After Super Wild Card Weekend, which certainly lives up to its name, the divisional round has been set for the coming weekend.
The Cowboys were the last team to make it to the divisional round, and they did so that Monday night by destroying the Buccaneers. The victory over Tampa Bay now brings the Cowboys a trip to San Francisco to face the 49ers that knocked them out of the playoffs last season.
In another NFC game, the Giants will travel to Philadelphia to face the Eagles, who have already beaten them twice this year. With the Giants, Cowboys and Eagles in the divisional round, this would be the first time since NFC Central in 1997 that.
At the AFC, Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs will play their first game of the postseason when they host the Jaguars on Saturday. The heavyweight matchup in the AFC will take place on Sunday when the Bills take on the Bengals. The two teams were supposed to play each other in week 17, but the game was canceled after a frightening incident that caused Damar Hamlin to go into cardiac arrest in the first quarter.
Hamlin is now back in Buffalo, where he continues to recover.
With that in mind, here’s a look at the entire postseason schedule and grid.
Weekend Super Wild Card
Saturday, January 14
- (2) 49ers 41-23 over (7) Seahawks. The 49ers briefly spooked the Seahawks on the day Seattle took a 17–16 lead at halftime. But in the second half, San Francisco opened the game with a dominant play. Brock Purdy threw for 332 yards and also became the first rookie in NFL history to throw for four touchdowns in a playoff game. (Purdy finished with three passing touchdowns and one rushing count.)
- (4) Jaguars 31-30 and (5) Chargers. The Jaguars won that game with one of the biggest comebacks in NFL history. The Jags trailed 27-0 early in the game, due in large part to Trevor Lawrence’s four interceptions, but they bounced back to a stunning victory, thanks in large part to Lawrence, who scored four touchdowns.
Sunday, January 15
- (2) Bills 34-31 over (7) Dolphins. The Dolphins entered this game as the biggest underdog in wildcard round history (+14), and despite those odds, they still managed to seriously scare the Bills. In the end, the Bills were able to stave off disappointment thanks to Josh Allen (352 passing yards, three touchdowns) and a defense that put in several big plays, including two turnovers, four sacks and a fourth down that froze. game with only 2:30 left.
- (6) Giants 31-24 over (3) Vikings. New York was able to recover from a loss in Minnesota thanks to a historic performance by Daniel Jones, who became the FIRST quarterback in NFL playoff history with at least 300 shots, two touchdowns, and at least 70 yards on the ground. Jones not only threw for 301 yards, but led the game with 78 yards on 17 carries. The victory over the Minnesota was the Giants’ first playoff victory since they defeated the Patriots in Super Bowl XLVI in February 2012.
- (3) Bengals 24-17 over (6) Ravens. The Ravens kept Cincinnati on their toes for most of that game, but the Bengals were able to pull away with a win thanks to their defense, which was one of the biggest games in NFL postseason history. With the Ravens on the Cincinnati one-yard line, Tyler Huntley fumbled and Sam Hubbard returned that fumble for 98 yards for the game-winning touchdown.
Monday, January 16
- (5) Cowboys 31-14 over (4) Buccaneers. The cowboys dominated this game from start to finish, and the main reason it happened was because Duck Prescott had a historically big night. Cowboys QB set a franchise record with five touchdowns (four passes, one rush) and also threw for 305 yards. The only Cowboys player to struggle in that game was kicker Brett Maher, who missed an NFL-record four extra points. Now the Cowboys will have to decide if they want to keep him at Sunday’s game in San Francisco.
Saturday, January 21
- (4) Jaguars at (1) Chiefs (-8.5), 4:30 pm ET (NBC). After a one-week break, the Chiefs will open their postseason run with a game against the Jaguars they actually played earlier this season. Back in Week 10, the Chiefs beat the Jags 27–17 in a game that saw Kansas City take a 20–0 lead before taking the win.
- (6) Giants at (1) Eagles (-7.5), 8:15 pm ET (Fox). The two division rivals will meet for the third time this season, and the Giants hope the outcome of this game will be different from the outcome of the first two, which Philadelphia won. This will be the 25th time in NFL history that a team has beaten a divisional rival in the regular season and then faced him again in the playoffs. A team that went 2-0 in the regular season won three matches 15 times out of 24.
Sunday, January 22
- (3) Bengals at (2) Bills (-5), 3pm ET (CBS). This game will be played exactly 20 days after their original game was canceled due to the Damar Hamlin situation. Now that Hamlin is back home in Buffalo, it wouldn’t be surprising if he attends this game.
- (5) Cowboys at (2) 49ers (-4), 6:30 pm ET (Fox). The 49ers didn’t play the Cowboys this year, but the two teams met last January in a playoff game that ended. The 49ers’ 23-17 win last season wasn’t decided until the Cowboys inexplicably called a QB tie in the final seconds even though they had no timeouts. That game was played in Dallas, but this time the game will be played in San Francisco.
- NFC Championship 3:00 pm ET (Fox)
- AFC Championship 6:30 pm ET (CBS)
Note: If the Bills and Chiefs end up playing each other in the AFC Championship, then the game will be played at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta.
Super Bowl LVII
12th of February
AFC Champion vs. NFC Champion at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona 6:30 pm ET (Fox)