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NFL playoff schedule: Patriots-Bills Round 3 will be a wild-card game on Saturday in Buffalo

The NFL playoffs start with the wild-card weekend.Rick Osentoski/Associated Press

The Patriots will face the Bills for a third time this season, but this time the winner will advance in the NFL playoffs and the loser will go home.

The Raiders’ victory over the Chargers in Sunday night’s final game of the regular season left the Patriots with the No. 6 seed in the AFC playoffs and a Saturday date in Buffalo. Kickoff is scheduled for 8:15 p.m. for the wild-card round game.

The Bills won the AFC East title and the conference’s No. 3 seed on Sunday by virtue of a win over the Jets, while the Patriots fell to No. 6 after losing to the Dolphins. The Patriots defeated the Bills in a wind-swept early December showdown on Monday Night Football. The Bills won the rematch three weeks later in Foxborough.

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If the Chargers had defeated the Raiders Sunday, the Patriots would have played the Bengals in Cincinnati in the wild-card round of the playoffs.

Here’s a rundown of the NFL playoff schedule, plus key dates for the rest of the postseason.

See the Week 18 scoreboard here.

AFC playoffs: seeding and wild-card schedule

No. 1 seed: Titans (bye)

No. 5 Raiders at No. 4 Bengals: Saturday, 4:30 p.m.

No. 6 Patriots at No. 3 Bills: Saturday, 8:15 p.m.

No. 7 Steelers at No. 2 Chiefs: Sunday, 8:15 p.m.

NFC playoffs: seeding and wild-card schedule

No. 1 seed: Packers (bye)

No. 5 Cardinals at No. 4 Rams: Monday, 8:15 p.m.

No. 6 49ers at No. 3 Cowboys: Sunday, 4:30 p.m.

No. 7 Eagles at No. 2 Buccaneers: Sunday, 1 p.m.

2022 NFL playoffs schedule

Divisional rounds

AFC Divisional Round: Saturday, Jan. 22, and Sunday, Jan. 23, date and network TBD

NFC Divisional Round: Saturday, Jan. 22, and Sunday, Jan. 23, date and network TBD

Conference championships

AFC Championship Game: Sunday, Jan. 30 (3:05 p.m., CBS)

NFC Championship Game: Sunday, Jan. 30 (6:40 p.m., Fox)

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Super Bowl LVI

Sunday, Feb. 13 (6:30 p.m., NBC)

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Amin Touri can be reached at amin.touri@globe.com.