Divisional playoff schedule: Bengals-Bills to play on Sunday afternoon

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While there’s technically one more game left in the first round of the 2022 postseason, we now know when the divisional-round games will be played.

After both teams won on Sunday, the Bengals and Bills will play in Western New York next Sunday afternoon. Buffalo finished No. 2 and Cincinnati finished No. 3 in the conference. The NFL canceled the Week 17 matchup between the two teams in the aftermath of Damar Hamlin suffering cardiac arrest during the contest.

Saturday, January 21

AFC: 4:30 PM (ET) 4 Jacksonville at 1 Kansas City (NBC, Peacock, Universo)

NFC: 8:15 PM (ET) 6 New York Giants at 1 Philadelphia (FOX, FOX Deportes)

Sunday, January 22

AFC 3:00 PM (ET) 3 Cincinnati at 2 Buffalo (CBS, Paramount+)

NFC: 6:30 PM (ET) 4 Tampa Bay or 5 Dallas at 2 San Francisco (FOX/FOX Deportes)

37 responses to “Divisional playoff schedule: Bengals-Bills to play on Sunday afternoon

  1. Bengals Bills should be a neutral site. Makes zero sense for this to be in Buffalo. Bengals got PUNISHED for not finishing that game and it completely benefited the bills. And the bills won’t have to play in KC either if they beat the bengals. Bills literally get gifted TWO location advantages in the playoffs.

    Only the nfl could completely mess up something so simple.

  2. iliketurtles says:
    January 15, 2023 at 11:55 pm
    Bengals Bills should be a neutral site. Makes zero sense for this to be in Buffalo. Bengals got PUNISHED for not finishing that game and it completely benefited the bills. And the bills won’t have to play in KC either if they beat the bengals. Bills literally get gifted TWO location advantages in the playoffs.

    Only the nfl could completely mess up something so simple.

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    By the way, care to share your “so simple” solution that the NFL missed? Is it that the Bills should have forfeited? Because any other solution was far from simple (and again, had the league not changed their rule, the Bengals would still be going to Orchard Park next week).

  3. Why no coin flip but it was appropriate for Bengals/Ravens even though the Bengals won the division?
    Bengals get punished for allowing that game to be canceled.

  4. Both the Bills and Bengals looked very average today against backup quarterbacks. The Bengals generated a miracle to win (or at least turn around) their game, and the Bills spent all afternoon trying to give their game away. I like the Bills next week, but I don’t know why.

  5. Cincy and Buffalo played the same amount of games and Buffalo won more of them than Cincy did. Why shouldn’t Buffalo be rewarded with the home game?

  6. Excuse me if my math is off, but based on that schedule, doesn’t that mean the Giants, and/or Tampa Dallas, get shorted a day?

  7. Cincinnati was going to defeat Buffalo two weeks ago. They should not have home field for this one.

  8. They should finish what they started. Both teams had two weeks off at the end of the season and its only fair they play each other now.

  9. pittsburghdamned says:
    January 15, 2023 at 11:55 pm
    Bengals should cancel the flight. They are going to get smoked.—you wish lol. WHO DEY! Should be an incredible game

  10. Bengals didn’t get screwed out of anything. Buffalo was literally in the driver’s seat for the 1 seed. Standings finished the same as it would have if they didn’t tinker with the rules. Only change is the neutral site for a possible BUF V KC championship game because it was buffalo that had the 1 seed taken from them and it was gifted to KC. Where did all these whiney entitled Bengals fans come from? Who dey?

  11. Fox at 6:30 ET wins either way…you either get a Brady/Purdy rematch or their beloved Dallas….

  12. Bengals were going to smoke Bills on that Monday night but they have been a different team on offense after losing 3 starting linemen. Add in NFL awarding Bills with a home game and will be very difficult unless Whitworth is available to play LT and Cappa is back.

  13. “Only the nfl could completely mess up something so simple.”

    Buffalo has a clear path to the SB. Did they really mess it up or is that what they wanted?

  14. Once again all I hear from Bungles fans is. Whhhhaaaaaa whhhhaaaaaa whhaaaaaaa. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. Act like you’ve been there before even though we all know you haven’t.

  15. There are 4 teams left in the AFC playing for a Super Bowl. The Bills are one of them. If you’re waiting for an apology, it’s not gonna happen. Go Bills! Winners keep playing. Losers are on this board trying to find a shred of evidence that they belong. Here’s the fact. The Bills moved on and 3 other teams in the AFC didn’t. Chew on that!

  16. footballistheonlysportthatcounts says:
    January 16, 2023 at 9:12 am
    “Only the nfl could completely mess up something so simple.”

    Buffalo has a clear path to the SB. Did they really mess it up or is that what they wanted?

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    Just want to make sure I’m following you here…under the old rules, ie, seed by winning percentage, the top 3 seeds would have been KC, Buffalo, Cincinnati, and the Bengals would have gone to Orchard Park in the divisional round.

    Now, according to whining Bengals fans, the NFL cooked up a diabolical scheme to sCrEw ThEm that resulted in….the top 3 seeds being KC, Buffalo, Cincinnati, and the Bengals going to Orchard Park in the divisional round.

  17. Two very close matched teams. Burrow Vs Allen , Cincy’s receiving core is better than Buffalo. Concerned about Cincy’s Oline being down 3 starters. I think Cincy’s playoff experience and Burrow’s will survive 27-24 Bengals.

  18. It’s a shame the NFL cancelled the regular season game. Cincy had a great chance at playing this game at home. However the Bills fans want to spin it that is a fact. The Bengals were kicking their tail all over the field in the opening quarter. Small sample size but true.

  19. nocomment says:
    January 16, 2023 at 1:01 am
    Cincinnati was going to defeat Buffalo two weeks ago.

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    Yeah, and at halftime Saturday night the Chargers “were going to defeat” the Jaguars….

  20. I was about trash talk Bills Mafia but then I realized that I actually like them.
    It’s hard. I mean we go back to the Dalton to TBoyd td that sent you guys for the first time in a long time to the postseason. that was fun and powerful. Then the game 2 weeks ago..we all know #3 is good.
    All I can say is that the game will be epic.
    Who dey!

  21. 1812tanker says:
    January 16, 2023 at 10:13 am
    It’s a shame the NFL cancelled the regular season game. Cincy had a great chance at playing this game at home. However the Bills fans want to spin it that is a fact. The Bengals were kicking their tail all over the field in the opening quarter. Small sample size but true.

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    lol 7-3 after one possession per team (with the Bills getting inside the 10 before kicking the FG) is one of the funnier descriptions of “kicking their tail all over the field” I’ve ever heard.

    The Bengals lost 4 of their 16 games. The Bills lost 3. However whiny Bengals fans want to spin it, that is a fact.

  22. pittsburghdamned says:
    January 15, 2023 at 11:55 pm
    Bengals should cancel the flight. They are going to get smoked.
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    Aw man I’m so sorry your team didn’t make it this year. Keep believing. There’s always next season, right? Lol!
    Who Dey!

  23. Does seem odd that the NFL didn’t go with a coin flip for this game as they proposed for the CIN-BAL match-up. If Cincy had won the game vs. Buffalo, then they would have finished the season with the same record and the head-to-head 1st tie breaker. Maybe Zac Taylor should have been a hard ass and forced Buffalo to finish the game or to forfeit.

  24. Both teams should be concerned based on their play yesterday. Whoever wins cannot play like that against KC and win. Simple.

  25. Every time one of these articles pops up, there are comments about the first match-up that are kind of mystifying.

    We have no idea who would have won that game. The Bengals – who have had issues stringing 2 good halves together all season – put together a pretty easy first drive. But so did the Bills. And we weren’t even through the 1st quarter. Anything could have happened from that point.

    The league did what it could. If Cincinnati is the better team, they’ll have a chance to prove that on Sunday.

  26. Go Cinci! The game from 2 weeks ago only benefited Buffalo. Despite not playing the game, the Bills get to kelp their seeding but KC and Cinci don’t. KC’s not the true 1 seed if they have to play in a neutral site and Cinci was regulated to the 3 seed despite having a very good chance of beating Buffalo. Makes no sense to force a neutral site if Buffalo wins and plays KC yet they get to host Cinci despite the logic of the same situation with Cinci/Buffalo possible having the same record. If KC/Buff is a neutral site, so should Cinci/Buf.

  27. footballistheonlysportthatcounts says:
    January 16, 2023 at 9:12 am
    “Only the nfl could completely mess up something so simple.”

    Buffalo has a clear path to the SB. Did they really mess it up or is that what they wanted?

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    Um, I see, Buffalo has to play Cinci and then IF they win has to play KC. Chiefs only have to play one of those two. So yeah that looks like a clear path to the SB for the Bills…really ???

  28. Is the NFL going to have a little integrity and move this game to a neutral location? Or are we going to reward the Bills for quitting when they were losing in Cincinnati.

  29. Earlier in the season, there was a healthy respect between the fans of these two teams. Since week 17, the animosity is insane to me. If you’re one side saying the other is terrible, you’re a fool. They’re both good. And it sure was nice to see everybody come together after Damar went down…for about the first 24 hours afterwards. Guess what? It created a messed up situation where BOTH TEAMS GOT THE SHORT END. Show some compassion. The emotional toll was, and is real. A guy literally died on the field, but fortunately they brought him back. So stop whining about how it’s unfair to your team. I’m truly disgusted.

  30. The bungles are a Joey Burrow 2nd contract away from MEH once again. Either they won’t give him what his agent wants or they do and can’t afford any other star quality players. This is why they are relevant once every 25 – 30 years.

  31. Cincy and Buffalo played the same amount of games and Buffalo won more of them than Cincy did. Why shouldn’t Buffalo be rewarded with the home game?

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    Makes sense….but if that makes sense then why did KC lose their HFA? They played one more game than Buffalo did and they won it. They had 14 wins vs Buffalo 13. Why should they be penalized for that? It’s not KC fault Buffalo didn’t play 17 games

    And KC win percentage is higher than Buffalos even with the extra game.

    KC was gifted nothing, Buffalo was

    There is absolutely no argument that would put Buffalo in the 1 seed except for “IF” they won in Cincy….which they didn’t do.

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