NFL Playoff Bracket 2023: AFC, NFC Picture and Super Bowl Predictions
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The last three playoff spots found a home during the final weekend of the 2022 NFL regular season.
The Jacksonville Jaguars escaped the Tennessee Titans on Saturday night. And on Sunday, the Miami Dolphins — who started a third-row quarterback — snatched the AFC’s last spot before the Seattle Seahawks landed the NFC’s remaining wildcard bid.
Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers had a win-and-in scenario, but the Detroit Lions spoiled the evening.
Ahead is a summary of the AFC and NFC bracket, along with predictions for Super Bowl LVII.
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The weekend began with an important win for the Kansas City Chiefs, who routed the Las Vegas Raiders 31-13 to secure home field advantage — with an AFC Championship asterisk — in the playoffs.
Miami, on the other hand, provided fireworks on Sunday.
First, the Buffalo Bills defeated the New England Patriots to give the Dolphins a chance. Then, despite missing both Tua Tagovailoa and Teddy Bridgewater, they clipped the Joe Flacco-led New York Jets. Miami kicker Jason Sanders drilled a last-minute 50-yard field goal in the 11-6 triumph that ended with a safety after time ran out.
Elsewhere, the Cincinnati Bengals’ 27-16 win over the Baltimore Ravens this weekend led to a rematch in Cincy.
No. 1 Kansas City Chiefs (Bye)
Los Angeles Chargers No. 5 at Jacksonville Jaguars No. 4; Saturday, January 14 at 8:15 p.m. ET (NBC)
No. 7 Miami Dolphins at No. 2 Buffalo Bills; Sunday January 15; 1 p.m. ET (CBS)
No. 6 Baltimore Ravens at No. 3 Cincinnati Bengals; Sunday, January 15 at 8:15 p.m. ET (NBC)
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Another specialist took on the hero role in the NFC – although he almost ended up on the wrong side of that label.
Seattle Seahawks kicker Jason Myers missed a 46-yarder as time ran out against the Los Angeles Rams. But in overtime he landed a shot at redemption after intercepting Quandre Diggs. Myers buried a 32-yard attempt to give the Seahawks a 19-16 win.
Green Bay could still have made the playoffs, but Detroit scored a touchdown in the fourth quarter to upset the Packers 20-16.
Other notable results were as expected. While the Philadelphia Eagles secured NFC home field advantage with a 22-16 win over the New York Giants, the San Francisco 49ers rolled 38-13 over the Arizona Cardinals to secure second place.
No. 1 Philadelphia Eagles (Bye)
No. 7 Seattle Seahawks at No. 2 San Francisco 49ers; Saturday, Jan. 14 at 4:30 p.m. ET (Fox)
No. 6 New York Giants at No. 3 Minnesota Vikings; Sunday, Jan. 15 at 4:30 p.m. ET (Fox)
No. 5 Dallas Cowboys at No. 4 Tampa Bay Buccaneers; Monday, January 16 at 8:15 p.m. ET (ABC/ESPN)
Super Bowl Predictions
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Neither side of the NFL seems to have a runaway favorite. Both top seeds — the Chiefs and Eagles — have shown weaknesses in late-season contests despite their 14-3 records.
And you only get that lead in the Super Bowl.
Throughout the season, the Chiefs managed to overcome a number of inconsistent games. Cold spells plagued the power of the AFC West in the second half, with both the Bills and Bengals defeating Kansas City in 2022. Buffalo is instead the pick to emerge from the conference, especially since the AFC Championship is at a neutral venue would take place.
Philadelphia is starting to deal with injuries at the worst moment. However, quarterback Jalen Hurts (shoulder) returned in Week 18 and starting tackle is Lane Johnson (adductors). expected to play in the postseason.
Without question, the San Francisco 49ers are a serious threat. But that prediction still leans toward the Eagles at home.
Should that happen, the Super Bowl would feature two explosive offenses. Buffalo’s more consistent defense will prove crucial in earning the Bills their long-awaited first-ever NFL title.
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