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2023 NFL playoff schedule, updated bracket: Dates and times, TV, streaming for 49ers-Eagles and Bengals-Chiefs

The NFL season is officially down to its final four teams, and we’re going to see some very familiar faces on Sunday.

For the second straight year, the San Francisco 49ers, Kansas City Chiefs and Cincinnati Bengals are all in the conference title round. The only newcomer this year is the Philadelphia Eagles, who are playing in the NFC Championship for the first time since 2017.

The Eagles will host a 49ers team that knocked off the Cowboys on Sunday and continues Dallas’ 27-year drought without a conference title game.

This Eagles-49ers game will give us a matchup of two of the most successful NFC teams of the 21st century. Including this year, the Eagles have now reached seven NFC title games, the most of any NFC team since 2000. The 49ers are tied for second most with six. Although they have both made several appearances in the NFC tile game over the past two decades, they have never played against each other.

In the AFC, we get a rare rematch. The Bengals-Chiefs matchup will mark just the third time in the last 35 years that the AFC Championship has been a rematch. The last time that happened was in 2011-12 (Ravens-Patriots), and before that it hadn’t happened since 1986-87 (Browns-Broncos).

The AFC Championship is also a rematch of a game played back in Week 13, which was won by the Bengals, 27–24. Cincinnati has played the Chiefs three times since January 1, 2022, and the Bengals have won all three games.

With that in mind, here’s a look at the entire postseason schedule and bracket.

Super Wild Card Weekend

Saturday 14 January

  • (2) 49ers 41-23 over (7) Seahawks. The 49ers got a brief scare from the Seahawks on a day when Seattle jumped out to a 17-16 halftime lead. But in the second half, San Francisco broke the game open with a dominant performance. Brock Purdy threw for 332 yards while also becoming the first rookie in NFL history to collect four touchdowns in a playoff game. (Purdy finished with three passing touchdowns and a rushing score).
  • (4) Jaguars 31-30 over (5) Chargers. The Jaguars won this game by pulling off one of the greatest comebacks in NFL history. The Jags fell behind, 27-0, early in the game, in large part due to four interceptions by Trevor Lawrence, but they came back to pick up the stunning victory, thanks in large part to Lawrence, who threw four touchdown passes .

Sunday, January 15

  • (2) Bills 34-31 over (7) Dolphins. The Dolphins entered this game as the biggest underdog in wild-card round history (+14), and despite those odds, they were still able to put a big scare on the bill. Ultimately, the Bills were able to pull off the upset thanks to Josh Allen (352 passing yards, three touchdowns) and a defense that came up with several big plays, including two turnovers, four sacks and a fourth-down stop that iced the game with only 2:30 left to play.
  • (6) Giants 31-24 over (3) Vikings. New York was able to pull off the Minnesota upset thanks to a historic performance from Daniel Jones, who became the FIRST QB in NFL playoff history to throw for at least 300 and two touchdowns while also adding at least 70 yards on the ground. Not only did Jones throw for 301 yards, but he was also the game’s leading rusher with 78 yards on 17 carries. The win over Minnesota marked the Giants’ first playoff win since beating the Patriots in Super Bowl XLVI back in February 2012.
  • (3) Bengals 24-17 over (6) Ravens. The Ravens had Cincinnati on the ropes for most of this game, but the Bengals were able to escape with a win thanks to their defense, which came up with one of the biggest plays in NFL postseason history. With the Ravens on Cincinnati’s one-yard line, Tyler Huntley fumbled and Sam Hubbard returned the fumble 98 yards for what ended up being the game-winning touchdown.

Monday, January 16

  • (5) Cowboys 31-14 over (4) Buccaneers. The Cowboys dominated this game from start to finish, and a big reason why that happened was because of Dak Prescott, who had a historic big night. The Cowboys QB set a franchise record with five total touchdowns (four passing, one rushing) while also throwing for 305 yards. The only Cowboys player to struggle in this game was kicker Brett Maher, who missed an NFL record by four extra points. The Cowboys must now decide whether to keep him for Sunday’s game in San Francisco.

Divisional round

Saturday 21 January

  • (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 on one foot didn’t seem to slow him down as he completed 10 of 15 passes for 107 yards after suffering the injury. The Chiefs’ defense also came up with two key turnovers in the fourth quarter to help propel Kansas City to its fifth straight AFC title game.
  • (1) 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 pick up the dominating win thanks to a defense that racked up five sacks and a rushing attack that amassed 268 yards on the ground. Jalen Hurts also had a big night, and more importantly, his shoulder looked completely healthy as he collected three touchdowns (two passing and one rushing).

Sunday, January 22

  • (3) Bengals 27-10 over (2) Bills. The Bengals’ offense put up some big numbers, but it was the defense that stole the show in this game. The Bengals limited the Bills to just 10 points, which was Buffalo’s lowest total of the season. Cincinnati’s offense also came through with a big game that included 242 yards and two touchdowns from Joe Burrow along with 105 rushing yards from Joe Mixon.
  • (2) 49ers 19-12 over (5) Cowboys. The 49ers earned their second straight trip to the NFC Championship by winning a defensive battle with the Cowboys. The 49ers picked off Dak Prescott twice and got six points off those turnovers, and it proved to be the difference in the game. Robbie Gould proved to be a huge weapon for the 49ers, scoring 13 of their 19 points with four field goals and an extra point.

Championship Sunday

January 29

NFC Championship

  • (2) 49ers at (1) Eagles, 3 p.m. ET (Fox, stream at fuboTV). The NFC’s top two seeds meet in Philadelphia in what should be a showdown of epic proportions. The Eagles will emerge with the NFL’s third-highest scoring offense from the 2022 season, and the 49ers will try to slow it down with a defense that allowed the fewest points in the NFL.

AFC Championship

  • (3) Bengals vs. (1) Chiefs 6:30 p.m. ET (CBS, stream at Paramount+). The Chiefs will get another crack at taking down a Bengals team they just haven’t been able to beat. Since January 2022, the Chiefs have gone 0-3 against the Bengals, including a loss in last year’s AFC title game. This battle of wills will mark the first rematch the AFC Championship has seen in back-to-back seasons since Ravens-Patriots in 2011 and 2012.

Super Bowl LVII

February 12

AFC Champions vs. NFC Champion at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Ariz., 6:30 p.m. ET (Fox, stream on fuboTV)

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