AFC: Patriots (4) def. Raiders (5)
AFC: Texans (3) def. Titans (6)
AFC: Ravens (1) def. Steelers (7)
NFC: Packers (4) def. Seahawks (5)
NFC: Buccaneers (3) def. Saints (6)
NFC: Cowboys (2) def. Vikings (7)
Here we go, on to a new-look playoff format. With seven teams making the postseason from each conference, the number two seed now has to compete in the wild-card round.
For the Packers, it’s a similar story to last season. The Seahawks are one of the best teams in the conference, but their season comes to an end when they visit Lambeau Field. Even if there are still no fans in the stadium in January, the frozen Lambeau conditions give the advantage to Green Bay. LaFleur leads the Packers to the divisional round for the second straight season.
In the AFC, the Patriots continue to roll despite being written off, while the Ravens and Texans advance against division rivals. In the NFC, the Bucs defeat the Saints, while McCarthy’s Cowboys advance.
AFC: Ravens (2) def. Texans (3)
AFC: Chiefs (1) def. Patriots (4)
NFC: Cowboys (2) def. Buccaneers (3)
NFC: 49ers (1) def. Packers (4)
Unfortunately, history repeats itself again for the Packers. After eliminating the Seahawks at Lambeau, the Packers’ season ends at Levi’s Stadium in a loss to the 49ers. San Francisco is still the best team in the NFC and will be hard to beat home or away.
New England’s run also comes to an end against the defending Super Bowl champs. McCarthy makes it back to the NFC title game with the Cowboys, while the Ravens secure an AFC Championship showdown with the Chiefs.