NFL playoff schedule 2023, updated support: dates, times, TV, broadcast for each AFC round, NFC postseason
The Chiefs and Eagles each moved one step closer to the Super Bowl by winning in the divisional round on Saturday, and two more teams will have a chance to join them on Sunday.
The Bengals and Bills will kick off the action in Buffalo on Sunday afternoon. The winner of that game will advance to the AFC Championship, where they will face Kansas City. The Chiefs clinched their ticket to the AFC title game with a 27-20 win over the Jaguars.
Even though the Chiefs won, everyone in Kansas City will be holding their breath this week waiting for an update on Patrick Mahomes’ health. The Chiefs’ quarterback injured his ankle in the first quarter and missed most of the second quarter before returning in the second half.
The Chiefs’ win means Kansas City heads to the AFC Championship for the fifth straight season, which is tied with the 1973-77 Raiders for the second-longest streak in NFL history, trailing only the Patriots ( 2011-18).
In the NFC, the Cowboys and 49ers will play the final game on Sunday with the winner traveling to Philadelphia to face the Eagles in the NFC title game. The Eagles advanced after a dominating 38-7 win over the Giants on Saturday night.
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 over (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 over (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 on (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) bengalis 24-17 on (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 at (2) Bills (-6), 3 pm ET (CBS, broadcast on Paramount+). This game will be played exactly 20 days after its original game was canceled due to the situation involving Damar Hamlin. With Hamlin now back at his home in Buffalo, it wouldn’t be at all surprising if he attended this game. This matchup will feature Joe Burrow and Josh Allen facing off for the first time.
- (5) Cowboys at (2) 49ers (-4), 6:30 p.m. ET (Fox, broadcast on fuboTV). The 49ers didn’t play the Cowboys this year, but these two teams met last January in a playoff game that went all the way. The 49ers’ 23-17 wild-card win last season wasn’t decided until the Cowboys inexplicably called a QB tie in the final seconds even though they had no timeouts. That game was played in Dallas, but this time, the game will be played in San Francisco.
- 49ers/Cowboys at (1) Eagles, 3 p.m. ET (Fox, broadcast on fuboTV)
- Bills/Bengals vs. (1) Chiefs 6:30 p.m. ET (CBS, broadcast on Paramount+)
Note: If he Bills Y bosses they end up playing each other in the AFC Championship, then the game will be played at Mercedes Benz Stadium in Atlanta. If the Bengals play the Chiefs, then the game will be in Kansas City.
Super Bowl LVIII
AFC champion vs. NFC Champion at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona at 6:30 p.m. ET (Fox, broadcast on fuboTV)