Who Will Stream the NFL ‘Super Wild Card Weekend’ Monday Night Playoff Game?
The NFL is adding a Monday night playoff game to its “Super Wild Card Weekend” — but it’s not necessarily going to be an ESPN Monday Night Football game.
Today, the NFL announced its “Super Wild Card Weekend” would culminate in a Monday night game, rather than a Sunday afternoon or evening tilt. “Super Wild Card Weekend” will now have two Wild Card games on Saturday (4:35 p.m. and 8:15 p.m. ET), three on Sunday (1:05 p.m., 4:40 p.m., and 8:15 p.m. ET), and one on Monday (8:15 p.m. ET). For the 2021 season, CBS and NBC will both broadcast two Super Wild Card Weekend games while FOX and ESPN/ABC will each have one.
Interestingly enough, the broadcaster for the Monday night game of Super Wild Card Weekend is yet to be determined. While it’ll likely end up being on ESPN or ABC, the idea of Monday night football (not Monday Night Football) returning to CBS or NBC is an interesting proposition. Prior to the league’s long-standing deal with ABC, Monday night games were played on CBS and NBC in the late 1960s as a test run. Obviously, the idea stuck, and ABC & ESPN have been the home for Monday Night Football since then.
An interesting proposition, though, would be if an unforeseen party steps in and nabs up the broadcasting rights. Amazon, which secured the rights to Thursday Night Football earlier this year, would no doubt love to get their hands on an NFL playoff game. Other companies who are currently on the outside looking in, like Apple, DAZN, Facebook, and Twitter, could also be dark-horse candidates for the broadcast.
The NFL expanded the playoffs last season, adding a third Wild Card team in each conference and branding the new opening weekend of the playoffs as, “Super Wild Card Weekend.” Now, football fans get six playoff games instead of four. The No. 1 seeds in each conference will receive a bye in the Wild Card round. The remaining division champions in each conference will be seeded 2, 3, and 4 by record, followed by the next three teams per conference with the best records seeded 5, 6, and 7. AFC and NFC Wild Card games will feature the 2 seed hosting the 7 seed, the 3 seed hosting the 6 seed, and the 4 seed hosting the 5 seed.