The NFL’s longest regular season is now over and the focus has shifted to the 2022 NFL Playoffs and it began with Super Wild Card Weekend on Saturday as the Cincinnati Bengals won their first playoff game in 31 years, a 26-19 victory over the Las Vegas Raiders. The Bills crushed the Patriots in the nightcap, 47-17.
On Sunday, the Buccaneers took care of the Eagles, 31-15, and the 49ers upset the Cowboys 23-17.
The NFL expanded the 2021 regular-season schedule from 16 games to 17 and the addition of the 17th game pushed back the start of the playoffs one week, which also means the Super Bowl will be later this year (Feb. 13).
The 2021 NFL playoffs included six wild card games and the same is true for this year’s playoffs, with a minor exception, last year three of those games were played on Saturday and the remaining three took place on Sunday. This year, there will be two played on Saturday, three on Sunday and one on Monday night.
When do the 2022 NFL playoffs begin?Super Wild Card Weekend
Saturday, Jan. 15
(4) Bengals 26, (5) Raiders 19 (3) Bills 47, (6) Patriots 17
Sunday, Jan. 16
Monday, Jan. 17
Saturday, Jan. 22TBA vs. TBA, 4:35 p.m. ETTBA vs. TBA, 8:15 p.m. ET
Sunday, Jan. 23TBA vs. TBA, 3:05 p.m. ETTBA vs. TBA, 6:40 p.m. ET
Note: The Titans and Packers will both be hosting divisional round playoff games
Jan. 30AFC Championship3:05 p.m. ET (CBS)
NFC Championship6:40 p.m. ET (Fox)
Super Bowl LVI
Feb. 13AFC champion vs. NFC champion in Los Angeles, 6:30 p.m. ET (NBC)