Week 17 of the NFL 2020-2021 season signals the end of the regular season, and with the final game in the books, the new-look playoffs are set.
Seven teams from each conference are in the playoffs, but only the top seed earns a bye into the divisional round. This is a change from the old format where six teams made the post-season and there were two byes in each conference.
In the AFC, defending champion Kansas City Chiefs and quarterback Patrick Mahomes are strong favorites to repeat as Super Bowl champion. The first-round bye they earned by finishing as first seed will help.
In the three AFC Wild Card games, the second seed Buffalo Bills hosts the seventh seed Indianapolis Colts, the third seed Pittsburgh Steelers host the sixth seed Cleveland Browns and the fifth seed Baltimore Ravens head to Nashville to battle the fourth seed Tennessee Titans.
In the NFC, the Green Bay Packers will rest due to earning the number one seed and the first-round bye.
In the Wild Card games, the second seed New Orleans Saints host the seventh seed Chicago Bears, the sixth seed Los Angeles Rams head to Lumen Field for a clash with the third seed Seattle Seahawks, and the fifth seed Tampa Bay will play the fourth seed Washington team at FedEx Field.
The first round of the playoffs, dubbed the Super Wild Card Weekend, features three games on Sat., Jan. 9 and three more games on Sun., Jan. 10. The divisional games will occur Jan. 16 and 17, followed by the conference championships on Jan. 24. The Super Bowl is scheduled for Feb. 7 in Tampa Bay, Fl.
Sources: nfl.com, sportingnews.com, tsn.com