For the NFL, the transition from 2017 to 2018 marked the end of the regular season and the beginning of the postseason. With the wild-card round complete, the NFL playoff schedule continues with the conference championships Sunday and ends Feb. 4 in Minnesota, where Super Bowl 52 will take place.
The wild-card round of the NFL playoff schedule featured six teams that didn't make the postseason last year — only the Chiefs and Falcons returned as contenders. The Titans, Rams, Bills, Jaguars, Panthers and Saints were the relative newcomers hoping to advance to Round 2. The wild-card results sent Kansas City, Los Angeles, Buffalo and Carolina back home.
The Patriots, Steelers, Eagles and Vikings clinched first-round byes for the playoffs and hosted games in the divisional round. The Patriots, Eagles and Vikings won at home in order to advance and host conference title games, sending the Titans, Falcons and Saints packing. The Steelers, however, lost to the Jaguars at home in the divisional round.
New England is the No. 1 seed in the AFC for the seventh time since 2003. And while the Patriots remain the favorites to reach and win Super Bowl 52, they're far from a lock. Since the NFL adopted the 12-team playoff format, only 28 of the 54 (51.9 percent) No. 1 seeds have advanced to the Super Bowl. In those 27 seasons, a No. 1 seed has gone on to win the Super Bowl 13 times (48.1 percent).
Here is the NFL playoff schedule for 2017-18, including kickoff times and TV info.
NFL playoff schedule: Times, TV channels & live streaming
Saturday, Jan. 6 (Wild-card playoffs)
Sunday, Jan. 7 (Wild-card playoffs)
Saturday, Jan. 13 (Divisional playoffs)
Sunday, Jan. 14 (Divisional playoffs)
Sunday, Jan. 21 (Conference championships)
AFC championship game
Time: 3:05 p.m. ET
Location: Gillette Stadium, Foxborough
TV channel: CBS
Live stream: FuboTV (free trial)
NFC championship game
Time: 6:40 p.m. ET
Location: Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia
TV channel: FOX
Live streaming: FuboTV (free trial)
Sunday, Feb. 4
Time: 6:30 p.m. ET
Location: U.S. Bank Stadium, Minneapolis
TV channel: NBC
Contributing: Skylar Rolstad