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NFL Wild Card weekend: Schedule, how to watch, odds and more

The NFL regular season is over, and just 14 of the original 32 teams remain in contention to win the Lombardi Trophy.

The top seeds in each conference - the Baltimore Ravens in the AFC and the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC - have earned a week off before making their first playoff appearances in the divisional round, so there are 12 teams in action on Super Wild Card Weekend.

The matchups are spread over three days, with two games on Saturday, three on Sunday and one on Monday night.

Here are the key details you need to know about the first week of playoff action:

Wild Card weekend schedule

HomeAwayLocationTime (ET)TVSpread
Houston TexansCleveland BrownsNRG Stadium, Houston, TX4:30 PM (Saturday)NBCBrowns -2
Kansas City ChiefsMiami DolphinsArrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, MO8 PM (Saturday)PeacockChiefs -4.5
Buffalo BillsPittsburgh SteelersHighmark Stadium, Orchard Park, NY1 PM (Sunday)CBSBills -9.5
Dallas CowboysGreen Bay PackersAT&T Stadium, Arlington, TX4.30 PM (Sunday)FOXCowboys -7
Detroit LionsLos Angeles RamsFord Field, Detroit, MI8 PM (Sunday)NBCLions -3
Tampa Bay BuccaneersPhiladelphia EaglesRaymond James Stadium, Tampa, FL8:15 PM (Monday)ESPN, ABCEagles -3

Browns and Texans set for quick rematch

WhatCleveland Browns @ Houston Texans
WhereNRG Stadium
When4:30 PM ET, Saturday, January 13th
How to watchNBC
OddsBrowns -2, Texans +110 ML

The Browns are one of two road teams who are favored to win their Wild Card games after finishing the season with a better record (11-6) than the Texans (10-7) needed to win the AFC South. 

That division win has given the Texans home advantage for this game, but they also hosted the Browns at NRG Stadium as recently as Christmas Eve, when Cleveland raced into a 36-7 lead and even took some starters out of the game before the Texans came back to make the final score 36-22. 

The Browns again rested their starters, including quarterback Joe Flacco and star defensive end Myles Garrett, in Sunday's loss to the Bengals, but the Texans' building should be rocking after they made the playoffs just a year after going 3-13-1. 

Read our full Cleveland Browns vs. Houston Texans Wild Card round preview here.

Dolphins get chilly assignment in Kansas City

WhatMiami Dolphins @ Kansas City Chiefs
WhereArrowhead Stadium
When8 PM ET, Saturday, January 13th
How to watchPeacock
OddsChiefs -4.5, Dolphins +190 ML

The Dolphins didn't just lose the right to host a home game when their loss to the Bills on Sunday saw them drop from the second to the sixth seed in the AFC. They also have to leave the Florida sunshine to tackle the Kansas City Chiefs in forecast freezing conditions.

Miami is dealing with a number of key injuries at the worst possible time, and they also have to try to beat a team who won their previous meeting this season. The Dolphins played the Chiefs in Frankfurt, Germany, in November and trailed 21-0 at half-time before rallying to lose 21-14.

The Chiefs have not looked like the team who won the Super Bowl last season often this year and they have gone 4-4 since facing Miami, but they are still favorites for the rematch with their defense in good form.

Read our full Miami Dolphins vs. Kansas City Chiefs Wild Card round preview here.

Bills biggest favorites of the weekend against Steelers

WhatPittsburgh Steelers @ Buffalo Bills
WhereHighmark Stadium
When1 PM ET Sunday, January 14th
How to watchCBS
OddsBills -9.5, Steelers +350 ML

Both these teams left it as late as possible before claiming a place in the AFC playoffs but they meet with the Bills as the second seeds in the AFC and the Steelers ranked lowest in seventh. 

The Bills (11-6) are the biggest favorites of the weekend with a double-digit spread for their game at Highmark Stadium, where they went 7-2 this season. 

The Steelers (10-7) look set to be without their star pass-rusher TJ Watt, who injured his knee in Saturday's win over the Ravens, who rested their starters. 

Read our full Buffalo Bills vs. Pittsburgh Steelers Wild Card round preview here.

Cowboys unbeaten at home this season

WhatGreen Bay Packers @ Dallas Cowboys
WhereAT&T Stadium
When4:30 PM ET Sunday, January 14th
How to watchFOX
OddsCowboys -7, Packers +270 ML

The Packers made it into the playoffs as a Wild Card team with a win over the Bears in Week 18, coming in with some momentum after six wins in their last eight games. 

The Cowboys are strong favorites for this one, though, after claiming the NFC second seed with a convincing 38-10 win over the Commanders and they stayed perfect at home in the regular season, winning all eight of their games at AT&T Stadium.

Read our full Green Bay Packers vs. Dallas Cowboys Wild Card round preview here.

Quarterback reunion night in Detroit

WhatLos Angeles Rams @ Detroit Lions
WhereFord Field
When8 PM ET Sunday, January 14th
How to watchNBC
OddsLions -3, Rams +140 ML

There will be plenty of young offensive talent on the field in this NFC matchup, but the main storyline is the return of Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford to face his former team. 

Stafford was traded to the Rams after 12 seasons in Detroit and helped them to win the Super Bowl in his first year with the team. 

Lions QB Jared Goff arrived from the Rams in the same trade and is now favorite to beat his former team in front of a success-starved crowd in Motor City. 

The Lions went 6-2 at home this season, but the Rams are in good form and have won seven of their last eight games after a 3-6 start to the year.

Read our full Detroit Lions vs. Los Angeles Rams Wild Card round preview here.

Eagles hoping to snap out of slump

WhatPhiladelphia Eagles @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers
WhereRaymond James Stadium
When8:15 PM ET Monday, January 15th
How to watchESPN, ABC
OddsEagles -3, Buccaneers +135 ML

The Philadelphia Eagles are the second road favorites of Super Wild Card Weekend, but in their current form, it's almost surprising that they are favored against anyone. 

They started the season 10-1 and were among the favorites to win the NFL Championship, but they have lost their form entirely and been beaten in five of their last six games. 

That has sent them out on the road, but they get something of a break by facing the winners of the NFC South, the weakest division in the NFL. 

The Buccaneers won their division but there are few notable wins on their record this season. Even so, they may be facing the Eagles at exactly the right time after Philly QB Jalen Hurts and wide receiver AJ Brown both picked up injuries in Sunday's loss to the Giants. 

Bucs quarterback Baker Mayfield has also been playing through injuries to lead his team to the playoffs in his first season with the team.

Odds displayed within this article were correct at the time of writing and are subject to change.

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