NFL playoffs news: Game schedule, previews, predictions, TV guide, kick-off times

Just four NFL teams remain in the hunt for Super Bowl LVI in Los Angeles on February 13. But how do you keep track of what is going on in the postseason when you'll probably be in bed for some of it?

That's where Planet Sport come in (no, not in the bedroom), helping you navigate the NFL playoffs for the next few weeks.

We started off with the Wildcard Weekend which ran from January 15 - 18. Twelve teams battled it for a place in the Divisional Round, where the Green Bay Packers and the Tennessee Titans were waiting.

The Bengals, Bills and Buccaneers were the first three through, quickly followed by the 49ers and then the Chiefs. Finally, the Rams beat the Cardinals in the final Wilcard matchup.

That left the final eight teams raring to go in the Divisional Round, but after the Packers and Titans both suffered defeat on Saturday night, Tom Brady's Buccaneers followed suit on Sunday, and then the Buffalo Bills became the latest team to be eliminated.

That sets up the Conference Championships, with Patrick Mahomes and his Chiefs set to take on the Bengals in the AFC, while the Rams and 49ers go toe-to-toe for the NFC crown.


AFC Championship: Bengals @ Chiefs - January 30, 20:00pm GMT

NFC Championship: 49ers @ Rams - January 30, 23:30pm GMT

NFL Wildcard results round-up

Las Vegas Raiders 19 - 26 Cincinnati Bengals

The Cincinnati Bengals defeated the Las Vegas Raiders 26-19 to claim their first NFL play-off win since 1991.

The Bengals' quarter-back Joe Burrow threw for 244 yards, including touchdown passes to CJ Uzomah and Tyler Boyd.

The Raiders had the chance to level the game with 12 seconds left in the fourth quarter, but Germaine Pratt intercepted Derek Carr's pass in the end zone.

New England Patriots 17 - 47 Buffalo Bills

Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen lead a 47-17 rout of the New England Patriots, to give coach Bill Belichick his heaviest play-off defeat. Allen threw for 308 yards and five touchdowns while also rushing for 66 yards as the Bills.

Dawson Knox and Devin Singletary scored first-half touchdowns, before Emmanuel Sanders, Gabriel Davis and Tommy Doyle made the end zone in a ruthless win.

Bills safety Micah Hyde denied the Patriots an almost certain touchdown in the first quarter with a stunning interception of rookie quarterback Mac Jones' attempted pass to Nelson Agholor in the end zone.

Philadelphia Eagles 15 - 31 Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Fairly routine win for Tampa Bay, with 44-year-old Tom Brady showing his experience to secure a 31-15 win. Giovani Bernard and then Ke'Shawn Vaughn gave the home side a 17-0 lead.

Brady threw two unanswered touchdowns, to Rob Gronkowski and Mike Evans, to extend their lead in the third quarter.

The Eagles finally found their way to the endzone in the fourth quarter, with running backs Boston Scott and Kenneth Gainwell both putting points on the board.

San Francisco 49ers 23 - 17 Dallas Cowboys

The San Francisco 49ers held on to claim a tight 23-17 win over the Dallas Cowboys.

Elijah Mitchell completed a short sprint to the endzone in the first quarter, and three field goals gave the visiting side a 16-7 lead at halftime.

The 49ers found success in their running game after the break with Deebo Samuel forcing his way in for six, but Jimmy Garoppolo wasn't able to add more points to the board, ending with no touchdown throws and one interception.

Dak Prescott ran a touchdown himself to claw the Cowboys back into it in the fourth quarter, but it wasn't enough.

Pittsburgh Steelers 21 - 42 Kansas City Chiefs

A scoreless first quarter set up a dramatic second which saw the Chiefs score three touchdowns in response to the Steelers' opener to leave a score of 21-7 at halftime.

Chiefs' QB Patrick Mahomes threw a further three touchdowns in the third and fourth quarter to end the game with an incredible 404 yards and five touchdown passes.

Veteran Ben Roethlisberger managed two of his own with 215 yards, but it turned out to be a hefty defeat in what was his final NFL outing.

Los Angeles Rams 34 - 11 Arizona Cardinals

The Cardinals were by far the best team in the opening stages of the NFL season, racing to a 7-0 record. However, Kliff Kingsbury's side suffered a poor end to their campaign, and it was always going to hinder their playoff chances.

The Rams took a dominant 21-0 lead before halftime, all-but sealing their place in the Divisional Round. Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray had a game to forget, with no touchdown throws and two interceptions, racking up just 137 passing yards in the process.

In contrast, 33-year-old Matthew Stafford's experience shone through for the Rams as he picked out two touchdown passes to the tune of no interceptions.

The Cardinals rallied in the second half with James Conner rushing in for six, but it proved to be too little, too late.

NFL Divisional Round results

Tennessee Titans 16-19 Cincinnati Bengals

The Titans enjoyed a strong finish to the regular season, clinching the top spot in the AFC ahead of the Chiefs with a 12-5 record. That handed them an automatic place in the Divisional Round, but that's as far as they managed to go.

It was a night to forget for Ryan Tannehill, who despite throwing 220 yards and one touchdown pass, had a performance plagued with mistakes, including three vital interceptions.

In contrast, Joe Burrow didn't complete a touchdown pass, but his 348 yards for just one interception helped his side up the field, and Joe Mixon's rush into the endzone proved enough, with the rest of their 13 points coming from kicker Evan McPherson.

Green Bay Packers 10-13 San Francisco 49ers

Aaron Rodgers and his Packers were favourites to win the Super Bowl this year, and after clinching top spot of the NFC with a 13-5 record, they looked well on their way to achieving that.

Visiting Lambeau Field is a difficult task regardless, but even more so during January. Still, though, the 49ers managed to shut out Rodgers and his offence and limit them to just 10 points.

AJ Dillon rushed in for the Packers' only touchdown of the night, but the 49ers defence proved too hard to beat, with Rodgers being sacked five times throughout the game.

Remarkably, the 49ers sealed the victory in the fourth quarter, scoring their only touchdown of the night via Talanoa Hufanga after a blocked punt.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers 27-30 Los Angeles Rams

It wasn't to be for Tom Brady and the reigning Super Bowl champions, who struggled to find a way past a stubborn Rams defence.

The Buccaneers were limited to just a field goal in the opening half, while the Rams put up 20 points on the board. With Tom Brady opposite them, they'd have known just how important building a lead would be, but even the 44-year-old veteran couldn't muster up a comeback this time around.

Not for the lack of trying, though. The Buccaneers responded after half time, with Leonard Fournette reaching the endzone twice, while Brady managed to connect with Mike Evans for a third Bucs touchdown.

But Matthew Stafford didn't crumble under the pressure, and the Rams quarterback enjoyed a superb performance, racking up 366 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions.

Brady managed 329 yards himself, but just a solitary touchdown pass showed just how much pressure he was under by the pass-rushing defence of the Rams - who managed to sack him three times.

Kansas City Chiefs 42 - 36 Buffalo Bills

One of the most highly anticipated Divisional Round match-ups delivered on Sunday night. Overtime was required to split these two sides, with the Chiefs just edging it in the end.

It was a duel between two highly-talented, young quarterbacks, with 26-year-old Patrick Mahomes going head-to-head with 25-year-old Josh Allen.

With both teams boasting star-studded offences, many expected plenty of points to be scored, and that happened from the start, with the half-time score sitting at 14-14.

The Bills continued to fire on all cylinders in the second half too, though, and looked likely to secure the upset in the fourth quarter. But, Mahomes led his side on a last-minute drive to set up a match-tying field goal, meaning overtime was required to separate them.

In the first posession of overtime, Mahomes found Travis Kelce in the endzone to seal the win and send the Chiefs to yet another AFC Championship match.