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2023 NFL playoffs bracket: Championship spherical schedule, odds, TV as Eagles, 49ers brace for NFC slugfest

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The divisional spherical of the playoffs actually settled a couple of narratives on who the most effective groups within the NFL had been after an thrilling weekend of video games. Finally, the league has its 4 greatest groups enjoying on convention championship weekend.

The Philadelphia Eagles rolled to victory over the New York Giants, showcasing they’re nonetheless top-of-the-line groups within the league and the Tremendous Bowl contender they have been all season. Philadelphia will host the NFC Championship Sport in opposition to the San Francisco 49ers, who gained a showdown in opposition to the Dallas Cowboys to set the convention up with a matchup of its prime two seeds.

The AFC Championship Sport has a extremely anticipated rematch between the Kansas Metropolis Chiefs and Cincinnati Bengals in what is bound to be top-of-the-line video games of the season. Patrick Mahomes had a gutty efficiency on a excessive ankle sprain for the Chiefs to get previous the Jacksonville Jaguars whereas Joe Burrow led the Bengals to a dominant victory over the Buffalo Payments — in snowy Buffalo.

Convention championship weekend has the makings of an all timer. Here is an early primer of what is developing subsequent week.

All odds courtesy of Caesars Sportsbook

NFC Championship Sport

(2) San Francisco 49ers at (1) Philadelphia Eagles

When: Sunday, January 29, 3 pm ET
TV: Fox | streaming: fuboTV
Line: Eagles -2, O/U 45.5

The 49ers and Eagles haven’t got a wealthy playoff historical past, with Philadelphia and San Francisco assembly just one time within the postseason (49ers gained 14-0 in 1996 NFC Wild Card spherical). Jalen Hurts and Brock Purdy — each of the beginning quarterbacks within the recreation — weren’t even born but. Hurts (24 years, 175 days) vs. Purdy (23 years, 33 days) would be the youngest matchup in NFC Championship Sport historical past.

Purdy is the fourth quarterback drafted within the sixth spherical or later (or undrafted) to achieve a convention championship in his first season as a starter. The 49ers are enjoying of their 18th convention championship recreation, probably the most in NFL historical past (and third in final 4 years). They’re the one NFC staff by no means to play in Philadelphia in a playoff recreation on the street.

Hurts is the youngest quarterback in Eagles historical past to achieve the convention championship recreation, breaking Donovan McNabb’s report from 2001. That is the Eagles’ seventh convention championship recreation look since 2000, probably the most within the NFC and trailing solely the New England Patriots for probably the most within the NFL. The Eagles are trying to find their fourth Tremendous Bowl look in franchise historical past and second within the final six seasons.

The Eagles completed with the highest offensive within the NFC in factors and yards per recreation. The 49ers completed with the highest protection within the NFC in factors and yards per recreation. This recreation will definitely pin the age-old offense vs. protection debate, setting the stage for a thriller in Philadelphia.

AFC Championship Sport

(4) Cincinnati Bengals at (1) Kansas Metropolis Chiefs

When: Sunday, January 29, 6:30 p.m. ET
TV: CBS | streaming: Paramount+
Line: Chiefs -1.5, O/U 47.5

A rematch of final yr’s AFC title recreation in opposition to the Chiefs and Bengals is already definitely worth the hype. Add Patrick Mahomes and Joe Burrow to the combination and NFL followers could possibly be set to embrace one other traditional, particularly with Mahomes enjoying by means of a high-ankle sprain.

Mahomes has by no means crushed the Bengals since Burrow has grow to be the beginning quarterback, going 0-3 in opposition to him over the past two seasons — together with final yr’s AFC Championship Sport which Kansas Metropolis blew a 21-10 second quarter lead and misplaced 27-24 in extra time. Every of these conferences have been determined by precisely three factors, with Cincinnati outscoring Kansas Metropolis 26-6 within the fourth quarter and extra time in these video games.

Mahomes will be part of Tom Brady (eight straight) and Ken Stabler (5 straight) as the one quarterbacks to begin 5 straight convention championship video games because the Chiefs are the primary staff in NFL historical past to play 5 consecutive convention championship video games at residence. He is additionally the one quarterback to guide a staff to 5 convention championship video games earlier than turning 30. The Chiefs need to grow to be simply the ninth staff to achieve the Tremendous Bowl thrice in a four-year span.

The Bengals are in search of to achieve the Tremendous Bowl in consecutive seasons, making an attempt to grow to be the primary staff since seeding started in 1975 to achieve back-to-back Tremendous Bowls with out having a top-two seed in both season. Joe Burrow can be part of Russell Wilson as the one quarterbacks to begin two Tremendous Bowls of their first three seasons. Burrow is 5-1 in his playoff profession and 3-0 on the street (the Bengals by no means gained a postseason street recreation previous to Burrow). Cincinnati has by no means misplaced an AFC Championship Sport, going 3-0 in franchise historical past.

Mahomes vs. Burrow IV needs to be a traditional, no matter how the Chiefs quarterback performs along with his excessive ankle sprain.

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