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Ravens Insider: Ravens will host their playoff opener Saturday afternoon or Sunday night depending on Bills-Steelers result


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While the Ravens have to wait until Monday night to find out who they’ll face in the divisional round of the NFL playoffs, kickoff at M&T Bank Stadium has been narrowed down to two possible time slots.

The NFL announced Sunday night its divisional round schedule, including two games each on Saturday, Jan. 20, and Sunday, Jan. 21. The first AFC game will kick off at 4:30 p.m. Saturday and will feature either the No. 4 seed Houston Texans traveling to Kansas City to face the No. 3 Chiefs or Houston heading to Baltimore to take on the No. 1 Ravens. The second AFC matchup kicks off at 6:30 p.m. Sunday and will be either Kansas City at the No. 2 Buffalo Bills or the No. 7 Pittsburgh Steelers at Baltimore.

The AFC matchups are still in limbo after the Bills-Steelers wild-card game was postponed from 1 p.m. Sunday to 4:30 p.m. Monday because of a snowstorm that swept through Buffalo. New York Gov. Kathy Hochul said Sunday that the game “will not be pushed back again” despite an ongoing travel ban in the area around Highmark Stadium in Orchard Park.

Essentially, the Ravens’ hosting scenarios next weekend boil down to this:

  • If the Bills beat the Steelers on Monday, the Ravens will host the Texans at 4:30 p.m. Saturday (ESPN/ABC).
  • If the Steelers beat the Bills, the Ravens will host the Steelers at 6:30 p.m. Sunday (CBS).

Buffalo enters Monday’s game as a 10-point favorite over Pittsburgh, which landed in the Buffalo area Sunday afternoon after delaying its travel plans because of the postponement. The Texans, meanwhile, rolled to a 45-14 win over Cleveland Browns and former Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco on Saturday behind three touchdown passes from rookie C.J. Stroud.

The Ravens (13-4) received a first-round bye and home-field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs after finishing with the league’s best regular-season record. If the Ravens win their divisional round matchup and advance to the AFC championship game, M&T Bank Stadium would host for the first time. That game is set to kick off Sunday, Jan. 28, at 3 p.m. and will be broadcast on CBS.

Super Bowl 58 kicks off at 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 11, at Allegiant Stadium, home of the Las Vegas Raiders, and will be televised on CBS.

NFL postseason schedule

Saturday, Jan. 20

AFC: Houston at Baltimore/Kansas City, 4:30 p.m. (ESPN/ABC, ESPN+)

NFC: Green Bay at San Francisco, 8 p.m. (Fox)

Sunday, Jan. 21

AFC: Philadelphia/Tampa Bay at Detroit, 3 p.m. (NBC, Peacock)

AFC: Kansas City at Buffalo or Pittsburgh at Baltimore (CBS, Paramount+)

Sunday, Jan. 28

AFC championship game, 3 p.m. (CBS, Paramount+)

NFC championship game, 6:30 p.m. (Fox)

Sunday, Feb. 11

Super Bowl 58, 6:30 p.m. (CBS)

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