What time is the NFL playoff game today? TV schedule, channel for Monday night wild-card game

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The wild-card round kicked off on Saturday, Jan. 15 and runs through Monday, Jan. 17. The final game on Monday night will be the only game that day.

The No. 4 seed in the NFC, the Rams, will face the No. 5 seed, the Cardinals, to finish out the wild-card games this season. The Rams beat the Cardinals by one game to take the NFC West spot in the playoffs. The Cardinals then earned the top additional seed in the NFC playoff picture.

The Rams and Cardinals faced each other two times already this season, splitting the matchups. The Cardinals won 37-20 in their first matchup of the season, but the Rams won 30-23 just last month. The Rams are favored by four points heading into their playoff game.

Here’s what you need to know about tonight’s game, including start time, available channels and live streams.

MORE: Watch NFL playoff games live with fuboTV (free trial)

What time is the NFL playoff game today?

  • Date: Monday, Jan. 17
  • Matchup: Rams vs. Cardinals
  • Start time: 8:15 p.m. ET
  • Location: SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, Cali.

The wild-card weekend ends on Monday night with the Rams vs. Cardinals game. Whoever wins this game will move on to the NFC Divisional Round to face either the 49ers or the Cowboys.

The game starts at 8:15 p.m. ET on Monday night. The Rams will host the Cardinals since they are the higher seed.

What channel is the NFL playoff game on?

Monday night’s wild-card game will be the only game that ABC and ESPN will broadcast during the playoffs this season. They typically show the “Monday Night Football” games during the regular season.

The ESPN broadcast team of Steve Levy, Brian Griese and Louis Riddick will be the announcers for this game as well. 

Viewers can stream the game on ESPN+, but they can also watch NFL games live with fuboTV, which offers a free trial.

In Canada, viewers can watch Rams vs. Cardinals with a subscription to DAZN, which includes every NFL game.

NFL live streams for playoffs

For those with cable, several networks will broadcast the games via their respective streaming services: ESPN+, CBS All Access, Fox Sports Go, et al.

For those without cable, there are several options for streaming the NFL playoffs:

Streaming option Cable subscription needed? Free? Cost Free trial?
Fox Sports Live Yes Yes
Paramount Plus No No $4.99/month Yes
Amazon Prime Video No No $8.99/month No
NBC Sports Yes Yes
ESPN.com/ESPN App Yes Yes
NFL App Yes Yes
Yahoo! Sports App No Yes
fuboTV No No $64.99/month Yes
AT&T TV Now No No $69.99/month Yes
Hulu Plus Live TV No No $64.99/month Yes
Sling TV No No $35/month Yes
YouTube TV No No $64.99/month Yes

NFL playoff schedule 2021

Wild-card round

Saturday, Jan. 15

Matchup Start time TV channel Live stream
Bengals 26, Raiders 19  4:35 p.m. ET NBC Peacock, fuboTV
Bills 47, Patriots 17  8:15 p.m. ET CBS Paramount+, fuboTV

Sunday, Jan. 16

Matchup Start time TV channel Live stream
Buccaneers 31, Eagles 15  1:05 p.m. ET Fox fuboTV
49ers 23, Cowboys 17 4:40 p.m. ET CBS, Nickelodeon Paramount+, Amazon Prime, fuboTV
Chiefs 42, Steelers 21 8:15 p.m. ET NBC Peacock, fuboTV

Monday, Jan. 17

Matchup Start time TV channel Live stream
Cardinals vs. Rams 8:15 p.m. ET ESPN ESPN App, fuboTV

Divisional round

Saturday, Jan. 22

Matchup Start time TV channel Live stream
Bengals vs. Titans 4:35 p.m. ET CBS Paramount+, fuboTV
49ers vs. Packers 8:15 p.m. ET Fox fuboTV

Sunday, Jan. 23

Matchup Start time TV channel Live stream
Rams/Cardinals vs. Buccaneers 3:05 p.m. ET NBC Peacock, fuboTV
Bills vs. Chiefs 6:40 p.m. ET CBS Paramount+, fuboTV

Conference championships

Sunday, Jan. 30

Matchup Start time TV channel Live stream
AFC Championship Game 3:05 p.m. ET CBS Paramount+, fuboTV
NFC Championship Game 6:40 p.m. ET Fox Fox Sports app, fuboTV

Super Bowl 56

Sunday, Feb. 13

Matchup Start time TV channel Live stream
Super Bowl 56 6:30 p.m. ET NBC NBC Sports app, fuboTV

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