rams’ victory over the Seattle Seahawks in the early afternoon means that the Packers will play a team seeded no better than sixth in this year’s playoff picture in next week’s Divisional Round.

However, one team, the seventh-seeded Chicago Bears, could throw the whole NFC bracket into disarray. A Bears win over the New Orleans Saints would mean that the Wild Card teams would have swept the division winners, sending Tampa Bay to the second round with a home game against the Rams. Chicago would then come to Lambeau Field next week for just the third postseason meeting in football’s most-played rivalry.

However, a Saints win makes things a little more sane, as they — the second seed — would host Tampa with the Rams heading to Lambeau next weekend.

Meanwhile, the AFC picture will take shape today as well with two of the three games taking place in that conference. All we know so far is that the Chiefs and Bills will host the divisional games, but the opponents for those contests are up in the air based on today’s results.

Join us throughout the day as we follow along with all of the action from Wild Card Sunday!


Note: all games are available for mobile streaming on the NFL app or Yahoo! Sports app.

Baltimore Ravens vs. Tennessee Titans

Ravens: AFC #5 (11-5, Wild Card)
Titans: AFC #4 (11-5, AFC South winners)

Location: Nissan Stadium, Nashville, TN
Kickoff Time: 12:05 PM Central Time (1:05 PM Eastern)
TV Networks: ESPN/ABC/ESPN2/ESPN+/Freeform
Commentators: Mike Tirico, Tony Dungy, Kathryn Tappen
Radio Broadcast: Westwood One Sports, Sirius 82/83, XM 226/225

Chicago Bears vs. New Orleans Saints

Bears: NFC #7 (8-8, Wild Card)
Saints: NFC #2 (12-4, NFC South winners)

Location: Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, LA
Kickoff Time: 3:40 PM Central Time (4:40 Eastern)
TV Network: CBS/Nickelodeon/Amazon Prime
Commentators: Jim Nantz, Tony Romo, Tracy Wolfson
Radio Broadcast: Westwood One Sports, Sirius 82/83, XM 226/225

Cleveland Browns vs. Pittsburgh Steelers

Browns: AFC #6 (11-5, Wild Card)
Steelers: AFC #3 (12-4, AFC North winners)

Location: Heinz Field, Pittsburgh, PA
Kickoff Time: 8:15 PM Eastern Time
TV Network: NBC/Telemundo/Peacock
Commentators: Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth, Michele Tafoya
Radio Broadcast: Westwood One Sports, Sirius 82/211, XM 226/225