2022 NFL Playoff Schedule: Updated Support and TV Channels for AFC and NFC Championship Games
The championship round of the AFC and NFC playoffs will look a little different this year.
For the first time since 2010, both No. 1 seeds were eliminated, with the Titans losing to the Bengals and the Packers falling to the 49ers on Saturday, both on field goals. The next day, the No. 2 Buccaneers were eliminated on a field goal by the Rams despite an unlikely 27-3 comeback to tie the game. The only game of the weekend that didn’t end in a field goal was the overtime thriller between the Chiefs and the Bills that featured a combined 25 points in the final two minutes of regulation. It ended with the Chiefs scoring a touchdown on OT’s first drive.
Cincinnati will now travel to Kansas City to decide the AFC’s representative in Super Bowl 56, as it will be an in-state battle with San Francisco taking on Los Angeles in the NFC title game.
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Here’s everything you need to know about the AFC and NFC Championship games.
2022 NFL Playoff Table
Full NFL playoff support for 2022:
2. Kansas City Chiefs vs. 4. Cincinnati Bengals
1. Tennessee Titans vs. 4. Cincinnati Bengals
2. Kansas City Chiefs vs. 3. Buffalo Bills
1. Tennessee Titans (goodbye)
2. Kansas City Chiefs vs. 7. Pittsburgh Steelers
3. Buffalo Bills vs. 6. New England Patriots
4. Cincinnati Bengals vs. 5. Las Vegas Raiders
4. Los Angeles Rams vs. 6. San Francisco 49ers
1. Green Bay Packers vs. 6. San Francisco 49ers
2. Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. 4. Los Angeles Rams
1. Green Bay Packers (goodbye)
2. Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. 7. Philadelphia Eagles
3. Dallas Cowboys vs. 6. San Francisco 49ers
4. Los Angeles Rams vs. 5. Arizona Cardinals
NFL playoff schedule
Sunday January 30
|Match||Start time||TV channel||Direct|
|Bengals at Chiefs||3:05 p.m. ET||SCS||Paramount+, fuboTV|
|49ers at Rams||6:40 p.m. ET||Fox||Fox Sports app, fuboTV|
AFC and NFC Championship Games
- No. 2 Chiefs vs. No. 4 Bengals
Patrick Mahomes outlasted Josh Allen and the Bills in the Divisional Round. Now he will have to face Joe Burrow and the Bengals to qualify for the Super Bowl for the third straight year.
Those teams met in Cincinnati on Jan. 2, with the Bengals beating the Chiefs 17-3 in the second half to win 34-31 and clinch the AFC North title. Mahomes threw for 259 yards and two touchdowns while Burrow passed for 446 yards and four touchdowns. Rookie receiver Ja’Marr Chase had a record afternoon with 11 catches for 266 yards and three touchdowns.
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It’s no surprise that those offenses ranked among the NFL’s best assists during the regular season. The Chiefs finished the 2021 campaign fourth with 4,791 passing yards, while the Bengals had the seventh-most with 4,403. However, neither team was particularly good at passing defense; the Chiefs allowed the sixth-most passing yards (4,273) and Cincinnati allowed the seventh-most (4,222). This has the potential to be a two-way offensive matchup.
- No. 4 Rams vs. No. 6 49ers
The NFC West sent three of its four teams to the 2021 season playoffs, so it seems fitting that the conference be represented by one of them at the Super Bowl.
The 49ers clinched their ticket to the NFC Championship — their second trip in three years — by beating the Packers 13-10 at snow-covered Lambeau Field on Saturday. The Rams will be playing their second conference title game in four years after avoiding a complete collapse against the Buccaneers in a 30-27 win on Sunday. San Francisco has owned Los Angeles for the past few years, having won each of the last six matchups, including in the final week of the 2021 campaign to clinch their ticket to the playoffs.
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While Matthew Stafford and the Rams finished the season with the eighth-most total yards (6,325) and tied for the seventh-most points (460), they will face a searing defense that has stifled the Cowboys and Packers in the first two rounds of the playoffs. San Francisco finished the season having allowed the third-fewest total yards (5,270) and was tied for the ninth-fewest points allowed (365).