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NFL wild-card schedule: 49ers vs. Seahawks open weekend, Bucs vs. Cowboys on MNF


The NFL released its wild-card schedule Sunday night, with the postseason kicking off Saturday with the 49ers hosting the Seahawks at 4:30 p.m. ET. Here’s what it’s essential know:

  • Seattle advanced to the postseason, securing the ultimate wild-card spot, after their win over the Rams and the Packers’ loss to the Lions.
  • The Buccaneers will host the Cowboys at 8:15 p.m. ET on “Monday Night Football.”
  • All six games within the opening playoff round feature a rematch from the regular season, including matchups between Chargers and Jaguars, Dolphins and Bills, Giants and Vikings and the Ravens and Bengals.

Wild-card weekend schedule

Saturday, Jan. 14

  • Seahawks at 49ers, 4:30 p.m. ET (Fox)
  • Chargers at Jaguars, 8:15 p.m. ET (NBC)

Sunday, Jan. 15

  • Dolphins at Bills, 1 p.m. ET (CBS)
  • Giants at Vikings, 4:30 p.m. ET (Fox)
  • Ravens at Bengals, 8:15 p.m. ET (NBC)

Monday, Jan. 16

  • Cowboys at Buccaneers, 8:15 p.m. ET (ESPN)

Which teams have the bye

The Chiefs (14-3) routed the Raiders on Saturday to clinch the AFC’s top seed and earn a first-round bye. They start the postseason hosting a divisional round game at Arrowhead Stadium.

Within the NFC, the Eagles clinched the highest seed and home-field advantage throughout the postseason with a win over the Giants on Sunday.

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