The 2021 NFL playoffs continue Sunday with the final two divisional round games, and it starts with Chiefs vs. Browns on CBS.
Kansas City will be fresh following a first-round bye that came thanks to its spot as the AFC’s No. 1 seed. Cleveland was the second-lowest-seeded team to make the AFC bracket, the No. 6 team in a seven-team field. The Browns had to upset the Steelers in Pittsburgh in the wild-card round to earn the right to take on Patrick Mahomes.
The Browns were dominant early in Pittsburgh, rattling off 28 first-quarter points, a playoff record. But they made things interesting by allowing the Steelers back in the game before eventually holding on for their first playoff win since 1994.
All that excitement earned Cleveland the right to face Mahomes, Andy Reid and company in Arrowhead Stadium. Mahomes will likely lose out on the league MVP award this season to Aaron Rodgers, but the defending Super Bowl MVP remains one of the toughest quarterbacks in the league to slow down, especially when paired with receiver Tyreek Hill and tight end Travis Kelce.
The Browns’ best shot at an upset likely begins on the ground, where they can throw star Nick Chubb and former Chiefs back Kareem Hunt out for something approaching 40 combined carries. If Cleveland controls time of possession and caps off long rushing drives with scores, Baker Mayfield won’t need to outplay Mahomes on his own, because that’s unlikely to happen.
Below is all the info you need to watch Chiefs vs. Browns on Sunday, including the TV channels and kickoff time.
What channel is Chiefs vs. Browns on today?
- TV channel (national): CBS
- TV channel (Kansas City): KCTV
- TV channel (Cleveland): WOIO
- Live stream: CBS All Access | fuboTV
CBS had two broadcasts on wild-card weekend, but Chiefs vs. Browns is the only matchup broadcast on CBS in the divisional round. That means the network will send its top broadcast team to Kansas City, consisting of play-by-play man Jim Nantz and color commentator Tony Romo.
Romo called his wild card game from home after testing positive for COVID-19, but he’s expected to be in the stadium with Nantz for Chiefs vs. Browns.
In Canada, the Chiefs-Browns game is available to stream on DAZN, which offers a 30-day free trial, and is also being broadcast on TSN.
Chiefs vs. Browns start time
- Date: Sunday, Jan. 17
- Start time: 3:05 p.m. ET
After two divisional round games Saturday, Chiefs vs. Browns is the first of two Sunday. It’ll kick off at 3:05 p.m. ET, a start time the NFL only pulls out for the divisional and conference championship rounds of the playoffs.
In Kansas City, that’ll be a 2:05 p.m. local time start, and it should carry fans right into dinnertime.
NFL playoff schedule: Divisional round
Saturday, Jan. 16
|Matchup||Start time||TV channel||Live stream|
|Rams at Packers||4:35 p.m. ET||Fox||fuboTV|
|Ravens at Bills||8:15 p.m. ET||NBC||fuboTV|
Sunday, Jan. 17