NFL Playoffs come to an end, shining a light on the upcoming Super Bowl

Patrick Done, Chief of Staff

The 2023 NFL postseason is nearing completion, with the conference games complete and the Super Bowl matchup set. But before previewing the Super Bowl matchup, it’s important to look back at the memorable moments that defined the 2023 NFL playoffs.

2023 Wildcard Weekend got off to an historic start, with the 49ers completing their 7-0 sweep against the NFC West and the Jacksonville Jaguars coming back from a 20 point first half deficit to beat the Los Angeles Chargers 31-30. The Bills, Bengals and Giants were able to squeak out one score wins in the wildcard rounds, beating the Dolphins, Ravens and Vikings respectively. The New York Giants win versus the number two seed Minnesota Vikings marks the franchise’s first playoff win since winning the Super Bowl versus the New England Patriots almost 10 years ago. Wild Weekend came to completion on Monday Night when the Dallas Cowboys defeated Tom Brady’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers in a convincing 31-14 win. 

The Divisional Round brought more close contests, with the Kansas City Chiefs beating the Jaguars 27-20 and the 49ers beating the Dallas Cowboys 19-12. The Cowboys-49ers divisional matchup was the 9th time the two NFC powerhouses have met in the postseason, tying the NFL record for the most frequent NFL postseason matchup currently held by the Cowboys and the Los Angeles Rams. The Bengals and Eagles also advanced past the Divisional rounds, defeating the Bills and Giants in multi-score victories. With the Divisional rounds over the championship games were set for the AFC and NFC and the battle for a spot in the Super Bowl commenced. 

The Kansas City Chiefs will be representing the AFC, beating the Cincinnati Bengals 23-20 to advance to the franchise’s third superbowl birth in four years. This 2023 AFC Championship game marks the 5th time in a row that the Chiefs have held the AFC conference title game at home, going 3-2 in the last five championship games.

Representing the NFC will be the Philadelphia Eagles, defeating the San Francisco 49ers at home. The Eagles last advanced to and won the Super Bowl in 2018, with the team now looking to win a second Lombardi trophy in a six year time span. While the 49ers did lose in a 7-31 route, this does mark the continuation of a remarkable stretch for the franchise, with the team making the NFC championship game in three of the last four seasons. 

The Eagles have opened as early two point favorites vs the Chiefs, but the game is projected to remain a highly competitive affair.