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A weekend of underdogs and



The NFL Playoffs are well under way. After last week’s thrilling Super Wild Card Weekend, there are eight teams left.

This weekend’s divisional round will be limited to the final four. The action kicks off Saturday with the No. 1-seeded Kansas City Chiefs and Philadelphia Eagles hosting the Jacksonville Jaguars and New York Giants, respectively.

Here’s what you need to know.

This time last year, the Jaguars were knocked out of the playoffs with a league-worst 3-14 record. Heading into this season, expectations were as low as they could get.

No one expected them to finish with a winning record, let alone make it to the playoffs. Fast forward to now and the Jaguars are still in competition.

Their thrilling win over the Chargers in the Wild Card phase secured their spot in the Divisional Round, just two rounds away from the NFL’s biggest stage. Their season will be considered a success regardless of Saturday’s result, but there’s something to be said for being the team with nothing to lose.

If they manage to pull off a win, it would be considered one of the NFL’s biggest upsets in recent memory.

The Chiefs, on the other hand, could lose it all.

This is the team that is “supposed” to be here. No one is surprised. No one expects them to fail. After a heartbreaking end to the season in the AFC Championship Game, the Chiefs are back with a vengeance.

As Super Bowl champions in 2020, this team was born. They know what it’s like to win and what it’s like to go home too soon.

A successful regular season paved the way for this moment. They have won nine of their last ten games and fought their way to the AFC’s No. 1 seed, a first-round bye and home advantage this week. All circumstances combined, the stage is set for a victory in Kansas City.

Although this game features a clear favorite and a clear underdog, anything can happen at this stage of the playoffs.

The quality of play of the Chiefs will determine the outcome of this game. If they play their game to their full potential, they will likely win. But if they come out flat or fall victim to careless errors, the Jaguars are capable of exposing their shortcomings.

The nightcap also features an underdog and a juggernaut.

The Giants enjoyed unlikely success under first-year head coach Brian Daboll.

From week 1, Daboll set the tone for a successful season. His greatest talent might be getting the most out of players that other coaches might have written off, the biggest example being quarterback Daniel Jones.

Before Daboll joined the Giants, Jones had a record 65 interceptions and fumbles. This season he had 22 touchdowns and just five interceptions. In last week’s Wild Card Round against the Vikings, he made his career-defining playoff debut, throwing for 301 yards and two touchdowns and rushing for 78 yards.

It was arguably the best game of his career, but a bigger game awaits. The question then becomes, does he have enough left in the tank to face the Eagles?

Daniel Jones and head coach Brian Daboll of the New York Giants leave the field on January 8, 2023.

As the No. 1 seed in the NFC, the Eagles enter this week’s contest after a bye week. The rest was much needed, especially for quarterback Jalen Hurts who has battled a shoulder injury since the end of the regular season. In the end, he missed two games and returned in Week 18. However, he looked a little rusty, like he needed to shake off the injury a bit more.

That setback was the only flaw in an otherwise stellar season with MVP-caliber numbers. The question for Hurts then is, has he had enough time to recover from injury and get back to being that MVP-caliber quarterback?

The outcome of Saturday’s game will be another installment in an age-old rivalry between the NFC East counterparts. This will be the fifth time the two have met in the playoffs, having split the top four with two wildcard encounters and two divisional round matchups.

Neither team has reached the NFC Championship since their last Super Bowl win. If history repeats itself, one of these teams could end up with a Lombardi Trophy at the end of it all.

Here’s how to catch these and other teams across the league in action, wherever you are.

Australia: NFL Game Pass, ESPN, 7Plus

Brazil: NFL Game Pass, ESPN

Canada: CTV, TSN, RDS, NFL Game Pass on DAZN

Germany: NFL Game Pass, ProSieben MAXX, DAZN

Mexico: NFL Game Pass, TUDN, ESPN, Fox Sports, Sky Sports

United Kingdom: NFL Game Pass, Sky Sports, ITV, Channel 5

United States: NFL Game Pass, CBS Sports, Fox Sports, ESPN, Amazon Prime

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