Sat. Feb 4th, 2023

The NFL season is formally right down to its closing 4 groups and we will be seeing some very acquainted faces. 

For the second 12 months in a row, the 49ers, Chiefs and Bengals are all within the convention title spherical. The one newcomer this 12 months is the Philadelphia Eagles, who’re taking part in within the NFC Championship for the primary time since 2017. 

The Eagles can be internet hosting a 49ers workforce that knocked off the Cowboys on Sunday persevering with Dallas’ 27-year drought and not using a convention title sport look. 

This the Eagles-49ers sport can be give us a matchup of two of probably the most profitable NFC groups of the twenty first century. Together with this 12 months, the Eagles have now made it to seven NFC title video games, which is probably the most of any NFC workforce since 2000. The 49ers are tied for the second-most with six. Though they’ve each made a number of appearances within the NFC tile sport over the previous 20 years, they’ve by no means performed one another. 

Within the AFC, we’ll be getting a uncommon rematch. The Bengals-Chiefs sport will mark simply the third time over the previous 35 years that the AFC Championship has been a rematch. The final time it occurred got here in 2011-12 (Ravens-Patriots), and earlier than that, it hadn’t occurred since 1986-87 (Browns-Broncos).

The AFC Championship can also be a rematch of a sport performed again in Week 13, which was received by the Bengals, 27-24. Cincinnati has performed the Chiefs thrice since Jan. 1 2022 and the Bengals have received all three video games. 

With that in thoughts, this is a have a look at the complete postseason schedule and bracket. 

Tremendous Wild Card Weekend

Saturday, Jan. 14

(2) 49ers 41-23 over (7) Seahawks. The 49ers acquired a quick scare from the Seahawks on a day the place Seattle jumped put to a 17-16 halftime lead. However within the second half, San Francisco broke the sport open with a dominating efficiency. Brock Purdy threw for 332 yards whereas additionally turning into the primary rookie in NFL historical past to complete 4 touchdowns in a playoff sport. (Purdy completed with three passing touchdowns and one speeding rating).
(4) Jaguars 31-30 over (5) Chargers. The Jaguars received this sport by pulling off one of many largest comebacks in NFL historical past. The Jags fell behind, 27-0, early within the sport due largely to 4 interceptions from Trevor Lawrence, however they rebounded to tug off the beautiful win, thanks largely to Lawrence, who threw 4 landing passes.  

Sunday, Jan. 15

(2) Payments 34-31 over (7) Dolphins. The Dolphins went into this sport as the most important underdog within the historical past of the wild-card spherical (+14) and regardless of these odds, they had been nonetheless in a position to put a significant scare into the Payments. Ultimately, the Payments had been in a position to stave off the upset due to Josh Allen (352 passing yards, three touchdowns) and a protection that got here up with a number of massive performs, together with two turnovers, 4 sacks and a fourth-down cease that iced the sport with simply 2:30 left to play. 
(6) Giants 31-24 over (3) Vikings. New York was in a position to pull off the upset in Minnesota due to a historic efficiency from Daniel Jones, who grew to become the FIRST QB in NFL playoff historical past to throw for not less than 300 and two touchdowns whereas additionally including not less than 70 yards on the bottom. Not solely did Jones throw for 301 yards, however he additionally the sport’s main rusher with 78 yards on 17 carries. The win over Minnesota marked the Giants’ first playoff victory since they beat the Patriots in Tremendous Bowl XLVI again in February 2012. 
(3) Bengals 24-17 over (6) Ravens. The Ravens had Cincinnati on the ropes for many of this sport, however the Bengals had been in a position to escape with a win due to their protection, which got here up with one of many largest performs in NFL postseason historical past. 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 landing. 

Monday, Jan. 16

(5) Cowboys 31-14 over (4) Buccaneers. The Cowboys dominated this sport from begin to end, and an enormous motive why that occurred was due to Dak Prescott, who had a traditionally massive evening. The Cowboys QB set a franchise report with 5 complete touchdowns (4 move, one rush) whereas additionally throwing for 305 yards. The one Cowboys participant who struggled on this sport was kicker Brett Maher, who missed an NFL-record 4 additional factors. The Cowboys will now should determine in the event that they need to preserve him round for Sunday’s sport in San Francisco.  

Divisional Spherical

Saturday, Jan. 21 

(1) Chiefs 27-20 over (4) Jaguars. After leaving the sport within the second quarter because of a critical ankle damage, Patrick Mahomes returned within the second half to guide the Chiefs to the win. Taking part in on one foot did not appear to sluggish him down as he accomplished 10 of 15 passes for 107 yards after struggling the damage. The Chiefs’ protection additionally got here up with two key turnovers within the fourth quarter to assist propel Kansas Metropolis to its fifth straight AFC title sport. (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 had been in a position to choose up the dominating win due to a protection that racked up 5 sacks and a speeding assault that totaled 268 yards on the bottom. Jalen Hurts additionally had an enormous evening, and extra importantly, his shoulder regarded absolutely wholesome as he totaled three touchdowns (two passing and one speeding). 

Sunday, Jan. 22

(3) Bengals 27-10 over (2) Payments. The Bengals offense put up some massive numbers, but it surely was the protection that stole the present on this sport. The Bengals restricted the Payments to only 10 factors, which was Buffalo’s lowest complete of the season. Cincinnati’s offense additionally got here via with an enormous sport that included 242 yards and two touchdowns from Joe Burrow together with 105 speeding yards from Joe Mixon. (2) 49ers 19-12 over (5) Cowboys. The 49ers earned their second-straight journey to the NFC Championship by profitable a defensive battle with the Cowboys. The 49ers picked off Dak Prescott twice and acquired six factors off these turnovers, and that proved to be the distinction within the sport. Robbie Gould proved to be an enormous weapon for the 49ers, scoring 13 of their 19 factors with 4 discipline targets and an additional level. 

Championship Sunday

Jan. 29

NFC Championship

(2) 49ers at (1) Eagles, 3 p.m. ET (Fox, stream on fuboTV). The NFC’s top-two seeds can be assembly in Philadelphia in what must be a showdown of epic proportions. The Eagles can be displaying up with the NFL’s third-highest scoring offense from the 2022 season and the 49ers can be seeking to sluggish it down with a protection that gave up the fewest factors within the NFL. 

AFC Championship

(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 workforce they simply have not been in a position to beat. Since January 2022, the Chiefs have gone 0-3 towards the Bengals, together with a loss in final 12 months’s AFC title sport. This may sport will mark the primary rematch within the AFC Championship for the reason that Ravens-Patriots in 2011 and 2012. 

Tremendous Bowl LVII

Feb. 12

AFC Champion vs. NFC Champion at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona, 6:30 p.m. ET (Fox, stream on fuboTV)

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