The Super Wildcard Weekend kicked off the NFL Playoffs this past weekend and as you would expect, we weren’t short of excitement and drama across the six games that took place.

However, we now know the six teams that will move forward into the NFL Divisional Playoffs next weekend and also what those games will be and when they will be played!

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So let’s now take a look at the headline makers from what was a very mixed bag of games in the Super Wildcard Weekend round of games, which included a record-busting comeback as well as a surprise for one of the teams that won 13 games or more over the course of the season.

NFL Super Wildcard Weekend Main Stories

  • Dominant Second Half Display Hands 49ers Solid Win Over Seahawks – At the half, Seattle were very much in this game and they had wrestled the momentum back from the 49ers and were making things tough. However, in the second half San Francisco found another gear with Deebo Samuel, Christian McCaffrey and Brock Purdy all playing key roles as the 49ers put up 25 points in the second half to claim a comfortable victory in the end.
  • Jaguars Stun Chargers With Record-Breaking Comeback Win – In one of the biggest and most dramatic comebacks in NFL Playoff history, the Los Angeles Chargers threw away a 27-0 lead with just two minutes remaining in the first half, to somehow lose this game as time expired. Jaguars QB Trevor Lawrence threw four 1st half interceptions and watched his punt returner cough up the ball to the Chargers before leading an incredible comeback sealed with a winning field goal as time expired to put the Jags through by a point.
  • Dolphins Brave Defensive Effort Just Falls Short In Buffalo – Without their first and second choice quarterbacks and their starting running back, Miami should have been easy pickings for Buffalo and the game started that way but the Dolphins struck back superbly and kept the Bills very much in their sights until Josh Allen magic put the Bills up by three late in the fourth and the much-fancied Bills managed to hang on to land the win, but they will have to play much better if they are to progress any further in the playoffs.
  • Giants Land Shock Win Over Vikings In Minnesota – A stellar performance by Daniel Jones who threw for 301 yards and two touchdowns, as well as rushing for 78 yards, was the foundation for the Giants impressive win over the Vikings. Saquon Barkley added two touchdowns of his own but it was a smart effort from the Giants defense that stopped the Vikings explosive offense and impacted on Justin Jefferson’s production.
  • Massive Turnover Touchdown Crucial In Bengals Win Over Ravens – In an unexpectedly close game, a crucial turnover on the Bengals 2-yard line, which led to Sam Hubbard returning the ball for a 98-yard fumble recovery touchdown the other way, was the crucial play in cementing the Bengals win over the Ravens. Baltimore had more of the game but struggled to turn their possession into points and the Bengals, while not at their best, still had enough quality on offense with Burrow and Chase the main men once again, but with injuries on their offensive line, the Bengals are banged up as they head to Buffalo next week.
  • Prescott Super Show Sees Cowboys Beat Bucs – Dak Prescott arguably produced his best ever performance in a Dallas Cowboys jersey as he passed for 305 yards and four touchdowns, and added a fifth on the ground as he led the Cowboys to a 31-14 victory over the Bucs in Tampa. With the Dallas defense keeping the Bucs off the scoreboard until the third quarter, it was a surprisingly easy win for the NFC East team who joins two others (Eagles & Giants) in the final four of the NFC playoff bracket.  

NFL Super Wildcard Weekend Performers of The Week – Offense/Special Teams

  • QB Brock Purdy (49ers) – 18/30 for 332 yards and 3 touchdowns
  • RB Christian McCaffrey (49ers) – 15 carries for 119 yards
  • WR Deebo Samuel (49ers) – 6 receptions for 133 yards & TD, 3 rushes for 32 yards
  • WR DK Metcalf (Seahawks) – 10 receptions for 136 yards and 2 touchdowns
  • QB Trevor Lawrence (Jaguars) – 28/47 for 288 yards, 4 touchdowns (4 int)
  • RB Travis Etienne Jr. (Jaguars) – 20 carries for 109 yards.
  • TE Gerald Everett (Chargers) – 6 receptions for 109 yards and a TD.
  • WR Stefon Diggs (Bills) – 7 receptions for 114 yards
  • WT Gabe Davis (Bills) – 6 receptions for 113 yards and a TD.
  • QB Kirk Cousins (Vikings) – 31/39 for 273 yards and 2 touchdowns
  • TE TJ Hockenson (Vikings) – 10 receptions for 129 yards
  • QB Daniel Jones (Giants) – 24/35 for 301 yards and 2 TD & 17 rushes for 78 yards.
  • QB Dak Prescott (Cowboys) – 25/33 for 305 yards & 4 TD, 7 rushes for 24 yards & 1 TD
  • TE Dalton Schultz (Cowboys) – 7 receptions for 95 yards and 2 touchdowns

NFL Super Wildcard Weekend Performers of The Week – Defense

  • Asante Samuel Jr (Chargers) – Samuel Jr landed three interceptions in the first half against the Jaguars and seemingly set the Chargers on their way to the Divisional Round. How they will now watch from home while the Jaguars move on is one of the more intriguing tales of Super Wildcard Weekend.
  • Miami Dolphins (v Bills) – The Dolphins defense stepped up big time against the Bills, even ultimately in defeat. They made life incredibly uncomfortable for Josh Allen and kept the ‘Fins in the game when they were struggling on offense. The Dolphins defense probably deserved to be going forward to the Divisional Round.
  • New York Giants (v Vikings) – The Giants defense performed very well to hold Justin Jefferson to seven receptions for just 47 yards as well as Dalvin Cook to just 60 yards rushing. The Giants closed down the Vikings game and were especially strong on third down, allowing the Vikings to convert just four of 10. By keeping the Vikes off the field, the Giants had seven minutes more possession which eventually was the key to them winning the game.
  • Sam Hubbard/Logan Wilson (Bengals) – With the Ravens driving to the Bengals red zone, it looked like Baltimore would go 24-17 up with around 11 minutes left in the fourth quarter. However a great play from Logan Wilson to punch the ball out of the Ravens RB hand, allowing Sam Hubbard to scoop the ball up and return it for a Bengals touchdown saw a 14-point swing that eventually proved crucial to the Bengals success.

NFL Super Wildcard Weekend Rookies Of The Week

  • QB Brock Purdy (49ers) – 18/30 for 332 yards and 3 touchdowns, 4 rushes for 16 yards.
  • RB Kenneth Walker III (Seahawks) – 15 carries for 63 yards and a touchdown.
  • CB Kaiir Elam (Bills) – 2 tackles, 1 interception.
  • QB Skylar Thompson (Dolphins) – 18/45 for 220 yards, 1 touchdown (2 int)
  • S Kyle Hamilton (Ravens) – 5 tackles, 4 assists.

Super Wildcard Weekend – Injury Latest

  • CB Kaiir Elam (Bills) – Leg cramps, should be fine for next week’s game.
  • CB Dane Jackson (Bills) – Knee injury. Day to day for the weekend.
  • C Alex Cappa (Bengals) – injury not know but will be out next weekend.
  • OT Jonah Williams (Bengals) – Knee injury and is questionable for next weeks game.
  • CB Trayvon Mullen (Cowboys) – Ill and missed game with Bucs but should return.
  • LB Azeez Ojulari (Giants) – Quadriceps injury and requires tests to reveal extent.
  • CB Jason Pinnock (Giants) – Abdominal injury and is day to day.

Super Wildcard Weekend – Results

Bye to Divisional Round – AFC – Kansas City Chiefs, NFC – Philadelphia Eagles

  • Seattle Seahawks  23-41 San Francisco 49ers
  • Los Angeles Chargers 30-31 Jacksonville Jaguars
  • Miami Dolphins 31-34 Buffalo Bills
  • New York Giants 31-24 Minnesota Vikings
  • Baltimore Ravens 17-24 Cincinnati Bengals
  • Dallas Cowboys 31-14 Tampa Bay Buccaneers

NFL Divisional Weekend – Fixtures

Saturday 21st January

  • Jacksonville Jaguars (10-8) @ Kansas City Chiefs (14-3)

The Chiefs won 27-17 when the two met earlier in the season at Arrowhead but since then the Jags have won seven of their last eight games and after the comeback win over the Chargers, they will feel they can give anybody a game.

Indeed, they can, but I just don’t think they have enough to beat the Chiefs on home soil with Patrick Mahomes and Travis Kelce in tandem. Back the Chiefs to win by 7-12 points at 10/3.

  • New York Giants (10-7-1) @ Philadelphia Eagles (14-3)

The NFC East provides three of the conferences Divisional Round teams and these two have already met twice this season and both relatively recently, with the Eagles winning both times 48-22 in New York and 22-16 in Philadelphia on Week 18 of the season.

The Giants have done superbly well to reach this far and they deservedly upset the Vikings in the Wildcard round, but I think with some key men back, the Eagles will take the win here. Back the Eagles to win by 7-12 points at 10/3.

Sunday 22nd January

  • Cincinnati Bengals (13-4) @ Buffalo Bills (14-3)

After the tragic end to their Week 17 clash, the Bills and Bengals meet again just three weeks later, this time in Buffalo and both come into this game with less than convincing wins in the Wildcard round behind them and a need for improvement as they move on in the playoffs.

The Bills made very tough work of Miami, while the Bengals needed a defensive fumble recovery and 98-yard return for a touchdown to beat the injury hit Ravens but the key thing is both teams did and in what is likely to be an emotional game here, this should be a cracker. The key for me here is the injuries on the Bengals offensive line. That tips the game in the Bills favour. Take the Bills to win a close one by 1-6 points at 14/5.

  • Dallas Cowboys (13-5) @ San Francisco 49ers (14-4)

These teams have an almost equal record against each other at 19-18-1 in favour of the Cowboys, but the Cowboys have won five of the eight postseason games between the two, although the 49ers won when the teams met in the post-season last year.

In fact, the 49ers have won the last two post-season games (the other coming way back in 1995) and as good as Dallas were against the Bucs, they will need to be even better here. I can see this game being really close with these two defenses and in the end, I think the extra experience the Cowboys have on offense could lead them to a shock win here. Back the Cowboys to win by 1-6 points at 7/2.

NFL 2023 Draft Positions (Confirmed)

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

The Miami Dolphins would have had the 21st pick, but forfeited that pick due to breaking NFL rules, meaning the teams listed below them will all pick one place higher than their official pick.

  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. Miami DolphinsForfeited – Dolphins do not pick a player
  22. Los Angeles Chargers
  23. Baltimore Ravens
  24. Minnesota Vikings

Remaining picks to be decided by remaining playoff games.

NFL – Playoff Power Rankings

  1. Kansas City Chiefs (14-3) (1)
  2. Philadelphia Eagles (14-3) (2)
  3. San Francisco 49ers (14-4) (3)
  4. Cincinnati Bengals (13-4) (4)
  5. Buffalo Bills (14-3) (5)
  6. Dallas Cowboys (13-5) (6)
  7. New York Giants (10-7-1) (7)
  8. Jacksonville Jaguars (10-8) (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)