2018 NFL playoffs schedule, Super Bowl LIII coverage

The 2018 regular season is in the books, and the playoff field is set. From the wild-card round through Super Bowl LIII -- which is Feb. 3 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta -- ESPN.com has you covered. Check out the full playoff picture headed into this weekend's games and more coverage on all four teams below.


Welcome to the most exciting NFL final four ever

The Patriots-Chiefs and Rams-Saints matchups could be instant classics. Let's run through eight notable reasons why.

2018 NFL playoff bracket reset: First look at conference championship matchups

Winners and projections for every playoff game, plus key matchups, betting nuggets and more.

Playoff overreactions and big questions for AFC, NFC title games

Can the Patriots dominate on the road? Should Dallas be searching for a new coach? We have the looming questions facing this weekend's winners and losers.

Jump to: AFC title game | NFC title game | AFC divisional round | NFC divisional round | AFC wild card | NFC wild card | Full schedule


No. 2 New England Patriots vs. No. 1 Kansas City Chiefs

Sunday, Jan. 20 | 6:40 p.m. ET | CBS | Tickets

The myth of the Patriots' underdog status

Tom Brady wants us to think that no one believes in him. That's true, unless you ask any of his fans, supporters in the game and the media, or the millions who've already crowned him the GOAT.

Never bury Tom Brady: The GOAT was toast in K.C. -- now he's back

Four years ago, we wrote him off: Tom Brady, age 37, done. Kansas City finally did him in. Guess what? The GOAT still roars like a lion.

Belichick not making road woes a hot topic

As the Patriots prepare to play in one of the toughest road venues in the NFL for the AFC title, Bill Belichick says road woes aren't a concern.

Mahomes inherits the clutch genes

Can the Chiefs quarterback remain composed as the postseason stages get bigger? His family history might give him a distinct advantage.

Chiefs' living and dying with pass rush will get ultimate test from Tom Brady

One thing the Chiefs could rely on from their defense is rushing the passer. Facing Brady and the Patriots, they'll need it more than ever.


No. 2 Los Angeles Rams vs. No. 1 New Orleans Saints

Sunday, Jan. 20 | 3:05 p.m. ET | Fox | Tickets

Think Saints can replace Mark Ingram in free agency? Not so fast

Sunday's home game might not be the final one for the RB New Orleans drafted No. 28 overall in 2011 -- that is, if he has any say in the matter.

How Saints' Benjamin Watson lasted 15 years in the NFL

From a rough rookie season in New England to becoming a family man with five kids (with two on the way), the tight end has found peace in his career.

Years of sorrow haven't taken everything from Rams CB Nickell Robey-Coleman

The Rams' nickel corner lost his infant son five days before facing the Chiefs. He hasn't missed a game and hasn't let tragedy stifle his spirit.

Rams get another shot at Saints, Superdome

The Saints handed the Rams their first loss and that ultimately decided home-field advantage.

After first playoff win, Rams' Whitworth hoping for more

Andrew Whitworth was the only player in NFL history to lose all seven of his playoff games. On Saturday night, he and the Rams were determined not to make it eight.


Kansas City Chiefs 31, Indianapolis Colts 13

Behind a dominating performance from a much-maligned defense, the Chiefs handily beat the Colts. Up next: Hosting the AFC Championship Game.

Chiefs end home playoff curse, advance to AFC title game

Top AFC seed Kansas City plays its best defensive game of the season and in turn exorcises its playoff demons.

Andrew Luck, Colts see inspiring season end with thud versus Chiefs

With their QB back to playing great football and a nucleus of young talent, the Colts look like a team that could contend for years to come.

New England Patriots 41, Los Angeles Chargers 28

The Chargers had no answers for the Patriots, who jumped out to a 35-7 lead in the second quarter and advance to face the Chiefs in the AFC Championship Game.

Sony Michel's big day bodes well for Patriots against Chiefs

The rookie's 129-yard game showed he can be relied upon to be a go-to guy in the playoffs, and the Pats will need more of the same with the Chiefs up next.

Chargers return to playoffs but fall short of potential

It was an early exit for the 12-4 Chargers in their first postseason appearance since 2013, but this team should be back.


Los Angeles Rams 30, Dallas Cowboys 22

Behind 273 yards on the ground from C.J. Anderson and Todd Gurley, the Rams dispatched the Cowboys and are on to the NFC Championship Game.

High-flying Rams run over Cowboys for first playoff win in McVay era

Sean McVay turned to C.J. Anderson and Todd Gurley to pile up 273 yards on the NFL's best rushing D. The win proves they're more than just hype.

Cowboys' future appears bright despite falling short of ultimate goal

A young team with plenty of cap space, Dallas has some contract decisions to make with Jason Garrett and Dak Prescott, but it's a team with momentum.

New Orleans Saints 20, Philadelphia Eagles 14

The Saints fell into a 14-0 hole in the first quarter, but their defense rallied to shut the Eagles out the rest of the game and move on to the NFC Championship Game.

Historic, 11-minute, 29-second drive moves Saints to NFC title game

The longest drive in an NFL playoff game in at least 20 years featured four penalties, clutch conversions and a lot of Saints All-Pro Michael Thomas.

Eagles fall short of repeating, but late surge reflects mettle of a champ

Nick Foles flashed some of his magic from 2017, but he couldn't duplicate the Super Bowl feat as injuries hurt the Eagles all season.


Indianapolis Colts 21, Houston Texans 7

The Colts jumped out to a 21-0 lead that the Texans never seriously threatened, and Indianapolis moves on to the divisional round to face the No. 1-seeded Chiefs.

Los Angeles Chargers 23, Baltimore Ravens 17

The Chargers held off a furious Ravens rally in the fourth quarter to win on the road and advance to face New England in the divisional round.


Philadelphia Eagles 16, Chicago Bears 15

The Eagles scored a touchdown on fourth down to take the lead, then held on to win when a Cody Parkey field goal attempt hit the goalpost twice before bouncing no-good.

Dallas Cowboys 24 , Seattle Seahawks 22

The Cowboys improved to 8-1 in their past nine games and advance to the divisional round behind a strong performance from Ezekiel Elliott.