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NFL Playoffs 2022: Wild-Card weekend schedule announced, Cards-Rams gets MNF

The Packers could end up playing a team on a short week in the Divisional Round, even if they end up playing on Sunday.

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The final playoff spots in the AFC are not quite locked in, but the schedule for Wild Card weekend across the NFL is set. The league announced the schedule during the third quarter of the game between the Los Angeles Chargers and Las Vegas Raiders, who are battling for the final playoff spots in the AFC, but the times are now official for next week’s games.

Of course, the Green Bay Packers will sit and await their opponents, watching as observers during their first-round bye. The Packers got the top seed and will play the worst-seeded team remaining in the NFC bracket after next week’s games are complete.

In all likelihood, the Packers will probably play on Sunday of the Divisional Round. That is because all of the NFC games in Wild Card weekend are on either Sunday or Monday, with the Packers having a good chance of drawing one of the teams that play in the first Monday Night Football game in playoff history.

That game will feature the 4th and 5th seeds in the NFC, as the Los Angeles Rams host the Arizona Cardinals. If the home teams in the two NFC Sunday games are victorious against Wild Card teams, that would send the winner of the Monday game to Lambeau Field on short rest.

Here’s the full schedule for Wild Card weekend, which will be updated with correct matchups once the Chargers-Raiders game concludes.

Wild Card Weekend Schedule

Seed Visiting Team Seed Home Team Venue City, State Day Time (CT) TV Network
Seed Visiting Team Seed Home Team Venue City, State Day Time (CT) TV Network
AFC #5 Las Vegas Raiders AFC #4 Cincinnati Bengals Paul Brown Stadium Cincinnati, OH Saturday, 1/15 3:30 PM NBC
AFC #6 New England Patriots AFC #3 Buffalo Bills Highmark Stadium Orchard Park, NY Saturday, 1/15 7:15 PM CBS
NFC #7 Philadelphia Eagles NFC #2 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Raymond James Stadium Tampa, FL Sunday, 1/16 12:00 PM FOX
NFC #6 San Francisco 49ers NFC #3 Dallas Cowboys AT&T Stadium Arlington, TX Sunday, 1/16 3:30 PM CBS
AFC #7 Pittsburgh Steelers AFC #2 Kansas City Chiefs Arrowhead Stadium Kansas City, MO Sunday, 1/16 7:15 PM NBC
NFC #5 Arizona Cardinals NFC #4 Los Angeles Rams SoFi Stadium Inglewood, CA Monday, 1/17 7:15 PM ESPN/ABC