Super Bowl wild card matchups set to kick off

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After a hard-fought regular season, it’s time for the Super Bowl. To determine playoff matchups, the NFL uses a wild card system.

The winners of each of the eight divisions automatically get into the playoffs, while the six next-best teams from each conference compete in a single-game series to qualify for the playoffs.

Here’s how the games stack up this week.

On Saturday, Jan. 14, the San Fransisco 49ers take on the Seattle Seahawks in a wild card game. The 49ers won both games between the two teams this year. The game, played at San Fransisco’s Levi’s Stadium, kicks off at 2:30 p.m. MST.

Saturday evening, the defending Super Bowl Champions, the Los Angeles Chargers, will face the Jacksonville Jaguars in Jacksonville. The Jaguars won the only game between the two teams this season in a 38-10 victory. The game starts at 6:15 p.m. MST.

The following night, Sunday, Jan. 15, will see three more wild card games as the Miami Dolphins face the Buffalo Bills, the Baltimore Ravens play the Cincinnati Bengals and the New York Giants take on the Minnesota Vikings.

Monday, Jan. 16 marks the final wild card matchup in a contest between the Dallas Cowboys and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

The Super Bowl will be awarded on Sunday, Feb. 12.