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2023 NFL Playoff Schedule: Dates, Times, TV, Stream for Each Round of the AFC and NFC Postseason

2023 NFL Playoff Schedule: Dates, Times, TV, Stream for Each Round of the AFC and NFC Postseason

After a Super Wild Card Weekend that certainly lived up to its name, the Divisional Round is finally set for this coming weekend.

The Cowboys were the last team to punch their ticket to the divisional round, and they did it that Monday night by taking down the Buccaneers. The win over Tampa Bay now earns the Cowboys a trip to San Francisco to face the 49ers, the team that knocked them out of the playoffs last season.

In another NFC game, the Giants will travel to Philadelphia to face an Eagles team that has already beaten them twice this year. If the Giants, Cowboys and Eagles play in the divisional round, it will be the first time since the NFC Central in 1997 one division sent three teams to the second round.

In the AFC, Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs will play their first game of the postseason when they host the Jaguars on Saturday. The AFC heavyweight matchup is Sunday when the Bills host the Bengals. The two teams were scheduled to play each other in Week 17, but the game was canceled after a horrific incident left Damar Hamlin in cardiac arrest in the first quarter.

Hamlin is now back in Buffalo, where he continues to recover.

With that in mind, here’s a look at everything postseason schedule and gridiron.

Super Wild Card Weekend

January 14, Saturday

  • (2) 49ers 41-23 over (7) Seahawks. The 49ers got a brief scare from the Seahawks on the day when Seattle took a 17-16 halftime lead. But in the second half, San Francisco turned the game around with a dominant play. Brock Purdy threw for 332 yards and also became the first rookie in the NFL history to four touchdowns in a playoff game. (Purdy finished with three passing touchdowns and one rushing score).
  • (4) Jaguars 31-30 more (5) Chargers. The Jaguars won the game in one of the greatest comebacks in NFL history. The Jags fell behind, 27-0, early in the game in large part to Trevor Lawrence’s four interceptions, but they bounced back to pull off a stunning victory, thanks in large part to Lawrence, who threw four touchdown passes.

Sunday, January 15

  • (2) Bills 34-31 re (7) dolphins. The Dolphins entered this game as the biggest wild card underdog in history (+14), and despite those odds, they still managed to give the Bills a big scare. In the end, the Bills were able to prevent an upset thanks to Josh Allen (352 passing yards, three touchdowns) and a defense that came up with several big plays, including two losses, four sacks and a fourth-down stop that iced the game with just 2 left: 30.
  • (6) Giants 31-24 over (3) Vikings. New York was able to pull off a sweep of Minnesota thanks to a historic performance by Daniel Jones, who became the FIRST QB in NFL playoff history to throw for at least 300 and two touchdowns while also adding at least 70 yards on the ground. Not only did Jones throw for 301 yards, but he had a game-high 78 yards on 17 carries. The win over Minnesota was the Giants’ first playoff win since beating the Patriots Super Bowl XLVI back in February 2012.
  • (3) of Bengal 24-17 over (6) Ravens. The Ravens kept Cincinnati on the ropes for most of that game, but the Bengals were able to pull away with a win thanks to their defense, which pulled off one of the biggest plays in NFL postseason history. With the Ravens on the Cincinnati one-yard line, Tyler Huntley fumbled and Sam Hubbard returned it 98 yards for 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 for that was because Dak Prescott had a historic night. The Cowboys QB set a franchise record with five touchdowns (four passing, one rushing) and also threw for 305 yards. The only Cowboys player to struggle in the 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.

Divisional Round

Saturday, January 21

  • (4) Jaguars at (1) Chiefs (-8.5), 4:30 PM ET (NBC). After a week off, the Chiefs will open their postseason series with a game against a Jaguars team they played earlier this season. Back in Week 10, the Chiefs beat the Jags 27-17 in a game in which Kansas City built a 20-0 lead before winning.
  • (6) Giants in (1) Orlov (-7.5), 8:15 PM ET (Fox). The two division rivals will meet for the third time this season, and the Giants will be hoping this game has a different outcome than the first two, which were won by Philadelphia. It will be the 25th time in NFL history that a team has beaten its division rival in the regular season and then faced them again in the playoffs. A team that went 2-0 during the regular season has won 15 of 24 times in three games.

Sunday, January 22

  • (3) Bengals at (2) Bills (-5), 3:00 PM ET (CBS). This game will be played exactly 20 days after the original game was canceled due to the Damar Hamlin situation. Since Hamlin is now at home in Buffalo, it wouldn’t be surprising if he attended the game.
  • (5) Cowboys at (2) 49ers (-4), 6:30 p.m. ET (Fox). The 49ers haven’t played the Cowboys this year, but the two teams met last January in a playoff game that went down to the wire. The 49ers’ 23-17 win last season wasn’t decided until the Cowboys inexplicably called a QB draw in the final seconds, even though they had no timeouts. This game was played in Dallas, but this time the game will be played in San Francisco.

Championship Sunday

January 29

  • NFC Championship, 3 p.m. ET (Fox)
  • AFC Championship, 6:30 p.m. ET (CBS)

note: If Bills and Chiefs will eventually play each other in the AFC Championship, then the game will be played at Mercedes Benz Stadium in Atlanta.

Super Bowl LVII

February 12

AFC champion vs. NFC champion at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona, 6:30 p.m. ET (Fox)

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