The path to the Super Bowl outlined: know the NFL postseason matchups

The path to the Super Bowl outlined: know the NFL postseason matchups

Dak Prescott and the Dallas Cowboys made sure to start the playoffs at home, where they are undefeated. On the other hand, Josh Allen and the Buffalo Bills are going home with a division title instead of returning to Miami for a rematch.

The postseason of the NFL she is ready. Fourteen teams will compete for a trip to Super Bowl 58 in Las Vegas next month. The postseason begins with six games in three days during wild card weekend.

The Bills rallied to beat the Dolphins 21-14 on Sunday night to clinch their fourth straight AFC East title and second place overall. Meanwhile, the Packers and Buccaneers both earned wins earlier Sunday. The Steelers clinched their postseason berth when the Jaguars collapsed in Tennessee. Jacksonville’s loss gave the Texans a division title.

The top-seeded teams, Baltimore and San Francisco, rested several starters in Week 18. The Lions and Eagles didn’t because they had a shot at second place in the NFC and both teams suffered potentially significant injuries.

Patrick Mahomes rested while backup Blaine Gabbert led the defending Super Bowl champion Chiefs to victory with third place in the AFC already secured. Matthew Stafford watched Carson Wentz lead the Rams to a comeback victory over the 49ers to clinch sixth place in the NFC. Joe Flacco and other starters did not play for the Browns in a minor loss as Cleveland prepared for just its second playoff appearance in 21 seasons.

Six teams are in the playoffs (Browns, Lions, Packers, Texans, Rams and Steelers) after failing to qualify last season.

Some “meetings” stand out in the first round.

Stafford, who went 0-3 in the playoffs in a Lions uniform, returns to Detroit with the Rams (10-7). The Lions (12-5) tied a franchise record for wins in a regular season and will look for their first playoff victory since beating Dallas on Jan. 5, 1992. They will play Sunday night.

Detroit lost tight end rookie Sam LaPorta with a knee injury in the 30-20 win over Minnesota. Lions coach Dan Campbell said “it’s not good news.”

Elsewhere, Cowboys coach Mike McCarthy will face his former team when Jordan Love takes the Packers (9-8) to Dallas on Sunday afternoon. The Cowboys (12-5) defeated Washington 38-10 to clinch the NFC East title and will host Green Bay looking to remain undefeated at home this season.

“They’ve had a good year,” McCarthy said of the Packers. “I haven’t seen them much. “I’m sure everyone will love the drama.”

Miami’s loss left the Dolphins (11-6) in sixth place. Instead of hosting Buffalo again next week, they have to visit Kansas City (11-6) on Saturday night. The stellar wide receiver Dolphins’ Tyreek Hill is playing against the team he helped win a Super Bowl four years ago. The Chiefs beat the Dolphins 21-14 in Germany in Week 9.

The Buccaneers (9-8) clinched their third straight NFC South title with a 9-0 victory at Carolina and will host Philadelphia on Monday night. The Eagles (11-6) played like a team that had already given up in a 27-10 loss to the Giants. The defending NFC champions limp into the playoffs after a late-season collapse, having lost five of their last six games.

He wide receiver AJ Brown left the game with a knee injury, although coach Nick Sirianni is hopeful he won’t miss games.

The Buccaneers beat the Eagles in a wild-card playoff game two years ago in the last of Tom Brady’s 35 playoff wins. Baker Mayfield and a tough Tampa Bay defense led by safety Antoine Winfield Jr. are now standing in Philadelphia’s way.

“We have a lot to fix; we have a lot to do better,” Eagles center Jason Kelce said. “This is our worst stretch of football since Nick’s been here and he’s very, very frustrating, but we’re in the playoffs and he’s done.”

The Browns-Texans matchup kicks off the postseason on Saturday afternoon. The teams met in Week 16 with Cleveland defeating Houston 36-22, but CJ Stroud did not play in that game. The sensational rookie quarterback finished an impressive regular season with a standout performance in a do-or-die 23-19 victory in Indianapolis on Saturday night.

Buffalo (11-6) completed a dramatic turnaround by defeating Miami for its fifth straight victory to close the regular season. The Bills will host the Steelers (10-7) on Sunday afternoon.

13 games left. Thirteen teams will go home with a loss. One team will lift the Vince Lombardi Trophy on February 11.

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