The Philadelphia Eagles took the rival New York Giants to the woodshed in the NFC Divisional Round, giving the updated NFL Playoff picture this look.
The Eagles defended their home turf as the No. 1 seed in the NFC, and absolutely destroyed the New York Giants 38-7 at Lincoln Financial Field. Their opponent in the NFC Championship Game will be determined when the Cowboys travel to play the San Francisco 49ers at Levi’s Stadium.
The AFC is shaping up with another No. 1 seed keeping the road to the Super Bowl potentially going through their home stadium, as the Kansas City Chiefs topped the upstart Jacksonville Jaguars 27-20 in Saturday’s early game.
There are still some opponents, and even venues to be decided, so here’s a look at how the NFL Playoff picture is shaping up as we head into the second day of the Divisional Round.
NFC Playoff Picture after Eagles obliterate the Giants
Eliminated: Seattle Seahawks, Minnesota Vikings, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, New York Giants
NFC Championship Game Teams: Philadelphia Eagles vs winner of Dallas Cowboys-San Francisco 49ers
NFC Championship Game Venue: Lincoln Financial Field (Ticket info found here)
AFC Playoff Picture after Chiefs dismiss Jaguars
Eliminated: Los Angles Chargers, Miami Dolphins, Baltimore Ravens, Jacksonville Jaguars
AFC Championship Game Teams: Kansas City Chiefs vs winner of Buffalo Bills-Cincinnati Bengals
AFC Championship Game Venue: Arrowhead Stadium for Chiefs vs Bengals, Mercedes-Benz Stadium for Chiefs vs Bills
Why is the AFC Championship Game potentially being played in Atlanta?
If the Buffalo Bills defeat the Cincinnati Bengals to move on to the AFC Championship Game, that game will be played at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta. The decision to move the game to a neutral site was due to Buffalo playing one less game than Kansas City in the regular season, causing them to finish a half-game back.
The Bills’ regular season road game against the Cincinnati Bengals was postponed and eventually canceled after Bills safety Damar Hamlin suffered a cardiac arrest on the field, with him being transported to a local hospital after CPR was administered in the stadium.
Chiefs fans are obviously hoping for a Cincinnati victory in the Divisional Round game between the Bills and Bengals, so that the AFC title game will return to Arrowhead Stadium.