2023 NFL playoffs bracket: Divisional round schedule, TV, odds as Cowboys and 49ers renew playoff rivalry

Super Wild Card Weekend was wild to say the least. Saturday, the San Francisco 49ers went on a 25-point run within the second half to defeat the rival Seattle Seahawks, and Trevor Lawrence threw 4 straight touchdowns after throwing 4 straight interceptions to finish the third-largest comeback in NFL historical past after being down 27 -0 to the Los Angeles Chargers. Sunday was filled with surprises as effectively.

Skylar Thompson and the Miami Dolphins gave the Buffalo Bills fairly the scare, the New York Giants upset the Minnesota Vikings in Minneapolis behind an awesome efficiency from Daniel Jones and then the Cincinnati Bengals received an in depth recreation with the Baltimore Ravens.

On Monday evening, the Dallas Cowboys destroyed Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, snapping an eight-game playoff street dropping streak.

This upcoming week, the No. 1-seeded Kansas City Chiefs and Philadelphia Eagles enter the fray. Remember, first-round byes did not precisely assist the No. 1 seed groups final yr, as each the Tennessee Titans and the Green Bay Packers have been upset within the second round of the playoffs. What will occur this yr? Below we are going to break down the NFL divisional round schedule, kickoff occasions, spreads and extra. We are yet another round nearer to Super Bowl LVII.

All NFL odds are by way of Caesars Sportsbook.

AFC

When: Saturday, 4:30 pm ET
TV: NBC | Stream: FuboTV
line: Chiefs -8.5, O/U 52

These two groups confronted off in November, with the Chiefs defeating the Jaguars, 27-17. Jacksonville’s protection struggled to cease Patrick Mahomes, who threw for 331 yards, 4 touchdowns and an interception. That Jaguars protection has been taking part in some good ball as of late, nonetheless. They scored the game-winning landing in opposition to the Titans in Week 18 to earn a playoff berth, and then held the Chargers to simply three factors within the second half on Saturday evening whereas they waited for the offense to form up after a nightmare begin.

It says one thing in regards to the Jags that they have been in a position to bounce again and full the third-largest comeback in NFL postseason historical past, and Lawerence deserves a ton of credit score. On his first seven drives, he accomplished 5 of 18 passes for 35 yards and 4 interceptions. On his final 5 drives, he accomplished 23 of 29 passes for 253 yards and 4 touchdowns to drag out a 31-30 win.

Looking ahead to this subsequent weekend, the Jaguars offense cannot afford a gradual begin vs. what’s statistically the highest offense within the league. Hopefully, we’re in for a shootout, with each offenses buying and selling blows.

(3) Cincinnati Bengals at (2) Buffalo Bills

When: Sunday, 3 pm ET
TV: CBS | Stream: Paramount+
line: Bills -5, O/U 50

It feels proper we get this matchup. Bills vs. Bengals was set to be our Week 17 Monday evening finale, however all the pieces got here to a screeching halt when Damar Hamlin suffered a cardiac arrest on the sector. Thankfully, he has recovered, and each groups have been in a position to refocus on soccer. It regarded like we have been in for fairly the shootout earlier than that unlucky occasion occurred, and now, we get a rematch.

The Bills defeated the Dolphins on Super Wild Card Weekend, 34-31, but it surely did not really feel like a lot of a victory. Despite taking part in a third-string rookie quarterback, Skylar Thompson and the Dolphins went on a 17-0 run within the second quarter to tie the sport with 33 seconds remaining earlier than halftime, and then the protection recovered a fumble for a landing early within the second. half to accumulate a 24-20 lead. While Buffalo ultimately gutted out a win, the Bills have been the greatest favorites in NFL wild-card round historical past. They did not precisely stay as much as expectations.

Josh Allen threw for 352 yards and three touchdowns, but additionally threw two interceptions and fumbled 3 times, dropping one in every of them. Buffalo cannot lose the turnover battle in opposition to Cincinnati if it desires to advance to the AFC Championship Game.

Cincinnati did not put collectively an extremely spectacular efficiency on Super Wild Card Weekend both, as Joe Burrow and Co. downed the Ravens, 24-17. Tyler Huntley and JK Dobbins gave Cincy a run for its cash, however a 98-yard fumble restoration landing from Bengals defensive finish Sam Hubbard early within the fourth quarter ended up being the game-winning landing.

Both groups must play higher transferring ahead. I’m undecided how many individuals anticipated Miami to drop 31 factors on Buffalo with a third-string quarterback, or the Ravens to file 364 yards of complete offense with an injured backup quarterback.

NFC

(6) New York Giants at Philadelphia Eagles (1)

When: Saturday, 8:15 pm ET
TV: Fox | Stream: FuboTV
line: Eagles -7.5, O/U 47.5

Here’s a divisional matchup within the divisional round. The Eagles swept the season collection with the Giants this yr, blowing them out by 26 factors in December, and then Davis Webb saved the rematch shut within the regular-season finale, with the Giants in the end dropping, 22-16.

The Giants offense regarded fairly superior of their 31-24 win over the Vikings Sunday. Daniel Jones turned the primary participant in NFL playoff historical past to file 300-plus passing yards, two passing touchdowns and 70-plus speeding yards in his first postseason begin, whereas Isaiah Hodgins caught eight passes for 105 yards and a landing. Saquon Barkley wasn’t too shabby both, as he recorded 109 yards from scrimmage and scored two touchdowns. Sunday marked the Giants’ first playoff win since Super Bowl XLVI in opposition to the New England Patriots on Feb. 5, 2012.

While the Giants have been in a position to benefit from a foul protection within the first round of the playoffs, a a lot harder problem awaits them subsequent weekend. The Eagles are the one group within the NFL to have a prime three offense and prime three protection, as they’ve regarded like an elite group for the reason that 2022 season started. Philly goes to be rocking as Jalen Hurts takes the sector for his second profession playoff begin.

(5) Dallas Cowboys at (2) San Francisco 49ers

When: Sunday, 6:30 pm ET
TV: Fox | Stream: FuboTV
line: 49ers -3.5, O/U 46

Fresh off snapping an eight-game playoff street dropping streak, the Cowboys will look to hold the momentum from a blowout victory over the Bucs into Santa Clara as they tackle the 49ers. The final time these two groups met got here final postseason when San Francisco went into AT&T Stadium and pulled off the upset, sending Dallas residence early on Super Wild Card Weekend.

As they give the impression of being to avenge that loss from a yr in the past, Dak Prescott must tackle arguably the very best protection within the NFL within the Niners. That unit held the Seahawks to simply six factors within the second half of their playoff win on Saturday and additionally boasts an offense that has been sparked by rookie sensation Brock Purdy. Interestingly sufficient, each Purdy and Prescott threw for a number of touchdowns and rushed for a rating of their playoff wins. There’s additionally no scarcity of star energy on the talent positions on this head-to-head with Christian McCaffrey, CeeDee Lamb, Deebo Samuel, and Tony Pollard.

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