NFL playoffs bracket: AFC divisional round matchups, kickoff times, TV information

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Patrick Mahomes and the defending Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs did not get the Saturday night prime-time slot in the divisional round.

The NFL announced the times for the AFC games before the matchups were set, and it’ll be Josh Allen and the Buffalo Bills in prime time. The Bills won their first playoff game in 25 years on Saturday, and Allen has had a breakout season. When the Browns beat the Steelers to finish wild-card weekend, the Bills-Ravens matchup for Saturday night was set. All of the NFL’s postseason games can be live-streamed on the Yahoo Sports app.

Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen (17) will be featured in prime time during the divisional round of the NFL playoffs. (AP Photo/Adrian Kraus)
Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen (17) will be featured in prime time during the divisional round of the NFL playoffs. (AP Photo/Adrian Kraus)

Here are the AFC divisional round matchups:

No. 5 Baltimore Ravens (12-5) at No. 2 Buffalo Bills (14-3), Saturday at 8:15 p.m. ET on NBC

The Bills held on for their first playoff win in 25 years, knocking off the Indianapolis Colts, 27-24. Josh Allen continued his great season, throwing for 324 yards, leading the Bills with 54 yards rushing and accounting for three touchdowns. The Bills gave up 472 yards and didn’t force a turnover in the win, and they’ll have to tighten up on defense before their divisional round game.

The Ravens are in the second round of the playoffs after beating the Tennessee Titans in the wild-card game, but had to wait for their opponent to be settled until the conclusion of the Steelers-Browns game on Sunday evening. When the Browns took a big lead, it was clear Baltimore would be headed to Buffalo next weekend. That sets up a fun quarterback matchup between Allen and Lamar Jackson, two of the best dual-threat quarterbacks in the NFL.

No. 6 Cleveland Browns (12-5) at No. 1 Kansas City Chiefs (14-2), Sunday at 3:05 p.m. ET on CBS

The Browns shocked the NFL world by jumping out to a 28-0 first-quarter lead against the Pittsburgh Steelers and winning their first playoff game since the franchise reentered the NFL in 1999. The Browns’ strength is running the ball, which could help them keep Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs offense off the field.

The Chiefs’ explosive offense led the way to a great season and a No. 1 seed. Mahomes might not win MVP over Aaron Rodgers, but he was in contention all season after having another great year.

Kansas City won its first Super Bowl in 50 years and is the favorite to win it all again this season. The Browns are trying to get to their first conference championship game since the end of the 1989 season.

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