2017 NFL playoff schedule: Postseason dates, times and TV for each round
Here's the updated schedule for the NFL postseason
The more things change, the more they stay the same.
When the AFC and NFC Championship games kickoff on Sunday, you're going to see some familiar faces, starting with the New England Patriots , who will be making their sixth straight conference championship game appearance this weekend.
If that sounds like a lot, that's because it is. The Patriots' six-game streak is the longest in NFL history, breaking the old record of five straight championship games, which was set by the Oakland Raiders back in the 1970s (1973-77).
Bill Belichick will be hoping that things go better in this title game than they did last year when the Patriots lost a 20-18 stunner to the Denver Broncos in Denver. Overall, this will be the 11th time that the Patriots have been to a conference title game under Belichick and 13th overall as an organization. In the previous 10 games under Belichick, the Patriots have gone 6-4.
Coincidentally, the only team standing between the Patriots and a berth in Super Bowl LI is the only AFC team that's played in more conference championship games than New England: the Pittsburgh Steelers.
This weekend's game will mark the Steelers' 16th appearance in the AFC title game, which is the NFL record for most title game appearances by a team in either the NFC or the AFC. This will be the fifth title game of Ben Roethlisberger 's career, and if the past is any indication, the Steelers should be in good shape.
In the Steelers' previous four title games with Roethlisberger, they've gone 3-1. However, we should probably point out that Big Ben's only loss came to Tom Brady and the Patriots back in the 2004 season.
That 2004 game, a 41-27 New England win, marks the only time the Patriots and Steelers have met in the postseason during Roethlisberger's career. No matter who wins, the AFC will have a familiar representative in the Super Bowl.
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For the NFC game, they might have to install some extra light bulbs on the scoreboard at the Georgia Dome to make sure it can function for what should be a wild shootout between Green Bay and Atlanta. The Atlanta Falcons and Packers were two of the NFL's highest scoring teams in 2016 (the Falcons ranked No. 1 overall, while the Packers ranked No. 4).
Although you might not think of the Falcons as a dominant team, this is actually their fourth NFC title game appearance over the past 20 years. The last time the Falcons were in the title game came in 2012 when they blew a 17-0 lead at home in a 28-24 loss to the 49ers.
Of course, the Packers also have some title game demons they're going to want to exorcise. In Green Bay's last appearance back in the 2014 season, they famously blew a 19-7 lead to the Seahawks in the final 2:10.
Overall, this will be the Packers' seventh title game appearance in team history, which is the fourth most of any NFC team, trailing only the 49ers (15), Dallas Cowboys (14), Los Angeles Rams (9) and Minnesota Vikings (8).
So when will they play?
Let's get to the postseason schedule and find out. As you read, you'll notice that the schedule has been updated with the latest playoff results.
Wild Card Weekend
Saturday, Jan. 7
Houston Texans 27, Raiders 14: Putting a rookie quarterback up against the top defense in the NFL is generally a receipt for disaster, which the Raiders found out first-hand against the Texans. Houston had no problem shutting down Oakland's offense, which was led by Raiders rookie quarterback Connor Cook . Speaking of quarterbacks, the Texans were probably pleasantly surprised by Brock Osweiler 's performance. The beleaguered quarterback played arguably his best game of the season. For more on Houston's win, be sure to check out our takeaways by clicking here.
Seattle 26, Detroit 6: With Marshawn Lynch in retirement, Seattle Seahawks running back Thomas Rawls decided to honor him by going Beast Mode on the Detroit Lions . Rawls rushed for 161 yards against the Lions, breaking Lynch's franchise postseason record of 157. The Seahawks also got a huge game from Doug Baldwin , who caught 11 passes for 104 yards. The win over the Lions means that the Seahawks will be heading to Atlanta for the divisional round. For more on Seattle's win, be sure to check out our takeaways by clicking here.
Sunday, Jan. 8
Pittsburgh 30, Miami 12: For the first time ever, Ben Roethlisbeger, Antonio Brown and Le'Veon Bell all played together in a playoff game, which turned out to be horrible news for Miami. The Miami Dolphins defense had no answer for Bell (29 carries, 167 yards, 2 TDs) or Brown (five catches, 124 yards, two TDs) as the Pittsburgh Steelers rolled. For more on Pittsburgh's win, be sure to check out our takeaways by clicking here.
Green Bay 38, N.Y. New York Giants 13: Randall Cobb and Aaron Rodgers put on a show in the Green Bay Packers ' win. Although that's almost expected from Rodgers, it was somewhat of a surprise from Cobb, who caught five passes for 116 yards and three touchdowns. Cobb clearly likes playing the Giants. During the regular season, the receiver only had one game where he went over 100-yards and that game came against, you guessed it, the Giants. For more on Green Bay's win, be sure to check out our takeaways by clicking here.
Saturday, Jan. 14
Atlanta 36, Seattle 20: The Seahawks defense had no answer for Matt Ryan , who torched Seattle for 338 yards and three touchdowns. The Falcons scored on five of their first six possessions as they jumped out to a 29-13 lead. The win means that Atlanta will be heading to the NFC title game for just the fourth time in team history. The Falcons are 1-2 all-time in the NFC Championship. For more on Atlanta's win, be sure to check out our takeaways by clicking here.
New England 34, Houston 16: The Patriots got punched in the mouth early, but then recovered and KO'd the Texans in the second half of an 18-point win that was closer than the score indicated. Tom Brady threw as many picks against Houston (two) as he did during the entire regular season. The good news for the Patriots is that ugly wins count the same as every other win. New England will be moving on to the AFC title game for the sixth straight year. That streak sets a new NFL record, breaking the old mark set by the Raiders from 1973-77 and tied by the Patriots last year. For more on New England's win, be sure to check out our takeaways by clicking here.
Sunday, Jan. 15
Green Bay 34, Dallas 31: In one of the wildest playoff games you'll ever see, Aaron Rodgers threw for 356 yards and two touchdowns as the Packers beat the Cowboys to advance to the NFC title game for the third time since 2010. After two straight years of watching the Packers' season end in overtime, Mason Crosby decided not to let the game that far this time around. The Packers kicker nailed a 51-yard field goal as time expired in regulation to give his team the win. For more on Green Bay's win, be sure to check out our takeaways by clicking here.
Pittsburgh 18, Kansas City 16: Antonio Brown, Le'Veon Bell and Big Ben aren't the only "Killer B's" in Pittsburgh -- there's also kicker Chris Boswell , who put together one of the most impressive kicking performances in postseason history. The Steelers kicker set an NFL record with six field goals against the Kansas City Chiefs , and as you can tell by the final score, all six of them were sorely needed. Bell (170 yards rushing) and Brown (108 yards receiving) also came up big in the win. For more on Kansas City's win, be sure to check out our takeaways by clicking here.
Sunday, Jan. 22
NFC: Green Bay at Atlanta, 3:05 p.m. ET (Fox): This game is rematch of a Week 8 game in Atlanta that went down to the wire. In that game, Matt Ryan gave the Falcons a 33-32 win when he threw a touchdown pass with just 31 seconds left in the game. The last time these two teams met in the playoffs came after the 2010 season when the sixth-seeded Packers stunned the top-seeded Falcons 48-21 in the divisional round. The Packers ended up winning the Super Bowl that year. Don't be surprised if this year's game turns into a shootout.
AFC: Pittsburgh at New England, 6:40 p.m. ET (CBS): The last time these two teams met came back in Week 7 when the Steelers nearly upset the Patriots despite the fact that they didn't have Ben Roethlisberger. In that 27-16 Pittsburgh loss, the Steelers had to start Landry Jones , who played well enough to have the Steelers within four points going into the fourth quarter. However, that game was in Pittsburgh, and this one won't be. The Steelers haven't won at Gillette Stadium since 2008.
Super Bowl LI
Sunday, Feb. 5
Pittsburgh/New England vs. Atlanta/Green Bay at NRG Stadium in Houston, 6:30 p.m. ET (Fox)
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