The NFL season has officially been whittled down to its final four teams and we’re going to see some very familiar faces.
For the second year in a row, the 49ers, Chiefs and Bengals are all in the conference title round. The only newcomer this year is the Philadelphia Eagles, who are playing in the NFC Championship for the first time since 2017.
The Eagles will host a 49ers team that eliminated the Cowboys on Sunday, continuing Dallas’ 27-year drought without an appearance in the conference title game.
This Eagles-49ers game will give us a showdown of two of the most successful NFC teams of the 21st century. Including this year, the Eagles have now reached seven NFC title games, which is the most of any NFC team since 2000. The 49ers are tied for second with six. Although both have made multiple appearances in the NFC tile game over the past two decades, they have never faced each other.
In the AFC, we will have a rare rematch. The Bengals-Chiefs game will mark the third time in the last 35 years that the AFC Championship has been a rematch. The last time it happened was in 2011-12 (Ravens-Patriots), and prior to that, it hadn’t happened since 1986-87 (Browns-Broncos).
The AFC Championship is also a rematch of a game played in Week 13, which was won by the Bengals, 27-24. Cincinnati has played the Chiefs three times since Jan. 1. 1 2022 and the Bengals won all three games.
With that in mind, here’s a look at the entire postseason schedule and bracket.
Super Wild Card Weekend
Saturday, January 14
- (2) 49ers 41-23 more (7) Seahawks. The 49ers received a brief scare from the Seahawks on a day when Seattle took a 17-16 halftime lead. But in the second half, San Francisco opened the game with a dominating performance. Brock Purdy passed for 332 yards and also became the first rookie in NFL history to have four touchdowns in a playoff game. (Purdy finished with three touchdown passes and a rushing score.)
- (4) Jaguars 31-30 over (5) Chargers. The Jaguars won this game achieving one of the greatest comebacks in NFL history. The Jags trailed, 27-0, early in the game due in large part to four interceptions by Trevor Lawrence, but rallied for the shock victory, thanks in large part to Lawrence throwing four touchdown passes.
Sunday, January 15
- (2) Bills 34-31 on (7) dolphins. The Dolphins entered this game as the biggest loser in wild card round history (+14), and despite those odds, they were still able to scare the Bills away. In the end, the Bills were able to avoid upset thanks to Josh Allen (352 passing yards, three TDs) and a defense that devised multiple big plays, including two turnovers, four sacks and a fourth-down stop that froze. the game with only 2:30 left to play.
- (6) giants 31-24 more (3) vikings. New York was able to upset Minnesota thanks to a historic performance by Daniel Jones, who became the FIRST quarterback in NFL playoff history to throw for at least 300 and two touchdowns, as well as add at least 70. rushing yards. Jones not only passed for 301 yards, but was also the game’s leading rusher with 78 yards on 17 carries. The win over Minnesota marked the Giants’ first playoff victory since they beat the Patriots in Super Bowl XLVI in February 2012.
- (3) flares 24-17 more (6) ravens. The Ravens had Cincinnati on the ropes for most of this game, but the Bengals were able to get away with a win thanks to their defense, which pulled off one of the biggest plays in NFL postseason history. With the Ravens at the Cincinnati 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 31-14 more (4) buccaneers. The Cowboys dominated this game from start to finish, and a big reason that happened was because of Dak Prescott, who had a big, historic night. The Cowboys quarterback set a franchise record with five total touchdowns (four passes, one run) and also passed for 305 yards. The only Cowboys player who struggled this game was kicker Brett Maher, who missed an NFL-record four extra points. The Cowboys will now have to decide if they want to keep him for Sunday’s game in San Francisco.
Saturday, January 21
- (1) Chiefs 27-20 over (4) Jaguars. After leaving the game in the second quarter with a serious ankle injury, Patrick Mahomes returned in the second half to lead the Chiefs to victory. Playing with one foot didn’t seem to slow him down, as he completed 10 of 15 passes for 107 yards after the injury. The Chiefs’ defense also had two key turnovers in the fourth quarter to help propel Kansas City to its fifth straight AFC title game.
- (one) Eagles 38-7 over (6) Giants. The Eagles jumped out to a 28-0 halftime lead and then went on to win from there. The Eagles were able to get the dominating victory thanks to a defense that racked up five sacks and a rushing attack that totaled 268 rushing yards. Jalen Hurts also had a great night and, more importantly, his shoulder looked completely healthy as he had three touchdowns (two passing, one rushing).
Sunday, January 22
- (3) Bengals 27-10 over (2) Bills. The Bengals offense put up great numbers, but it was the defense that stole the show in this game. The Bengals held the Bills to just 10 points, which was Buffalo’s lowest total of the season. Cincinnati’s offense also put together a big game that included 242 yards and two touchdowns from Joe Burrow along with 105 rushing yards from Joe Mixon.
- (2) 49ers 19-12 plus (5) jeans. The 49ers earned their second straight trip to the NFC Championship by winning a defensive battle with the Cowboys. The 49ers intercepted Dak Prescott twice and got six points off those turnovers, and that turned out to be the difference in the game. Robbie Gould proved to be a huge weapon for the 49ers, scoring 13 of his 19 points with four field goals and one extra point.
- (2) 49ers at (1) Eagles, 3 pm ET (Fox, broadcast on fuboTV). The NFC’s top two seeds will meet in Philadelphia in what should be a matchup of epic proportions. The Eagles will show up with the NFL’s third-highest scoring offense since the 2022 season and the 49ers will look to slow down with a defense that allowed the fewest points in the NFL.
- (3) Bengalis vs. (1) Chiefs 6:30 p.m. ET (CBS, broadcast on Paramount+). The Chiefs will have another chance to take down a Bengals team they just haven’t been able to beat. Since January 2022, the Chiefs have gone 0-3 against the Bengals, including a loss in last year’s AFC title game. This game will mark the first rematch in the AFC Championship since the Ravens-Patriots in 2011 and 2012.
Super Bowl LVIII
AFC champion vs. NFC champion at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona, 6:30 p.m. ET (fox, broadcast on fuboTV)