Each year, NFL fans across the country look forward to Wild Card weekend. On the first weekend of the NFL playoffs, there are four games in total – two AFC Wild Card games, and two NFC Wild Card games. There is always some natural excitement associated with the playoffs getting started again, and there are usually at least one or two matchups which are particularly intriguing. For fans who are lucky enough to live in or near a city that will be hosting one of these games, securing tickets to see the game in person is sure to be a thrill.
The matchups for the AFC Wild Card games are set based on the seedings for the playoffs. Six teams make the AFC playoffs, with the top two teams getting a bye into the Divisional Round. That means the #3 seed will play the #6 seed on Wild Card weekend, and #4 will play #5. The two teams which make it through this first weekend of the AFC playoffs will go on the road to play against the top two seeds.
A Round Full of Excitement
Perhaps the most compelling thing about watching the Wild Card games during the NFL playoffs is the fact that there is so much change from year to year. You never really know what to expect on this first weekend, as it will often feature teams that haven’t made the playoffs in a while, along with teams that are perennial participants. In many years, teams like the New England Patriots and the Pittsburgh Steelers – who are so often featured in the AFC Playoffs – will have byes and will not play on this first weekend. That means other teams have a chance for the spotlight, and some great games have come out of the matchups that are created.
When are the AFC Wild Card Games?
The two AFC Wild Card games are played the first weekend after the completion of the regular season. One of the games will be played on Saturday, and the other on Sunday. The decision of which game will be played on which day is made shortly after the playoff matchups are set.
Where are the AFC Wild Card Games Played?
The games are played in the home stadium of the team which won its division during the regular season. The two wild card teams will play on the road during this first round.
How much do AFC Wild Card tickets cost?
The price of a ticket to an AFC Wild Card game will vary significantly from game to game and year to year. The price you will pay depends on the location of the game, teams involved, weather, and more.
When can you buy tickets?
The matchups – and locations – for the Wild Card round are usually not set until the last weekend of the regular season is complete. Tickets go on sale shortly thereafter.