NFL divisional round viewing guide: Ranking the top matchups for the second round of the playoffs

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Super Wild Card Weekend is in the books, and now just eight teams remain in the NFL playoffs as we look forward to the divisional round. The competition over the course of last weekend wasn’t particularly close as there were a number of blowouts, but it looks like we’re about to be rewarded with a stacked slate in the second round. We have multiple high-level quarterback matchups, a rematch of a conference championship game from a season ago, and both No. 1 seeds crashing the postseason party after the bye week.  

While all four of these games are expected to be competitive, there’s naturally going to be a few contests that we’re a little more excited to see kick off. Below, you’ll find our ranking of this upcoming playoff slate along with the viewing information you need to catch all the action. 

Date: Saturday, Jan. 22 | Time: 4:30 p.m. ET
Location: Nissan Stadium (Nashville, TN)
TV: 
CBS | Stream: Paramount+ (click here)
Odds: Titans -3.5, O/U 47

This game may be last on this list, but it doesn’t mean that you can hit the snooze button. I noted last week that I was giddy to see how Joe Burrow would perform in his first taste of the playoffs, and the Bengals quarterback didn’t disappoint. He registered a 110.4 passer rating with 244 yards through the air and two touchdowns in the win over Las Vegas. It was admittedly annoying that the poor officiating took away some headlines for the Bengals, but they won’t be an easy out for the Tennessee Titans. Speaking of the No. 1 seed in the AFC, it looks like we’re going to see the return of star running back Derrick Henry for this game, which adds another level of excitement. If Henry is the same back he was before his injury, Tennessee won’t only have the inside track to win this game, but they’d put the entire AFC on notice more than they already have. 

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Date: Saturday, Jan. 22 | Time: 8:15 p.m. ET
Location: Lambeau Field (Green Bay, WI)
TV: 
FOX | Stream: fuboTV (try for free)
Odds: Packers -5.5, O/U 47.5

Whenever you can get Aaron Rodgers suiting up for a playoff game at Lambeau Field, it’s a treat for everyone involved. The frontrunner for the MVP award will look to begin what he hopes will be a run to his second Super Bowl title and will be doing so against the San Francisco 49ers, who are fresh off an upset win over the Dallas Cowboys. Of course, Rodgers and the Niners have plenty of history dating back to when the organization passed on him at the 2005 NFL Draft. While Rodgers had made them look foolish for that decision, San Francisco has been able to get the better of him in the playoffs, beating him in all three of their postseason matchups. 

Date: Sunday, Jan. 23 | Time: 3 p.m. ET
Location: Raymond James Stadium (Tampa, FL)
TV: 
NBC | Stream: fuboTV (try for free)
Odds: Buccaneers -3, O/U 48.5

Both the Rams and Buccaneers looked extremely impressive in their playoff debuts during Super Wild Card Weekend. Each scored 30-plus points and was able to win by multiple scores. This promises to be a quality quarterback matchup as well with Tom Brady and Matthew Stafford under center. During their lone matchup back in Week 3 of this season (a 10-point win by the Rams at SoFi Stadium), Brady threw for 432 yards while Stafford completed four touchdown passes. If we get a repeat of that performance at Raymond James Stadium, this could be the most entertaining game on the slate. 

Date: Sunday, Jan. 23 | Time: 6:30 p.m. ET
Location: Arrowhead Stadium (Kansas City, MO)
TV: 
CBS | Stream: Paramount+ (click here)
Odds: Chiefs -2, O/U 55

While all of these games should be a fun watch over the weekend, Bills-Chiefs seems to be a hair above the rest. Of course, this is a rematch of the AFC Championship last year, and these two offensive juggernauts will square up again in the postseason, this time to see who will be able to play in the conference title game. This will be the second time these teams have faced one another this season with the Bills beating the Chiefs in Arrowhead back in Week 5. While there will be things both teams can take from that matchup, the switch hadn’t been flipped yet for Kansas City, which ripped off a 9-1 record to end the regular season after a sluggish start. 

In the previous round, both the Chiefs and Bills torched their opponent and received stellar play from their quarterbacks. Patrick Mahomes threw five touchdowns to go along with 404 yards, while Josh Allen also had five scores as his Bills found the end zone on every single meaningful drive they played against New England. With those two MVP caliber quarterbacks playing at this high of a level, this is appointment viewing for football fans. 

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