Super Wild Card weekend was crazy and it produced some good games. San Francisco blew out Seattle as expected to advance to the next round. In the nightcap on Saturday, Jacksonville defeated the Los Angeles Chargers 31-30. The Jaguars were down 27-0 before they mounted a comeback for the ages. Trevor Lawrence tossed 4 INTs in the 1st half and 4 TDs in the second half in the win. In the first game on Sunday, the Buffalo Bills outlasted Miami 34-31. In a battle between AFC East foes, the game was much closer than expected. The second game saw the New York Giants defeat the Minnesota Vikings to advance. Daniel Jones and Saquon Barkley provided the spark on offense as the Giants advance to the Divisional Round.
In the Sunday Night finale, the Cincinnati Bengals barely edged the Ravens 24-17. Sam Hubbard returned a 98-yard fumble recovery at the beginning of the 4th quarter. The touchdown by Hubbard was the final score of the game and it propelled Cincinnati to the Divisional Round. On Monday night, the Dallas Cowboys blew out the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Before that game, Tom Brady was 7-0 in his career against the Cowboys. Jacksonville travels to Kansas City while Cincinnati heads to Buffalo. In the NFC, Dallas heads to San Francisco while New York travels to Philadelphia. This should be another entertaining weekend of playoff football. Who advances out of the Divisional round to the conference championship games?
We kick things off in the AFC as the Jacksonville Jaguars head to Kansas City to face the Chiefs. With Kansas City being the top seed, they enjoyed their bye week during Wild Card weekend. Jacksonville defeated the Los Angeles Chargers in a wild come from behind win. The Jaguars enter this game riding a 5-game winning streak and winners of 6 of their last 7 games. Jacksonville can’t have a slow start against the Chiefs like they did against the Chargers. Can Trevor Lawrence ride the momentum of his spectacular second half? The Chiefs are also on a 5-game winning streak themselves. Patrick Mahomes is many people’s choice for MVP. Kansas City is hard to beat at home especially in the playoffs. Jacksonville is a team on the rise, but they’re not primed for this Kansas City team yet. Chiefs Win 35-24
In the Saturday Night finale, we have a battle between NFC East team. The New York Giants head to Philadelphia to battle the top-seeded Eagles. New York went to Minnesota and beat the Vikings in an impressive offensive showing. Daniel Jones looked like the QB they wanted when they selected him. Saquon Barkley is doing a great job running and catching the ball out of the backfield. New York is very confident heading into this game and many feel they resemble the 2007 Super Bowl winning team. Philadelphia comes into this game as the top seed and off their bye week. The biggest concern with the Eagles are their injuries. Josh Sweat, Jalen Hurts and Lane Johnson are just a few with health concerns. This should be a close game, but I’m picking Philly to beat the Giants for a 3rd time. Eagles Win 26-21
The first game on Sunday is when the Cincinnati Bengals travels to Buffalo to take on the Bills. As we all remember, these two teams were playing on that tragic night Damar Hamlin was injured. The Bengals were winning 7-3, but the game was cancelled and rightfully so. Cincinnati haven’t lost a game in over 2 months. The defending AFC champions are looking to make another run to the Super Bowl. Can this tough Bengals defense slow down Josh Allen on the road? Buffalo enters this game on a nice streak themselves. They also haven’t lost a game in a couple of months. Last week, they beat Miami in a game closer than many expected. Cincinnati has a better offense than Miami, so could we see an upset? I’m picking Cincinnati to upset the Bills and advance to the conference championship. Bengals Win 31-30
The final game of the Divisional Round takes place in San Francisco. The Dallas Cowboys heads out west to battle the 49ers. Dallas is coming off a very impressive win over Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Dak Prescott accounted for 5 TDs with four of them through the air. The Cowboys were doubted by many heading into that game because of their loss in Washington in the season finale. The defense was after Brady all game, but this 49ers team is different. San Francisco have won 11 consecutive games and that includes last week’s win over Seattle. Brock Purdy hasn’t faced a defense like the Cowboys so he’ll be tested in this one. The 49ers defense is considered the best in the league. This will be a tough one, but I’m picking Dallas in the upset. Cowboys Win 31-28
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AFC Championship Game
- Kansas City Chiefs vs. 3. Cincinnati Bengals
NFC Championship Game
- Philadelphia Eagles vs. 5. Dallas Cowboys