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If The NFL Playoffs Started Today: The NFC Is Pretty Much Set Edition

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As we know, the NFL postseason schedule will look a lot different moving forward with each conference getting seven playoff teams (and possibly an eighth). The NFC looks nearly set. The Bears and Vikings are among the 5-5 crew and below but both of their playoff chances appear to be fading.

Now, in regards to what you’re about to see, this is a fictional schedule. The NFL has yet to announce time slots for their postseason games (or have they?) but here is a random guess at what this might look like.

AFC

#1 – Pittsburgh Steelers (AFC North champion, bye)

#2 – Kansas City Chiefs (AFC West champion)

#3 – Buffalo Bills (AFC East champion)

#4 – Indianapolis Colts (AFC South champion)

#5  – Tennessee Titans (Wild Card)

#6 –  Cleveland Browns (Wild Card)

#7 – Las Vegas Raiders (Wild Card)

NFC

#1 – New Orleans Saints  (NFC South champion, bye)

#2 – Los Angeles Rams (NFC West champion)

#3 – Green Bay Packers (NFC North champion)

#4 – Philadelphia Eagles (NFC East champion)

#5 – Seattle Seahawks (Wild Card)

#6 – Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Wild Card)

#7 – Arizona Cardinals (Wild Card)

PROPOSED, FICTIONAL TV SCHEDULE

WILD CARD ROUND:

SATURDAY, JANUARY 9 @ 1:05PM – #6 Cleveland Browns at #3 Buffalo Bills (ESPN)

SATURDAY, JANUARY 9 @ 4:40PM – #5 Tennessee Titans at #4 Indianapolis Colts (CBS)

SATURDAY, JANUARY 9 @ 8:15PM – #7 Arizona Cardinals at #2 Los Angeles Rams (NBC)

SUNDAY, JANUARY 10 @ 1:05PM – #7 Las Vegas Raiders at #2 Kansas City Chiefs (CBS)

SUNDAY, JANUARY 10 @ 4:40PM – #5 Seattle Seahawks at #4 Philadelphia Eagles (FOX)

SUNDAY, JANUARY 10 @ 8:15PM – #6 Tampa Bay Buccaneers at #3 Green Bay Packers (NBC)

DIVISIONAL PLAYOFF ROUND:

SATURDAY, JANUARY 16 @ 4:30PM –CLE/LVR/TEN/IND at #1 Pittsburgh Steelers (NBC)

SATURDAY, JANUARY 16 @ 8PM – (FOX)

SUNDAY, JANUARY 17 @ 3PM – (CBS)

SUNDAY, JANUARY 17 @ 6:30PM – TB/ARI/PHI/SEA at #1 New Orleans Saints (FOX)

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