Why the Rams vs. Cardinals NFL playoff game is on Monday night in 2022

The only weekday playoff game this postseason is Monday, January 17, which will show the Rams vs. Cardinals on ABC and ESPN.

This is the first time a wild card game will take place on a weekday; typically, there are three games on Saturday and Sunday. However, this year there will be two games on Saturday, three on Sunday and one on Monday.

While this isn’t the first year ABC and ESPN have broadcast a playoff game, it is the first time these networks have aired a Monday night game.

Why is there a playoff game on Monday night?

In October, ESPN was awarded the rights to host a Monday night wild-card game for the next five seasons, including this season. The wild card game will be the only game ESPN will broadcast during the 2022 playoffs.

Last season, the NFL expanded the playoffs by adding an additional seed for each conference. With that addition, an additional game was added to the playoff schedule. So the move to Monday night works as a way to spread out the games a bit more instead of having three every day of the weekend.

What channel is Rams vs. Cardinals?

The main broadcast of the game will be on ABC and ESPN at 8:15 pm ET. The typical “Monday Night Football” announce crew will work the wild card game, including Steve Levy, Brian Griese, Louis Riddick, Lisa Salters and John Parry.

ESPN has presented “Monday Night Football” since 2006, so a game on ESPN on Monday night is not out of the ordinary. This season, ESPN2 began a show hosted by Peyton and Eli Manning called “Manningcast” that aired during 10 of the “Monday Night Football” games. The “Manningcast” will also be simulcast Monday night; this is the program’s first NFL playoff game.

2022 NFL playoff schedule

Wild Card Round

Saturday, January 15

Match start time television channel live broadcast
Raiders vs. Bengals 4:35 p.m. ET NBC Peacock, fuboTV
Patriots Against Bills 8:15 p.m. ET CBS supreme+, fuboTV

Sunday, January 16

Match start time television channel live broadcast
Eagles vs Buccaneers 1:05 p.m. Eastern Time Fox fuboTV
49ers vs cowboys 4:40 p.m. ET CBS, Nickelodeon Paramount+, Amazon Prime, fuboTV
steelers vs bosses 8:15 p.m. ET NBC Peacock, fuboTV

Monday, January 17

Match start time television channel live broadcast
Cardinals vs Rams 8:15 p.m. ET ESPN espn app, fuboTV

divisional round

Saturday, January 22

Match start time television channel live broadcast
AFC Divisional Round to be confirmed to be confirmed fuboTV
NFC Divisional Round to be confirmed to be confirmed fuboTV

Sunday, January 23

Match start time television channel live broadcast
AFC Divisional Round to be confirmed to be confirmed fuboTV
NFC Divisional Round to be confirmed to be confirmed fuboTV

conference championships

Sunday, January 30

Match start time television channel live broadcast
AFC Championship Game 3:05 p.m. Eastern Time CBS supreme+, fuboTV
NFC Championship Game 6:40 p.m. ET Fox fox Sports App, fuboTV

Super Bowl 56

Sunday, February 13

Match start time television channel live broadcast
Super Bowl 56 6:30 p.m. ET NBC nbc Sports App, fuboTV