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Schedule for the 2015 NFL Playoffs

Here are the times and dates for the NFL 2015-16 postseason. All times are Eastern. Referee assignments will be posted when available. (Playoff assignment criteria)

WildCard_2015_WEBWild Card Playoffs

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Saturday, Jan. 9

  • ⁵Chiefs at ⁴Texans, 4:35 p.m. ESPN ABC — Ron Torbert
  • ⁶Steelers at  ³Bengals, 8:15 p.m. CBS — John Parry

Sunday, Jan. 10

  • ⁶Seahawks at  ³Vikings, 1:05 p.m. NBC — Walt Coleman
  • ⁵Packers at ⁴Washington, 4:40 p.m. Fox — Gene Steratore

Divisional_2015_WEBDivisional Playoffs

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Saturday, Jan. 16

  • ⁵Chiefs at  ²Patriots, 4:35 p.m. CBS — Craig Wrolstad
  • ⁵Packers at  ²Cardinals, 8:15 p.m. NBC — Clete Blakeman

Sunday, Jan. 17

  • ⁶Seahawks at  ¹Panthers, 1:05 p.m. Fox — Tony Corrente
  • ⁶Steelers at  ¹Broncos, 4:40 p.m. CBS — Terry McAulay



Conference Championships

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Sunday, Jan. 24

  •  ²Patriots at  ¹Broncos, 3:05 p.m. CBS — Ed Hochuli
  •  ²Cardinals at  ¹Panthers, 6:40 p.m. Fox — Bill Vinovich

SB50_Primary_Regional_city_date_RGBSuper Bowl 50

Sunday, Feb. 7

  • Panthers vs. Broncos*, 6:35 p.m. CBS — Clete Blakeman (full crew)

*designated home team

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Ben Austro
Ben Austro is the editor and founder of Football Zebras and the author of So You Think You Know Football?: The Armchair Ref's Guide to the Official Rules (on sale now)

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10 thoughts on “Schedule for the 2015 NFL Playoffs

  1. Would love a technical explanation of how the league determines playoff schedule. Is it pre set in the off season. For example, this years schedule gives an advantage to the #2 seeds in both conferences as they get an extra day of rest assuming the seeds win out.

  2. The consideration for the “extra day of rest” is negligible, I’m sure. The primary factor is the TV networks. (They also will not have a game kick off before noon local time.) The networks alternate the primetime game for the conference championship, then the other primary network (CBS or Fox) gets a primetime game in one of the other rounds. Also with NBC and ESPN taking 3 games, one network will lose an extra game, which I believe won’t happen to the same network in consecutive years. Also, it has to be structured so that one network doesn’t have 2 games on the same day. Once that is all lined up, the teams are distributed to the network slots they can occupy.

  3. I don’t agree with the seahawks at number 1, but this is easily the strongest year of 6 seeds. The Steelers and Seahawks have to be favored on the road against the Bengals and Vikings. Vikings just lost to the Seahawks by 31 points in week 13, and the Steelers won by 13 on the road against the Bengals in week 14.

  4. My predictions for these games will be
    KC Hou: Bill Vinovich
    Pit Cincy: Gene Steratore
    Sea Min: Pete Morelli
    GB WSH: Walt Anderson

  5. Ben Austro,

    What a shock that TV $$$ controls all. Sigh. Seriously, the extra day of rest may be “negligible” to those inside the process of picking the playoff dates/times, but to the players and teams it’s a big advantage. A strong argument can be made that the extra day or rest negates home field advantage.

  6. The big change this year that’s going to affect the playoffs is the ongoing ignoring of the “no contact past 5 yards” rule for receivers and defensive backs. The NFL made it a point of emphasis five years ago, and it was a lot of fun to watch the Green Bays, the Denvers, and the New Englands turn passing into an art form. Now the officials are letting the D backs mug the receivers every play, and it’s no coincidence that all these passing games tanked. Look for defense and the run to rule the playoffs.

  7. Ed Hochuli is on the sidelines at Carolina. I guess no playoffs on-field for him this year? Superbowl ref usually comes out of this round.

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