What time is the NFL playoff game today? TV schedule, channel for Monday night wild-card game


“Monday Night Football” returns, in a sense, on Super Wild Card Weekend.

In the four vs. five matchup in the NFC, the Buccaneers will host the Cowboys, as the Bucs look to find some consistency in their play this season.

The Cowboys, meanwhile, had their Week 18 game rendered irrelevant by the Eagles beating the Giants, but all the same suffered a decisive loss to the Commanders that has raised questions among NFL fans around the veracity of their 12-5 record. After all, they were a game away from winning the NFC East. Is it a concern they didn’t put their best foot forward?

The Buccaneers, meanwhile, finished the year 8-9 with some relatively low peaks and relatively deep valleys. In the NFC South that was enough to win, but the Buccaneers will have to be better to win the postseason.

MORE: Watch today’s NFL playoff games live with fuboTV (free trial)

Here’s how to watch, as two of the NFC’s most prominent teams face off Monday night.

What time is the NFL playoff game today?

Dallas Cowboys (5) vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4)

  • Date: Monday, Jan. 16
  • Location: Raymond James Stadium — Tampa, Fla. 
  • Start time: 8:15 p.m. ET

The Cowboys and Buccaneers both finished this season with a whimper, losing to the last-place teams in their respective divisions in the Commanders and Falcons.

With that being said, Tom Brady is always a threat in the playoffs, and he has a home game to boot. As the No. 4 seed, the path through the NFC is treacherous, but what’s been a disappointing season to date could be erased with a strong playoff run.

For the Cowboys, it will fall on Dak Prescott to avoid the mistake-prone football that raised questions late in the regular season. Despite extremely impressive counting stats, Prescott threw an interception in seven straight games to end the season, including four multi-pick games. The Cowboys have largely been able to overcome those mistakes, but in the postseason they’ll accumulate quickly.

What channel is the Monday NFL game on?

Dallas Cowboys vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

  • TV channel: ESPN
  • Live stream: ESPN app, ESPN+, fuboTV (U.S.) | DAZN (Canada)

For those with cable, you’ll be able to catch the NFC wild-card matchup on ESPN.

Joe Buck and Troy Aikman will be on the call, with sideline reporter Lisa Salters rounding out the team. Eli and Peyton Manning will also call the game on a simulcast on ESPN2.

NFL live streams for playoffs

For those with cable, several networks will broadcast the games via their respective streaming services: ESPN+, Paramount+, Peacock, Fox Sports App, and so on.

For those without cable, there are several options for streaming the NFL playoffs:

Streaming option Cable subscription needed? Free? Cost Free trial?
NFL App Yes Yes
Yahoo! Sports App Yes Yes
NFL+ No No $9.99/month Yes
DirecTV Stream No No $49.99/month Yes
fuboTV No No $69.99/month Yes
Hulu Plus Live TV No No $69.99/month Yes
Sling TV No No $35/month Yes
YouTube TV No No $54.99/month Yes

NFL playoff schedule 2023

Wild-card round

Saturday, Jan. 14

Matchup Start time TV channel Live stream
Seahawks at 49ers 4:30 p.m. ET Fox FoxSports.com, fuboTV
Chargers at Jaguars 8:15 p.m. ET NBC Peacock, fuboTV

Sunday, Jan. 15

Matchup Start time TV channel Live stream
Dolphins at Bills 1 p.m. ET CBS Paramount Plus, fuboTV
Giants at Vikings 4:30 p.m. ET Fox FoxSports.com, fuboTV
Ravens at Bengals 8:15 p.m. ET NBC Peacock, fuboTV

Monday, Jan. 16

Matchup Start time TV channel Live stream
Cowboys at Buccaneers 8:15 p.m. ESPN ESPN+, fuboTV

Divisional round

Saturday, Jan. 21

Matchup Start time TV channel Live stream
AFC Divisional Round (TBD at TBD) TBD TBD fuboTV
NFC Divisional Round (TBD at TBD) TBD TBD fuboTV

Sunday, Jan. 22

Matchup Start time TV channel Live stream
AFC Divisional Round (TBD at TBD) TBD TBD fuboTV
NFC Divisional Round (TBD at TBD) TBD TBD fuboTV

Conference championships

Sunday, Jan. 29

Matchup Away team Start time TV channel Live stream
NFC vs. NFC NFC TBD TBD Fox fuboTV
AFC vs. AFC AFC TBD TBD CBS fuboTV

Super Bowl 57

Sunday, Feb. 12

Matchup Start time TV channel Live stream
AFC champion vs. NFC champion 6:30 p.m. ET Fox fuboTV

When is Super Bowl 57 in 2023?

  • Date: Sunday, Feb. 12
  • Time: 6:30 p.m. ET
  • Location: State Farm Stadium — Glendale, AZ

The Super Bowl will be in the desert for its 57th iteration.

Glendale, Arizona will host the Super Bowl at State Farm Stadium on Feb. 12, featuring the AFC and NFC’s respective winners.

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