Both games on Sunday were very eventful, to say the least. They each had their own set of controversies, which I'm going to break down here. Let's get straight to it, starting with the NFC Championship.
San Francisco 49ers 7
Philadelphia Eagles 31
Well, the Divisional Round was not great for my playoff prediction bracket.
I presented my bracket at the start of the postseason where I broke down how I thought each round would play out, which you can read here if you're interested:
Another weekend of playoff football is in the books, and we're left with four teams remaining heading into their conference championships on Sunday. I'm going to break down what we saw from all four games this weekend, which featured two late pushes from the underdogs that came up short, and two unexpected blowouts in what turned out to be a less than stellar slate of games than most people were expecting.
We'll start with the early game Saturday and advance chronologically.
Jacksonville Jaguars 20
Kansas City Chiefs 27
With the opening round of the 2023 playoffs in the books, it's time to look ahead to the four games of the Divisional Round this upcoming Saturday and Sunday. But before we get into those matchups, let's see how my predictions fared in Wild Card Weekend.
I presented my bracket in last week's article where I broke down how I thought each round would play out, which you can read here if you're interested:
Wildcard weekend lived up to the expectations in my book, as four of the six games were decided by one score. We saw a near record breaking comeback, an actual record breaking defensive score to decide a game, and a never before seen kicking performance (though not in a positive way).
As the dust from round one settles and the teams that advanced plan for their divisional matchups, I'm going to go through each game to give my brief thoughts about what transpired. We'll go in chronological order, starting with the first game played on Saturday.
Seattle Seahawks 23
San Francisco 49ers 41
Postseason play is upon us, and before things get rolling in Wild Card weekend on Saturday, I wanted to document my picks for each game of this round and beyond.
This year's bracket is somewhat tough because it feels like both sides are rather top heavy, but those top contenders seem tough to pick between to win it all. Still, like we saw last season when the Cincinnati Bengals unexpectedly reached the Super Bowl, you can't discount anyone to make a deep run at this point in the season.
I'll first give you my full bracket that displays each pick in every round, and then I'll talk a little bit about the notable aspects and selections of each round. Without further adieu, here's who I have advancing to and and winning the 2023 Super Bowl:
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