(CNN) — The <a href=”https://edition.cnn.com/2020/12/28/sport/nfl-kansas-city-chiefs-number-one-seed-jacksonville-jaguars-trevor-lawrence-spt-intl/index.html” target=”_blank”>NFL playoffs</a> are here.
Beginning Saturday, 14 teams will face off for the honor of playing in the much-anticipated <a href=”https://www.cnn.com/2020/12/17/us/super-bowl-nfl-healthcare-spt-trnd/index.html” target=”_blank”>Super Bowl LV</a>, scheduled for February 7.
With games being played during the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, the season has been anything but typical. Now, though, we’ve reached the postseason. Here’s what you should know going into the weekend.
The Cleveland Browns are riding high
A close 24-22 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers in the last game of the regular season clinched a wild-card spot for the Browns, the team’s first playoff appearance since 2002.
It’s no small feat. Cleveland’s playoff drought was the longest in the NFL. With a 11-5 record, the season marks the first time since 2007 that the team has finished with more than 10 wins. Just three years ago, in 2017, <a href=”https://www.cnn.com/2018/09/21/sport/cleveland-browns-nfl-new-york-jets-spt-intl/index.html” target=”_blank”>the Browns went 0-16</a>.
The No. 6 seed in the AFC, the Browns will play the Steelers, who are the No. 3 seed in the AFC and were 12-4 in the regular season.
The Bills are trying to rewrite history
The Buffalo Bills are hoping to end a long playoff drought. Last season, the team clinched a wild-card spot, only to lose. It’s a story with which the Bills are familiar, having not won a playoff game since 1995.
This weekend, the Bills will try to overcome that history. The team won the AFC East with a 13-3 record and are the No. 2 seed in the conference. The Bills face the No. 7 seed Indianapolis Colts, who went 11-5 in the regular season and clinched a wild-card spot. Will the team at last break its playoff drought? Only time will tell.
Wild card weekend starts Saturday
Because of Covid-19, the NFL has increased the number of teams in the playoffs from the usual 12 to 14.
This weekend — January 9-10 — kicks off the playoffs with the wild card round. Three games will be played each day. Here’s the schedule with the home team listed first.
Saturday, January 9
Buffalo Bills (13-3) vs. Indianapolis Colts (11-5), 1:05 p.m. ET on CBSSeattle Seahawks (12-4) vs. Los Angeles Rams (10-6), 4:40 p.m. ET on FoxWashington Football Team (7-9) vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (11-5), 8:15 p.m. ET on NBC
Sunday, January 10
Tennessee Titans (11-5) vs. Baltimore Ravens (11-5), 1:05 p.m. ET on ESPNNew Orleans Saints (12-4) vs. Chicago Bears (8-8), 4:40 p.m. ET on CBSPittsburgh Steelers (12-4) vs. Cleveland Browns (11-5), 8:15 p.m. ET on NBC
Dates to remember
After the wild card round, the divisional round begins the following weekend on January 16.
On January 24, the conference championships will take place — determining which of the remaining teams will head to the Super Bowl LV and battle for the title and those coveted rings.
The <a href=”https://www.cnn.com/2020/11/12/entertainment/the-weeknd-super-bowl/index.html” target=”_blank”>55th Super Bowl</a> will be played at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida.
Correction: A previous version of this story misstated the Pittsburgh Steelers’ playoffs position in the AFC. They are the No. 3 seed.
CNN’s Chuck Johnston contributed to this report.