NFL Playoffs 2023 Standings: Post-Split Round Standings & Super Bowl Odds |  News, results, highlights, statistics and rumors

NFL Playoffs 2023 Standings: Post-Split Round Standings & Super Bowl Odds | News, results, highlights, statistics and rumors

NFL Playoffs 2023 Standings: Post-Split Round Standings & Super Bowl Odds

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    ORCHARD PARK, NEW YORK - JANUARY 22: Joe Burrow #9 of the Cincinnati Bengals warms up before the AFC Divisional Playoff game against the Buffalo Bills at Highmark Stadium on January 22, 2023 in Orchard Park, New York.  (Photo by Bryan M. Bennett/Getty Images)

    Bryan M. Bennett/Getty Images

    And then there were four.

    With the final games of the NFL Divisional Round concluding on Sunday, we now know which four teams will advance to meet in the conference championships on Sunday, January 29.

    In the AFC, Joe Burrow and the No. 3 Cincinnati Bengals beat the No. 2 Bills in snowy Buffalo 27-10 to face the No. 1 Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC title game.

    With the Bengals’ victory, the AFC championship game will be played in Kansas City, not the neutral site of Atlanta, where the game would have been played if the Bills won. Tickets for that ghost game had already sold out, and Burrow had a retort for all the non-believers in his post-game interview with Tracy Wolfson.

    “Better send those refunds,” Burrow said.

    In the NFC, the No. 5 Dallas Cowboys did their best to sneak out of San Francisco with a win against the No. 2 49ers, but Mike McCarthy’s team couldn’t do it.

    Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott had two interceptions, continuing a slant that has dogged him in the second half of the season.

    Let’s take a closer look at the bracket (and Super Bowl odds) for the four remaining teams in the postseason and break down each conference matchup.

AFC positions

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    KANSAS CITY, MO - JANUARY 21: Patrick Mahomes #15 of the Kansas City Chiefs jogs toward the sideline against the Jacksonville Jaguars during the first half at GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium on January 21, 2023 in Kansas City, Missouri.  (Photo by Cooper Neill/Getty Images)

    Cooper Neill/Getty Images

    AFC Championship Game

    Match: No. 1 Kansas City Chiefs vs. No. 3 Cincinnati Bengals

    Date: Sunday, January 29

    Hour: 6:30 p.m. ET (CBS)

    Super Bowl odds: Chiefs (+260), Bengals (+270)

    At the start of the 2022-23 NFL season, it already seemed clear that the AFC Championship Game would come down to a combination of the Kansas City Chiefs, Buffalo Bills, and Cincinnati Bengals.

    The Bengals finished with the worst record of the three at 12-4, but Joe Burrow’s team has proven itself when it mattered most.

    Sunday’s divisional round game against the Bills should have put the Bengals at a clear disadvantage, given the snow conditions and the roar of the crowd in Buffalo. Instead, Cincinnati established itself as a legitimate Super Bowl contender by finishing three points ahead of Buffalo.

    The AFC title game is a repeat of last year’s fight, and while Kansas City is the higher seed, the outcome may be the same in the Bengals’ favor as quarterback Patrick Mahomes suffered a high ankle sprain in Saturday’s win over Jacksonville. Mahomes has said that he will play in the championship game.

    The Chiefs and Bengals most recently met in Week 13 of the regular season, a 27-24 Bengals victory. That was the same score in the Bengals’ overtime win over the Chiefs in last year’s title game, too.

NFC Classification

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    SANTA CLARA, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 22: Brock Purdy #13 of the San Francisco 49ers throws a pass against the Dallas Cowboys during the first quarter in the NFC Divisional Playoff game at Levi's Stadium on January 22, 2023 in Santa Clare, Calif.  (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

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    NFC Championship Game

    Match: No. 1 Philadelphia Eagles vs. No. 2 San Francisco 49ers

    Date: Sunday, January 29

    Hour: 3 pm ET (Zorro)

    Super Bowl odds: Eagles (+260), 49ers (+310)

    Mr. Irrelevant is now set to play on the second biggest weekend of the year in the NFL season, except only for the Super Bowl.

    So Brock Purdy would like to see that moniker retire for good.

    Selected 262nd overall in the 2022 NFL Draft, Purdy opened the season as the third quarterback on the San Francisco 49ers’ depth chart. The Iowa State product is a perfect 7-0 starter for the team this season, stepping in when both Trey Lance and Jimmy Garoppolo were injured.

    Now, Purdy’s golden streak will face its ultimate test when the 49ers, fresh off their 12th straight win, take on the No. 1 Philadelphia Eagles in the NFC title game.

    Although the clash will be billed as the 49ers defense taking on the Eagles’ high-flying offense, in truth, these are two well-balanced teams that could play a full game each. Purdy has been amazing to watch, but with Jalen Hurts back at the Philadelphia helm, the bar for Purdy is higher than ever.

    Odds via DraftKings

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