Monday Night Football is joining the postseason party. The NFL announced today that this season’s expanded playoffs will included a prime time Monday night matchup on what is being referred to as “Super Wild Card Weekend.” Last season, the NFL expanded its postseason for the first time in 30 years, allowing 14 teams to qualify. Previously, 12 teams had a shot at claiming the Lombardi Trophy.
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“Super Wild Card Weekend” will allow football lovers to feast on six helpings of playoff games between Saturday afternoon and Monday night. Postseason play kicks off with Wild Card matchups on Saturday, January 15th at 4:35 p.m. and 8:15 p.m. Sunday’s slate features a trio of games at 1:05 p.m., 4:40 p.m., and 8:15 p.m., leaving viewers plenty of time to digest before Monday night’s main course, scheduled for 8:15 p.m. All times are eastern.
The broadcast network for the Monday night game is yet to be determined. NBC and CBS will each broadcast a pair of games over the opening weekend of the postseason, while Fox and ESPN will handle one game each.
As with last season’s expanded playoffs, which paved the way for two additional teams to compete, the top team in each conference will receive an opening-round bye. The Wild Card games feature each conference’s 2nd seeded team squaring off against the 7th seed, 3rd seeded team versus the 6th seed and the 4th and 5th best teams meeting.
By adding the Monday night game, the NFL just ensured that offices across the country will be short-staffed on Tuesday morning. Plan your sick days accordingly.