The divisional round of the playoffs will be played today and Sunday following a Super Wild Card Weekend that wasn’t so super, and based on the matchups, it could be a very wild weekend.
The divisional round will be kicking off in Tennessee. After earning a first-round bye, the Titans will open up postseason play by hosting a Bengals team that’s fresh off their first playoff win in 31 years. That game, which is being played between two teams that have never won the Super Bowl, will kick off at 4:30 p.m. ET on Saturday.
The nightcap on Saturday will feature the top-seeded Packers kicking off their playoff run with a game against the 49ers at Lambeau Field, and yes, the tundra will almost certainly be frozen. The kickoff temperature in Green Bay is expected to be under 20 degrees.
On Sunday, the Rams will be traveling to Tampa Bay to take on the defending champion Buccaneers. The final game of the divisional round will be coming to us at 6:30 p.m. ET on Sunday and it will be giving us a rematch of last season’s AFC title game with the Bills traveling to Kansas City to play the Chiefs.
Here’s a look at the playoff schedule along with the results of each game that’s been played so far.
Super Wild Card Weekend
Saturday, Jan. 15
(4) Bengals 26-19 over (5) Raiders. The Bengals ended their 31-year playoff drought, but things definitely got dramatic before that happened. The Bengals’ win wasn’t clinched until Carr threw an interception from Cincinnati’s 9-yard line with 12 seconds left in the game. In his first playoff start ever, Joe Burrow threw two touchdown passes, while kicker Evan McPherson set a franchise record for playoff field goals with four.(3) Bills 47-17 over (6) Patriots. The Bills handed the Patriots a historical beatdown in a game that was never close. The Bills scored a touchdown on each of their first seven possessions, which is something that had never been done before by any playoff team in the Super Bowl era. The Bills’ offensive blitzkrieg was led by Josh Allen, who threw for 308 yards and five touchdowns on a night where the Bills totaled 482 yards.
Sunday, Jan. 16
(2) Buccaneers 31-15 over (7) Eagles. The Buccaneers jumped out to a 31-0 lead in this game and never looked back. Tom Brady threw two touchdown passes and then Tampa Bay’s defense did the rest with two interceptions and a sack of Jalen Hurts. (6) 49ers 23-17 over (3) Cowboys. The 49ers looked like they were on their way to a blowout win with a 23-7 lead in the fourth quarter, but then things took a dramatic turn after the Cowboys mounted a furious comeback to cut the lead to 23-17. However, the comeback fell just short with the Cowboys’ final drive of the game ending at San Francisco’s 24-yard line. (2) Chiefs 42-21 over (7) Steelers. The Steelers jumped out to an early 7-0 lead after scoring a defensive touchdown, but it was all Chiefs after that. Patrick Mahomes threw for 404 yards and five touchdowns as Kansas City rolled to a win that will now set up a rematch with a Bills team that beat the Chiefs earlier this season.
Monday, Jan. 17
(4) Rams 34-11 over (5) Cardinals. The Rams scored the first 28 points of this game and it was never close after that. A big reason the Rams were able to jump out to such a big lead is because the Cardinals offense fell on its face coming out of the gate. The first half was a total nightmare for an Arizona team that only totaled 40 yards in the first two quarters while also watching Kyler Murray throw a pick-six.Divisional Round
Saturday, Jan. 22
(4) Bengals at (1) Titans, 4:30 p.m. ET (CBS, Paramount+). The Bengals are in the divisional round for the first time in 31 years and they’ll be playing a Titans team that will likely have Derrick Henry on the field for the first time since October. (6) 49ers at (1) Packers, 8:15 p.m. ET (Fox). Aaron Rodgers gets a chance to beat the one team he hasn’t been able to knock off in the playoffs. The Packers quarterback is 0-3 all-time in the postseason against the 49ers, but he did lead Green Bay to a 30-28 win over San Francisco back in Week 3.
Sunday, Jan. 23
(4) Rams at (2) Buccaneers, 3:05 p.m. ET (NBC). Tom Brady and the Buccaneers will get a chance to avenge one of their losses from the regular season. Back in Week 3, the Rams beat the Buccaneers 34-24, but the big difference in that game is that it was played in Los Angeles, while this game will be played in Tampa, where the Bucs are 8-1 this year. (3) Bills at (2) Chiefs, 6:30 p.m. ET (CBS, Paramount+). In the most anticipated game of the divisional round, we’ll be getting a rematch of last season’s AFC title game. Although the Chiefs won that one, the Bills won the most recent game between these two teams when they won 38-20 in Kansas City back in Week 5. Championship Sunday
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)