4 groups get the NFL’s postseason began on Saturday, that includes 4 quarterbacks making their postseason beginning debuts.
Seattle veteran Geno Smith spent years looking for a beginning job earlier than settling with the Seahawks this season. They are going to journey to face rookie Brock Purdy and the San Francisco 49ers in Saturday’s first sport. Purdy was the final participant taken on this 12 months’s draft however has produced instantly — profitable 5 straight begins since he took over for the injured Jimmy Garappolo.
The nightcap options two of the league’s up-and-coming younger quarterbacks: Justin Herbert and the Los Angeles Chargers head to Jacksonville, the place they will face 2021 No. 1 general decide Trevor Lawrence and the Jaguars.
Seven of the 14 groups on this 12 months’s playoffs did not make the sphere final season, giving the NFL’s upcoming wild-card weekend a mixture of conventional powerhouses and underdogs.
There can be three video games on Sunday: Miami at Buffalo, Baltimore at Cincinnati and the New York Giants at Minnesota. The opening weekend wraps up on Monday night time with Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Bucs internet hosting the Dallas Cowboys.
The Seahawks have been the final group to make the sphere after Detroit beat Inexperienced Bay 20-16 on Sunday night time. The Lions have been eradicated from playoff rivalry earlier Sunday when the Seahawks beat the Rams, however Detroit pushed previous the frustration to disclaim Aaron Rodgers and the division rival Packers a spot within the postseason.
The No. 1 general seed within the AFC was claimed by Kansas Metropolis with its 31-13 win over Las Vegas in Week 18. The NFC’s high spot was taken by Philadelphia, which beat the Giants 22-16. These groups get the weekend off earlier than enjoying within the divisional spherical subsequent weekend.
Here is a have a look at another developments because the postseason approaches:
WHAT’S THE WILD-CARD SCHEDULE?
Seattle Seahawks at San Francisco 49ers, 4:30 p.m. EST, Fox
Los Angeles Chargers at Jacksonville Jaguars, 8:15 p.m. EST, NBC
Miami Dolphins at Buffalo Payments, 1 p.m. EST, CBS
New York Giants at Minnesota Vikings, 4:30 p.m. EST, Fox
Baltimore Ravens at Cincinnati Bengals, 8:15 p.m. EST, NBC
Dallas Cowboys at Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 8:15 p.m. EST, ESPN/ABC
WHAT’S THE FORMAT FOR THE PLAYOFFS?
That is the third straight 12 months of the present NFL playoff format, which incorporates the highest seven groups from each the AFC and the NFC.
The 4 division winners in each conferences robotically get the highest 4 seeds, no matter report, after which the highest three groups with the perfect report that did not win their division are the wild-card choices. That is why it is pretty frequent for a wild-card choice to have a greater report — however worse playoff seeding — than a group that completed as a division winner.
The No. 1-seeded group in every convention will get a bye into the second spherical — that is the Chiefs and Eagles — whereas No. 2 hosts No. 7, No. 3 hosts No. 6 and No. 4 hosts No. 5 through the wild card weekend.
The NFL re-seeds groups after every playoff spherical. Meaning irrespective of how the bracket began, the lowest-seeded group will at all times journey to the highest-seeded group.
There are 4 rounds to the playoffs: The wild-card spherical is that this weekend, the divisional spherical is Jan. 21-22, the convention championship video games are on Jan. 29 and the Tremendous Bowl is scheduled for Feb. 12 in Glendale, Arizona.
WHAT CHANGED WITH THE BILLS-BENGALS CANCELLATION?
Gamers and followers watched in horror on Jan. 2 as Buffalo Payments security Damar Hamlin collapsed on the sphere at Cincinnati when his coronary heart stopped and needed to be given CPR earlier than leaving the sphere in an ambulance. Over the following 10 days, those self same gamers and followers have reacted with pleasure at information of Hamlin’s restoration.
That is made it a lot simpler to concentrate on the playoffs.
The cancellation of the Payments-Bengals sport due to Hamlin’s damage may result in one large change to the AFC playoff format.
The AFC championship sport could be performed on a impartial web site if the Chiefs and Payments attain that time beneath a rule adjustment authorized by NFL homeowners final Friday. That is as a result of Buffalo (13-3) performed one fewer sport than Kansas Metropolis (14-3) and missed out on an opportunity to earn the highest seed. The Payments beat the Chiefs 24-20 on Oct. 16 and would have held the tiebreaker had the groups completed with the identical report. Buffalo misplaced 42-36 at Kansas Metropolis in a divisional-round basic final season.
The Chiefs would host the AFC title sport in opposition to every other group, together with the third-seeded Bengals (12-4).
WHAT ARE THE GOOD GAMES AFTER SATURDAY?
There’s not a foul matchup within the bunch however a pair stand out.
— Cowboys at Bucs: Brady suffered by means of his first shedding season in his 23-year profession, however even at 8-9, the Bucs gained the NFC South. They will face the Cowboys, who have been 12-5 and at all times appeal to a white-hot highlight. They will play Monday night time.
— Ravens at Bengals: The AFC North rivals will meet for the third time this season on Sunday. It appears just like the Baltimore Ravens can be with out quarterback and former MVP Lamar Jackson. As an alternative it may very well be Tyler Huntley beneath heart, who could be making his first postseason begin. He’ll face the Bengals and Joe Burrow, who misplaced the Tremendous Bowl to the Rams final season.
AP Professional Soccer Author Rob Maaddi contributed to this report.
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