The first round of the NFL postseason delivered four memorable games, two of which went into extra time, and only eight teams are still fighting for the Super Bowl. The winners of the first round of the division round this weekend are expected in the two top seeds of both conferences. Here's what you need to know about this year's NFL playoffs.
When is the division round of the NFL playoffs?
The division round begins on Saturday at 4:35 p.m. When the Minnesota Vikings visit the No. 1 NFC, the San Francisco 49ers. The AFC's number 1 Baltimore Ravens will host the Tennessee Titans on Saturday at 8:15 p.m. On Sunday, the Kansas City Chiefs will receive the Houston Texans at 3:05 p.m. and the Seattle Seahawks will visit the Green Bay Packers at 6:40 p.m.
Who will play in the division round of the NFL playoffs?
Here's a look at the four matchups in the division round:
NFC division: No. 6 Minnesota Vikings at No. 1 San Francisco 49ers
Saturday, 4:35 p.m. (NBC)
The 49ers are perhaps the most complete team in the NFL and face a Viking squad that has barely made it out of New Orleans to reach the division round. The Vikings are balanced but inconsistent, and criticism of Quarterback's Kirk Cousins has long been that he fights in the greatest moments.
Cousins was better than you think this season, answering many critics with some great pieces in defeating New Orleans. But the 49er defense was one of the best this season, though it has been strengthened in recent weeks.
San Francisco is led by quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, who has become an effective downfield passer. He has a number of weapons around him, especially the star tight end George Kittle. However, it is Garoppolo's first playoff start, and the 49ers are betting that he won't be afraid of fear.
AFC Division: No. 6 Tennessee Titans at Baltimore Ravens No. 1
Saturday, 8.15 p.m. (CBS)
The titan's reward for Saturday's NFL victory in New England was a trip to Baltimore to face the most dangerous offense of the year. The Ravens are led by quarterback Lamar Jackson – the two-threat dynamo, probably the league's best MVP, and one of the most exciting players in football's recent history. Jackson and his supportive cast of powerful running backs and versatile tight ends represent a far more formidable challenge than anything that represented the patriot's offense.
The titans could be up to the challenge. You have a strong defense and Derrick Henry looked like a player created by a video game against New England. But the Ravens defense was one of the best this season, and titan quarterback Ryan Tannehill looked human against the patriots after prevailing in the regular season after taking over for Marcus Mariota.
AFC Division: No. 4 Houston Texans at No. 2 Kansas City Chiefs
Sunday, 3:05 p.m. (CBS)
In this match, one of the most confusing teams in the NFL (the Texans) meets one of the rising teams (the Chiefs). When they played in October, the Texans showed their ups and downs by falling 17-3 in the first quarter, pulling off a 20-0 run to take the lead at half-time, and taking a win of 31:24.
To recreate this street victory, the Texans must rely on wizard quarterback Deshaun Watson, who reinforced his legend when he beat Buffalo in the first round by avoiding an apparently safe sack to set up the game-winning field goal.
But the chiefs are a formidable opponent. Quarterback Patrick Mahomes, MVP last year, is completely healthy and rested after an injury at the start of the season. Coach Andy Reid, who is considered one of the hottest offensive heads in the league, had two weeks to tackle a Texan defense that was vulnerable to air strikes. The signs indicate that this is a high-score matter.
NFC Division: No. 5 Seattle Seahawks at No. 2 Green Bay Packers
Sunday, 18:40 (fox)
The Packers were the happiest team in football this season by advanced standards. They won 13 games when the numbers say they should be closer to 10 and they went 6-1 in one point games. Their luck continued on Sunday when the New Orleans Saints lost home, which meant the Seattle Seahawks would come to Lambeau Field instead of New Orleans.
The Seahawks are just a little less intimidating. They could have been number 1 in the NFC if the 49ers hadn't stopped them short of the end zone in their week 17 matchup. They're a dangerous team in all its facets, but this season they have been led by offensive player and MVP quarterback Russell Wilson. You could get into a gunfight – their passport storm has problems this year – but the Seahawks may not mind.
What happened in the first round of the NFL playoffs?
NFC first round: No. 5 Seattle Seahawks 17, No. 4 Philadelphia Eagles 9
Carson Wentz & # 39; NFL playoff debut was canceled on Sunday at Lincoln Financial Field when he sustained a head injury in the first quarter. The Eagles made things interesting, but quickly left the postseason with a loss to the Seahawks.
NFC first round: No. 6 Minnesota Vikings 26, No. 3 New Orleans Saints 20 (OT)
After a roller coaster ride where four quarters hadn't decided whose season was ending and whose sequel, Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins floated a pass to the corner of the end zone. When it got into the hands of Kyle Rudolph, the Vikings had put together an impressive, 26-20-fold surprise for the Saints, who had once again postponed their Super Bowl-worthy line-up to an early postseason.
AFC first round: No. 4 Houston Texans 22, No. 5 Buffalo Bills 19 (OT)
The Texans seemed to be heading for another unobtrusive playoff exit. Then J.J. Watt, Deshaun Watson and DeAndre Hopkins intervened. They made an angry comeback when the Texans defeated the Bills in extra time in Houston on Saturday.
AFC first round: No. 6 Tennessee Titans 20, No. 3 New England Patriots 13
A team quartered by Ryan Tannehill beat Tom Brady's Patriots in the playoffs in Foxborough, Mass. It was a shocking defeat for the Patriots, and it ended a season that began with so much promise and hope for historically good defenses.
The titans rode NFL champion Derrick Henry to victory. His 182 feet on the floor have been most in the playoffs since Ryan Grant had 201 for the Green Bay Packers in 2008.
When are the conference championship games?
The championship round will take place on Sunday, January 19th. The AFC championship game begins at 3:05 p.m. and will air on CBS. The NFC championship game follows at 6.30pm. on Fox.
When's the Super Bowl?
Super Bowl LIV is Sunday, February 2, in Miami Gardens, Florida. It starts at 6:30 p.m. and is broadcast by Fox.
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