After a wild and very stressful 2020 NFL regular season campaign, the playoffs have arrived! We have made it to a time that many thought would never come, but here we are and we have an amazing slate of football coming up over the next month. The odds on favorite all year long, the Kansas City Chiefs, finished 14-2 and a repeat title may be on the horizon, but not without its fair share of challengers. With the likes of Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers, Josh Allen, and a plethora of other superstars all vying for the same trophy, it seems as though Andy Reid and the Chiefs will have quite the uphill battle in front of them, even with a first round bye.
Speaking of which, in a year unlike any other, we will be receiving an NFL playoff experience unlike any other. Introducing the first ever Super Wild Card weekend that will feature 6 games over two days, January 9th and 10th. In years past the Wild Card weekend would only feature 4 games with 4 teams receiving byes, but this year we have an expanded playoff format which has allowed 14 teams, 7 from each division, into the hunt for a chance at the Super Bowl 55. As I said before, it is Kansas City’s race to lose. While Mahomes and company are the favorite, there is an exceptional field of suttors looking to dethrone the defending champions. There has been much conversation as to who will take home the Lombardi Trophy, should the Chiefs fall. Although accompanied by debate, it seems that the Buffalo Bills, Green Bay Packers, New Orleans Saints or Tampa Bay Buccaneers stand the best chance.
Looking forward to this weekend’s matchups, no game will be a walk in the park. Starting with Saturday’s games, at 10:05AM the Indianapolis Colts (11-5) will travel to Buffalo to take on a very talented Bills (13-3) team who seem to be making a case as a Super Bowl favorite. Then, at 1:40PM we will be getting an inner division matchup between the Seattle Seahawks (12-4) and their bitter rival, the Los Angeles Rams (10-6). These teams have faced off twice before, earlier this year, splitting the season series at one a piece. Finally, at 5:15PM, Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (11-5) will challenge the NFC East Champion, the Washington Football Team (7-9) in what many are predicting to be a battle between Washington’s defense and Tampa’s offensive attack. Sunday will begin with what looks like one of the most evenly matched games featuring the NFL’s rushing leader, Derrick Henry and the Tennessee Titans (11-5), versus the Baltimore Ravens (11-5). According to the oddsmakers, this will be the weekend’s most contested game with a spread of just 3.5 points in favor of the Ravens. Next, we will watch the New Orleans Saints (12-4), face off against an inconsistent Chicago Bears (8-8) team at 1:40PM. These two teams already played a very close, 26-23 OT victory for the Saints in week 7, but each team was facing considerable injury issues at the time. On Sunday night, the last game of the inaugural Super Wild Card Weekend will be between another set of divisional rivals at 5:15PM. For the first time since 2002, the Cleveland Browns (11-5) will be heading to the playoffs to battle with Pittsburgh Steelers (12-4) for the second week in a row.
Now that you know the details of the upcoming playoff race, the question now becomes where is the best place to watch this weekend’s back to back tripleheaders on Saturday and Sunday? That answer is simple, Tailgate Social! Tailgate Social is Las Vegas’ best new sports bar, located inside of Palace Station Casino just blocks from the strip. All weekend long we will be featuring a brand new take on our previously beloved “Weekend Football” deal. Now we are introducing our new “Wild Card Weekend” special of 50 cent chicken wings, $3 Bud Light Drafts and $3 House Shots! Whether your team wins, loses, or didn’t make the playoffs at all, join us at Tailgate Social for the best Super Wild Card weekend viewing in Las Vegas.