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NFL playoff schedule: What games are on today? TV channels, times, scores for 2023 divisional round

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The NFL playoffs roll on to the divisional round, meaning for the first time this postseason, the Chiefs and Eagles will take the field.

Both teams had a week off after clinching the top seeds in their respective conferences. While both teams are positioned strong heading into the playoffs, it is worth noting that the week of rest hasn’t always benefitted teams in the past. Last year, both No. 1 seeds were knocked off in their first playoff games.

Will that happen again in the 2023 playoffs? The two teams are each facing opponents whom they played during the regular season, and they collectively went 3-0 against their divisional-round foes.

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Here’s everything you need to know about the NFL divisional round games, including a full schedule with TV channels and start times.

NFL playoff schedule: What games are on today?

Divisional round

Saturday, Jan. 21

Sunday, Jan. 22

NFL playoff game TV channels, live stream

Jaguars vs. Chiefs

  • Date: Saturday, Jan. 21
  • Time: 4:30 p.m. ET
  • TV channel: NBC
  • Live stream: Peacock, fuboTV (U.S.) | DAZN (Canada)

Key storyline: Can the Jaguars offense keep up with Patrick Mahomes?

Jacksonville’s defense is going to have its hands full with the Chiefs. Facing the No. 1 offense in the NFL a week after giving up 30 points to the Chargers, the Jaguars have an even more daunting task in trying to take on an offense led by the best quarterback in the NFL with a running game that has steadily improved. If Jacksonville falls behind by 27 again, it is highly unlikely it will move on to the AFC championship.

But this is a Chiefs defense that will allow some points, and the Jaguars’ offense has greatly improved since the Week 10 meeting between the two teams. Since that loss, the Jaguars are averaging 27 points per game and Trevor Lawrence has averaged 258 passing yards with 16 touchdown passes and only six picks. Lawrence has proven he can come up clutch late in games, so if the offense can keep up, he could once again put them in a position to win.

Giants vs. Eagles

  • Date: Saturday, Jan. 21
  • Time: 8:15 p.m. ET
  • TV channel: Fox
  • Live stream: Fox Sports app, fuboTV (U.S.) | DAZN (Canada)

Key storyline: Will Giants defense slow down Eagles rushing attack?

The Giants and Eagles have faced off twice in 2022. The first time, the Eagles rushed for 253 yards and four touchdowns on 31 carries and obliterated New York 48-22. In the season finale, however, despite the return of Jalen Hurts and all the Eagles starters playing against the Giants’ backups, Philadelphia managed only 135 yards and one touchdown on 34 carries, and narrowly beat the Giants 22-16.

New York, which had the worst rushing defense by DVOA during the regular season, bottled up Dalvin Cook and forced the Vikings to throw the ball constantly in the wild-card win. If the Giants are going to have any chance at pulling off a stunning upset over the Eagles, they will need to prove their improvements defending the run are here to stay against the league’s best rushing offense.

Bengals vs. Bills

  • Date: Sunday, Jan. 22
  • Time: 3 p.m. ET
  • TV channel: CBS
  • Live stream: Paramount+, fuboTV (U.S.) | DAZN (Canada)

Key storyline: Can the Bengals protect Joe Burrow?

The goal of the Bengals’ offseason was to improve Burrow’s protection that allowed him to be sacked a playoff-record 19 times last year. The offensive line was an improvement through much of 2022, but in each of the past three games, a different starter has gone down, which means the Bengals will face the daunting Bills defense with only two starters left.

Sunday’s contest has the potential to be a thrilling offensive display between two of the best quarterbacks in the NFL, but if Burrow faces constant pressure like he did in the second half against the Ravens, the Bengals could have a tough time keeping up with Josh Allen and a Bills team that just put up 34 against Miami in the first round.

Cowboys vs. 49ers

  • Date: Sunday, Jan. 22
  • Time: 6:30 p.m. ET
  • TV channel: Fox
  • Live stream: Fox Sports app, fuboTV (U.S.) | DAZN (Canada)

Key storyline: Will Brock Purdy hit rookie wall?

Expectations were admittedly low for Purdy when Mr. Irrelevant filled in for an injured Jimmy Garoppolo. But his ascension in the star-studded 49ers offense has refueled the belief that this is a team primed for a Super Bowl run. Against the Seahawks, he completed 60 percent of his passes for 332 yards and three touchdowns.

But while Seattle’s defense has struggled at times in 2022, the Cowboys’ defense should give him a much more difficult challenge. Dallas has the second-best overall defense by DVOA and features a standout pass rush headlined by Micah Parsons and Demarcus Lawrence. The best defense by overall DVOA Purdy has faced was when he filled in for Garoppolo against the Dolphins’, which ranks 15th. This will be a major test for Purdy.

NFL scores for playoff games

Wild-card round

Saturday, Jan. 14

49ers 41, Seahawks 23
Jaguars 31, Chargers 30

Sunday, Jan. 15

Bills 34, Dolphins 31
Giants 31, Vikings 24
Bengals 24, Ravens 17

Monday, Jan. 16

Cowboys 31, Buccaneers 14

Divisional round

Saturday, Jan. 21

Chiefs 27, Jaguars 20
Giants vs. Eagles

Sunday, Jan. 22

Bengals vs. Bills
Cowboys vs. 49ers

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