NFL Playoff Schedule 2015: Full Postseason Dates, TV Info, Live Stream and More

Sean ODonnellContributor IIIJanuary 3, 2015

Green Bay Packers' Aaron Rodgers celebrates after an NFL football game against the Detroit Lions Sunday, Dec. 28, 2014, in Green Bay, Wis. The Packers won 30-20. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)
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The NFL playoffs have arrived.

Heading into the Wild Card Round, 12 teams remain in contention for a Super Bowl berth. However, that will change in the blink of an eye, as the league's single-elimination playoff format will ensure four teams will be eliminated by the end of Sunday's action, leaving only eight squads standing.

The divisional round will again cut that number in half, sending four teams into the conference championship games to ultimately decide who will compete in Super Bowl XLIX. Before we know it, a champion will be crowned and the offseason will be in full swing.

With so little football remaining, NFL enthusiasts will be scrambling to take in every possible moment of action. In an effort to ensure that's possible, here's a look at the full postseason schedule and complete live stream information, followed by complete playoff predictions.

Postseason Schedule

2015 Postseason Dates and TV Info
DateTime (ET)MatchupTV Info
Wild Card Round
Saturday, Jan. 34:35 p.m.Arizona Cardinals at Carolina PanthersESPN
Saturday, Jan. 38:15 p.m.Baltimore Ravens at Pittsburgh SteelersNBC
Sunday, Jan. 41:05 p.m.Cincinnati Bengals at Indianapolis ColtsCBS
Sunday, Jan. 44:40 p.m.Detroit Lions at Dallas CowboysFox
Divisional Round
Saturday, Jan. 104:35 p.m.BAL/CIN/IND at New England PatriotsNBC
Saturday, Jan. 108:15 p.m.DET/ARI/CAR at Seattle SeahawksFox
Sunday, Jan. 111:05 p.m.DAL/CAR/ARI at Green Bay PackersFox
Sunday, Jan. 114:40 p.m.CIN/PIT/IND at Denver BroncosCBS
Conference Championship
Sunday, Jan. 183:05 p.m.NFC Championship GameFox
Sunday, Jan. 186:40 p.m.AFC Championship GameCBS
Super Bowl
Sunday, Feb. 16:30 p.m.Super Bowl XLIXNBC

Live Stream Info


NBC: NBC Sports Live Extra

CBS: CBSSports.com

Fox: Fox Sports Go

Playoff Predictions

Wild Card Round

Wild-Card Predictions
Carolina PanthersArizona CardinalsPanthers
Pittsburgh SteelersBaltimore RavensRavens
Cincinnati BengalsIndianapolis ColtsBengals
Dallas CowboysDetroit LionsCowboys
Sean O'Donnell's predictions

The Carolina Panthers defense is surging right now. This team has held its last three opponents to fewer than 300 total yards of offense and its last four opponents to 17 points or less. Meanwhile, the Arizona Cardinals received a bit of bad news, via the NFL:


.@AZCardinals to start @RyanLindley14 at QB vs. @Panthers: http://t.co/GrHamB8fqn http://t.co/3nqV7kdH1l

Ryan Lindley has been awful under center, and he doesn't have a favorable matchup on Saturday.

Another team that received some bad news is the Pittsburgh Steelers. According to Scott Brown of ESPN.com, running back Le'Veon Bell will miss the team's Wild Card Game against the Baltimore Ravens. ESPN Stats & Info tweeted what that means for the Steelers:

ESPN Stats & Info @ESPNStatsInfo

The Steelers are 0-3 and have averaged 14.0 PPG in the games Le'Veon Bell has missed in his career

Expect that record to move to 0-4 following Saturday's game.

The Cincinnati Bengals may be without A.J. Green, as the star receiver is listed as doubtful for the team's contest against the Indianapolis Colts, according to Coley Harvey of ESPN.com. However, the Bengals are a very effective running team, and should have no trouble riding rookie Jeremy Hill to a win against a Colts defense that ranks 18th in the league and has struggled against the run this season.

While the Detroit Lions received a big boost from Ndamukong Suh's suspension being lifted, the Detroit defense, as good as it is, won't be able to keep the prolific Dallas Cowboys offense from putting significant points on the board. That's bad news for a Lions offense that continues to struggle with inconsistency.

Divisional Round

Divisional Predictions
New England PatriotsBaltimore RavensPatriots
Seattle SeahawksCarolina PanthersSeahawks
Green Bay PackersDallas CowboysCowboys
Denver BroncosCincinnati BengalsBengals
Sean O'Donnell's predictions

The Ravens were fortunate enough to play a Steelers team without its best player, but that won't be the case against the New England Patriots. Tom Brady leads one of the league's best passing attacks, and Baltimore's secondary is decimated. This will lead to a Patriots win.

While the Panthers were able to keep Arizona's offense in check, that won't be the case against Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks. Owning the NFL's most lethal rushing attack, Seattle will be able to win the battle for field position and control the clock on its way to a low-scoring win.

The Green Bay Packers are undefeated at home this season, but that will change against a surging Cowboys team. Aaron Rodgers ins't 100 percent due to a hamstring injury, and if he's unable to scramble the offense loses a big dimension. Meanwhile, the well-balanced Cowboys should put up a healthy amount of points on Green Bay's defense.

Back in Week 16, the Bengals defeated Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos on Monday Night Football. This time they match up in Denver; however, the outcome will be no different. Cincinnati proved it can run the ball effectively against the Broncos, and that kept Manning out of rhythm and led to a Bengals win.

Conference Championships

Conference Championship Predictions
Seattle SeahawksDallas CowboysCowboys
New England PatriotsCincinnati BengalsPatriots
Sean O'Donnell's predictions

Seattle owns the league's scariest defense, but by this point Dallas will be riding an enormous wave of momentum, having achieved two big playoff wins. That will lead to a surge of offense that even the Seahawks can't handle, as DeMarco Murray will eclipse 100 yards, just as he did against this defense in Week 6, en route to a Super Bowl berth for Dallas.

The Bengals had a very impressive run to this point, but the Patriots are simply too well-rounded of a team to overtake, especially at Gillette Stadium. Cincinnati's offense will need a quick-strike element to defeat New England, and it just doesn't have that with Andy Dalton at the helm. The Patriots will move on to the Super Bowl.

Super Bowl

A clash between the Patriots and Cowboys sets up a compelling Super Bowl, as both teams have prolific offenses and are sturdy on defense. This one will come down to which team's defensive unit is capable of making a crucial stop.

New England gets the nod in that department, as a talented secondary led by Darrelle Revis should be able to keep Tony Romo well enough in check to allow Brady and Co. to get out to an early lead and maintain it for a full 60 minutes. The Patriots get the win, but it will be a nail-biter.

Prediction: Patriots 30, Cowboys 27


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