Updated NFL playoff bracket after Bills pushed to the limit by Dolphins

Josh Allen, Buffalo Bills. (Photo by Timothy T Ludwig/Getty Images)
Josh Allen, Buffalo Bills. (Photo by Timothy T Ludwig/Getty Images) /

The Buffalo Bills live to fight another day, as they survived the Miami Dolphins in the playoffs.

The Buffalo Bills got their head checked by the jumbo jet that is the Miami Dolphins.

It wasn’t easy, but nothing ever is. No No. 2 seed has ever lost to a No. 7 seed since the NFL expanded to 14 playoff teams. This may be only the third year of this format, but Buffalo did show Miami who No. 2 works for, alright. They showed those fish who’s boss. Buffalo is heading back to the AFC Divisional Round, while Miami continues to make Darius Rucker cry, especially in January.

Here is a look at the updated NFL playoff after the Bills survive a scare from the Dolphins, 34-31.

Updated NFL playoff bracket after Buffalo Bills survive Miami Dolphins scare

AFC playoff bracket

  • No. 2 Buffalo Bills defeat No. 7 Miami Dolphins, 34-31
  • No. 6 Baltimore Ravens at No. 3 Cincinnati Bengals – Sunday, Jan. 15, 8:15 p.m. ET
  • No. 4 Jacksonville Jaguars defeat No. 5 Los Angeles Chargers, 31-30

Buffalo became the second AFC team to advance past Wild Card Weekend. The No. 4 seeded Jacksonville Jaguars overcame a staggering 27-point deficit to stun the Los Angeles Chargers in Duval. Buffalo and Jacksonville must await the Sunday night game between a pair of AFC North rivals in the No. 3 Cincinnati Bengals and the No. 6 Baltimore Ravens to know who they will play.

If Cincinnati protects The Jungle, Buffalo will host Cincinnati, while Jacksonville will go to Arrowhead to take on the top-seeded Kansas City Chiefs. Should Baltimore stun the Bengals in Cincinnati, then the Ravens will make the trek to Kansas City, while Buffalo will host Jacksonville in their divisional round game. So far, it has actually been chalk in the AFC, if you can believe that!

NFC playoff bracket

  • No. 2 San Francisco 49ers defeat No. 7 Seattle Seahawks, 41-23
  • No. 6 New York Giants at No. 3 Minnesota Vikings – Sunday, Jan. 15, 4:30 p.m. ET
  • No. 5 Dallas Cowboys at No. 4 Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Monday, Jan. 16, 8:15 p.m. ET

Only one team has advanced from Wild Card Weekend out of the NFC at this time. That would be the No. 2 seeded San Francisco 49ers, who dominated the division rival Seattle Seahawks on Saturday evening. The 49ers know they are hosting an NFC Divisional Round game, but do not know their opponent. The same principle can be applied to the top-seeded Philadelphia Eagles.

If the No. 3 Minnesota Vikings beat the No. 6 New York Giants, Minnesota will take on San Francisco in Santa Clara, while the winner of Monday night’s game between the No. 4 Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the No. 5 Dallas Cowboys will play at the Linc in Philly. Should New York upset Minnesota, the Giants will go to Philadelphia, while Monday night’s winner will go to San Clara.

We’re halfway there and living on a prayer when it comes to Super Wild Card Weekend in the NFL!

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