The NFL season is officially all the way down to its final 4 teams and we’ll be seeing some very familiar faces.
For the second yr in a row, the 49ers, Chiefs and Bengals are all within the conference title round. The one newcomer this yr is the Philadelphia Eagles, who’re playing within the NFC Championship for the primary time since 2017.
The Eagles will probably be hosting a 49ers team that knocked off the Cowboys on Sunday continuing Dallas’ 27-year drought and not using a conference title game appearance.
This the Eagles-49ers game will probably be give us a matchup of two of probably the most successful NFC teams of the twenty first century. Including this yr, the Eagles have now made it to seven NFC title games, which is probably the most of any NFC team since 2000. The 49ers are tied for the second-most with six. Although they’ve each made multiple appearances within the NFC tile game over the past twenty years, they’ve never played one another.
Within the AFC, we’ll be getting a rare rematch. The Bengals-Chiefs game will mark just the third time over the past 35 years that the AFC Championship has been a rematch. The last time it happened got here in 2011-12 (Ravens-Patriots), and before that, it hadn’t happened since 1986-87 (Browns-Broncos).
The AFC Championship can also be a rematch of a game played back in Week 13, which was won by the Bengals, 27-24. Cincinnati has played the Chiefs thrice since Jan. 1 2022 and the Bengals have won all three games.
With that in mind, here’s a take a look at your entire postseason schedule and bracket.
Super Wild Card Weekend
Saturday, Jan. 14
- (2) 49ers 41-23 over (7) Seahawks. The 49ers got a temporary 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 one in all 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 significant scare into the Bills. In the long run, 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 no less than 300 and two touchdowns while also adding no 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.
- (3) Bengals 24-17 over (6) Ravens. The Ravens had Cincinnati on the ropes for many of this game, however the Bengals were capable of escape with a win because of their defense, which got here up with one in all the most important plays in NFL postseason history. With the Ravens at Cincinnati’s one-yard line, Tyler Huntley fumbled and Sam Hubbard returned that fumble 98 yards for what ended up being the game-winning touchdown.
Monday, Jan. 16
- (5) Cowboys 31-14 over (4) Buccaneers. The Cowboys dominated this game from start to complete, and a giant reason why that happened was due to Dak Prescott, who had a historically big night. The Cowboys QB set a franchise record with five total touchdowns (4 pass, one rush) while also throwing for 305 yards. The one Cowboys player who struggled on this game was kicker Brett Maher, who missed an NFL-record 4 extra points. The Cowboys will now have to come to a decision in the event that they need to keep him around for Sunday’s game in San Francisco.
Saturday, Jan. 21
- (1) Chiefs 27-20 over (4) Jaguars. After leaving the sport within the second quarter as a result of a serious ankle injury, Patrick Mahomes returned within the second half to guide the Chiefs to the win. Playing on one foot didn’t appear to slow him down as he accomplished 10 of 15 passes for 107 yards after suffering the injury. The Chiefs’ defense also got here up with two key turnovers within the fourth quarter to assist propel Kansas City to its fifth straight AFC title game.
- (1) Eagles 38-7 over (6) Giants. The Eagles jumped out to a 28-0 halftime lead after which coasted to the win from there. The Eagles were capable of pick up the dominating win because of a defense that racked up five sacks and a rushing attack that totaled 268 yards on the bottom. Jalen Hurts also had a giant night, and more importantly, his shoulder looked fully healthy as he totaled three touchdowns (two passing and one rushing).
Sunday, Jan. 22
- (3) Bengals 27-10 over (2) Bills. The Bengals offense put up some big numbers, nevertheless it was the defense that stole the show on this game. The Bengals limited the Bills to only 10 points, which was Buffalo’s lowest total of the season. Cincinnati’s offense also got here through with a giant game that included 242 yards and two touchdowns from Joe Burrow together with 105 rushing yards from Joe Mixon.
- (2) 49ers 19-12 over (5) Cowboys. The 49ers earned their second-straight trip to the NFC Championship by winning a defensive battle with the Cowboys. The 49ers picked off Dak Prescott twice and got six points off those turnovers, and that proved to be the difference in the sport. Robbie Gould proved to be an enormous weapon for the 49ers, scoring 13 of their 19 points with 4 field goals and an additional point.
- (2) 49ers at (1) Eagles, 3 p.m. ET (Fox, stream on fuboTV). The NFC’s top-two seeds will probably be meeting in Philadelphia in what must be a showdown of epic proportions. The Eagles will probably be showing up with the NFL’s third-highest scoring offense from the 2022 season and the 49ers will probably be seeking to slow it down with a defense that gave up the fewest points within the NFL.
- (3) Bengals vs. (1) Chiefs 6:30 p.m. ET (CBS, stream on Paramount+). The Chiefs will get one other crack at taking down a Bengals team they only have not been capable of beat. Since January 2022, the Chiefs have gone 0-3 against the Bengals, including a loss in last yr’s AFC title game. It will game will mark the primary rematch within the AFC Championship because 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)