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After an exciting weekend of action and some intriguing games, we now know which teams will be battling it out for the AFC and NFC Conference Championships and a place in Super Bowl LVII in Glendale, Arizona at State Farm Stadium, home of the Arizona Cardinals, on 12th February.

So let’s take a look at the major stories from this weekend’s NFL action.

NFL Playoffs Divisional Weekend Main Stories

  • Jacksonville Jaguars 20-27 Kansas City Chiefs

The Chiefs win was a closer one than many expected and was marred by a high ankle sprain that saw Patrick Mahomes miss some game time before returning to lead the Chiefs to a narrow win. Chad Henne converted his one drive into a key touchdown, that proved decisive in the game and he will be on stand by for next weekend’s Conference Championship if Mahomes is not able to play every snap.

Two key turnovers cost the Jags, both occurring in the Chiefs red zone and that effectively set the seal on the Chiefs win, with Travis Kelce once again a huge factor catching 2 touchdowns amongst his 14 total receptions in the game.

Doug Petersen will take solace his Jags team pushed the Chiefs so close in Kansas and they look likely to be a playoff team for the next few years. The Chiefs now move on to the Conference Championship game for a fifth year in a row.

  • New York Giants 7-38 Philadelphia Eagles

A first-half blitz from the Eagles provided the foundation for this comfortable victory for the Eagles as they took a 28-0 half time lead into the locker room against the somewhat dumbstruck Giants.

Even with Jalen Hurts not at 100%, the Eagles dominated all phases of the game, rushing for 268 yards, passing for 154 yards and scoring five touchdowns as they dominated their NFC East rivals on offense and defense.

The Eagles pass rush choked the life out of the Giants in the first half and Daniel Jones was unable to get anything going until Saquan Barkley broke out for a 35-yard run in the third quarter, a prelude to the Giants only score of the game. However, this was as one-sided as the scoreline suggests and the Giants still look a long way away from being a genuine NFC contender.

  • Cincinnati Bengals 27-10 Buffalo Bills

Perhaps the best performance of any team in the Divisional round came in Buffalo where the Bengals produced a masterclass in controlling a game as they not only beat the Bills, but did so in snowy weather conditions and in all facets of the game against a team many felt were the best in the NFL at the start of the season.

There’s no doubt that Von Miller’s absence was keenly felt by the Bills on defense as they struggled to cope with Joe Burrows and his offense. If Burrows wasn’t dicing them through the air, his running backs were doing so on the ground, chewing up the clock after establishing a 14-point lead in the first quarter.

When the Bills tried to fight back, the Bengals defense continually shut them out, holding them to 10 points and ensuring that the 27 the Bengals scored were more than enough to secure the win. This was a hugely impressive and fully deserved win for the Bengals and one that will sting for the Bills.

  • Dallas Cowboys 12-19 San Francisco 49ers

In a game which the two defenses were dominant, it was a story of turnovers that eventually saw the 49ers get past the Cowboys. Dak Prescott’s two interceptions proving key as the home side scored their only touchdown in the fourth quarter to claim the win.

That Christian McCaffrey score proved vital as the 49ers took the lead in the fourth quarter but they were helped by some poor play by Prescott who, just a week after a superb performance in the Wildcard Weekend game, once again struggled post-season against a top quality defense.

He wasn’t helped by a questionable call on the last play of the game but in the end Brock Purdy was the more reliable of the two hitting 19/29 passes for 214 yards and, most importantly, no turnovers, as his stellar form continues and he leads the 49ers into another Conference Championship game.

NFL Divisional Weekend Performers Of The Week – Offense/Special Teams

  • TE Travis Kelce (Chiefs) – 14 receptions for 98 yards and 2 touchdowns.
  • QB Jalen Hurts (Eagles) – 16/24 for 154 yards and 2 touchdowns
  • RB Kenneth Gainwell (Eagles) – 12 rushes for 112 yards and a touchdown
  • EDGE Haason Reddick (Eagles) – 4 tackles, 1 assist, 1.5 sacks.
  • DL Josh Sweat (Eagles) – 1 tackle, 2 assists, 1.5 sacks
  • LB Matt Milano (Bills) – 7 tackles, 3 assists, 1 sack
  • QB Joe Burrow (Bengals) – 23/36 for 242 yards and 2 touchdowns.
  • RB Joe Mixon (Bengals) – 20 carries for 105 yards and a touchdown
  • TE George Kittle (49ers) – 5 receptions for 95 yards
  • LB Fred Warner (49ers) – 7 tackles, 2 assists, one interception.
  • CB Ceommodore Lenoir (49ers) – 4 tackles, 1 assist, one interception.
  • K Robbie Gould (49ers) – 4 field goals from four attempts, 13 points in total.
  • WR CeeDee Lamb (Cowboys) – 10 receptions for 117 yards.

NFL Divisional Weekend Performers Of The Week – Defense

  • Philadelphia Eagles – A shut down performance against the New York Giants meant that their opponents were never really in the game. A stunning pass rush laid the foundation for this easy win for the Eagles with Haason Reddick once again catching the eye with an all-action display.
  • Cincinnati Bengals – While much will be made of Joe Burrow and the Bengals offense, it was their defense that were hugely important in blunting the Bills attack and all the more impressive was that this occurred in conditions that usually favour the offense. Brilliantly marshalled by their defensive co-ordinator, this unit was sensational in the Bengals victory on Sunday.
  • San Francisco 49ers – We know how impressive the 49ers defense is and once again they proved it against the Cowboys, holding Dallas to just 12 points and a single touchdown in the game and intercepting Dak Prescott twice to lay the foundation for another 49ers victory.

NFL Divisional Weekend – Rookies Of The Week

  • RB Isiah Pacheco (Chiefs) – 12 carries for 95 yards, 1 catch for 6 yards.
  • CB Jaylen Watson (Chiefs) – 3 tackles, plus game winning interception.
  • CB Trent McDuffie (Chiefs) – 3 tackles, 1 assist.
  • LB Devin Lloyd (Jaguars) – 3 tackles, 5 assists
  • QB Brock Purdy (49ers) – 19/29 for 214 yards
  • CB Cam Taylor (Bengals) – 6 tackles, 1 interception.
  • S Reed Blankenship (Eagles) – 2 tackles, 3 assists

NFL Divisional Weekend – Key Injury Latest

  • QB Patrick Mahomes (Chiefs) – High Ankle Sprain suffered in win over Jaguars. Will likely start against the Bengals but is likely to be nowhere near 100% fit.
  • QB Jalen Hurts (Eagles) – Hurts came through the Eagles game with the Giants without an issue and despite not being 100% he will start next week against the 49ers
  • C – Ted Karras (Bengals) – Seemed to have a right knee injury but finished the game with the Bills and should play next weekend too, even if not 100% fit.

NFL Conference Championship Weekend – Fixtures

Sunday 29th January

  • NFC – San Francisco 49ers (15-4) (2) @ Philadelphia Eagles (15-3) (1)
  • AFC – Cincinnati Bengals (15-4) (3) @ Kansas City Chiefs (15-3) (1)

NFL 2023 Draft Positions (Confirmed After Divisional Round)

  1. Chicago Bears
  2. Houston Texans
  3. Arizona Cardinals
  4. Indianapolis Colts
  5. Denver Broncos – Traded to Seattle Seahawks
  6. Los Angeles Rams – Traded to Detroit Lions
  7. Las Vegas Raiders
  8. Atlanta Falcons
  9. Carolina Panthers
  10. New Orleans Saints – Traded to Philadelphia Eagles
  11. Tennessee Titans
  12. Cleveland Browns – Traded to Houston Texans
  13. New York Jets
  14. New England Patriots
  15. Green Bay Packers
  16. Washington Commanders
  17. Pittsburgh Steelers
  18. Detroit Lions
  19. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  20. Seattle Seahawks
  21. Los Angeles Chargers*
  22. Baltimore Ravens
  23. Minnesota Vikings
  24. Jacksonville Jaguars
  25. New York Giants
  26. Dallas Cowboys
  27. Buffalo Bills
  28. TBD
  29. TBD
  30. TBD
  31. TBD

The remaining four picks will be decided by the results of the two Conference Championship games and the Super Bowl.

Teams that have traded away their 2023 are shown in italics.

The Miami Dolphins were penalized their 2023 first round pick and so will not pick in this round of the draft. The Dolphins were scheduled to have the 21st pick in the 1st round of the 2023 NFL Draft, but instead the Chargers will move up to select in that spot with the teams below them also moving up one spot in the draft.

Round 1 of the draft will therefore only have 31 picks in 2023.

NFL – Playoff Power Rankings (post Divisional Weekend)

  1. Philadelphia Eagles (15-3) (2,1)
  2. Cincinnati Bengals (14-4) (4,2)
  3. San Francisco 49ers (15-4) (3,3)
  4. Kansas City Chiefs (15-3) (1,4)
  5. Buffalo Bills (14-4) (eliminated) (5,5)
  6. Dallas Cowboys (13-6) (eliminated) (6,6)
  7. Jacksonville Jaguars (10-9) (eliminated) (8,7)
  8. New York Giants (10-8-1) (eliminated) (7,8)
  9. Minnesota Vikings (13-5) (eliminated) (9)
  10. Baltimore Ravens (10-8) (eliminated) (10)
  11. Los Angeles Chargers (10-8) (eliminated) (11)
  12. Miami Dolphins (9-9) (eliminated) (12)
  13. Seattle Seahawks (9-9) (eliminated) (13)
  14. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (9-9) (eliminated) (14)

Stunning wins for the Eagles and Bengals move them into the top two of my Playoff Power Rankings, the 49ers remain third with the Chiefs dropping to fourth mainly because of the injury to QB Patrick Mahomes and if he isn’t fit, then their chances of reaching the Super Bowl take a huge hit.

Check back later this week when we give you our detailed preview of the two Conference Championship games taking place next Sunday.