So, the NFL 2018 Playoff picture is all set. Since there were several playoff spots available entering Week 17; the first round is all set.
NFL 2018 Playoff Picture – AFC
First and foremost, both the New England Patriots, and the Pittsburgh Steelers have byes for the first round of the playoffs. As of yesterday’s final game of the regular season, both the Buffalo Bills and the Tennessee Titans clinched wild card spots.
Indeed, there was a lot of excitement in the final week of the regular season. Many thought that the Baltimore Ravens would be in the playoffs. However, with their loss to the Cincinnati Bengals, they were eliminated.
NFL 2018 Playoff Picture – NFC
For the NFC division, both the Philadelphia Eagles and the Minnesota Vikings have byes for the first round of the playoffs. In fact, the final two wild card spots went to last years Superbowl contender, the Atlanta Falcons and the Carolina Panthers.
NFL 2018 Playoff Schedule
With the playoffs schedule in place, the first round will be on Saturday, January 6, 2018. For the first game, the Tennessee Titans will be in Kansas City to play the Chiefs at 4:35 p.m. For the second game, the Atlanta Falcons will be in Los Angeles to play the Rams at 8:15 p.m.
On Sunday, January 7, 2018 the schedule is as follows. For the first game, the Buffalo Bills will be in Jacksonville to play the Jaguars at 1:15 p.m. And, for the second game, the Carolina Panthers will be in New Orleans to play the Saints at 4:40 p.m.
The Divisional Rounds schedule is as follows:
- Saturday, January 13, 2018 – To be determined will be in Philadelphia to play the Eagles at 4:30 p.m.
- Saturday, January 13, 2018 – To be determined will be in New England to play the Patriots at 8:15 p.m.
On Sunday, January 14, 2018, the schedule will be as follows:
- Sunday, January 14, 2018 – To be determined will be in Pittsburgh to play the Steelers at 1:05 p.m.
- Sunday, January 14, 2018 – To be determined will be in Minnesota at 4:40 p.m. to play the Vikings
Also, the Championship rounds have been set for Sunday, January 21, 2018. In addition, the Super Bowl XLII will be on February 4, 2018.
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