NFL Playoff Picture 2019: Updated Bracket, Divisional Round NFC and AFC Matchups

Philip Rivers, Los Angeles Chargers
Philip Rivers #17 of the Los Angeles Chargers celebrates after defeating the Baltimore Ravens after the AFC Wild Card Playoff game at M&T Bank Stadium on January 6 in Baltimore, Maryland. The Chargers defeated the Ravens with a score of 23 to 17. Rob Carr/Getty Images

The NFL wild-card round weekend is over and the picture for the divisional round is set, with eight teams remaining in the race for the Super Bowl.

The postseason has already lost three divisional champions, with the NFC North winners Chicago Bears losing at home to the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday, while the Houston Texans lost an all AFC South matchup against the Indianapolis Colts.

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Meanwhile, the Baltimore Ravens lost at home against the Los Angeles Chargers just a week after clinching the AFC North title.

Here's the updated playoff bracket for the upcoming four divisional playoff matchups, along with dates, times and TV info.


Dallas Cowboys @ Los Angeles Rams (Saturday, January 12, 8:15 p.m. ET, FOX)

The Rams were the only team in the league in the league alongside the New Orleans to win 13 games in the regular season but finished second in the NFC. In the first half of the season, their offense that steamrolled opponents at will but on Saturday the Rams will need to be at their best.

The Cowboys had the fifth-best run defense in the league this season and Los Angeles will hope Todd Gurley is fit, after missing out the final two games of the regular season with a knee injury.

The running game will also be crucial on the other side of the ball, as far as Dallas is concerned. The Rams were the worst team in the NFL in terms of average yards per rush allowed, a weakness which Ezekiel Elliott will undoubtedly look to exploit.

Run @Dak Run! #WPMOYChallenge + Prescott#FinishThisFight

— Dallas Cowboys (@dallascowboys) January 6, 2019

Philadelphia Eagles @ New Orleans Saints (Sunday, January 13, 4:40 p.m. ET, FOX)

The Saints went 13-3 this season, finishing with the league's joint-best record and clinching a first NFC title since 2009. New Orleans also secured a first-round bye and home field advantage throughout the playoffs, which could prove crucial given they won six of their eight games at the Superdome this season.

After rescuing a faltering campaign by winning their last three regular season games, the Eagles upset the odds with a 16-15 win over the Chicago Bears at Soldiers Field on Sunday night, courtesy of Cody Parkey's missed field goal.

The defending Super Bowl champions will be the underdogs against the Saints but with Nick Foles in this form, nothing seems out of reach for Philadelphia.


— Philadelphia Eagles (@Eagles) January 7, 2019


Indianapolis Colts @ Kansas City Chiefs (Saturday, January 12, 4:35 p.m. ET, NBC)

The Chiefs won the AFC and secured home-field advantage throughout the playoffs on the back of an explosive offense led by Patrick Mahomes. After a first-round bye the question is whether Kansas City can overcome its playoffs woes, with last season's 18-point collapse against the Titans at Arrowhead Stadium still a fresh memory.

The Colts, meanwhile, arrive in Kansas City after winning their last four regular season games and then dominating the Texas in Houston in the wild-card round. Aside from Mahomes, no other quarterback has thrown more touchdown passes than Andrew Luck this season. The Colts' signal-caller is a candidate for comeback player of the year, can he inspire another major upset?

Los Angeles Chargers @ New England Patriots (Sunday, January 13, 1:05 p.m. ET, CBS)

The Patriots never looked a vintage team throughout the regular season but clinched a 10th consecutive AFC East title and a first-round bye. As usual, the road to the Super Bowl goes through New England, where the Patriots haven't lost a playoff game in six years.

The Chargers, however, should prove to be formidable opponents for the five-time Super Bowl champions. Los Angeles is 8-1 on the road this season, a record which they extended thanks to a win in Baltimore in the wild-card round.

The Chargers had a better regular season record than the Patriots but betting against Tom Brady and Bill Belichick in the playoff remains a huge risk.