NFL: Green Bay Packers and Kansas City Chiefs with playoff bye

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At the end of the regular season in the National Football League (NFL), the Green Bay Packers around star quarterback Aaron Rodgers (37) and the German wide receiver Equanimeous St. Brown (24) have a “bye” for the first round of the playoffs secured. With a 35:16 against the Chicago Bears, the Packers consolidated first place in the National Football Conference (NFC).

Top seed in the American Football Conference (AFC) is the defending champion Kansas City Chiefs. Both teams also have home rights until a possible participation in the Super Bowl in Tampa (February 7th). The NFL playoffs begin next weekend with the so-called wild card round.

Cleveland Browns back with playoff ticket after losing streak

For the first time after a drought of 18 years, the Cleveland Browns qualified. They secured the play-off spot with a 24:22 against the Pittsburgh Steelers, who they will meet again in an AFC duel next Sunday.

In the NFC, the Los Angeles Rams slipped through an 18: 7 duel with the Arizona Cardinals into the knockout round. There they meet the Seattle Seahawks around quarterback Russell Wilson (32). The Washington Football Team also plays in the playoffs.

The NFL playoffs at a glance


  • Buffalo Bills (2nd on seeding list) – Indianapolis Colts (7th)
  • Pittsburgh Steelers (3.) – Cleveland Browns (6.,)
  • Tennessee Titans (4.) – Baltimore Ravens (5.)
  • Settled for the Divisional Round: Kansas City Chiefs (1st)


  • New Orleans Saints (2.) – Chicago Bears (7.)
  • Seattle Seahawks (3.) – Los Angeles Rams (6.)
  • Washington Football Team (4.) – Tampa Bay Buccaneers (5.)
  • Settled for the Divisional Round: Green Bay Packers (1st)

The NFL playoff dates

Wild card round: 9/10 January

Divisional Round (quarter-finals): 16./17. January

Conference Championships (semi-finals) January 24th

Super Bowl 55 (in Tampa): 7. Februar. (eha / sid)


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