The NFL Championship Games were defined with the Philadelphia Eagles, Kansas City Chiefs, Cincinnati Bengals and San Francisco 49ers looking to qualify for Super Bowl 2023.
Running back Christian McCaffrey scored on a two-yard run to give the 49ers the lead in the fourth quarter, and Robbie Gould’s four field goals, one from 50 yards and another from 47, gave the Saints the win. Dallas Cowboys 12–19 to advance to their second straight NFC Title Game.
The 49ers (15-4) used back-to-back scoring drives in the second half to hand the Cowboys (13-6) their 12th consecutive win. San Francisco advanced to face the Eagles in the NFC title game the following Sunday in Philadelphia after losing in that round to the Rams the year before.
The Cowboys suffered their seventh consecutive loss in the divisional round and failed to reach the NFC title game since winning their fifth Super Bowl title following the 1995 season.
Dak Prescott threw two interceptions and Brett Maher missed his fifth extra point of the postseason when his attempt was blocked. He later connected on two field goals.
Rookie quarterback Brock Purdy, the last pick in last April’s draft, improved to 7-0 as the starter since taking over for Jimmy Garoppolo, who was injured early on Day 13. He completed 18 of 28 passes for 215 yards with no turnovers against the Cowboys, joined by Flacco. (2008) and Mark Sanchez (2009) as the only rookie quarterbacks to win two playoff games as starters.
Cincinnati also stepped up with a great Joe Burrow
Hours earlier, Joe Burrow threw two touchdown passes, Cincinnati’s defense overwhelmed Buffalo quarterback Josh Allen on an icy field, and the Bengals advanced to the American League (AFC) championship game for the second straight year with a 27–10 victory over the Bills. I went ahead.
The inspiring appearance of Damon Hamlin watching the game from the end zone box was not enough to propel the Bills into a rematch of the canceled regular season game on January 2, when Bills safety suffered an injury. area in Cincinnati.
The Bengals advanced to back-to-back AFC Championship Games for the first time in franchise history and would again travel to Kansas City to face the Chiefs.
The Bengals beat the Chiefs 27–24 last year to advance to the Super Bowl, in which they lost to the Los Angeles Rams.
“It’s going to be fun,” said Burrows, who completed 23 of 36 passes for 242 yards. “Two of the best players in the league, two of the best teams, great defense, a complete team and a great coach.”
Cincinnati has won the last three meetings against Kansas City, including a 27-24 victory last month.
The Chiefs will look to make their fifth straight appearance in the AFC Championship Game by defeating Jacksonville 27-20 on Saturday. Struggling with a sprained right ankle late in the second quarter, Patrick Mahomes threw for 195 yards and two scores.
On Saturday, Jalen Hurts threw two touchdown passes and a rushing touchdown in the first half, and the Philadelphia Eagles beat the New York Giants 38-7 on Saturday to set up a NFC title clash against the San Francisco 49ers next week.
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Both championship games will be played next Sunday, January 29. The Super Bowl will take place on February 12.
San Francisco 49ers Vs. Philadelphia Eagles / Sunday, January 29; 2:00 pm.
Cincinnati Bengals vs. Cincinnati Bengals Kansas City Chiefs / Sunday, January 29; 5:30 pm
(With inputs from Associated Press)