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2022 NFL Playoff Bracket: Divisional Round Lookahead as Chiefs Hosts Bills in AFC Championship Game Rematch

Just like that, one round of playoff football is already in the books. Well, almost. Monday night's NFC West rematch between the 49ers and Rams will bring an official close to Super Wild Card Weekend. Then it's on to the division round, where the No. 1 seeded Packers and Titans will go into the dance, while everyone seems to be taking a step closer to the Super Bowl LVI.

When and where will the next big playoff games take place? And which matchup is the most anticipated? Check out our current division round lookahead for all the details:

AFC

When: Saturday, 16:35 ET
TV: CBS | Power: Paramount + (click here)
Line: Titans -3, O / U 47

The Bengals ride high after ending their 31-year playoff drought after beating the Raiders in the wild card round. Cincinnati is coming to Nashville with one of the NFL's best attacks, led by quarterback Joe Burrow, running back Joe Mixon and receivers Ja'Marr Chase, Tee Higgins and Tyler Boyd. The Bengals will monitor the status of defensive end Trey Hendrickson and defensive tackle Larry Ogunjobi this week. Hendrickson is the concussion record, while Ogunjobi suffered a foot injury against the Raiders.

The Titans had a weekend off after earning the AFC's lone playoff farewell. Despite losing Derrick Henry in mid-season, the Titans went 12-5 in the regular season behind an effective running game and a defense that was one of the league's best in scoring, allowing rushing yards and efficiency in the third down and red zone . The Titans' defense was just 25th against the pass, a bad sign with Burrow on his way to town.

When: Sunday, 18:40 ET
TV: CBS | Power: Paramount + (click here)
Line: Chiefs-2, O / U 54.5

The Division Round weekend will begin with a rematch of last year's AFC Championship Game. It is also between two teams that together scored 89 points in wild card wins over New England and Pittsburgh. On Saturday, the Bills became the NFL's first team not to score, attempt a field goal or make a turnover while scoring seven touchdowns against the Patriots. On Sunday, the Chiefs scored on six consecutive drives, which included five touchdown passes from Patrick Mahomes.

The Chiefs delivered a 38-24 victory over the Bills in last year's AFC Championship Game. But they were on the short end of a 38-20 score back in Week 5. Josh Allen burned the Chiefs' defense to 315 yards and three touchdown passes. Buffalo's defense forced two interceptions out of Mahomes, who tried. season height 54 passes. The game's critical play was turned in by Bill's defensive back Micah Hyde, who gave his team a 31-13 lead after returning an interception 26 yards for a goal midway through the third quarter.

NFC

49ers at Packers

When: Saturday, 20:15 ET
TV: Fox
Line: Packers -5, O / U 47.5

A game oozing with playoff history, the Packers and 49ers will meet in the postseason for the ninth time since the 1995 season. While the top-seeded Packers rested on Sunday, the 49ers beat their ticket to the division round after disturbing the Cowboys at AT&T Stadium. The San Francisco offense received clutch performance from receiver Deebo Samuel and running back Elijah Mitchell, while the 49ers' defense fired Dak Prescott five times while keeping the Cowboys at just 17 points.

The two teams played in one of the NFL's best games of the regular season back in Week 3. Green Bay led 17-7 at the break before needing a last-minute drive to win a 30-28 win in Levi's Stadium. The biggest star of the match was Packers wideout Davante Adams, who caught 12 passes on 132 yards and a goal. His catches of 17 and 25 yards created Mason Crosby's 51-yard field goal in the final game of the game.

When: Sunday, 15:05 ET
TV: NBC
Line: TBD

The winner of Monday night's match will face the defending champions in the division round. While suffering an injury to tackle the Tristan Wirfs, the Buccaneers otherwise faced some turbulence in Sunday's 31-15 win over the Eagles. Tom Brady threw two touchdowns in 271 yards, while the Buccaneers' defense came up with two interceptions from Jalen Hurts.

They did not face the Cardinals, but the Buccaneers met the Rams back in Week 3. Los Angeles jumped out to a 21-7 lead in that game en route to a 34-24 victory. Brady threw for 432 yards in a losing effort while the Rams received 343 yards and four touchdowns from quarterback Matthew Stafford. Two of his touchdown passes went to Cooper Kupp, who led the NFL in receptions, yards and touchdown catches in the regular season.


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