The road to the Lombardi Trophy started on Saturday with the NFL playoff bracket set for Super Wild Card Weekend. Fourteen teams entered the postseason with hopes of representing their conference in Super Bowl LVI. The Tennessee Titans and Green Bay Packers get to watch this week after clinching the top seeds in the AFC and NFC.
With postseason football action kicking off, let’s take a look at the 2022 NFL playoff bracket matchups. Keep reading below for everything you need to know for Super Wild Card Weekend and beyond.
NFL Playoff Bracket 2022
The field features 14 teams following playoff expansion last season. Here’s how the seeding shook out in the NFL playoff bracket after a tumultuous Week 18. The bracket has also been updated to reflect the Cincinnati, Buffalo, and Tampa Bay victories.
Note: If the Chiefs defeat the Steelers on Sunday, the Bengals will travel to Tennessee to take on the Titans and the Bills will play the Chiefs in Kansas City. If the Steelers defeat the Chiefs, they will travel to play the Titans and the Bills will face off against the Bengals in Buffalo.
- (1) Tennessee Titans (Bye)
- (2) Kansas City Chiefs vs. (7) Pittsburgh Steelers
- (3) Buffalo Bills 47 vs. (6) New England Patriots 17
- (4) Cincinnati Bengals 26 vs. (5) Las Vegas Raiders 19
- (1) Green Bay Packers (Bye)
- (2) Tampa Bay Buccaneers 31 vs. (7) Philadelphia Eagles 15
- (6) San Francisco 49ers 23 vs. (3) Dallas Cowboys 17
- (4) Los Angeles Rams vs. (5) Arizona Cardinals
Super Wild Card Weekend NFL playoff bracket matchups | AFC
Let’s take a look at the AFC matchups for the first round of the 2021-22 NFL playoffs.
Pittsburgh Steelers (No. 7 seed, 9-7-1) at Kansas City Chiefs (No. 2 seed, 12-5)
The road for a Steelers playoff appearance seemed unlikely before the 1 PM games started in Week 18. However, a miraculous Jacksonville victory over Indianapolis and a Pittsburgh win over Baltimore meant only one more thing needed to happen: no tie in LA.
The Steelers watched as time ticked down in overtime, but Daniel Carlson’s leg pushed the ball through the uprights and sent the Raiders and Steelers to the playoffs. Head coach Mike Tomlin faces a tall task taking on QB Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs at Arrowhead.
Buffalo Bills (No. 3 seed) 47, New England Patriots (No. 6 seed) 17
After an incredibly competitive season between these two teams, Buffalo put on an absolute show against New England in the Wild Card round. After putting up 27 first-half points, Josh Allen and the Bills never took their foot off the gas, blowing out the Patriots 47-17.
The Bills scored on all seven of their drives and never punted the ball. Allen threw for over 300 yards for 5 touchdowns, adding another 65 yards rushing. The Bills now head to the Divisional Round for the second year in a row.
Cincinnati Bengals (No. 4 seed) 26, Las Vegas Raiders (No. 5 seed) 19
The Bengals broke their 31-year drought of playoff wins with a last-minute victory over the Raiders. The game was never going to be easy for Cincinnati, and Las Vegas took it down to the final minute with three shots to the end zone from the Bengals’ 9-yard line.
The Bengals held strong and became the first team from Wild Card Weekend to clinch their spot in the Divisional Round.
Super Wild Card Weekend NFL playoff bracket matchups | NFC
Here are the Super Wild Card Weekend games in the NFC.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (No. 2 seed) 31, Philadelphia Eagles (No. 7 seed) 15
Well, unfortunately for Eagles fans, this one wasn’t much of a contest. The defending Super Bowl Champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers got up early and never really looked back. The Eagles’ run-heavy approach didn’t work against the Buccaneers, and when putting all the pressure on Jalen Hurts to throw the ball, the Philly offense simply fell apart. Some late-game heroics weren’t enough to stop Tom Brady from winning his 35th playoff game and advancing to his 17th Divisional Round.
San Francisco 49ers (No. 6 seed) 23, Dallas Cowboys (No. 3 seed) 17
The Cowboys’ playoff woes continued against the 49ers as the higher-seeded home team fell 23-17. The same problems the Cowboys have had all season — a bad run defense and too many penalties — reared their ugly heads once again. In the first half, Dallas struggled to move the ball as the 49ers ran all over them. Deebo Samuel was unguardable both as a receiver and out of the backfield.
Although the Cowboys made it exciting late with a last-minute potential game-winning drive, the 49ers’ defense did just enough to get the win. The 49ers will now travel to Lambeau to take on the Packers.
Arizona Cardinals (No. 5 seed, 11-6) at Los Angeles Rams (No. 4 seed, 12-5)
Luckily for Los Angeles, Arizona dropped four of their last five games to end the season. After an incredible start, the Cardinals fell on hard times due to copious amounts of injuries. A win from Arizona and a loss from Los Angeles would’ve pushed Arizona to the No. 3 seed.
However, the Cardinals choked their Week 18 game against the Seattle Seahawks. Seahawks RB Rashad Penny’s fourth-quarter 62-yard house call put the game on ice. The NFC sees its own Part III as the Cardinals and Rams run it back one more time this season.
Super Wild Card Weekend TV Schedule
The NFL debuts the first-ever Monday Night Football playoff game. This means the NFL Wild Card playoff bracket is spread across three days this season. Here’s when and where you can watch each contest.
Saturday, January 15
- Cincinnati Bengals 26, Las Vegas Raiders 19
- Buffalo Bills 47, New England Patriots 17
Sunday, January 16
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers 31, Philadelphia Eagles 15
- San Francisco 49ers 23, Dallas Cowboys 17
- Pittsburgh Steelers at Kansas City Chiefs
- Start Time: 8:15 PM
- Channel: NBC
Monday, January 17
- Arizona Cardinals at Los Angeles Rams
- Start Time: 8:15 PM
- Channel: ESPN, ABC, ESPN+
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