With 4 wild-card games now within the books, the divisional round is beginning to take shape, but before that may fully occur, there are still two games left to be played within the opening round of the NFL playoffs, and each games shall be played in primetime.
The Sunday night game will feature the Ravens traveling to Cincinnati, after which in the future later, the Cowboys and Buccaneers will close out Super Wild Card Weekend with a Monday night game in Tampa Bay.
If those two games are only half as exciting as the primary 4 games, then we must always be in for a wild ride. To this point, the wild-card round has given us the third-largest comeback win in NFL playoff history, which got here on Saturday when the Jaguars got here back from a 27-0 deficit to beat the Chargers.
The Dolphins almost sent shockwaves through the postseason, but their upset bid against Buffalo got here up just short in a 34-31 loss. One team who did pull off an upset was the Giants, who knocked the Vikings out of the playoffs with a 31-24 win in Minnesota.
The 49ers also advanced to the divisional round with a 41-23 win over the Seahawks on Saturday.
With that in mind, here’s a have a look at the complete postseason schedule. (And remember, there might be a neutral site AFC title game this yr: If the Bills and Chiefs find yourself playing one another within the AFC Championship Game, then the sport shall be played in Atlanta.)
Super Wild Card Weekend
Saturday, Jan. 14
- (2) 49ers 41-23 over (7) Seahawks. The 49ers got a transient scare from the Seahawks on a day where Seattle jumped put to a 17-16 halftime lead. But within the second half, San Francisco broke the sport open with a dominating performance. Brock Purdy threw for 332 yards while also becoming the primary rookie in NFL history to total 4 touchdowns in a playoff game. (Purdy finished with three passing touchdowns and one rushing rating).
- (4) Jaguars 31-30 over (5) Chargers. The Jaguars won this game by pulling off considered one of the most important comebacks in NFL history. The Jags fell behind, 27-0, early in the sport due largely to 4 interceptions from Trevor Lawrence, but they rebounded to tug off the stunning win, thanks largely to Lawrence, who threw 4 touchdown passes.
Sunday, Jan. 15
- (2) Bills 34-31 over (7) Dolphins. The Dolphins went into this game as the most important underdog within the history of the wild-card round (+14) and despite those odds, they were still capable of put a serious scare into the Bills. Ultimately, the Bills were capable of stave off the upset because of Josh Allen (352 passing yards, three touchdowns) and a defense that got here up with multiple big plays, including two turnovers, 4 sacks and a fourth-down stop that iced the sport with just 2:30 left to play.
- (6) Giants 31-24 over (3) Vikings. Recent York was capable of pull off the upset in Minnesota because of a historical performance from Daniel Jones, who became the FIRST QB in NFL playoff history to throw for not less than 300 and two touchdowns while also adding not less than 70 yards on the bottom. Not only did Jones throw for 301 yards, but he also the sport’s leading rusher with 78 yards on 17 carries. The win over Minnesota marked the Giants’ first playoff victory since they beat the Patriots in Super Bowl XLVI back in February 2012.
- (6) Ravens at (3) Bengals (-8), 8:15 p.m. ET (NBC, stream on fuboTV). With Lamar Jackson sidelined for a sixth straight game, the Ravens will lean on their defense and running attack, led by J.K. Dobbins. Joe Burrow and Co. are searching for back-to-back wins over their AFC North rivals.
Monday, Jan. 16
- (5) Cowboys at (4) Buccaneers (+2.5), 8:15 p.m. ET (ABC/ESPN, stream on fuboTV). If the Cowboys are going to advance to the divisional round, they will must do something they’ve never done: Beat Tom Brady. The Cowboys are 0-7 all time against the Buccaneers QB and that features a Week 1 loss where Tampa Bay topped Dallas 19-3.
Saturday, Jan. 21 and Sunday, Jan. 22
- (6) Giants at (1) Eagles
- Buccaneers/Cowboys at (2) 49ers
- Jaguars/Ravens at (1) Chiefs
- Jaguars/Bengals at (2) Bills
If the Bengals beat the Ravens, then Cincinnati will travel to Buffalo within the divisional round and Jacksonville will head to Kansas City. However, if the Ravens win, then Baltimore will travel to Kansas City while Jacksonville will head to Buffalo.
The NFL will announce the complete divisional round schedule sooner or later in the course of the wild-card round. If you desire to mark your calendar, we do know that the 49ers divisional round game shall be played on Sunday.
- NFC Championship, 3:05 p.m. ET (Fox)
- AFC Championship, 6:40 p.m. ET (CBS)
Super Bowl LVII
AFC Champion vs. NFC Champion at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona, 6:30 p.m. ET (Fox)