NFL playoffs: everything you need to know about the Divisional Round weekend
Eight teams remain in the NFL playoffs and we’re just a few weeks away from knowing who’s going to the Super Bowl. Here’s what to know for round two.
The NFL Wild Card Weekend was full of surprises. We expected a 49ers win and a Cowboys win isn’t too big of a shock. But the Bengals and Bills struggling to get past the Ravens and Dolphins? The Giants defeating the Vikings? The Jaguars beating the Chargers? I did not see all that coming. It serves as a reminder that anything can happen in the NFL playoffs. Remember, last year no one was expecting a Bengals vs Rams Super Bowl, even during the post season. Who knows what to expect this season?
As we head into the Divisional Round of the playoffs, here is everything you need to know about the four remaining games and eight remaining teams.
NFL Playoff Bracket 2023
NFL Divisional Round playoff schedule and where to watch
There will be two games on Saturday and two games on Sunday. The first of the games will take place in the afternoon between two AFC teams and the night games will be between the NFC teams.
Saturday, January 21
Jaguars at Chiefs
Giants at Eagles
Sunday, January 22
Bengals at Bills
Cowboys at 49ers
NFL Divisional Round Matchups
No. 4 Jacksonville Jaguars at No. 1 Kansas City Chiefs
The Chiefs are the top seed in the AFC so they’ll play for the first time this week after earning the first-round bye. Trevor Lawrence led the Jaguars to an epic comeback win over the Chargers last week to now face Patrick Mahomes and AFC West foes at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City.
No. 3 Cincinnati Bengals at No. 2 Buffalo Bills
We are fortunate to get this matchup after their Week 17 game was canceled. We are also fortunate that Bills safety Damar Hamlin is recovering well and will be able to not only watch this game, but also possibly even attend in person. Though that game being canceled left the playoff seeding a mess, we are back in action now and will get to see these two great teams face off at Highmark Stadium. Both teams barely slipped past their Wild Card opponents, but they made it and now we’ll get to see one of the best matchups of the playoffs on Sunday afternoon.
No. 6 New York Giants at No. 1 Eagles
The Giants upset the Vikings in the Wild Card Round to give us an NFC East showdown with the No. 1 seed Philadelphia Eagles. Since the Eagles won the top seed in the NFC, they got to have last week off and will host the Giants at U.S. Bank Stadium on Saturday night. Jalen Hurts returned in Week 18 after a shoulder injury to help the Eagles beat the Giants and clinch that top seed. The Giants have won just two of their last eight games and will have their work cut out for them when they face Philly.
No. 5 Dallas Cowboys at No. 2 San Francisco 49ers
The Cowboys beat the Buccaneers and the Niners obliterated the Seahawks to bring us to a 2021 post season rematch. The Niners will host the Cowboys at Levi’s Stadium on Sunday night as rookie Brock Purdy will try to become just the fifth rookie QB to bring his team to the Conference title game. The Cowboys will have something to say about that though as they look to avenge yet another game this week.