Is there a Thursday night football game? NFL schedule, TV channels for the 2022 playoffs


The NFL hosted a “Monday Night Football” game a few days ago to close out the wild card round of the 2022 NFL Playoffs. “Thursday Night Football” match on the schedule.

The NFL’s “TNF” schedule typically ends a few weeks before the end of the regular season, as the league wants to give teams enough time to rest and prepare for their next opponent. As such, it seems highly unlikely that the league will add a Thursday playoff game to the mix, especially since there are only four games left to play.

Divisional round games will take place on Saturday and Sunday, making this the second week so far where NFL football has only taken place two days a week. The other came in week 18.

Here’s everything you need to know about “TNF” for the 2022 playoffs and what you can watch with the finished schedule for the season.

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Is there a Thursday night football game?

No, there is no Thursday Night Football game on Thursday January 20. “Thursday Night Football” has ended for this season and will not return until the start of the 2022 NFL regular season.

The first Thursday game of the NFL season is usually the season opener. That said, this has usually aired on NBC in the past, so it’s technically a “Sunday Night Football” game. As such, “TNF” will not be officially return until week two of the regular season, although NFL viewers will be treated to a Thursday night game during week one of the 2022 NFL season.

The final “TNF” game of the season aired Dec. 23, when the Titans beat the 49ers 20-17 in a back-and-forth. The NFL does not schedule Thursday games during the playoffs so teams can have enough time to rest, recover and prepare for their next opponent.

The NFL held a “Monday Night Football” game for the first time in the 2022 NFL Playoffs. The Rams crushed the Cardinals 34-11 in that game and will now face the Buccaneers on Sunday. It will be interesting to see if having one less rest day proves to be important in this game.

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Sports on TV today

“Thursday Night Football” is over not only for NFL fans, but also for college fans. So, football fans will have to turn to other sports for entertainment. Basketball and hockey make up the majority of TV programming, but if you want some late-night tennis, the Australian Open will air on ESPN2 starting at 9 p.m. ET.

Here’s a look at what you can watch during the timeslot normally occupied by ‘Thursday Night Football’.

  • NBA: Mavericks vs. Suns (7:30 p.m. ET, TNT) and Warriors vs. Pacers (10 p.m. ET, TNT)
  • NHL: Kings vs. Avalanche (9:30 p.m. ET, ESPN)
  • NCAAM: Memphis vs. SMU (7 p.m. ET, ESPN2)
  • NCAAW: NC State vs. Louisville (7:30 p.m. ET, ESPN)
  • Tennis: Australian Open (9 p.m. ET, ESPN2)

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2022 NFL playoff schedule

Divisional tower

Saturday January 22

Game Time (ET) Network Flux
Titans vs. Bengals 4:30 p.m. SCS fuboTV
Packers vs. 49ers 8:15 p.m. Fox fuboTV

Sunday January 23

Game Time (ET) Network Flux
Buccaneers vs. Cardinals/Rams 3 p.m. NBC fuboTV
Chiefs against bills 6:30 p.m. SCS fuboTV

Conference Championships

Sunday January 30

Match Start time TV channel Direct
AFC Championship game 3:05 p.m. ET SCS Paramount+, fuboTV
NFC Championship Game 6:40 p.m. ET Fox Fox Sports app, fuboTV

Super Bowl 56

Sunday February 13

Match Start time TV channel Direct
Super Bowl 56 6:30 p.m. ET NBC NBC Sports app, fuboTV

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