The NFL playoff picture was completely finalized following the Detroit Lions’ victory over the Green Bay Packers on Sunday night.
The AFC playoff picture was set as the Kansas City Chiefs, Buffalo Bills and Cincinnati Bengals each won their games over the weekend and the Jacksonville Jaguars clinched their first division title since the 2017 season. No. 1 seed and home field advantage during the playoffs.
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Here’s how the rest of the playoff bracket played out.
- 2). Bills (13-3) vs. 7). Dolphins (9-8)
- 3). Bengals (12-4) vs. 6). Ravens (10-7)
- 4). Jaguars (9-8) vs 5). Chargers (10-7)
The Los Angeles Chargers, Baltimore Ravens and Miami Dolphins are also breaking playoff droughts. The Chargers are back in the playoffs for the first time since the 2018 season. The Dolphins are in the postseason for the first time since the 2016 season. Baltimore missed the postseason last year.
On the NFC side, the Philadelphia Eagles clinched home-field advantage and a first-round playoff bye with a win over the New York Giants. The San Francisco 49ers, Minnesota Vikings, and Tampa Bay Buccaneers also won their respective division titles to clinch a home playoff game.
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This is how the rest of the NFC side was rocked.
- 2). 49ers (13-4) against 7). Seahawks (9-8)
- 3). Vikings (13-4) vs 6). Giants (9-7-1)
- 4). Buccaneers (8-9) vs. 5). Jeans (12-5)
The Giants, Seahawks and Vikings all missed the playoffs last season. The 49ers are just a few seasons away from a Super Bowl appearance and they made it to the NFC Championship last season.
According to NFL Research, at least four teams every season since 1990 have qualified for the postseason after failing to do so the previous year. At least two teams have won their division title the season after missing the playoffs 19 of the last 20 years.
With the Bengals’ victory over the Ravens, the NFL missed out on a coin toss scenario. But the league still faces the scenario of the AFC Championship being played at a neutral site. The league passed the resolution after the Bills and Bengals game was ruled no–contest.
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The wild card round begins on Saturday at 4:30 pm ET.
This is the wild card round schedule.
Saturday, January 14
4:30 p.m. ET: 49ers vs. Seahawks (FOX)
8:15 p.m. ET: Jaguars vs. Chargers (NBC)
Sunday, January 15
1 p.m. ET: Bills vs. Dolphins (CBS)
4:30 p.m. ET: Vikings vs. Giants (FOX)
8:15 p.m. ET: Bengals vs. Ravens (NBC)
Monday, January 16
8:15 p.m. ET: Buccaneers vs. Cowboys (ESPN)