Monday Night Wild Card Game Is a Super Idea For NFL

While January’s NFL Super Wild Card weekend is over three months from now, the third week of any season is never too early to look at the NFL playoffs. All teams are trying their hardest to be one of 14 teams remaining for the NFL playoffs beginning this January.

This season, the NFL playoffs will include the first Wild Card game happening on a Monday night. After a wonderful success of six Wild Card games last year, the NFL is changing its schedule for Wild Card weekend this January. There will no longer be six Wild Card games taking place over just two days.

There will be two Saturday, three Sunday, and the first Monday night playoff game, which will take place in primetime on Jan. 17. Last season, there were three Wild Card games on both Saturday and Saturday.

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After three decades of no significant Wild Card round adjustments, this move is the second straight year with a significant change to the NFL’s first playoff round.

Official NFL statement:

For 16 weeks, Monday Night Football is always an option during the regular season. There have been questions over whether a playoff game could take place on Monday. Now, two teams will be playing Wild Card weekend on a Monday night.

For the NFL, a Monday night playoff game will mean another monster rating and a chance to garner America’s sports attention. With the NFL playoffs also starting five days after the College Football Playoff National Championship in Indianapolis, college football and the NFL will also not be vying for viewers on the same night.

While the teams playing Monday night will be at a rest disadvantage afterward, this game will impact everyone taking part in the NFL’s first Monday night playoff game.

Do you imagine what would happen if Tom Brady, Patrick Mahomes, Aaron Rodgers, or Russell Wilson played in that first Monday playoff game? Defensively, several stars including Aaron Donald, Jalen Ramsey, T.J. Watt, and Bobby Wagner would love the chance to show their defenses.

While teams cannot dream of a playoff game in September, all NFL fans can look forward to the craziest, wildest, and most anticipated Monday night game in History on Jan. 17.


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