NFL playoff picture: Projecting the seeds & matchups for AFC, NFC brackets for Week 18
Here's everything to know about the 2022 NFL playoff picture entering Week 18, including the projected seeds and matchups for every division champion and wild-card teams.There's a few more shufflings that could take place this weekend, but the NFL must be glad with the way the lengthened season worked out: Heading into the final weekend of the regular season, there are still several playoff spots left open in the AFC and one in the NFC, with divisional matchups
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OPENING LINE: Packers by 6, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
AGAINST THE SPREAD: 49ers 10-8; Packers 12-5.
SERIES RECORD: Packers lead 38-32-1
LAST MEETING: Packers beat 49ers 30-28 on Sept. 26, in Santa Clara, California.
LAST WEEK: 49ers won 23-17 at Dallas on Sunday; Packers had bye, lost to Lions 37-30.
49ERS OFFENSE: OVERALL (7), RUSH (7), PASS (12), SCORING (13-T).
49ERS DEFENSE: OVERALL (3), RUSH (6), PASS (6), SCORING (8).
PACKERS OFFENSE: OVERALL (9), RUSH (21), PASS (11), SCORING (13).
PACKERS DEFENSE: OVERALL (9), RUSH (12), PASS (9), SCORING (13).
TURNOVER DIFFERENTIAL: 49ers minus-4; Packers plus-13
NFL playoff schedule: Dates, times, TV channels for every 2022 postseason game
Here is the complete 2022 NFL playoff schedule, beginning with Wild Card weekend and spanning through Super Bowl 56. Included is information about the TV channels, start times, final scores and more.Brady and the Bucs are hoping to be the first repeat Super Bowl winners since Brady's Patriots did it in 2003 and 2004. This year, Tampa Bay will enter the postseason as the NFC South winner — they were a Wild Card team last year — but they won't have the advantage of playing the Super Bowl on home soil.
49ERS PLAYER TO WATCH: WR Deebo Samuel. The All-Pro wideout had a season-low 52 yards from scrimmage – including zero yards rushing - against the Packers back in September but has since emerged as much more of a multipurpose threat. He had 1,405 yards receiving, 365 yards rushing and 14 total touchdowns in the regular season. Samuel rushed for 72 yards and a touchdown on 10 carries and also had three catches for 38 yards against Dallas.
PACKERS PLAYER TO WATCH: QB Aaron Rodgers. He threw 20 touchdown passes without an interception over his final seven games to emerge as a favorite to win his fourth MVP award. Now he has a chance to improve upon his so-so 11-9 playoff record as a starter, which includes an 0-3 mark against the 49ers.
KEY MATCHUP: Packers OT David Bakhtiari vs. 49ers DE Nick Bosa. This is based on the assumption that Bakhtiari actually plays. Bakhtiari, a 2020 All-Pro, tore his anterior cruciate ligament on Dec. 31, 2020, and finally returned to action by playing 27 snaps in the Packers’ regular-season finale. He's listed as questionable for Saturday's game. The Packers have been cautious with him in practice the last couple of weeks. Bosa, who recorded 15 1/2 sacks during the regular season, sustained a concussion against Dallas. Bosa has 4 1/2 sacks in four career playoff games. Bosa was removed from the 49ers' injury report Friday after clearing concussion protocols.
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KEY INJURIES: CB Ambry Thomas (knee) and DE Jordan Willis (ankle) are all questionable for the 49ers. ... QB Jimmy Garoppolo (shoulder, thumb) and LB Fred Warner are set to play despite dealing with injuries. ... Bakhtiari (knee) and CB Jaire Alexander (shoulder) are questionable and WR Marquez Valdes-Scantling (back) is doubtful. … Packers OT Billy Turner (knee), WR Randall Cobb (core) and OLBs Za'Darius Smith (back) and Whitney Mercilus (biceps) are expected to return from injuries Saturday. ... Packers TE Robert Tonyan and OL Elgton Jenkins are out for the season with knee injuries.
SERIES NOTES: The Packers and 49ers have split eight previous playoff matchups. The 49ers have won the last three postseason meetings, including a 37-20 victory in the NFC championship game two seasons ago. … The 49ers have hosted the Packers in the regular season each of the last three years. The Packers won 30-28 this year on Mason Crosby’s 51-yard field goal as time expired and won 34-17 last season. The 49ers won 37-8 in 2019. … This marks the first time the Packers and 49ers have faced off in Lambeau Field since the Packers won 33-30 on Oct. 15, 2018.
NFL playoff bracket 2022: Full schedule, TV channels, scores for AFC & NFC games
With the NFL playoff bracket for 2022 set, here is the entire postseason game schedule complete with TV channels for all playoff games, live stream info and more.The path to the postseason in Week 18 was wild. The Colts, who were widely expected to earn one of the two Wild Card berths that had yet to be clinched, were defeated by the Jaguars. That knocked them out of the AFC playoff picture while opening the door for the Steelers to make it in after their win over the Ravens. So long as the Chargers and Raiders don't tie on "Sunday Night Football", the Steelers will go to the postseason in what is presumed to be Ben Roethlisberger's final season.
STATS AND STUFF: The winner of this game faces either the Tampa Bay Buccaneers or Los Angeles Rams in the NFC championship game. The Packers would play the NFC championship game at home, while the 49ers would have to go back on the road. … The 49ers are coming off a five-sack performance against Dallas. Charles Omenihu had 1 1/2 sacks in that game. … 49ers K Robbie Gould is 18 of 18 in career playoff field-goal attempts, the most makes ever in the postseason without a miss. Gould made kicks of 53, 52 and 40 yards against Dallas. … The 49ers have won their last four divisional-round playoff games (during the 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2019 seasons). Three of the four wins were at home. Their last loss in this round was a 31-6 defeat at Tampa Bay during the 2002 season. … The Niners have averaged 195.3 yards rushing per game in four playoff games under coach Kyle Shanahan. ... San Francisco QB Jimmy Garoppolo has averaged 149.8 yards passing per game with four INTs and two TDs in four playoff starts. ... The Packers are seeking to reach the NFC championship game for a third straight season. They haven’t made it to the Super Bowl since their 2010 championship season. … The last two times he has faced the 49ers, Packers WR Davante Adams has caught a total of 22 passes for 305 yards. He has scored a touchdown in each of those games. … Rodgers has thrown multiple touchdown passes in an NFL-record nine straight playoff games. … The Packers are 11-10 in divisional playoff games, including an 8-1 home record. The home loss came to the eventual Super Bowl champion New York Giants in the 2011 season. … The 49ers are 33-21 and the Packers are 36-24 in postseason games. Only the New England Patriots (37-22) have a better postseason winning percentage. The Packers’ 36 postseason wins put them in a tie for second place with the Pittsburgh Steelers, one behind New England. … 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan and Packers coach Matt LaFleur worked together as NFL assistants with Houston, Washington and Atlanta.
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