2021 NAIA Football Playoff Bracket, Results

The Lindsey Wilson Blue Raiders will have the chance to defend their 2020 national championship, as they were selected to be part of the 16-team NAIA playoff field.

The path to the NAIA national championship game began with games on Nov. 20. You can find results and pairings below. The championship game will be held on Saturday, Dec. 18, at Durham County Memorial Stadium in Durham, North Carolina.

NAIA played its 2020 season in the spring of 2021, with the Blue Raiders defeating Northwestern (IA) in the national championship game in May in Grambling, Louisiana. It was the Blue Raiders’ first national title.

The bracket is below.

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2021 NAIA Football Playoff Bracket

(All times eastern)

First-Round Games

Nov. 20

No. 1 Lindsey Wilson 48, No. 16 Montana Western 21

No. 2 Morningside 63, No. 15 Ottawa 38

No. 3 Grand View 38, No. 14 Dickinson State 13

No. 4 Northwestern (IA) 24, No. 13 Central Methodist 7

No. 10 Kansas Wesleyan def. No. 5 Indiana Wesleyan (IWU forfeited due to COVID-19 concerns)

No. 12 Keiser 16, No. 6 Reinhardt 13

No. 7 Marian 21, No. 9 Southwestern (KS) 17

No. 8 Concordia (MI) 47, No. 11 Saint Xavier 3

Nov. 27

Quarterfinals

No. 1 Lindsey Wilson, 54, No. 12 Keiser 12

No. 2 Morningside 54, No. 10 Kansas Wesleyan 21

No. 4 Northwestern (IA) 25, No. 7 Marian 20

No. 3 Grand View, 31, No. 8 Concordia (MI) 16

Dec. 4

No. 4 Northwestern (IA) vs. No. 2 Morningside, 1 p.m.

No. 3 Grand View vs. No. 1 Lindsey Wilson, 1:30 p.m.

Dec. 18

NAIA National Championship Game, Durham County Memorial Stadium in Durham, North Carolina

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