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The 2021 NFL season was the 102nd season of the National Football League (NFL). The regular season started with the NFL Kickoff Game on September 9, in which the Buffalo Bills defeated defending Super Bowl LV champions Tampa Bay 23-17. The season concluded with the Cleveland Browns defeating the Dallas Cowboys 28-5 in Super Bowl LVI at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California on February 13, 2021. This was the first season in which there was a 17 game schedule, expanded from the 16 games that was used the previous season. The Pro Bowl was won by the NFC 35-34, and the MVP was won by Josh Allen.

Regular Season

Highlights of the 2021 season included:

  • NFL Kickoff Game: The 2021 season was played on on September 9, 2021, in Tampa Bay, Florida. The Buffalo Bills beat the Tampa Bay Buccaners 23-17, known as the "Queen City Miracle".
  • Thanksgiving: As has been the case since 2006, three games were played on Thursday, November 25. These games include, the Minnesota Vikings beating the Detroit Lions 35-14, the Arizona Cardinals beating the Dallas Cowboys 28-23, and the Jacksonville Jaguars defeating the Indianapolis Colts 17-7.
  • Christmas: Christmas Day in 2021 fell on a Saturday and one game was played, which was the Seattle Seahawks defeating the San Francisco 49ers 49-34.

Postseason

Away Home Location Date Network
Los Angeles Chargers (11-6) 10 Baltimore Ravens (14-3) 17 M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore, Maryland January 15, 2022, 1:00 PM EST CBS
Seattle Seahawks (12-5) 28 Los Angeles Rams (14-3) 24 SoFi Stadium, Inglewood, California January 15, 2022, 4:45 PM EST Fox
San Francisco 49ers (11-6) 17 Dallas Cowboys (9-8) 34 AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas January 15, 2022, 8:15 PM EST NBC
Cleveland Browns (12-5) 24 Tennessee Titans (10-7) 17 Nissan Stadium, Nashville, Tennessee January 16, 2022, 1:00 PM EST ESPN/ABC
New Orleans Saints (9-8) 35 Green Bay Packers (14-3) 7 Lambeau Field, Green Bay, Wisconsin January 16, 2022, 4:45 PM EST CBS/Nickelodeon
Miami Dolphins (11-6) 28 Kansas City Chiefs (13-4) 25 Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri January 16, 2022 8:15 EST NBC

Divisional Round

Away Home Location Date Network
New Orleans Saints (10-8) 9 Tampa Bay Buccaneers (15-2) 31 Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Florida January 22, 2022, 4:05 PM EST Fox
Cleveland Browns (13-5) 24 Baltimore Ravens (15-3) 20 M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore, Maryland January 22, 2022, 8:15 PM EST NBC
Miami Dolphins (12-6) 3 Buffalo Bills (16-1) 13 Bills Stadium, Buffalo, New York January 23, 2022, 3:05 PM EST CBS
Seattle Seahawks (13-5) 10 Dallas Cowboys (10-8) 28 January 23, 2022, 6:40 PM EST AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas Fox

Conference Championship

Away Home Location Date Network
Cleveland Browns (14-5) 34 Buffalo Bills (17-1) 20 Bills Stadium, Buffalo, New York January 30, 2022, 3:05 PM EST CBS
Dallas Cowboys (11-8) 20 Tampa Bay Buccaneers (16-2) 17 Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Florida January 30, 2022, 6:40 PM EST Fox

Super Bowl LVI

Away Home Location Date Network MVP
Dallas Cowboys (12-8) 5 Cleveland Browns (15-5) 28 SoFi Stadium, Inglewood, California February 13, 2022, 6:30 PM EST NBC Baker Mayfield (CLE)
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