The NFL wild-card round is over, with eight teams left in the hunt for a Super Bowl title. The Rams moved on Monday night in the final game of the wild-card round while the Cardinals went home.
It has been a good postseason so far for the favorites, with the only division champion falling in the playoffs being the Cowboys in a narrow defeat to the 49ers on Sunday. Several games delivered blowouts, with the Bills demolishing the Patriots, the Buccaneers running away from the Eagles, the Chiefs blowing out the Steelers and the Rams routing the Cardinasl. The Bengals edged the Raiders with a last-second goal-line interception to deliver Cincinnati its first playoff win since 1991.
When the NFL is back in action next weekend, all the remaining teams will be back on the field. The Titans and Packers got to rest this weekend and watch the games from home, but will now have to defend their home fields, with Tennessee set to face Cincinnati and Green Bay preparing to play San Francisco. The only team that left Sunday unsure of its opponent was the Buccaneers. They now knows they will face the Rams.
Below is a look at the NFL playoff picture heading into the divisional round, including information on matchups and a TV schedule of the games.
NFL playoff bracket 2022
- Tennessee Titans vs. 4. Cincinnati Bengals
- Kansas City Chiefs vs. 3. Buffalo Bills
- Green Bay Packers vs. 6. San Francisco 49ers
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. 4. Los Angeles Rams
NFL divisional round matchups
1. Tennessee Titans vs. 4. Cincinnati Bengals
The Titans will be back in action on Saturday after resting in the wild-card round, and this time, they’ll be playing again with star running back Derrick Henry, who has missed much of the season with a fractured foot. He’ll face a tough rushing defense in Cincinnati, however, that allowed the fifth-fewest rushing yards to opposing teams during the regular season. And the Titans, who allowed the eighth-most passing yards this season, will have to slow down Joe Burrow and the dynamic Bengals’ wide receivers.
2. Kansas City Chiefs vs. 3. Buffalo Bills
The Bills avenged their defeat to Kansas City in the 2021 AFC Championship Game by taking down the Chiefs 38-20 when the two teams met in Week 5 this season. The Chiefs had no answer for the dual-threat ability of Josh Allen, who passed for 315 yards and three touchdowns and rushed for 59 yards and another score. But since that loss, the Chiefs have gone 11-2, and are clicking on all cylinders after Patrick Mahomes threw five touchdowns against the Steelers in the wild-card win.
1. Green Bay Packers vs. 6. San Francisco 49ers
Aaron Rodgers has not gotten his team to the Super Bowl since 2010 despite having reached the playoffs eight times since then. Three times during that stretch, it has been the 49ers that has eliminated Green Bay from the postseason. Rodgers has never beaten San Francisco in the playoffs, but for only the second time, the game will be held at Lambeau Field. Can the Packers reach the NFC Championship for the third straight year, or will San Francisco again end Green Bay’s title hopes?
2. Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. 4. Los Angeles Rams
The Buccaneers had no problem winning their fifth straight playoff game as they took down the Eagles 31-15. Tampa Bay lost to the Rams 32-24 earlier this season.
NFL playoff schedule: Divisional round
There will be two games each on Saturday and Sunday, in the mid-afternoon and in the evening.
The first day will feature both No. 1 seeds. The Titans and Bengals will open the round on CBS before the Packers and 49ers play that evening. The reigning conference champions will each take the field Sunday, starting with Tom Brady and the Buccaneers taking on the Rams. The final game of the weekend will be a 2021 AFC championship rematch between the Chiefs and Bills.
Below is the full TV schedule for the divisional round.
Saturday, Jan. 22
|Titans vs. Bengals||4:30 p.m.||CBS||fuboTV|
|Packers vs. 49ers||8:15 p.m.||Fox||fuboTV|
Sunday, Jan. 23
|Buccaneers vs. Cardinals/Rams||3 p.m.||NBC||fuboTV|
|Chiefs vs. Bills||6:30 p.m.||CBS||fuboTV|
NFL playoff bracket, seeds 2022
|1.||Tennessee Titans||12-5||First-round bye|
|2.||Kansas City Chiefs||12-5||Def. No. 7 Steelers 42-21|
|3.||Buffalo Bills||11-6||Def. No. 6 Patriots 47-17|
|4.||Cincinnati Bengals||10-7||Def. No. 5 Raiders 26-19|
|1.||Green Bay Packers||13-4||First-round bye|
|2.||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||13-4||Def. No. 7 Eagles 31-15|
|4.||Los Angeles Rams||12-5||Def. No. 5 Cardinals 34-11|
|6.||San Francisco 49ers||10-7||Def. No. 3 Cowboys 23-17|