The NFL wild card round is over, with eight teams remaining in the hunt for the Super Bowl title. The Rams moved on Monday night in the final game of the wild card round while the Cardinals went home.
It’s been a good season so far for the favorites, with the division’s only champions falling into the knockout stages being the Cowboys in a narrow loss to the 49ers on Sunday. Several games delivered losses, with the Bills destroying the Patriots, the Buccaneers running away from the Eagles, the Chiefs blowing up the Steelers, and the Rams routing the Cardinasl. The Bengals overcame the Raiders with a last-second interception to give Cincinnati its first playoff win since 1991.
When the NFL returns to action next weekend, all the remaining teams will be back on the field. The Titans and Packers must rest this weekend and watch the games from home, but will now have to defend their home ground, with Tennessee set to face Cincinnati and Green Bay set to face San Francisco. The only team left on Sunday uncertain over their opponents is the Buccaneers. Now they know they will have to face the Rams.
Here’s a look at the NFL playoffs heading into the split, including game information and the games’ televised schedule.
NFL 2022 Qualifiers
- 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 Division Round Matches
1. Tennessee Titans vs. 4. Cincinnati Bengals
The Titans will return to action on Saturday after resting in the wilds, and this time around, they’ll be playing again with returning star run Derrick Henry, who has missed much of the season with one foot. broken. He will, however, face a difficult rushed defense in Cincinnati, which allows opposing teams to have fewer fifths in the regular season. And the Titans, who have allowed eighth most passes this season, will have to slow Joe Burrow and the Bengals’ dynamic 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 out Captains 38-20 when the two teams meet in Week 5 of this season. The captains had no answer to Josh Allen’s double threat, who raced for 315 yards and three touchdowns and dashed for 59 yards and another score. But since that loss, the Captain has led 11-2, and is clicking all the towers after Patrick Mahomes threw five touchdowns into the Steelers net in a Wild-card win.
1. Green Bay Packers vs. 6. San Francisco 49ers
Aaron Rodgers hasn’t taken his team to the Super Bowl since 2010 despite reaching the knockout stages eight times since. Three times in that span, the 49ers knocked Green Bay out of the league post-season. Rodgers has never beaten San Francisco in the knockout stages, but this is only the second time the match will be held at Lambeau Field. Can the Packers reach the NFC championship for the third year in a row, or will San Francisco end Green Bay’s hopes of winning the title again?
2. Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. 4. Los Angeles Rams
The Buccaneers had no problem winning their fifth consecutive playoff game, taking down the Eagles 31-15. Tampa Bay lost to the Rams 32-24 earlier this season.
NFL Playoff Schedule: Split Round
There will be two games every Saturday and Sunday, mid-afternoon and evening.
Day one will feature both No. 1 seeds. The Titans and Bengals will open the round on CBS before the Packers and 49ers play later that night. The reigning generals champions will each hit the field on Sunday, starting with Tom Brady and the Buccaneers joining the Rams. The final game of the weekend will be the 2021 AFC Championship rematch between the Chiefs and the Bills.
Below is the full TV schedule for the division round.
Saturday, January 22
|Bengals 19, Titans 16|
|49 people 13, Packing 10|
Sunday, January 23
|Buccaneers vs. Cardinals / Rams||3 pm||NBC||fuboTV|
|Chiefs vs. Bills||6:30 pm||CBS||fuboTV|
NFL knockout, seed for 2022
|Seeds||Team||Record||First round results|
|first.||Tennessee Titans||12-5||Goodbye first half|
|2.||Chief of Kansas City||12-5||Def. No. 7 Steelers 42-21|
|3.||Buffalo Bills||11-6||Def. Number 6 Patriotic 47-17|
|4.||Cincinnati Bengals||10-7||Def. No. 5 Raiders 26-19|
|Seeds||Team||Record||First round results|
|first.||Green Bay Packers||13-4||Goodbye first half|
|2.||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||13-4||Def. Eagle No. 7 31-15|
|4.||Los Angeles Rams||12-5||Def. Number 5 Cardinals 34-11|
|6.||San Francisco 49ers||10-7||Def. No. 3 cowboy 23-17|