When do the NFL Wild Card Playoffs Start? What Teams Are Playing Next Week?

December 28, 2014 Updated: July 18, 2015

The NFL Playoffs (Wild Card round) will start next weekend. Here are the dates for the games:

Wild card weekend – Saturday, Jan. 3

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Wild card weekend – Sunday, Jan. 4

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NFC Seed:

1. Seattle Seahawks (12-4) – Get a bye and home-field advantage throughout the playoffs

2. Green Bay Packers (12-4) – Get a bye and get home-field

3. Dallas Cowboys (12-4) – Play the Lions next week.

4. Carolina Panthers (7-9-1) – Play the Cardinals next week.

5. Detroit Lions (11-5) – Play the Cowboys next week.

6. Arizona Cardinals (11-5) – Play the Panthers next week.

AFC Seed:

1. New England Patriots (12-4) – Get a bye and home-field advantage throughout the playoffs

2. Denver Broncos (12-4) Get a bye and get home-field

3. Indianapolis Colts (11-5) – Play next week

4. Cincinnati Bengals (10-4-1) – Play next week

5. Pittsburgh Steelers (10-5) – Play next week.

6. Baltimore Ravens (10-6) – Play the winner of the Bengals-Steelers game.