What Time Are Wild Card Games?

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By Monica Bates

If you’re a fan of the National Football League (NFL), you’re probably gearing up for the Wild Card games. These games are always exciting because they determine which teams will move on to the next round of the playoffs.

But what time are Wild Card games? Let’s take a closer look.

What are Wild Card Games?

Before we get into the scheduling of Wild Card games, it’s important to understand what they are. The NFL playoffs consist of 12 teams – six from each conference.

The top two teams in each conference receive a first-round bye, which means they automatically advance to the Divisional Round. The remaining four teams in each conference play in the Wild Card Round.

When are Wild Card Games Played?

The Wild Card Round takes place on the first weekend of January following the end of the regular season. This year, the games will be played on January 9th and 10th, 2021.

Saturday Schedule

  • The first game will kick off at 1:05 PM ET
  • The second game will start at 4:40 PM ET

Sunday Schedule

  • The first game will begin at 1:05 PM ET
  • The second game will start at 4:40 PM ET

It’s important to note that these times are subject to change based on various factors, including television schedules and weather conditions. It’s always a good idea to check with your local listings or NFL app for any updates.

Where are Wild Card Games Held?

Unlike other playoff rounds, where home-field advantage is given to teams based on their regular-season record, Wild Card games are held at the stadium of the team with a better record. In other words, the higher-seeded team gets to host the game.


Now that you know what time Wild Card games are and where they’re held, you can plan accordingly. Whether you’re watching from home or attending a game in person, these games are sure to be intense and exciting. So grab some snacks, put on your favorite team’s jersey, and get ready for some football!