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Cowboys-Buccaneers Set for MNF

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The 2022 NFL season concluded with plenty of drama, but there is much more to come as the AFC and NFC Super Wild Card weekend schedule is now set.

The Cowboys earned the No.5 seed and will have a chance to redeem one of their worst performances of the season when they face the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the Wild Card round’s Monday Night game at 7:15 p.m. CT.

The Cowboys and Buccaneers opened the season facing off in Dallas in a game that saw quarterback Dak Prescott exit with a broken bone in his thumb. The Buccaneers won that game 19-3 back on September 11, 2022.

The rematch will occur in Florida as the Bucs earned the No.4 seed and won the NFC South division.

Elsewhere in the NFC, the only thing the Green Bay Packers had to do on Sunday night was win to claim the last remaining playoff spot, but the Detroit Lions spoiled the party, giving the Seattle Seahawks the final NFC playoff berth.

The Seahawks will face their NFC West rival and the No.2 seed San Fransisco 49ers in the first round at 3:30 p.m. CT on Saturday.

The 49ers are relying on the team’s third-string quarterback, Brock Purdy, who was the last player selected in the draft last season. A rejuvenated Geno Smith is leading the Seahawks in the hope of avenging two losses to the 49ers this season.

Entering Week 18, the NFC East division title and the No.1 seed in the conference were still up for grabs. The Philadelphia Eagles clinched both by taking care of business against a New York Giants team content to let the chips fall where they may after already clinching the No.6 seed, their first playoff berth since 2016.

As the top seed, Philadelphia gets a first-round bye and home-field advantage throughout the playoffs.

The Giants will rematch their Week 16 game when the Minnesota Vikings host them at 3:30 p.m. CT on Sunday.

Minnesota defeated the Bears in Week 18, and they ride into the playoffs as the No.3 seed and the NFC North winner.

In the AFC, the Kansas City Chiefs secured the No.1 seed and a bye in the first round with a beat down of the Las Vegas Raiders.

With hearts on display for teammate Damar Hamlin, the Buffalo Bills claimed the No.2 seed with a win over the New England Patriots. The Patriots were eliminated from the playoffs with the loss.

Buffalo will face the No.7 seed Miami Dolphins in the Wild Card round at noon CT on Sunday.

Miami snuck into the playoffs with the Bills’ defeat of the Patriots in Week 18, combined with their win over the New York Jets.

The other team involved in the tragic events of Monday Night, the Cincinnati Bengals, locked up the No.3 seed on Sunday with a win over the Baltimore Ravens. The teams will meet again for the first round of the playoffs at 7:15 p.m. CT.

If Buffalo and Cincinnati win in the wildcard round, the teams are in line to face one another in the divisional round.

The No.4 seed in the AFC went to the Jacksonville Jaguars after the team overtook the Tennessee Titans late in the season, securing the AFC South division title and knocking the Titans from the playoffs in the process.

The Jaguars will host the No.5 seed Los Angeles Chargers at 7:15 p.m. CT on Saturday.

It is the first appearance in the playoffs for the Chargers under head coach Brandon Staley and quarterback Justin Herbert. It is also the first appearance for the Jaguars under head coach Doug Pederson and quarterback Trevor Lawrence.

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