2023 NFL playoffs bracket: Championship round schedule, odds, TV as Eagles, 49ers brace for NFC slugfest

The divisional round of the playoffs definitely settled just a few narratives on who one of the best groups within the NFL have been after an thrilling weekend of video games. Ultimately, the league has its 4 finest groups enjoying on convention championship weekend.

The Philadelphia Eagles rolled to victory over the New York Giants, showcasing they’re nonetheless among the best groups within the league and the Super Bowl contender they have been all season. Philadelphia will host the NFC Championship Game in opposition to the San Francisco 49ers, who gained a showdown in opposition to the Dallas Cowboys to arrange the convention with a matchup of its high two seeds.

The AFC Championship Game has a extremely anticipated rematch between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Cincinnati Bengals in what is certain to be among the best video games of the season. Patrick Mahomes had a gutty efficiency on a excessive ankle sprain for the Chiefs to get previous the Jacksonville Jaguars whereas Joe Burrow led the Bengals to a dominant victory over the Buffalo Bills — in snowy Buffalo.

Conference championship weekend has the makings of an all timer. Here’s an early primer of what is developing subsequent week.

All odds courtesy of Caesars Sportsbook

NFC Championship Game

(2) San Francisco 49ers at (1) Philadelphia Eagles

When: Sunday, January 29, 3 pm ET
TV: Fox | Stream: fuboTV
Online: Eagles -2, O/U 45.5

The 49ers and Eagles haven’t got a wealthy playoff historical past, with Philadelphia and San Francisco assembly solely as soon as within the postseason (49ers gained 14-0 within the 1996 NFC Wild Card round). Jalen Hurts and Brock Purdy — each of the beginning quarterbacks within the sport — weren’t even born but. Hurts (24 years, 175 days) vs. Purdy (23 years, 33 days) would be the youngest matchup in NFC Championship Game historical past.

Purdy is the fourth quarterback drafted within the sixth round or later (or undrafted) to achieve a convention championship in his first season as a starter. The 49ers are enjoying of their 18th convention championship sport, essentially the most in NFL historical past (and third within the final 4 years). They are the one NFC staff by no means to play in Philadelphia in a playoff sport on the street.

Hurts is the youngest quarterback in Eagles historical past to achieve the convention championship sport, breaking Donovan McNabb’s document from 2001. This is the Eagles’ seventh convention championship sport look since 2000, essentially the most within the NFC and trailing solely the New England Patriots for essentially the most within the NFL. The Eagles are looking out for their fourth Super Bowl look in franchise historical past and second within the final six seasons.

The Eagles completed with the highest offense within the NFC in factors and yards per sport. The 49ers completed with the highest protection within the NFC in factors and yards per sport. This sport will definitely pin the age-old offense vs. protection debate, setting the stage for a thriller in Philadelphia.

AFC Championship Game

(4) Cincinnati Bengals at (1) Kansas City Chiefs

When: Sunday, January 29, 6:30 pm ET
TV: CBS | Stream: Paramount+
Online: Chiefs -1.5, O/U 47.5

A rematch of final 12 months’s AFC title sport in opposition to the Chiefs and Bengals is already well worth the hype. Add Patrick Mahomes and Joe Burrow to the combo and NFL followers might be set to embrace one other basic, particularly with Mahomes enjoying via a high-ankle sprain.

Mahomes has by no means overwhelmed the Bengals since Burrow has grow to be the beginning quarterback, going 0-3 in opposition to him over the past two seasons — together with final 12 months’s AFC Championship Game by which Kansas City blew a 21-10 second quarter lead and misplaced 27-24 in additional time Each of these conferences have been determined by precisely three factors, with Cincinnati outscoring Kansas City 26-6 within the fourth quarter and additional time in these video games.

Mahomes will be a part of Tom Brady (eight straight) and Ken Stabler (5 straight) as the one quarterbacks to begin 5 straight convention championship video games as the Chiefs are the primary staff in NFL historical past to play 5 consecutive convention championship video games at residence. He’s additionally the one quarterback to guide a staff to 5 convention championship video games earlier than turning 30. The Chiefs need to grow to be simply the ninth staff to achieve the Super Bowl 3 times in a four-year span.

The Bengals are in search of to achieve the Super Bowl in consecutive seasons, attempting to grow to be the primary staff since seeding started in 1975 to achieve back-to-back Super Bowls with out having a top-two seed in both season. Joe Burrow can be a part of Russell Wilson as the one quarterbacks to begin two Super Bowls of their first three seasons. Burrow is 5-1 in his playoff profession and 3-0 on the street (the Bengals by no means gained a postseason street sport previous to Burrow). Cincinnati has by no means misplaced an AFC Championship Game, going 3-0 in franchise historical past.

Mahomes vs. Burrow IV must be a basic, no matter how the Chiefs quarterback performs together with his excessive ankle sprain.

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