2021 NFL playoffs: AFC bracket and schedule

The NFL playoffs have almost arrived. Here’s how the AFC playoff picture looks at the moment and how the game schedule is laid out.

The Tennessee Titans are at the top AFC and beat out the Kansas City Chiefs to be the top seed going into the playoffs. Although the race to reach this point was intense and chaotic, things are starting to look a lot clearer now that the NFL playoffs are almost here.

Here’s how the Standings of the AFC playoffs look right now.

AFC playoff standings

1

Tennessee Titans 12-5

2

Kansas City Chiefs 12-5

3

Buffalo Bills 11-6

4

Cincinnati Bengals 10-7

5

Las Vegas Raiders 10-7

6

New England Patriots 10-7

7

Pittsburgh Steelers 9-7-1

AFC playoff bracket

As it currently stands, here’s what the playoff bracket would look like in the AFC:

No. 1 seed: Tennessee Titans: A bye week

Matchup

Pittsburgh Steelers

7

Kansas City Chiefs

2

Sunday, Jan. 16

8:15 p.m. ET

Matchup

New England Patriots

6

Buffalo Bills

3

Saturday, Jan. 15

8:15 p.m. ET

Matchup

Las Vegas Raiders

5

Cincinnati Bengals

4

Saturday, Jan. 15

4:30 p.m. ET

*As long as the Raiders-Chargers game on Sunday night doesn’t end in a tie, the Pittsburgh Steelers are assured of the No. 7 seed.

AFC Wild Card schedule

The Wild Card round will begin Saturday, January 15th. It will last three days. Here’s how the schedule is currently shaping up.

Saturday, Jan. 15: 

  • Raiders at Bengals, 4:35 p.m.
  • Patriots at Bills 8:15 p.m.

Sunday, Jan. 16:

  • Steelers at Chiefs 8:15 p.m.

AFC divisional round schedule

After the Wild Card round, there will be four teams remaining in contention for the AFC Divisional round. These four teams will be facing off in two games on Saturday, January 22nd and Sunday, January 23rd. As of now, the times for these games are not known.

Jan. 22

Jan. 23

AFC championship schedule

The remaining two AFC teams will compete for the right of entry in the Super Bowl. The AFC Championship Game will take place on Sunday, January 30,

Jan. 30

  • TBD vs. TBD on CBS at 3:05 PM

That’s how the playoff schedule shapes up so far. As the playoff picture becomes clearer, this will be updated with additional information.