When the NFL postseason kicks off on January 6, you’re going to notice some very unfamiliar faces. This year’s playoffs will include eight teams that didn’t make the postseason last year.
Saturday, January 6
AFC: (5) Tennessee (9-7) at (4) Kansas City (10-6), 4:35 p.m. ET (ESPN/ABC)
NFC: (6) Atlanta (10-6) at (3) Los Angeles Rams (11-5), 8:15 p.m. ET (NBC)
Sunday, January 7
AFC: (6) Buffalo (9-7) at (3) Jacksonville (10-6), 1 p.m. ET (CBS)
NFC: (5) Carolina (11-5) at (4) New Orleans (11-5), 4:40 p.m. ET (FOX)
January 13-14 (Schedule TBA)
NFC: Falcons/Panthers/Saints at (1) Philadelphia (13-3)
AFC: Bills/Titans/Chiefs at (1) New England (13-3)
AFC: Titans/Chiefs/Jaguars at (2) Pittsburgh (13-3)
NFC: Panthers/Saints/Rams at (2) Minnesota (13-3)
After years of seeing teams like the Packers and the Seahawks in the playoffs, we’ll be getting some new blood in the form of teams like the Jaguars and the Rams, who both haven’t tasted the postseason in more than 10 years.
For the Jaguars, this weekend’s wild-card game will mark their first playoff game since January 2008 and their first home playoff game since January 1999. Jags fans have been waiting a long time to witness a playoff game in person and they definitely proved they’re definitely excited about this week’s game: Fans in Jacksonville bought all the tickets for Sunday’s game against the Bills in less than five minutes.
For the Rams, this weekend’s wild-card game will mark their first playoff game since January 2005 and their first home playoff game since January 2004. The Rams’ game against the Falcons will also mark the return of postseason football to Los Angeles. The city hasn’t hosted and NFL playoff game since the Raiders hosted the Broncos in January 1994. The last time the Rams hosted a playoff game in L.A. came in January 1986.