1981 NFL Playoffs

The two wildcard teams (the two best non-division winners, regardless of division affiliation) met in the wildcard round. The winner advanced to the divisional round, to face the highest seeded team that was not a member of its same division. (Division opponents can only meet in the championship game). The third-best (lowest seeded) division winner played at the remaining division winner in the other semifinal. The league determined playoff seeding based on record among divisional winners, with the best record getting home field advantage throughout the playoffs.

WildCard Sunday

Oakland Raiders @ Pittsburgh Steelers


Dallas Cowboys @ Green Bay Packers


Divisional Round

Pittsburgh Steelers @ San Diego Chargers


Dallas Cowboys @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers


Buffalo Bills @ Cincinnati Bengals


San Francisco 49ers @ Philadelphia Eagles


Conference Championship

Dallas Cowboys @ Philadelphia Eagles


San Diego Chargers @ Cincinnati Bengals


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