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NFL Playoff Bracket 2022: Updated picture, schedule after Sunday’s Wild Card | Bleacher report

TAMPA, FLORIDA - JANUARY 16: Mike Evans # 13 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers celebrates with Tom Brady # 12 after scoring a touchdown against the Philadelphia Eagles in the third quarter of the NFC Wild Card Playoff game at Raymond James Stadium on January 16, 2022 in Tampa, Florida.  (Photo by Michael Reaves / Getty Images)
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The NFL's Super Wild Card Weekend is almost over. Five matches are over, with a matchup Monday night left. This means that we are much closer to knowing what the division round will look like.

Sunday's action began much like Saturday's activity ended. Like the Buffalo Bills, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers won the blowout way. The Philadelphia Eagles could not get their acclaimed game underway, and the Super Bowl champions wasted some time pulling away.

The match between the Dallas Cowboys and the San Francisco 49ers was far more entertaining, at least late. San Francisco dominated physically through the first three quarters, but late fouls allowed the Cowboys to crawl back into it.

Dallas had one last chance for a go-on touchdown, but managed the final push and never got a chance for a Hail Mary attempt.

San Francisco managed the first rebellion of the weekend and will advance to face the Green Bay Packers in the division round.

There was no disruption in the night game. As many might have expected, the Kansas City Chiefs handled the Pittsburgh Steelers with relative ease - even though it took Kansas City time to get into a rhythm.

The AFC Division Round is now set, while there is only one match left to decide things in the NFC.

Sunday results and summary

Tampa Bay Buccaneers 31, Philadelphia Eagles 15

The Buccaneers did not completely dominate the Eagles like the Bills did the New England Patriots, but it was still a one-sided competition that only seems closer thanks to a couple of Philadelphia touchdowns in the fourth quarter.

Tampa was able to take the Eagles out of their game plan by limiting the race early. Philadelphia finished with 95 rushing yards, but much of it came after the game was well in hand.

With Leonard Fournette out, the Bucs relied heavily on running backs Ke'Shawn Vaughn and Giovani Bernard. Not surprisingly, though, it was quarterback Tom Brady who set the tone during his record-breaking playoff victory.

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The 44-year-old finished 29-of-37 for 271 yards and two touchdowns. Wideout Mike Evans caught nine passes on 117 yards and a touchdown. Bernard chipped five catches and 39 yards in while Rob Gronkowski caught five for 31 and one scoring.

The absence of receivers Chris Godwin (torn ACL) and Antonio Brown (released) was not great against the Eagles. We have to wait and see if they do in the next round.

San Francisco 49ers 23, Dallas Cowboys 17

The game in the late afternoon is likely to leave a lingering bad taste for Cowboys fans. With Dallas within striking distance, a Dak Prescott goalkeeper was almost set up for a sensible Hail Mary shot.

The quarterback, however, failed to hand the football to the referee, it took an extra second to put the ball, and the Dallas star was unable to clock it in time.

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This was far from the early miscue that cost the Cowboys. Dallas was penalized a full 14 times for 89 yards.

It was a 49ers error that allowed the Cowboys back in the game. San Francisco led 23-7 into the final quarter, but a Jimmy Garoppolo interception helped Dallas score 10 points in a matter of minutes to make it a one-score game.

While the Prescott and the Cowboys offensive came to life late, there were simply too many errors and not enough clock to overcome.

Cowboys head coach Mike McCarthy was not happy with how the match was judged.

"I thought they would let these teams play today," he said told reporters.

Dallas became the first home team to lose this postseason.

Kansas City Chiefs 42, Pittsburgh Steelers 21

The Chiefs did not get off to a warm start on Sunday. Pittsburgh's defense held strong in the early games, and a TJ Watt defensive touchdown actually gave the Steelers an early lead.

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However, when Patrick Mahomes, Travis Kelce and the Kansas City Offensive began to roll, it was like opening the locks. The Chiefs ripped three quick touchdowns off late in the second quarter to take a 31-7 lead at the break.

By the end of the third quarter, Kansas City was up 38-14.

Ben Roethlisberger and the Steelers' attack did late enough to make the end result respectable, but in the second and third quarters it was pretty much all the Chiefs.

Mahomes finished 30-of-39 for 404 yards, five touchdowns and one interception. Kelce also threw a touchdown pass while five different Chiefs players caught touchdown passes, including guard Nick Allegretti on a smart lineman-qualified game.

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Roethlisberger, in what could be his last NFL game, finished 28-of-43 for 204 yards and two touchdowns.

Playoff picture and updated Super Bowl odds

Playoff picture

The Division Round matches are scheduled for the AFC. Without interruption in the conference, the fourth-seeded Cincinnati Bengals will face the top-seeded Tennessee Titans. Bills, meanwhile, will visit the Chiefs for a rematch.

In Week 5, Buffalo beat Kansas City 38-20.

Things are almost set in NFC, and the picture is relatively easy to see through. As the No. 6 seed, the 49ers are ready to take on the top-seeded Packers.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers, No. 2, host the winner of Monday night's matchup between the Arizona Cardinals and Los Angeles Rams.

Updated Super Bowl Odds

Green Bay Packers 19-5

Kansas City Chiefs 4-1

Buffalo Bills 5-1

Tampa Bay Buccaneers 5-1

Tennessee Titans 17-2

Los Angeles Rams 10-1

San Francisco 49ers 11-1

Cincinnati Bengals 13-1

Arizona Cardinals 25-1

Remaining playoff plan

Monday, January 17th

20:15 ET: Arizona Cardinals at Los Angeles Rams on ESPN, ABC, ESPN 2, ESPN +

Division round

Saturday, January 22nd

16:30 ET: Cincinnati Bengals on Tennessee Titans on CBS, Paramount +

20:15 ET: San Francisco 49ers at the Green Bay Packers at Fox

Sunday, January 23rd

15:00 ET: Rams / Cardinals at Tampa Bay Buccaneers at NBC, Peacock

18:30 ET: Buffalo Bills at Kansas City Chiefs on CBS, Paramount +

Championship weekend

Sunday, January 30th

15:00 ET: AFC on CBS, Paramount +

18:30 ET: NFC on Fox, Fox Sports app

Super Bowl LVI

Sunday, February 13th

18:30 ET on NBC, Peacock

Odds via DraftKings Sportsbook


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