NFL Playoffs Bracket 2022
NFL Playoffs Qualification, Seeding, and Wildcards
With 32 teams split across the AFC and NFC, and each competing directly against three other teams in their division, qualification for the Playoffs is the absolute priority from week one.
The NFL regular season schedule saw some major changes at the start of the 2021 season. Each team now plays 17 games following the addition of an extra interconference game. This year, the AFC teams will get home advantage for the 17th game, but this will alternate each season.
The Playoffs officially start on the Saturday, January 15; the final games of the 2021 NFL regular season will be on Sunday, January 9.
How Do the NFL Playoffs Work?
The NFL playoffs happen every January following the end of the regular NFL season. A total of 14 teams compete over 4 weeks, playing 17 games each in a bid to reach the Super Bowl final. These teams are the 4 AFC divisional winners, 3 AFC wildcards, 4 NFC divisional winners and 3 NFC wildcards.
How Many Teams Make the NFL Playoffs?
Prior to the regular season schedule changes, the NFL announced that 14 teams will now qualify for the Playoffs. Three wildcard teams will now qualify alongside the division winners, meaning seven will qualify from both the AFC and the NFC.
NFL Playoffs Seeding
The NFL playoffs seeding system is simple: the division winner with the best record is given the top seed, the team with the second-best record is given the second seed, and so on. The wildcard teams are always seeded fifth, sixth, and seventh; the fifth seed goes to the wildcard team with the best record.
Each team's seeding has a direct impact on every Playoff game. Before last season, both the first and second seed would get a bye into the Divisional Round, but the extra wildcard place attributed to each conference means now only the first seed gets a bye.
Seeding also impacts home advantage - the highest seed will always play the lowest seed possible and the higher seed always gets home advantage. The first seed from each conference gets a bye and home-field all the way to the Super Bowl.
NFL Wildcards Explained
NFL Wildcards are given to the three teams from each conference with the best records behind the division winners. These teams will all feature in the Wildcard Round of the Playoffs, and will face seeds two, three, and four - all wildcard teams will be on the road for these games.
Wildcard Round Structure - AFC & NFC
Seed 7 @ Seed 2
Seed 6 @ Seed 3
Seed 5 @ Seed 4
Due to the seeding, wildcard teams will mostly play on the road throughout the Playoffs, but any upsets during Wildcard Weekend can change this. 11 wildcard teams have made the Super Bowl, with seven of them actually beating the odds to win as a wildcard. Of those seven, five of them played three consecutive road games before reaching the Super Bowl. In 2021, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers did exactly that, but also made history by becoming the first team to ever win the Super Bowl in their home stadium.
Wildcard Super Bowl Winners
1980 Oakland Raiders
1997 Denver Broncos
2000 Baltimore Ravens
2005 Pittsburgh Steelers
2007 New York Giants
2010 Green Bay Packers
2020 Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Did You Know?
Two wildcard teams have ever met in the Super Bowl. The closest we've come to this happening was in 2010 when the Green Bay Packers won the NFC Championship Game after qualifying as a wildcard. Unfortunately, the Pittsburgh Steelers couldn't complete their comeback against the New York Jets in the AFC Championship Game to make Super Bowl history.
NFL Playoffs Schedule 2022
Don't miss a minute of the action with our 2022 NFL Playoffs schedule. Running throughout January, the Playoff rounds are split across three weekends, with the Super Bowl taking place on Sunday, February 13.
Saturday, January 15 2022 (3 games)
Sunday, January 16 2022 (3 games)
As mentioned above in NFL Wildcards Explained, during the Wildcard Round the first seed from each conference gets a bye, with all other 12 teams competing. In this round, it's entirely possible for a wildcard team to knockout a division winner with the second best record in the entire NFL.
This season, the games will be played during the second weekend in January and the second seed will play the seventh seed, the third will play the sixth, and the fourth will play the fifth seed.
Saturday, January 22 2022 (2 games)
Sunday, January 23 2022 (2 games)
The Playoffs then move to the Divisional Round, played on the third weekend in January 2022. The first seed will play the winner of the wildcard games with the lowest seeding at home, a benefit they'll be afforded throughout the Playoffs.
From there, depending on who qualifies from the Wildcard Round, the highest seed will continue to play the lowest seed possible, with the higher seed playing at home. This structure is replicated across both conferences, with the winners of the four games moving onto the Conference Championship games.
Divisional Round Structure - AFC & NFC
Note: Potential matchups for these games can't be forecasted due to the seeding rules.
AFC Best Division Record (BYE) vs AFC Wildcard Round Winner
AFC Division Winner vs AFC Wildcard Round Winner
NFC Best Division Record (BYE) vs NFC Wildcard Round Winner
NFC Division Winner vs NFC Wildcard Round Winner
Sunday, January 30 2022, 3:05PM ET (AFC Championship)
Sunday, January 30 2022, 6:40 PM ET (NFC Championship)
The Conference Championship Games determine the champion of both the AFC and NFC. There are no byes to reach this round and the four teams will have won their Divisional Round game the week before. Home advantage is still given to the higher seed and the winner of each Conference Championship will progress to the Super Bowl to challenge for the Vince Lombardi Trophy.
Divisional Round Structure - AFC & NFC
AFC Divisional Round Winner #1 vs AFC Divisional Round Winner #2
NFC Divisional Round Winner #1 vs NFC Divisional Round Winner #2
Sunday, February 13 2022, 6:30 PM ET @ SoFi Stadium, Inglewood, CA
The two Conference Champions meet on the second weekend in February 2022, competing in the 56th Super Bowl. This gives players a two week break after the previous round, as no one playing in the Super Bowl will feature in the Pro Bowl on Sunday, February 6.
Did You Know?
The Super Bowl is America's most popular betting event of the year. Each year an average of nearly $150 million is wagered.
2021 NFL Playoffs Review
For the first time in 12 years, we saw an NFL postseason without the New England Patriots. Tom Brady was there though, just this time with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Packers went into the 2021 Playoffs as first seed in the NFC, while top seed in the AFC was occupied by the reigning champions, Kansas City Chiefs.
There were so many records set during last year's Playoffs, but Buffalo fans saw the Bills break their postseason duck, winning their first Playoff games in 25 years with wins over the Colts (Wildcard Round) and a dominant victory against the Ravens (Divisional Round). Unfortunately for the Bills, they ran into an electric Patrick Mahomes in the AFC Championship game as he threw for 325 yards in what was one of the postseason's standout games; the Chiefs earned the right to win back-to-back Super Bowls for the first time since the Patriots in 2005.
Over in the NFC, the Drew Brees era ended in unfortunate fashion as he threw three interceptions for the first time in a Playoff game. The Saints crashed out in the Divisional Round and the Bucs progressed to face the Packers in NFC Championship game. The highly anticipated matchup was won and lost either side of halftime, as the Packers leaked two quick touchdowns to lose their fourth consecutive NFC title game in seven years.
It was the Kansas City Chiefs taking on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Super Bowl 55. In their home stadium, Tampa Bay were able to limit Kansas City to just nine points, as they stormed to a historic Super Bowl victory. Mahomes struggled with consistent pressure, leading to four sacks, while Brady threw four TD passes and won the game’s MVP for the fifth time.
|Wildcard||2021-01-09||Buffalo Bills||Indianapolis Colts||27||24|
|Wildcard||2021-01-09||Los Angeles Rams||Seattle Seahawks||30||20|
|Wildcard||2021-01-09||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||Washington Football Team||31||23|
|Wildcard||2021-01-10||Cleveland Browns||Pittsburgh Steelers||48||37|
|Wildcard||2021-01-10||New Orleans Saints||Chicago Bears||21||9|
|Wildcard||2021-01-10||Baltimore Ravens||Tennessee Titants||20||13|
|Divisional||2021-01-16||Green Bay Packers||Los Angeles Rams||32||18|
|Divisional||2021-01-16||Buffalo Bills||Baltimore Ravens||17||3|
|Divisional||2021-01-17||Kansas City Chiefs||Cleveland Browns||22||17|
|Divisional||2021-01-17||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||New Orleans Saints||30||20|
|Conference Championship||2021-01-24||Kansas City Chiefs||Buffalo Bills||38||24|
|Conference Championship||2021-01-24||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||Green Bay Packers||31||26|
|Super Bowl||2021-02-07||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||Kansas City Chiefs||31||9|
How to Bet on NFL Playoffs
Betting on the Playoffs is exceptionally popular and equally unpredictable, as form can go out the window once the knockout rounds start. One area that gets a boost during the Playoffs is prop betting; the number of prop bets increases massively as they start, allowing bettors to gamble on a whole range of different outcomes that aren't linked to the result.
Betting on the NFL playoffs is much more difficult than the regular season, though, with only the strongest teams over 18 weeks having qualified. This narrows the odds on any Playoff matchup, so many people instead choose to bet on point spreads and prop bets.
Here are four NFL betting tips to remember during the playoffs:
- Check out the stats By the time the playoffs come around, you'll have access to stats from the entire regular season. These stats will give valuable insight into how teams play, what their weaknesses are, and how they can beat their Playoff opponent. This will also make up for the fact that you won't have been able to watch every single NFL game of the season.
- Understand the depth of a team At the beginning of the NFL season, all the big names come out to play. Throughout the season though, form can drop, and injuries can happen. By the time the playoffs come around, a team can look very different, and often relies on a number of squad players. You need to understand exactly how good these backups are, as they could have a big impact on how their team fares in the playoffs.
- Look at regular season schedules It's very important to assess how difficult a team's route to the playoffs has been. For example, you could have one team with a 14-2 record, who only played poor teams throughout the season. Then you could have a team with an 11-5 record who played all the strongest teams, yet still managed to reach the playoffs. Is the team with the better record really the stronger of the two?
- Be Smart This is probably the best tip when it comes to online gambling, NFL playoffs betting, and your money management in general. Do your own research. Find a trusted online sportsbook, and, most importantly, don't ever bet with money that you can't afford to lose. Smart betting ensures that you will never find yourself miserable when the season is over.
NFL Playoffs 2022 Betting Picks
A new year means a new round of playoff fixtures. For the 2022 Wild Card, Divisional, and Championship games, we'll be bringing you picks and tips right here. Check back each week leading up to the Super Bowl for expert predictions and betting tips on all things NFL Playoffs.
NFL Wildcard Round Betting Tips
Having got their business done against the Ravens in overtime on Sunday, the Steelers still had to rely on a Raiders win and Colts loss to make the postseason, and, incredibly, here they are. Their reward is a trip to Arrowhead for a game against the Chiefs. Steelers open as a huge underdog in this tie and it’s hard to see them prove bookmakers wrong this weekend, even with the star power of Diontae Johnson and Najee Harris. Ben Roethlisberger’s retirement is seemingly looming over Pittsburgh and it’s looking like the party will be Sunday night.
Kansas City Chiefs:
Kansas City started this year 3-4 and have looked like a team with a point to prove ever since. This will be their first wildcard game since Mahomes became a starter (four years total) and his on-field maturity will frighten any opposition. The Steelers managed to salvage some pride during the week 16 blowout, but the Chiefs will surely make good on the -12.5 spread and enjoy a home win to go one step further towards a mouth-watering Conference showdown with the Titans.
Prediction: Chiefs by 14.
The Bills clinched back-to-back AFC East titles on Sunday, ending the regular season with a four-game win streak. In 2021, it was only an abysmal 2nd quarter against the Chiefs that lost them the AFC championship game. This year, though, Josh Allen has been armed with much better protection from the o-line, especially in recent weeks. With him firing on all cylinders, the Pats will be worried; Allen tore them apart in week 16, throwing for 314 yards, three touchdowns, and rushed for 64 yards. The AFC bracket is stacked with offensive dynamism and The Bills might just be leading the pack right now.
New England Patriots:
Bill Belichick bolstered the New England defense during a busy offseason, but with 93 points conceded in the last three games, serious doubts will be cast over their ability to deal with the running game of Buffalo. This will be the third meeting between the teams this season, with the road team winning on both occasions so far. The Pats are 0-5 when their opponent has scored 25 or more points this year, but perhaps less significantly, Belichick is 10-2 against QBs under 25 in the Playoffs.
Prediction: Bills by 6.
Las Vegas Raiders:
Coming off one of the most dramatic games of recent memory to wrap up the regular season, the Raiders will be feeling bullish ahead of their trip to Cincinnati. Their decision to not take a knee and go for the win pushed the Chargers out of the Playoffs and helped them avoid second-seed Chiefs - time will tell if it pays off. Rich Bisaccia has well and truly saved their season, going from 6-7 to 10-7 is an incredible turnaround. However, peel back the sensationalism and find a team struggling to put together consistent scores.
Despite a loss against the Browns on Sunday, the Bengals should have too much for the Raiders this weekend. Their offensive line is as explosive as they come, with Ja’Marr Chase boasting one of the best debut seasons in recent memory - on Sunday he broke Chad Johnson’s franchise record for receiving yards in a season. Many will doubt the experience of the Bengals when looking at a Super Bowl charge, but for the postseason's first round, they’ll end the Raiders fairytale with a dominant offensive display.
Prediction: Bengals by 6.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers:
Coming into the postseason as the NFC’s second seed, the Bucs are just warming up ahead of what could be one of the most unpredictable Playoffs in years. Winning seven of their last eight, Tampa Bay will be confident Tom Brady can lead them to back-to-back Super Bowls as he did in 2005 with New England. Despite losing Chris Godwin to injury, Leonard Fournette struggling with his hamstring, and Antonio Brown being cut, we expect the Bucs to have too much for the Eagles.
The Eagles clinched their playoff berth following a great streak of seven wins in 10, despite a heavy loss on Sunday to Dallas. If they want to make it far in the postseason they'll have to heavily rely on a run game that unexpectedly finished #1 in the NFL this year. Their ability to run the ball so well and the willingness to win ugly will spark hope in Philly fans, but to beat the Bucs you have to be on your A-game. With Jalen Hurts fitness in doubt, you can’t really see a way they get past the defending champions.
Prediction: Tampa Bay Buccaneers by 10.
3rd seed Cowboys enter the Playoffs with a record of 12-5 and NFC East champions. They’ve made big strides this year defensively, with the d-line now in the top 10 for the league and averaging against just 18 points over the last six games. They’ll look to get at Jimmy Garoppolo and force some turnovers against a dogged 49ers team. There’s a tight spread for this game, with the Cowboys favored, but we’re not getting too excited by Dallas’ recent scoring against weak opposition.
San Fransisco 49ers:
Jimmy Garoppolo’s injury to his throwing hand is going to be a huge factor in this wildcard game. He showed on Sunday that he is durable though, as was good for 17 points to inspire a fantastic comeback against the Rams. San Fransisco’s run defense and explosive, yet inconsistent, offense led by Deebo Samuel, might just mitigate a fast start by the Cowboys. The 2020 finalists don’t know when they're beaten and could cause the upset of the round this weekend.
Prediction: 49ers by 3.
Rams vs Cardinals
Los Angeles Rams:
The Rams OT loss to the 49ers in week 18 pushed them down to 4th seed, meaning they now take on the Cardinals in maybe the tightest game of the round. Beat Arizona and a route to the Super Bowl now involves a trip to Lambeau Field to take on Aaron Rodger’s Green Bay Packers. However, five wins in six since the reintroduction of Cam Akers was still enough to win NFC West. As a short point favorite, we think that trip to Green Bay is looking likely.
If you believe in psychological edges in sports, then the Cardinals losing their last regular season game to the Seahawks to hand the Rams the NFC West title and home advantage in their wildcard game is a great example. Arizona have been streaky all season, starting with seven straight wins and then avoiding four losses on the bounce with a win over the Cowboys in week 16. Both teams are 1-1 for the season going into this and with the point total set at 50, we’re expecting a tight Rams win.
Prediction: Rams by 7.
NFL Divisional Round Betting Tips
Titans -3.5, O/U 47
A well-rested Tennessee are back in action as they kick off their postseason campaign against a roaring Bengals side. The main headlines of this Divisional round matchup focus on injuries and the man topping most of the stories is Derrick Henry. The Titan’s running back has been sidelined since week 8 with a broken right foot.
Before his injury, Henry was the Titan’s main man, rushing for 937 yards and 10 touchdowns on 219 carries. While expected to return on Saturday, he’ll likely be sharing the load with D’Onta Foreman, who stepped up in his absence.
The Bengals will be wary of Henry’s comeback, especially since they’ve been hit with fresh injuries following their historic Playoff win against the Raiders. Tackle Larry Ogunjobi has been placed on the injured reserve and will be a big miss for the 5th ranked rush defense of Cincinnati.
Each team’s protection of their quarterback is going to be pivotal in deciding who features in the AFC Championship game. Both teams were in the top 10 for allowed sacks this season but also had success with their pass-rush with 47 sacks for Tennessee and 42 for Cincinnati.
Bengals did a great job of avoiding pressure on Joe Burrows last week thanks to Trey Hopkins and co, but a sterner test awaits on Saturday. Second-year Burrows is in electric form, throwing for 1,215 yards in his last three games. He’ll look to link up with regular record-breaker Ja’Marr Chase, who marked his postseason debut with 116 yards.
That link-up will see the Bengals make it two on the bounce and take out AFC’s top seed in a tight game.
Prediction: Bengals to Win
Kansas City -1.5, O/U 54.5
Two of the league’s most electric young quarterbacks meet this weekend as the AFC Divisional Round heats up. Kansas City and Buffalo meet a week earlier than 2021, where the Chiefs edged to a 38-24 victory in the AFC Championship game.
Patrick Mahomes and Josh Allen threw for a combined 712 yards during the Wildcard Round, sharing 10TDs at five apiece. However, neither the Patriots nor the Steelers put up much of a fight - this game is sure to be different.
When the teams met in week 5, Josh Allen threw for 315 yards as the Bills beat an out-of-form Kansas City 38-20. Since then, Kansas City have only lost twice and Mahomes finished the season top five for passing yards and touchdowns. The Chiefs are a 2 point favorite this weekend and the Chiefs have are 78% against the spread where they’re 3 point favorite or shorter. However, while only being an underdog by 3 or less twice this season, the Bills won both games - one of them was the week 5 road win at Arrowhead; Buffalo cover the spread well on the road.
The Chiefs have averaged nearly 400 yards per game this season (396.8). Bills defensive coordinator, Leslie Frazier, will be hoping All-Pro safeties Micah Hyde and Jordan Poyer can disrupt Mahomes’ throwing game. Defensive end Jerry Hughes, the longest-serving Bill will be looking to add top the two interceptions the Bills got back in October.
Many believe this could be a shootout between Mahomes and Allen, but perhaps the Buffalo QB will look to make his yards on the ground. Kansas City have struggled against rushing quarterbacks this season (6th most) and Allen ran 59 against their defense last time out and 66 yards against the Patriots last week.
Prediction: Bills to Win.
Packers -6, U/O 47
Green Bay begin their postseason at a freezing Lambeau Field against San Fransisco. There are a lot of narratives surrounding the game, many of which date back to the NFC Championship game in 2020, where the 49ers progressed with a 37-20 victory. The truth is, it has no bearing on the game, even if Rodgers is 0-3 against them in the Playoffs.
Last week Jimmy G battled through a hand injury to get the job done against the Cowboys, but a new throw-impairing shoulder injury could see the introduction of secondary Trey Lance. If Lance features, it’ll only add to Shanahan’s run game, which the 49ers will believe is the key to victory. The Packers run defense hasn’t improved this season, ranking 30th in defense EPA and 32nd in rushing success rate and explosive run plays allowed. Deebo Samuel will be looking to exploit this, especially after his 26 yard TD to beat the Cowboys last week continued his incredible scoring form.
Set to win back-to-back MVP awards, not many can argue that Aaron Rodgers is throwing the ball better than ever. He’s led Green Bay to 13 wins for the third straight year, in a season that included five wins by three points or less - he gets the job done. When Rodgers is firing on all cylinders, he needs a receiver that can match him, and this year Davante Adams has been that man. Ranking in the top 10 for total yardage in short, mid and deep routes, Adams also has 76 catches of 20+ yards, the third-most in the NFL. The week 3 victory for Green Bay saw Rodgers throw two TD passes without an interception, with Adams catching 12 passes for 132 yards.
If the Packers can sure up their run defense for this game, they’ll see too much of the ball for the 49ers to cope with an in-form Rodgers. This might just be the best game of the round.
Prediction: Packers to Win
Bucs -2.5, U/O 48
LA and Tampa Bay both come into this in outrageous form; the Rams have won six from their last seven and the Bucs seven from their last eight. As often the case, it can be hard to look past Tom Brady in a Playoff game, his record speaks for itself. However, the team he’s had the least success against while a Buccaneer is the LA Rams. They’re 2-0 against Brady’s Bucs and in those games, the QB was intercepted twice and sacked four times. Outside of the head-to-head data, Brady has had another phenomenal season, leading the Bucs’ 1st ranked offense with 5,315 passing yards and 43 touchdown passes. With injuries still plaguing Tampa Bay, Brady will be looking for Mike Evans to carry the ball home as he has done all season with 14 receiving touchdowns.
Brady’s opposite number, Matthew Stafford, has enjoyed success against Tampa Bay as he boasts his highest passer rating (105.1) against their defense. Stafford’s success with the ball is dwarfed by Brady in touchdown passes (41) and ranked third in passing yards with 4,886. The Bucs blitz will be expected - they execute extra rushers 41% of the time - but Stafford ranks first in pass EPA against the blitz this season, the best stats in the league. It’s unlikely the Rams will run the ball too much, especially as Tampa has the league’s best rush defense, so a shootout could be on the cards with Cooper Kupp looking to add to his exceptional record of 90+ receiving yards in all but two games this year.
If it does come down to a shootout then Tom Brady will prevail, he’s had an exceptional season once again and will be looking to set up an epic showdown with MVP Aaron Rodgers in the NFC Championship game.
Prediction: Bucs to WIn
NFL Conference Championship Betting Tips
Chiefs -7, O/U 54.5
The Chiefs’ overtime victory against the Bills on Sunday took them one step closer to their third consecutive Super Bowl appearance. To get there, they’ll have to get past the Bengals in a replay of the week 17 epic that saw Joe Burrow best Patrick Mahomes in a three-point victory.
Burrow threw for 466 yards in that day in Cincinnati, finding Ja’Marr chase 11 times for 266 of those yards and three touchdowns. That combination will be the main threat for the Chiefs but with Rashad Fenton inactive, Tee Higgins will be a popular alternative for the MVP candidate.
One concern for the Bengals will be their rush defense; Burrows was sacked nine times against the Titans. The Chiefs will look to blitz but will be wary of leaving too much space for Joe Mixon, who made 14 rush attempts for 54 yards on the weekend, scoring a touchdown too. Their pass rush success will partly depend on all-pro safety Tyrann Mathiueu’s fitness, who is currently questionable with concussion.
While they’ll have their work cut out defensively, the Chiefs will have no doubts over their ability to get the ball into the end zone. Mahomes’ work in the pocket this year has been more measured and isn’t shy of carrying the ball - he rushed for 69 yards on Sunday, including that diving TD. The pass rush led by Trey Hendrickson will force his hand early, meaning we might see the return of Clyde Edwards-Helaire take full effect with some handoffs to mix up the deep plays he loves so much.
Tyreek Hill is on fire at the moment and Mahomes can count on him to be there when he slings it long. Hill had 11 catches for 150 yards and a 64 yard TD - if Mahomes is the driver of the Chiefs offense, Hill is the engine.
Prediction: Chiefs to Win
Rams -3.5, U/O 46
This will be the third meeting between San Fransisco and Los Angeles this year, with the last coming just a few weeks ago to close out the regular season. The 49ers won on both occasions, extending their winning run against the Rams to six games. However, the Rams host this weekend’s NFC Championship game and have the opportunity to be the first team to play a Super Bowl in their home stadium.
They’re listed as a tight favorite this weekend but if the Rams are to advance, they’ll have to couple their fast starts with better protection of their leads. Their inability to see out games in recent times will be a worry for Sean McVay, who saw them give away a 14 point lead against the 49ers in week 18 and relinquish a dominant 20-3 lead against the Bucs to make hard work of the final two quarters.
Matthew Stafford will face off against Jimmy Garoppolo for the first time in the postseason this weekend, and while the 49ers QB is 14-5 when his team are underdogs, Stafford will be buoyed by his recent performances. He threw for 366 yards and two TD passes against the Bucs last week and is yet to be intercepted this postseason. While he wasn’t as successful against San Fransisco earlier in the month, he knows Cooper Kupp will be on the end of his arm, after he caught 18 of 20 passes for 240 yards against them this year.
The 49ers’ record against the Rams is so good that they’ll do well to forget all about it this weekend. Despite featuring in their third NFC Championship game in four years, they struggled last week against the Packers. It wasn’t until deep into the second quarter that Garoppolo completed a pass, throwing for just 131 yards. The Rams pass rush has been solid all year; Aaron Donald and Von Miller pressured Brady 18 times last week, while Jimmy G was sacked four times. Can the 49ers really rely on their special teams to get them out of trouble once again?
Deebo Samuel and Elijah Mitchell might calm those particular fears of 49ers fans, as they both have a huge role to play in Shanahan’s run game. The Rams couldn’t contain Samuel in the regular season as he got two touchdowns and 297 yards across both games. While Mitchell missed practice on Wednesday with his knee injury, he’ll be pushed to play; he’s averaging 88 rushing yards against the Rams this year, 33 yards above his 2021 average.
Prediction: Rams to Win
- What are the NFL Playoffs?
The NFL Playoffs are a postseason knockout tournament held after the NFL regular season has ended to determine the champion of the entire league.
- When are the NFL Playoffs?
The 2022 NFL Playoffs start on Saturday January 15 for the Wildcard Round, with the Divisional Round on January 22 and 23, and Conference Championship games held on Sunday January 30. The Super Bowl is held on Sunday, February 13, 2022.
- Where are the NFL Playoffs?
There are no neutral venues for the playoffs, instead, every postseason game is played at the home venue of the team with the higher seeding. The one exception to this rule is for the Super Bowl, which will be held at the Los Angeles Stadium.
- How many wildcards in the NFL?
NFL PlayFollowing a change in 2020, six wildcards now qualify for the NFL Playoffs - three from the AFC and NFC.
- What happens if there's a tie in the NFL Playoffs?
Unlike during the NFL regular season, there cannot be a tie in any NFL Playoff game. If at the end of the fourth quarter the game is tied, it will go to an overtime period. If at the end of each overtime period the game is still tied, it will simply continue until a winner is declared.