NFL Playoff Schedule 2015-16 Announced

By Kevin Kelley -

The 2015 NFL regular season has been completed and now it’s time for the playoffs! The NFL Playoff Schedule is now set for the AFC and NFC Wild-Card games, Divisional games, Championship Games, and Super Bowl 50.

The NFL Playoffs begin on Saturday, January 9 when the Kansas City Chiefs travel to face the Houston Texans (4:35pm ET, ESPN/ABC).

AFC teams with a first-round bye are the Denver Broncos and the New England Patriots. Denver has home-field advantage throughout the playoffs.

In the NFC, the Carolina Panthers and the Arizona Cardinals earned the bye. The Carolina Panthers have home-field advantage.

Super Bowl 50 will be played on Sunday, February 7, 2016 at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California (6:30pm ET, CBS).

(Full Schedule w/ PDF version)


Saturday, Jan. 9, 2016
(5) Kansas City 30, (4) Houston 0
(6) Pittsburgh 18, (3) Cincinnati 16

Sunday, Jan. 10, 2016
(6) Seattle 10, (3) Minnesota 9
(5) Green Bay 35, (4) Washington 18


Saturday, Jan. 16, 2016
(2) New England 27, (5) Kansas City 20
(2) Arizona 26, (5) Green Bay 20 (OT)

Sunday, Jan. 17, 2016
(1) Carolina 31, (6) Seattle 24
(1) Denver 23, (6) Pittsburgh 16


Sunday, Jan. 24, 2016
(1) Denver 20, (2) New England 18
(1) Carolina 49, (2) Arizona 15

Levi’s Stadium, Santa Clara, CA

Sunday, Feb. 7, 2016
Denver 24, Carolina 10


  1. Anthony
    January 4, 2016 at 4:39 am

    The match I like to see Washington at Arizona

  2. William Haney
    January 4, 2016 at 8:56 am

    I am curious how CBS got the Saturday Night game and not NBC as in the past. Also, I wonder if ESPN is poising ABC to simulcast Monday Nights in the future or get the Thursday Night package?

    • lost in Va.
      January 4, 2016 at 11:31 am

      Because, after New England, Pittsburgh is Jim Nantz’s B F F

    • Phil
      January 4, 2016 at 12:41 pm

      Uh that doesn’t answer the question that was asked. I expected CBS to get the Cincinnati/Pittsburgh game, but figured it would be a Sunday game as its usually one NFC game and one AFC each day, with ESPN and NBC carrying the Saturday games and CBS and Fox carrying the Sunday games. Like William I’m curious why CBS has a Saturday night game and NBC a Sunday afternoon game.

    • dawgsrule
      January 4, 2016 at 3:08 pm

      Couple things,

      One, looks like the NFL wanted to have Seahawks, Vikings, and Packers all on Sunday–with Vikings/Pack last night and Hawks still unknown going into that game where they were going.

      Two, NBC has the Golden Globes. So looks like they want to do something similar to ABC with the Oscars (has an NBA lead-in). So what would have been an early game on FOX was bumped to late.

      All setting up a somewhat historic weekend where the NFL will have its first game on ABC in almost a decade and first Sunday afternoon game on NBC nearly 18 years to the day of the last one (AFCCG 1/11/98).

  3. Not a Happy Mom
    January 4, 2016 at 10:06 pm

    Whatever the reason any channel got what they did, the NFC Games were on Saturday. Now it’s the opposite and my daughter has threatened to miss her baby shower rather than miss the Hawks play. Pain in the ass. Just leave it the same every year.

  4. Dan Lawler
    January 4, 2016 at 10:45 pm

    Go Cincinnati beat them squeelers. Not that I am a Bengals fan but any team than the squeelers.

  5. Evan
    January 5, 2016 at 1:50 pm

    Aren’t the #1 seeds supposed to get an extra day of rest? It looks like the 2 seeds will get that extra day of rest before the Conference Champ Games

  6. kathy
    January 5, 2016 at 8:11 pm

    It dos not matter what day they play you will all be there to aee who wins .

  7. Jeffery
    January 6, 2016 at 1:54 am

    New England vs Carolina

  8. sene
    January 6, 2016 at 6:05 pm

    Denver vs gree bay

  9. walter
    January 6, 2016 at 9:10 pm

    Sorry Dan Lawler but I’m a Steelers fan no offense (get it) anyway I’m not a fan of the Bungles either but may the best team win.

  10. walter
    January 6, 2016 at 9:20 pm

    Hope you see this Dan love to talk.

  11. walter
    January 7, 2016 at 6:14 pm

    Playoffs are almost here can’t wait!

  12. walter
    January 9, 2016 at 11:26 am

    Playoffs start today Steelers versus Bungles and Kansas City versus Houston

  13. walter
    January 9, 2016 at 7:40 pm

    Kansas City beats Houston 30-0

  14. teboo
    January 16, 2016 at 11:48 am

    I just hope the Cards kick Green Bay’s teeth in.

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