With five wild card games on the books, the Division Round is starting to take shape, but before that can happen in full, one more game has to be played in the opening round of the NFL playoffs: Cowboys at Buccaneers.
Those two teams wrap up Super Wild Card Weekend with a Monday night game in Tampa Bay.
If that game is half as exciting as any other wild card game, then we should be on a crazy ride. So far, the wild card round has given us the third-biggest comeback win in NFL playoff history, which came on Saturday as the Jaguars came back from a 27-0 deficit to beat the Chargers.
The Dolphins nearly sent shockwaves through the postseason, but their upset bid against Buffalo fell just short in a 34-31 loss. The Ravens also came close to an astronomical upset before falling to the Bengals 24-17. One team that did get upset was the Giants, who knocked the Vikings out of the playoffs with a 31–24 win in Minnesota.
The 49ers also advanced to the divisional round with a 41-23 victory over the Seahawks on Saturday.
With that in mind, here’s a look at the full post-season schedule. (And don’t forget there could be a neutral AFC title game this year: If the Bills and Chiefs play each other in the AFC Championship Game, the game will be played in Atlanta.)
Super Wild Card Weekend
Saturday January 14
- (2) 49ers 41-23 over (7) Seahawks. The 49ers got a brief scare from the Seahawks on a day when Seattle jumped to a 17–16 halftime lead. But in the second half, San Francisco broke open the game with a dominant performance. Brock Purdy threw for 332 yards and became the first rookie in NFL history to total four touchdowns in a playoff game. (Purdy finished with three passing touchdowns and one rushing score).
- (4) Jaguars 31-30 left (5) Chargers. The Jaguars won this game by pulling off one of the greatest comebacks in NFL history. The Jags fell behind 27-0 early in the game, largely due to four interceptions by Trevor Lawrence, but they recovered to get the stunning victory, largely due to Lawrence, who threw four touchdown passes.
Sunday January 15
- (2) Bills 34-31 above (7) Dolphins. The Dolphins went into this game as the biggest underdog in wild card round history (+14) and despite those odds, they were still able to give the Bills a good scare. In the end, the Bills were able to stave off the upset thanks to Josh Allen (352 passing yards, three touchdowns) and a defense that came up with multiple big plays, including two turnovers, four sacks and a fourth downstop that was ice cold. the game with only 2:30 left to play.
- (6) Giants 31-24 over (3) Vikings. New York was able to get upset in Minnesota thanks to a historic performance by Daniel Jones, who became the FIRST QB in NFL playoff history to throw for at least 300 and two touchdowns, while also throwing at least 70 yards on the added soil. Not only did Jones throw for 301 yards, but he was the game’s leading rusher with 78 yards on 17 carries. The win over Minnesota marked the Giants’ first playoff win since defeating the Patriots in Super Bowl XLVI in February 2012.
- (3) Bengal 24-17 over (6) Raven. The Ravens had Cincinnati in control for most of this game, but the Bengals managed to escape with a victory thanks to their defense, which came on with one of the greatest plays in NFL postseason history. With the Ravens on 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 January 16
- (5) Cowboys at (4) Buccaneers (+2.5), 8:15 p.m. ET (ABC/ESPN, streaming on fuboTV). If the Cowboys want to advance to the Division Round, they’ll have to do something they’ve never done before: beat Tom Brady. The Cowboys are 0-7 all-time against the Buccaneers QB and that includes a Week 1 loss where Tampa Bay defeated Dallas 19-3.
Saturday January 21
- (4) Jaguars at (1) Chiefs, 4:30 p.m. ET (NBC)
- (6) Giants at (1) Eagles, 8:15 p.m. ET (Fox)
Sunday January 22
- (3) Bengals at (2) Bills, 3 p.m. ET (CBS)
- (5) Cowboys or (4) Buccaneers at (2) 49ers, 6:30 PM ET (Fox)
- NFC Championship, 3:05 p.m. ET (fox)
- AFC Championship, 6:40 p.m. ET (CBS)
Super Bowl IVII
12th of February
AFC Champion vs. NFC champion at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona, 6:30 p.m. ET (Fox)