It’s great, it’s wild, it’s a great weekend with a wild card.
The first run of the NFL in week 18 turned out to be quite busy: the Jaguars defeated the Colts and eliminated Indy from the dance, while the Raiders-Chargers “Sunday Night Football” match arrived. oh so close to the tie.
Due to the fact that the play-off picture has already been set, the second year of the tournament is running 14 teams and will probably stay there. At the beginning of the weekend, which is now spread over three days, there are a number of interesting matches.
The NFL playoffs are here. Here’s what you need to know about the weekend:
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NFL 2022 playoffs
As in 2021, a playoff field with 14 teams is ready this year as well. Here’s how they’re deployed and their opening weekend match:
- Tennessee Titans (1, goodbye)
- Kansas City Chiefs (2) vs. Pittsburgh Steelers (7)
- Buffalo Bills (3) vs. New England Patriots (6)
- Bengals Cincinnati (4) Las Vegas Raiders (5)
- Green Bay Packers (1, goodbye)
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2) vs. Philadelphia Eagles (7)
- Cowboys Dallas (3) / USA San Francisco 49ers (6)
- Los Angeles Rams (4) vs. Arizona Cardinals (5)
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NFL Wild Card Matches
Kansas City Chiefs (No. 2 seeded, 12-5) vs. Pittsburgh Steelers (No. 7 seeded, 9-7-1)
The Steelers needed the help of the Jaguars (what kind of NFL world we live in) to have a chance to get to the playoffs, and thank God the Jags did it. Mike Tomlin and Steelers now have the opportunity to send Ben Roethlisberger out into the sunset. It will not be an easy task, because they will face the Chiefs, who have led 9: 1 in the last eight matches of the basic part.
Buffalo Bills (No. 3 seeded, 11-6) vs. New England Patriots (No. 6 deployed, 11-6)
Welcome to the dance, Mac Jones. The Patriots and the Bills went on the wires for AFC East, and after a careless, rough match against the Jets, the Bills appeared ultimately with the division. Now, in the AFC East rubber match, the Patriots are given the opportunity to deal with the Bills and cancel their divisional victory.
Bengals Cincinnati (No. 4, 10-7) vs. Las Vegas Raiders (No. 5, 10-7)
The work done by interim Raiders head coach Rich Bisaccia is admirable. After extra time in the 18th week against the division rival Chargers, the Raiders took the victory and won the playoff ticket despite an extremely challenging season for various reasons. They won’t meet the Bengals and their high-performance attack behind Joe Burrow and Ja’Marr Chase.
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Tampa Bay Buccaneeers (No. 2 seeded, 13-4) vs. Philadelphia Eagles (No. 7 seeded, 9-8)
Expect the expected – and the unexpected. Everyone thought the Buccaneers would be in the playoffs when they made it back after their Super Bowl 55 victory. Few expected Jalen Hurts, Nick Sirianni and the Eagles to make the playoffs. But that has happened, and Hurts now has a chance to continue proving to Philly Brass that he may be a passenger of the future.
Dallas Cowboys (No. 3 seeded, 12-5) vs. San Francisco 49ers (No. 6 deployed, 10-7)
Time to jump into the machine on the way back: The Cowboys and 49ers meet in the playoffs is something uprooted right from the 80’s and 90’s, but with a modern twist. Reports of Kyle Shanahan’s demise were greatly exaggerated: the 49ers did what they had to and repulsed the Rams in the final game of their season, finishing 7-3 out of a total of 10.
Los Angeles Rams (No. 4 deployed, 12-5) vs. Arizona Cardinals (No. 5 deployed, 11-6)
The Cardinals stumbled into the playoffs and led 2-4 from their Bye Week to complete the season, eventually passing the NFC to the West Rams. Now both teams will compete in a rubber match for their 2021 series, but this time the bet is much, much higher.
NFL wild card TV show
Unlike 2021, this year’s super wild card weekend is not divided into two days of triple play: the NFL tends to have a playoff game on Monday, with the Cardinals and Rams ending the inaugural playoff weekend in 2021.
Here is the complete schedule of matches for this weekend:
Saturday, January 15
|Bengals vs. Raiders||4:30 PM ET||NBC / Peacock|
|Patriots vs. Buffalo||8:15 PM ET||CBS / Paramount +|
Sunday, January 16
|Buccaneers Eagles||1:00 PM ET||Fox|
|Cowboys Vs. 49ers||4:30 PM ET||CBS / Nickelodeon / Paramount +|
|Chiefs vs. Steelers||8:15 PM ET||NBC / Peacock|
Monday, January 17
|Berani vs. cardinals||8:15 PM ET||ESPN / ABC|
NFL playoff lineup, seeds 2022
|1.||Tennessee Titans||12-5||AFC South Champion|
|2.||Kansas City Chiefs||12-5||AFC West winner|
|3.||Buffalo Bills||11-6||AFC East winner|
|4.||Cincinnati Bengals||10-7||AFC North Champion|
|5.||Las Vegas Raiders||10-7||Wild card|
|6.||New England Patriots||10-7||Wild card|
|7.||Pittsburgh Steelers||9-7-1||Wild card|
|1.||Green Bay Packers||13-4||NFC North Champion|
|2.||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||13-4||NFC South Champion|
|3.||Dallas Cowboys||12-5||NFC East Champion|
|4.||Los Angeles Rams||12-5||NFC West Champion|
|5.||Arizona Cardinals||11-6||Wild card|
|6.||San Francisco 49ers||10-7||Wild card|
|7.||Philadelphia Eagles||9-8||Wild card|