What time are the NFL Wild Card games today (9/21)? FREE Time, TV, Channel, Live Stream for all 3 Saturday matches

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The first three games of the NFL Wild Card Weekend will take place on Saturday, January 9, 2021: The Indianapolis Colts face the Bison Tickets, led by quarterback Josh Allen; the The Los Angeles Rams face the Seattle Seahawks, led by quarterback Russell Wilson; the Washington football team face the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, led by quarterback Tom Brady.

Here’s what you need to know:

who: Indianapolis Colts vs. Buffalo Bills

Or: Bills Stadium, Orchard Park, New York

Time: 1 p.m. ET

TV: CBS

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Line: Buffalo -7 (Get betting information at nj.com/betting)

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who: Los Angeles Rams vs. Seattle Seahawks

Or: Lumen Field, Seattle, Washington.

Time: 4:30 p.m. ET

TV: FOX

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Line: Seahawks -4.5 (Get betting info at nj.com/betting)

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who: Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Washington Football Team

Or: FedEx Field, Landover, Maryland

Time: 8:15 p.m. ET

TV: NBC

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Line: Buccaneers -8 (Get betting info at nj.com/betting)

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From rest in Kansas City and Pittsburgh to relief in Cleveland, Chicago and Los Angeles, the ground for the Super Bowl chase is set. There are powers and contenders – and a team with a record of losses.

The defending champions Super Bowl Chiefs (14-2) and Green Bay (13-3) earned the only pass in each conference in the extended playoffs. And no, the addition of a third wild-card participant isn’t the reason a 7-9 club will be playing next weekend. Washington “earned” that spot by winning the abysmal NFC East that showed in the regular season finale why NFC Least was such an apt nickname.

So, while New York Giants fans are shouting that Eagles coach Doug Pederson didn’t really play to beat Washington on Sunday night, it’s worth pointing out that the Giants went 6-10, a record more in line with relegation rather than reward.

Also, with coach Ron Rivera struggling with skin cancer and quarterback Alex Smith returning from an injury that nearly cost him his leg, these are redemptive and rewarding plots.

“This one is special just because of the difficulty,” Rivera said. “How difficult everything was, how difficult it was for the guys, the organization. There’s a big bunch of young men in there and we’re trying to do it the right way. It’s really a good thing to go out and get the division.

As for the loot, here’s who’s playing next weekend and what it might look like.

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Indianapolis (11-5) to Buffalo (13-3)

Frank Reich has been a hero in western New York since he staged the big comeback in NFL history while replacing injured Jim Kelly in a 1992 first-round game against the Oilers in Houston. Reich now coaches the Colts, and he will remain heroic at Buffalo if they calmly face what has been the most impressive team in the league last month.

This may be Colts QB Philip Rivers’ last game, but it’s Indy’s defense that needs to stand up here. It’s a tall order for Josh Allen, Stefon Diggs and the Bills.

The Los Angeles Rams (10-6) to Seattle (12-4)

A third go-around for rivals NFC West who parted ways in the regular season. Both have strong defenses and have been uneven in attack, LA far more so than Seattle.

The Rams clinched their playoff spot without the inconstant Jared Goff (thumb surgery) for quarterback. The Seahawks have no problem in this role with Russell Wilson, although his first half of the season has been much better than the last two months.

Tampa Bay ( 11-5) to Washington (7-9)

Of course, Washington’s history is uplifting, especially how Rivera is leading a culture shift for a franchise in desperate need of it. And the last three teams to win division titles without a winning record have also had some surprises in the wild card round.

Don’t look for a lot of that in prime time, not with Tom Brady leading the Buccaneers, who are balanced enough to threaten anyone. You remember Brady. If not, log on to this one and probably see him dismantle Washington’s impressive but inexperienced defense.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)


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