With three fewer games in the Divisional Round, there’s still one more to go, and that’s Sunday night in Santa Clara, Calif., where the Cowboys take on the 49ers.
The winner of this game will move to Philadelphia in the NFC Championship. The Eagles advanced after a dominating 38-7 win over the Giants on Saturday night.
In the AFC, the Bengals came into Buffalo and absolutely outplayed the Bills on Sunday. The Bengals totaled over 400 yards of offense as they rode to a 27-10 win. The Bengals’ victory puts them in a rematch for the AFC title with the Chiefs, who beat the Jaguars, 27-20, on Saturday.
Although the Chiefs won, everyone in Kansas City will be holding their breath this week waiting to hear an update on the. The Chiefs QB suffered an ankle injury in the first quarter and missed most of the second quarter before coming back in the second half.
Kansas City is heading to the AFC Championship for the fifth straight season, which is tied with the 1973-77 Raiders for the second-longest streak in NFL history, behind only the Patriots (2011-18). If the Chiefs want to return to the Super Bowl, Mahomes will have to beat Joe Burrow for the first time (he’s 0-3 against the Bengals QB).
With that in mind, here’s an overview of the entire playoff schedule and bracket.
Super Wild Card Weekend
Saturday January 14
- (2) 49ers 41-23 over (7) Seahawks. The 49ers got a brief scare from the Seahawks one day when Seattle took a 17-16 halftime lead. But in the second half, San Francisco opened the game with a dominating performance. Brock Purdy threw for 332 yards while also becoming the first rookie in NFL history to total four touchdowns in a playoff game. (Purdy finished with three passing touchdowns and one rushing score).
- (4) 31-30 Jaguars on (5) loaders. The Jaguars won that game with one of the greatest comebacks in NFL history. The Jags fell behind, 27-0, early in the game largely due to four interceptions from Trevor Lawrence, but they bounced back to claim the stunning victory, thanks in large part to Lawrence, who threw four assists from hit.
Sunday January 15
- (2) Bills 34-31 on (7) Dolphins. The Dolphins entered this game as the biggest underdog in wild-round (+14) history and despite those odds, they still managed to scare the Bills. In the end, the Bills managed to avoid an upset thanks to Josh Allen (352 passing yards, three touchdowns) and a defense that offered several big plays, including two turnovers, four sacks and a fourth save that froze the game with only 2:30 to play.
- (6) Giants 31-24 against (3) Vikings. New York managed to upset Minnesota with a historic performance from Daniel Jones, who became the FIRST QB in NFL playoff history to throw at least 300 and two touchdowns while adding at least 70 rushing yards . Not only did Jones throw for 301 yards, but he was also the game’s leading rusher with 78 yards on 17 carries. The win over Minnesota marked the Giants’ first playoff win since beating the Patriots in Super Bowl XLVI in February 2012.
- (3) Bengals 24-17 vs. (6) Ravens. The Ravens had Cincinnati on the ropes for most of this game, but the Bengals were able to escape with a victory thanks to their defense, which made one of the biggest plays in the history of the playoffs of the NFL. With the Ravens at the Cincinnati yard line, Tyler Huntley fumbled and Sam Hubbard returned that 98-yard fumble for what ended up being the game-winning touchdown.
Monday January 16
- (5) Cowboys 31-14 against (4) Buccaneers. The Cowboys dominated that game from start to finish, and a big reason that happened was because of Dak Prescott, who had a historic big night. The Cowboys QB set a franchise record with five total touchdowns (four assists, one rush) while throwing for 305 yards. The only Cowboys player who struggled in that game was kicker Brett Maher, who missed an NFL record four extra runs. The Cowboys will now have to decide if they want to keep him for Sunday’s game in San Francisco.
Saturday January 21
- (1) Chiefs 27-20 over (4) Jaguars. After leaving the game in the second quarter with a serious ankle injury, Patrick Mahomes returned in the second half to lead the Chiefs to victory. Playing on one foot didn’t seem to slow him down as he completed 10 of 15 passes for 107 yards after suffering the injury. The Chiefs defense also pulled off two key turnovers in the fourth quarter to help propel Kansas City to its fifth straight AFC title game.
- (1) Eagles 38-7 against (6) Giants. The Eagles took a 28-0 halftime lead and then took the win from there. The Eagles pulled off the dominating victory with a defense that racked up five sacks and a rushing offense that totaled 268 rushing yards. Jalen Hurts also had a big night, and more importantly, his shoulder looked perfectly healthy as he tallied three touchdowns (two passing and one rushing).
Sunday January 22
- (3) Bengals 27-10 over (2) Bills. The Bengals offense put up big numbers, but it was the defense that stole the show in this game. The Bengals limited the Bills to just 10 points, which was Buffalo’s lowest total of the season. Cincinnati’s offense also culminated in a big game that included 242 yards and two touchdowns from Joe Burrow as well as 105 rushing yards from Joe Mixon.
- (5) Cowboys at (2) 49ers (-3.5), 6:30 p.m. ET (Fox, broadcast on fuboTV). The 49ers haven’t faced the Cowboys this year, but those two teams met last January in a playoff game that ended on the wire. The 49ers’ 23-17 wildcard victory last season was not decided until the Cowboys inexplicably called a QB draw in the final seconds, even though they had no timeouts. This game was played in Dallas, but this time the game will be played in San Francisco.
- 49ers/Cowboys at (1) Eagles, 3 p.m. ET (Fox, stream on fuboTV)
- (3) Bengals vs. (1) Chiefs 6:30 p.m. ET (CBS, stream on Paramount+). The Chiefs will have another shot at defeating a Bengals team they just couldn’t beat. Since January 2022, the Chiefs have gone 0-3 against the Bengals, including a loss in last year’s AFC title game. This game will mark the first AFC Championship rematch since the Ravens-Patriots in 2011 and 2012.
Super Bowl LVII
AFC Champion vs. NFC Champion at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona, 6:30 p.m. ET (Fox, stream on fuboTV)