How the Bills got to the Divisional Round: Key draft picks, wins, 2022 NFL playoff results and more

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The No. 3 seed Buffalo Bills are returning to Arrowhead Stadium this weekend in the Divisional Round, looking to avenge their AFC Championship Game loss to the Kansas City Chiefs last season.

But before earning a date with the Chiefs, the Bills had to fight and claw their way into the playoffs.

The Bills lost to two non-playoff teams in the New York Jets in Week 9 by a score of 9-6 in and Indianapolis Colts in Week 11 by a score of 41-15. A Week 13 loss to the New England Patriots at home put Buffalo in danger of losing its grip of the AFC East division, and an overtime loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 14 put the team’s playoff hopes in jeopardy altogether. 

Nevertheless, the Bills turned things around.

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Buffalo rebounded over the next four weeks with four-straight wins over the Carolina Panthers, Patriots in New England, Atlanta Falcons and New York Jets. And for the third time in five weeks, the Bills found themselves taking on the Patriots yet again on Super Wild Card Weekend

This time, Buffalo officially turned the page on its rivalry with the Patriots in what felt like a passing of the torch type of game from Bill Belichick to Sean McDermott.

Wild Card round results

  • 47-17 victory against the New England Patriots

2021 NFL Draft picks

  • Round 1: No. 30 – Gregory Rousseau, DE, Miami
  • Round 2: No. 61 – Carlos Basham Jr., DE, Wake Forest
  • Round 3: No. 93 – Spencer Brown, OT, Northern Iowa
  • Round 5: No. 161 (from LV) – Tommy Doyle, OT, Miami (OH)
  • Round 6: No. 203 (from WAS through LV, MIA, and HOU) – Marquez Stevenson, WR, Houston
  • Round 6: No. 212 (from NO through HOU) – Damar Hamlin, S, Pittsburgh
  • Round 6: No. 213 – Rachad Wildgoose, CB, Wisconsin
  • Round 7: No. 236 (from CAR) – Jack Anderson, OG, Texas Tech

READ MORE: Bills draft picks 2021: All of Buffalo’s selections, NFL draft results

Key personnel: Coaches and players

  • Head coach: Sean McDermott
  • Quarterback: Josh Allen
  • Wide receiver: Stefon Diggs
  • Running back: Devin Singletary
  • Linebacker: Tremaine Edmunds
  • Safety: Micah Hyde

Bills regular season results

  • Overall record: 11-6
  • Key wins/biggest win of the season: 38-20 victory against the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 5

Bills recent playoff history

  • Won second straight AFC East title this season… Lost AFC Championship Game to Kansas City Chiefs in 2020 season

What are the Buffalo Bills’ chances this postseason?

As excited as Bills Mafia may be to exact revenge on the Chiefs Kingdom in the playoffs, the reality is the Bills have struggled against quality teams this season.

Record vs. playoff teams: 2-4

Wins: 

  • 38-20 vs. Kansas City Chiefs in Week 5
  • 33-21 vs. New England Patriots in Week 16

Losses

  • 23-16 vs. Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 1
  • 34-31 vs. Tennessee Titans in Week 6
  • 14-10 vs. New England Patriots in Week 13
  • 33-27 vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 14

A losing record against teams that made the playoffs this season isn’t a good sign of a team’s resolve to win in big games, and a 2-3 record against AFC playoff teams doesn’t help the Bills’ cause.

The biggest win on Buffalo’s resume was a dominant 38-20 showing at home against the Chiefs in Week 5, the franchise’s first victory against Kansas City in the regular season and postseason combined since 2017.

Quarterback Josh Allen had a field day against the Chiefs defense in that win, completing 15-of-26 attempts for 315 yards, three touchdown passes with 59 yards rushing and one rushing touchdown.

On the season, Allen completed 63.3 percent of his passes for 4,407 yards, 41 touchdowns (36 pass, five rush) and 15 interceptions with 763 rushing yards. But the 25-year-old quarterback saved his best for the playoffs in what will be remembered as one of the franchise’s best individual performances ever.

Against the Patriots on Super Wild Card Weekend, Allen completed 21-of-25 attempts for 308 yards, five touchdowns and 66 rushing yards on six attempts – an 11 yards per carry average. As a team, the Bills rushed for 174 yards.

The Chiefs offense got off to a slow start against the Steelers this past weekend before Patrick Mahomes’ five touchdowns in 11 minutes put the game out of reach in no time. However, falling behind early against a Bills team that can go toe-to-toe with any offense remaining in the field is asking for trouble, as Kansas City learned the hard way back in Week 5.

The Chiefs fell behind early against the Bills, trailing 24-10 at halftime. Even with a lead heading into the second half, Buffalo still outscored Kansas City 14-7 over the final two quarters to ice the game. 

Whether or not the Bills can replicate that performance remains to be seen, but at least this year they’ll be travelling to Arrowhead Stadium knowing that they’re capable of taking down Mahomes when it matters most.

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2023 NFL Playoffs, Conference Championship scores: Final bracket, recaps, results for every AFC and NFC postseason game

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The 2023 NFL Playoffs are finally here as the battle for the Lombardi Trophy continues. After six action-packed games on Wild Card Weekend and all the excitement of the Divisional Round, we’re just one layer away from Super Bowl LVII – it’s Conference Championship weekend with showdowns between the 49ers and Eagles in the NFC and the Bengals and Chiefs in the AFC. Will the Bengals make it back to the NFL’s biggest stage? Will Andy Reid face his former team? Sunday’s action will set the stage for a thrilling title game to come.

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See below for the final scores, results, schedule and bracket for every game through Super Bowl LVII. Check out the full 2023 NFL playoff and Super Bowl schedule here.

2023 NFL Playoff Scores – Wild Card Weekend

Saturday, January 14

Seahawks (7) vs 49ers (2)

Chargers (5) vs Jaguars (4)

Sunday, January 15

Dolphins (7) vs Bills (2) 

Giants (6) vs Vikings (3) 

Ravens (6) vs Bengals (3) 

Monday, January 16

Cowboys (5) vs Buccaneers (4) 

Divisional Round Scores

Saturday, January 21

Jaguars (4) vs Chiefs (1)

Giants (6) vs Eagles (1)

Sunday, January 22nd

Bengals (3) vs Bills (2

Cowboys (5) vs 49ers (2)

Conference Championships Scores

Sunday, January 29

NFC Championship Game: 49ers (2) vs Eagles (1)

AFC Championship: Bengals (3) vs Chiefs (1) – CBS, Paramount+ at 6:30pm ET

Super Bowl LVII

  • Date: Sunday, February 12
  • Time: 6:30 p.m. ET
  • TV Network: Fox

Which teams are still in the 2023 NFL Playoffs?

The Eagles have secured the title of NFC champions and will play either the Bengals or Chiefs in Super Bowl LVII.

Which teams have been eliminated from the 2023 NFL Playoffs?

The Seattle Seahawks, Miami Dolphins, Minnesota Vikings, Los Angeles Chargers, Baltimore Ravens, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Jacksonville Jaguars, New York Giants, Buffalo Bills, Dallas Cowboys and San Francisco 49ers have all been eliminated from the 2023 NFL playoffs.

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2023 NFL Playoff Bracket:

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2023 NFL Playoff Picture:

AFC:

  1. Kansas City Chiefs (14-3)
  2. Buffalo Bills (13-3)
  3. Cincinnati Bengals (12-4)
  4. Jacksonville Jaguars (9-8)
  5. LA Chargers (10-7)
  6. Baltimore Ravens (10-7)
  7. Miami Dolphins (9-8)

NFC:

  1. Philadelphia Eagles (14-3)
  2. San Francisco 49ers (13-4)
  3. Minnesota Vikings (13-4)
  4. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (8-9)
  5. Dallas Cowboys (12-5)
  6. New York Giants (9-7-1)
  7. Seattle Seahawks (9-8)

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2023 NFL Playoffs AFC, NFC Championship Round Schedule: Dates, start times, how to watch/live stream info for today’s games

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The 2023 NFL Playoffs have been filled with nothing short of excitement! The action continues this week with the Championship Round on Sunday, January 29. First, at 3:00 PM ET Brock Purdy and the San Francisco 49ers will head to Lincoln Financial Field to take on Jalen Hurts and the Philadelphia Eagles. Then at 6:30 PM ET Joe Burrow and the Cincinnati Bengals take on Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri.

See below for the full AFC, NFC Championship Round schedule as well as additional information on how to watch each game.

Click here for the full 2023 NFL Playoffs Schedule

Conference Championship Round Schedule:

Sunday, January 29

NFC Championship Game:

San Francisco 49ers vs Philadelphia Eagles – 3:00 p.m. ET on Fox

  • Where: Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

AFC Championship Game:

Cincinnati Bengals vs Kansas City Chiefs – 6:30 p.m. ET on CBS

  • Where: Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri

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2023 Divisional Round Scores and Recap:

Jaguars (4) vs Chiefs (1)

Giants (6) vs Eagles (1)

Bengals (3) vs Bills (2

Cowboys (5) vs 49ers (2)


What 4 teams are in the NFL playoffs?

The San Francisco 49ers, Cincinnati Bengals, Philadelphia Eagles, and Kansas City Chiefs.

Which teams have been eliminated from the 2023 NFL Playoffs?

The Seattle Seahawks, Miami Dolphins, Minnesota Vikings, Los Angeles Chargers, Baltimore Ravens, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Jacksonville Jaguars, New York Giants, Buffalo Bills and Dallas Cowboys have all been eliminated from the 2023 NFL playoffs.

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NFL Super Bowl History:

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