NFL playoff bracket 2022: Divisional playoff matchups, schedule for AFC & NFC

The NFL wild card round is drawing to a close and there are only nine teams left in the hunt for a Super Bowl title. After Monday, that number will drop to eight, whether the Rams or Cardinals move on and the loser goes home.

It’s been a good postseason so far for the favorites, with the only division champion to drop in the playoffs so far being the Cowboys in a narrow loss to the 49ers on Sunday. Several games took a beating, with the Bills demolishing the Patriots, the Buccaneers running away from the Eagles and the Chiefs defeating the Steelers. The Bengals outscored the Raiders with a last-second goal-line interception to give Cincinnati its first playoff win since 1991.

When the NFL returns to action next weekend, all remaining teams will be back on the field. The Titans and Packers rested this weekend and watched games from home, but will now have to defend their home fields, with Tennessee set to face Cincinnati and Green Bay preparing to play San Francisco. The only team walking away Sunday unsure of their opponent is the Buccaneers, who will face the winner of the Rams-Cardinals matchup.

Below is an image of the NFL playoffs before the divisional round, including matchup information and a television schedule of the games.

2022 NFL playoff bracket

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AFC

  1. Tennessee Titans vs. 4. Cincinnati Bengals
  2. Kansas City Chiefs vs. 3. Buffalo Bills

NFC

  1. Green Bay Packers vs. 6. San Francisco 49ers
  2. buccaneers vs. 4. Los Angeles Rams/5. arizona cardinals

NFL divisional round matchups

AFC

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1. Tennessee Titans vs. 4. Cincinnati Bengals

The Titans return to action Saturday after byeing out in the wild-card round, this time playing star running back Derrick Henry, who missed much of the season with a broken foot. However, he will face a tough rushing defense in Cincinnati, which allowed the fifth fewest rushing yards to opposing teams during the regular season. And the Titans, who allowed the eighth-most passing yards this season, will have to rein in Joe Burrow and the Bengals’ dynamic wide receivers.

2. Kansas City Chiefs vs. 3. Buffalo Bills

The Bills avenged their loss to Kansas City in the 2021 AFC Championship Game by defeating the Chiefs 38-20 when the two teams met in Week 5 this season. The Chiefs had no answer for the dual-threat ability of Josh Allen, who threw for 315 yards and three touchdowns and rushed for 59 yards and another touchdown. But since that loss, the Chiefs have gone 11-2 and are firing on all cylinders after Patrick Mahomes threw for five touchdowns against the Steelers in the wild-card win.

NFC

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1. Green Bay Packers vs. 6. San Francisco 49ers

Aaron Rodgers hasn’t led his team to the Super Bowl since 2010 despite making the playoffs eight times since then. Three times during that stretch, it has been the 49ers that have eliminated Green Bay from the postseason. Rodgers has never beaten San Francisco in the playoffs, but for the second time, the game will take place at Lambeau Field. Can the Packers reach the NFC Championship for the third year in a row, or will San Francisco end Green Bay’s title hopes again?

2. Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. 4. Los Angeles Rams/5. arizona cardinals

The Buccaneers had no trouble winning their fifth straight playoff game after last year’s Super Bowl victory as they defeated the Eagles in a 31-15 win. Tampa Bay lost to the Rams earlier this season in a 32-24 loss, and hasn’t faced Arizona this season.

NFL playoff schedule: divisional round

There will be two games on Saturday and Sunday, one in the mid-afternoon and one in the evening.

Day one will feature the No. 1 seeds with the Titans and Bengals set to open the divisional round on CBS against the Packers and 49ers player that night. The reigning conference champions will take the field on Sunday, starting with Tom Brady and the Buccaneers facing the winner of NFC West rivals. The final game of the weekend will be a rematch of the 2021 AFC Championship with the Chiefs set to play the Bills.

Below is the full television schedule for the divisional round.

Saturday, January 22

Play start time Net Stream
titans vs flares 4:30 p.m. ET CBS fuboTV
Packers vs. 49ers 8:15 p.m. ET Fox fuboTV

Sunday, January 23

Play start time Net Stream
Buccaneers vs. Cardinals/Rams 3 p.m. ET NBC fuboTV
Chiefs Against Bills 6:30 pm CBS fuboTV

NFL playoff bracket, 2022 seeds

AFC

Seed Team Record first round results
one. tennessee titans 12-5 bye first round
two. Kansas City Chiefs 12-5 Victory vs. No. 7 Steelers 42-21
3. buffalo bills 11-6 Victory against Patriots No. 6 47-17
Four. Cincinnati Bengals 10-7 Victory against the Raiders No. 5 26-19

NFC

Seed Team Record first round results
one. Green Bay Packers 13-4 bye first round
two. Tampa Bay Buccaneers 13-4 Victory against No. 7 Eagles 31-15
Four. Los Angeles Rams 12-5 against the Cardinals No. 5
5. arizona cardinals 11-6 against the No. 4 Rams
6. San Francisco 49ers 10-7 Victory vs. No. 3 Cowboys 23-17