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Who will play who for each team’s 17th game on the 2021 NFL schedule

The NFL is finalizing details for the 17th week of games to be added to the 2021 schedule.

A detailed view of the NFL logo on the field before the game between the Los Angeles Chargers and the New England Patriots at SoFi Stadium on December 06, 2020 in Inglewood, California. Photo by Katelyn Mulcahy/Getty Images

UPDATE: The NFL announced the 17th game addition on Tuesday, March 30th, making what has been discussed official. The press release formally confirms what Albert Breer reported in December. The full schedule of games is listed below. The AFC will host all 16 additional games. The AFC East will host the NFC East, the AFC North will host the NFC West, the AFC South will host the NFC Sout, and the AFC West will host the NFC North.

The NFL will be making the move to a 17-game schedule in 2021, per multiple reports, and we’re starting to get an idea who each team will play. SI’s Albert Breer broke down the formula for the 17th game.

The NFL schedule is not released until April, but the formula for each team’s list of opponents allows us to figure out full opponents by the end of Week 17. Along with six divisional games, each NFL team faces all three teams in their own division, all four teams from a division in the opposing conference, all four team from another division in their own conference, and then the team in each of the remaining two same conference divisions based on order of finish.

The 17th game will add an inter-conference game to each team’s schedule. We can grab an example from the NFC West/AFC North crossover. The 49ers have clinched last place in the NFC West and the Bengals have clinched last place in the AFC North. That means they will face each other as their respective 17th game. It’s not entirely clear which team will host the matchup.

Below is a list of each matchup that will make up the 17th team on a given schedule. We’ll update this list as standings finalize. If they have TBD next to their name, their current position in the standings could change in Week 17.

Washington Football Team @ Buffalo Bills
New York Giants @ Miami Dolphins
Dallas Cowboys @ New England Patriots
Philadelphia Eagles @ New York Jets

New Orleans Saints @ Tennessee Titans
Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ Indianapolis Colts
Carolina Panthers @ Houston Texans
Atlanta Falcons @ Jacksonville Jaguars

Green Bay Packers @ Kansas City Chiefs
Chicago Bears @ Las Vegas Raiders
Minnesota Vikings @ Los Angeles Chargers
Detroit Lions @ Denver Broncos

Seattle Seahawks @ Pittsburgh Steelers
Los Angeles Rams @ Baltimore Ravens
Arizona Cardinals @ Cleveland Browns
San Francisco 49ers @ Cincinnati Bengals