NFL Playoffs Recap

 The annual NFL playoffs kicked off earlier this January with Super Wild Card Weekend. After the end of the regular season, only fourteen teams remained in Super Bowl contention. The playoffs consist of three weekends, with the Divisional Round and Conference Championships following the Wild Card Round. 

   In the AFC the number one seed is the Kansas City Chiefs, followed by the Buffalo Bills as the second, the Cincinnati Bengals as third, the Jacksonville Jaguars at fourth, the Los Angeles Chargers as the fifth, the Baltimore Ravens as the sixth, and lastly the Miami Dolphins as the seventh. 

   In the NFC the number one seed is the Philadelphia Eagles, followed by the San Francisco 49ers as the second, the Minnesota Vikings as third, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as fourth, the Dallas Cowboys as fifth, the New York Giants as sixth, and lastly the Seattle Seahawks as the seventh. 

    The playoffs began with the Wild Card Round with the AFC matchups of the Bills v Dolphins, the Bengals v Ravens, and the Jaguars v Chargers. The Bills were victorious with a score  of 34 to 31,  followed by the Jaguars beating the Chargers in a close game of 31 to 30, and lastly the Bengals overtook the Ravens with a final score of 24 to 17. 

     In the NFC, the matchups consisted of divisional rivals 49ers v Seahawks, then the Vikings v Giants, and the Buccaneers v Cowboys. The 49ers were victorious with a win of 41 to 23 followed by the Giants beating the Vikings 31 to 24, and the Cowboys defeating the Buccaneers 31 to 14. 

   Wild Card weekend brought major upsets and the Divisional Round consisted of  the Chiefs v Jaguars, Bills v Bengals, Giants v Eagles and Cowboys v 49ers. In the NFC, the Eagles beat their divisional rivals the Giants 38 to 7, while the 49ers beat the Cowboys in a close game of 19 to 12. The AFC games result in the Chiefs beating the Jaguars 27 to 20, while the Bills lost to the Bengals 27 to 10. 

    The Conference Championships led to two explosive matchups; the 49ers v the Eagles in the NFC and the Bengals v Chiefs in the AFC. The weekend saw both original number one seeds in each conference winning their respective games. The Eagles beat the 49ers 31 to 7, while the Chiefs beat the Bengals in a close game of 23 to 20.  

    The Super Bowl will be held in State Farm Stadium in Arizona on Feb. 12. There, the Kansas City Chiefs and the Piladpeai Eagles will face off to compete for the Lombardi Trophy. 

   Both teams  are bringing their A game, as Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes stated “ the job isn’t finished,” in a press conference after the AFC Championship. 

      Jalen Hurts stated, “we want to be going into a situation like this, and we have a chance to go out there and win it all, so we want to prepare to go do that,” during a press conference after the NFC championship. 

      The playoffs brought lots of exciting football, and has set the stage for the biggest game of the 2022-2023 season.