middle part NFL season is now in the spotlight for fans and it’s safe to say that it’s been the most unexpected season in years. Contenders like the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Green Bay Packers have fallen by the wayside. Even the defending Super Bowl champion Los Angeles Rams are one of the worst teams in the league.
Meanwhile, other teams like the Philadelphia Eagles and the New York Giants continue to surprise fans with their success. Despite the unpredictability of the current season, we’re looking into our crystal ball and predicting who will win Super Bowl 57.
7/7 AFC Wild Card Round
On the AFC side, don’t expect the Kansas City Chiefs to play this weekend. At the moment, they’ve hit their stride (despite some incredible injuries in attack), so they can easily take the number one spot. The seventh-seeded New York Jets face the two-seed Buffalo Bills on Wild Card weekend. Also this weekend, the sixth-ranked Miami Dolphins face the third-ranked Baltimore Ravens, and the fifth-ranked New England Patriots visit the fourth-ranked Tennessee Titans.
According to the results of last year’s playoffs, all the top teams will win. With that, the Titans move on to Kansas City to face MVP Patrick Mahomes. Also, the Ravens will have a rematch with the Bills. The pair met in 2020, with the Bills winning after Lamar Jackson left the game with an injury.
6/7 NFC Wild Card Round
The NFC has proven to be much more unpredictable than the AFC thus far. Fortunately, the top of the conference seems to be decided as the Philadelphia Eagles easily get the one seed. Thus setting up a matchup between the seventh-ranked Seattle Seahawks and the second-ranked Minnesota Vikings. Also on the weekend, the sixth-ranked Dallas Cowboys travel to third-ranked San Francisco and the fifth-ranked New York Giants face Tom Brady with the fourth-ranked Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
The NFC Wild Card weekend will be as chaotic as the regular season. Geno Smith continues his Cinderella story by upsetting the Vikings and moving Seattle to face the Eagles. The Giants also end Tom Brady’s season in Tampa, while San Francisco and running back Christian McCaffrey are all over the Cowboys.
5/7 AFC Divisional Round
The pair will be rematched in the AFC divisional round. While the Bills and Ravens played in 2020, the Kansas City Chiefs played the Tennessee Titans a year ago in the conference championship game. Patrick Mahomes dominated that year as he moved to the Super Bowl to earn his first ring. This year will be the same result.
The Titans are a good team, but have failed several times in the playoffs. Nor does it matter that they lost to the Chiefs in the regular season. On the other hand, a healthy Lamar Jackson will upset Josh Allen and the Buffalo Bills. The Ravens are a forgotten contender, and if they stay healthy, they could be the best team in the NFL.
With this, fans will witness Patrick Mahomes and Lamar Jackson in the playoffs for the first time.
4/7 NFC Divisional Round
While there have been some upsets in the opening round of the NFC playoffs, the divisional round will be much easier. Unfortunately for Geno Smith, the Seattle Seahawks will be favored by the Philadelphia Eagles. However, his comeback is still one of the biggest stories of the 2022 NFL season.
On the opposite side of the NFC, Daniel Jones and the New York Giants are also coming off a stellar season. As inconsistent as the San Francisco 49ers are, they always come out playoff time. Expect them to beat the Giants and advance to one of the most unlikely NFC Championship games of all time.
3/7 AFC Conference Championship
The stories about the AFC conference finals write themselves. Patrick Mahomes and Lamar Jackson, two young MVPs, are the future and the present of the league. Despite their incredible play, they have never met until now, and are on the way to a Super Bowl berth.
After coming so close to the Super Bowl last year, it’s hard to see Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs letting this opportunity slip through their fingers again. Lamar Jackson will have to wait his turn to play in the big game.
2/7 NFC Conference Championship
A possible NFC Conference Championship between the San Francisco 49ers and the Philadelphia Eagles is too weird to think about. Jimmy Garoppolo was the backup to start the season, and Jalen Hurts is on the hot seat after being brutalized in the playoffs last season.
The San Francisco 49ers beat the Philadelphia Eagles in an unlikely conference championship. The strides Hurts and the team have made are great, but it won’t be enough. With the win, the 49ers advance to Super Bowl 57 for a rematch with the Chiefs.
1/7 Super Bowl 57
No one is expecting a Super Bowl 54 rematch this year. The 49ers and Jimmy Garoppolo jumped out to an early lead in the 2020 championship game, and it held the lead late into the evening. However, Patrick Mahomes did what he does best. He came from behind and won 31-20.
Unfortunately for San Francisco fans, the second time isn’t a charm. By the end of this NFL season, Mahomes will not only have another MVP to his name, but another Super Bowl ring.