Super Wild Card Weekend has lived up to its name and that’s because the opening round of the NFL playoffs has given us several super wild games so far.
The Sunday action kicked off in Buffalo, where the Bills almost became one of the biggest upset victims in NFL history. The Bills, who were favored by 14 points, were able to escape with a 34-31 win that will allow them to advance to the divisional round for the third straight year.
There was also a lot of drama on Saturday, and most that went down in Jacksonville during a game where the Jaguars came back from a 27-point deficit to stun the Chargers, 31-30. Trevor Lawrence threw four interceptions during a first half where the Jaguars fell behind 27-0, but he played nearly perfect football after that. The 27-point comeback was the third-largest in NFL postseason history.
The 49ers also advanced on Saturday with a 41-23 win over the Seahawks.
Although three games are now in the books for the wild-card round, there are still three more to go, so buckle up and get ready.
With that in mind, here’s a look at the entire postseason schedule. (And don’t forget, there could be a neutral site AFC title game this year: If the Bills and Chiefs end up playing each other in the AFC Championship Game, then the game will be played in Atlanta.)
Super Wild Card Weekend
Saturday, Jan. 14
- (2) 49ers 41-23 over (7) Seahawks. The 49ers got a brief scare from the Seahawks on a day where Seattle jumped put to a 17-16 halftime lead. But in the second half, San Francisco broke the game open with a dominating performance. Brock Purdy threw for 332 yards while also becoming the first rookie in NFL history to total four touchdowns in a playoff game. (Purdy finished with three passing touchdowns and one rushing score).
- (4) Jaguars 31-30 over (5) Chargers. The Jaguars won this game by pulling off one of the biggest comebacks in NFL history. The Jags fell behind, 27-0, early in the game due in large part to four interceptions from Trevor Lawrence, but they rebounded to pull off the stunning win, thanks in large part to Lawrence, who threw four touchdown passes.
Sunday, Jan. 15
- (2) Bills 34-31 over (7) Dolphins. The Dolphins went into this game as the biggest underdog in the history of the wild-card round (+14) and despite those odds, they were still able to put a major scare into the Bills. In the end, the Bills were able to win this game thanks to Josh Allen (352 passing yards, three touchdowns) and a defense that came up with multiple big plays, including two turnovers, four sacks and a fourth-down stop that iced the game with just 2:30 left to play.
- (6) Giants at (3) Vikings (-3), 4:30 p.m. ET (Fox, stream on fuboTV). These two played one of the wildest games of the season on Christmas Eve in a matchup that wasn’t decided until Greg Joseph hit a 61-yard field goal on the final play. This will be Minnesota’s first home playoff game since the Minneapolis Miracle in January 2018.
- (6) Ravens at (3) Bengals (-8), 8:15 p.m. ET (NBC, stream on fuboTV). It’s not clear if Lamar Jackson (knee) is going to play on Sunday, but even if he does, it will mark his first action in six weeks if he’s on the field. Jackson did lead the Ravens to a 19-17 win over the Bengals back in Week 5, but the Bengals got their revenge with a 27-16 win in Week 18 to get a split of the season series.
Monday, Jan. 16
- (5) Cowboys at (4) Buccaneers (+2.5), 8:15 p.m. ET (ABC/ESPN, stream on fuboTV). If the Cowboys are going to advance to the divisional round, they’re going to have to do something they’ve never done: Beat Tom Brady. The Cowboys are 0-7 all time against the Buccaneers QB and that includes a Week 1 loss where Tampa Bay topped Dallas 19-3.
Saturday, Jan. 21 and Sunday, Jan. 22
- Giants/Buccaneers/Cowboys at (1) Eagles
- Vikings/Buccaneers/Cowboys at (2) 49ers
If the Giants beat the Vikings on Sunday, they’ll play the Eagles, which will leave the 49ers hosting the winner of Cowboys-Buccaneers. If the Vikings win, they’ll play the 49ers while the Eagles will host the winner of Cowboys- Buccaneers. Which ever team hosts the winner of Cowboys-Buccaneers will definitely be playing on Sunday, Jan. 22.
- Jaguars/Ravens at (1) Chiefs
- Jaguars/Bengals at (2) Bills
If the Bengals beat the Ravens, then Cincinnati will travel to Buffalo in the divisional round and Jacksonville will head to Kansas City. On the other hand, if the Ravens win, then Baltimore will travel to Kansas City and Jacksonville will head to Buffalo.
The NFL will announce the divisional round schedule at some point during the wild-card round.
- NFC Championship, 3:05 p.m. ET (Fox)
- AFC Championship, 6:40 p.m. ET (CBS)
Super Bowl LVII
AFC Champion vs. NFC Champion at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona, 6:30 p.m. ET (Fox)