Now that Super Wild Card Weekend is over, the NFL Divisional Playoff schedule and matchups are set.
Eight teams remain in contention for the Super Bowl.
Here is the four-game schedule for the upcoming weekend.
— NFL345 (@NFL345) January 17, 2022
Saturday’s two games are as follows:
- Cincinnati Vs. Tennessee at 4:30 PM ET
- San Francisco Vs. Green Bay at 8:15 PM ET
Sunday’s two games are:
- Los Angeles Rams Vs. Tampa Bay at 3:00 PM ET
- Buffalo Vs. Kansas City at 6:30 PM ET
All four games have interesting storylines, but two are more intriguing.
Check out my TikTok preview of the divisional playoffs.
The two NFC games are more compelling, and here are the reasons why.
Quarterback Matchups Are Intriguing
— Green Bay Packers (@packers) January 17, 2022
Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers wants to win the Super Bowl; that’s what he came back for after a tumultuous offseason.
The San Francisco 49ers have been the darlings of the latter stages of the season.
In Sunday’s NFC game, the Los Angeles Rams travel to Raymond James Stadium to take on the Super Bowl champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Matthew Stafford was acquired from Detroit in the 2021 offseason to deliver these big wins.
He started on his quest with a decisive victory over the Arizona Cardinals.
However, Tom Brady is never to be counted out as he is the undisputed GOAT.
— Scott Spencer (@bullriders1) January 18, 2022
Coaching Matchups Are Exciting
Shanahan vs. LaFleur in the divisional round? Sounds like a great time to me.
— Myles Simmons (@MylesASimmons) January 17, 2022
The 42-year-old boy wonder coaches face one another in the first game.
Kyle Shanahan and Matt LaFleur are building great resumes to have long NFL coaching careers, but winning a Super Bowl has eluded both of them.
In the second NFC game, it is Sean McVay, another young coach, who has already been to the Super Bowl, against Bruce Arians.
"Unbelievable job! So proud of you guys!"
🗣 Coach breaks us down after a great team win. pic.twitter.com/sUoBQNFyoC
— Los Angeles Rams (@RamsNFL) January 18, 2022
Everyone was happy for Arians when he finally hoisted the Lombardi Trophy; he was the oldest to ever win it in 2021 at the age of 68.
Arians already retired once after coaching the Cardinals in the 2017 season.
It is not clear how long he will hang around, but winning back-to-back Super Bowls would be a career highlight no matter how long he plans to coach.
Don’t Sleep During The AFC Games
Though the NFC games are more appealing, the AFC games have a lot of drama also.
Cincinnati’s Joe Burrow is a future superstar in the NFL.
— NFL (@NFL) January 16, 2022
Many thought it would take years for the Bengals to build a team around him.
Here he is in his second NFL season leading a young and exciting Bengals team into Tennessee.
The Titans have been quietly grinding all season and withstood the tremendous blow of losing their star rusher, Derrick Henry.
Henry is working his way back in record time from a broken foot and could play on Saturday.
I cannot wait for the eruption at Nissan Stadium when Derrick Henry gets announced on Saturday afternoon!
— Jimmy Morris (@jmorrisMCM) January 17, 2022
They are resilient.
Allen vs Mahomes feels like it’s the modern day Brady vs. Manning and it’s just really cool that Bills fans get to be a part of that hopefully for the next decade.
— Nate Geary (@NateGearySports) January 17, 2022
They got off to a rough start but appear to be peaking at the right time and will host a red-hot Josh Allen and the Buffalo Bills.
It will be a fun weekend of NFL football for fans to enjoy.