The Bills and Dolphins enter their third matchup of the season tied 1-1, and it’s a winner-take-all tiebreaker.
The Bills are the No. 2 seed in the AFC, and enter the postseason scorching hot. They’ve won their last seven games, and now they’re hosting the Dolphins for the second time this year. Josh Allen and the offense have kicked into another gear, but the real key to their success has been defense.
The Dolphins, meanwhile, are more limping into the postseason than gate-crashing. They lost five straight games after starting the year 8-3, but a win and a Patriots loss in Week 18 clinched a playoff berth for Miami.
The Dolphins will be without Tua Tagovailoa for this game, so it will likely be on Skylar Thompson to make waves for Miami.
Here’s a look at who each team can play in the AFC bracket if they win on Wild Card Weekend.
2023 NFL playoff bracket
Who will the Bills play if they beat the Dolphins?
The Bills will be guaranteed to play the divisional round in Orchard Park if they win.
As the No. 2 seed, the Bills will play the higher seed remaining after Wild Card Weekend, as the Chiefs will play the lower one.
That means if the Bengals beat the Ravens, they’ll be guaranteed to play Cincinnati. If the Ravens beat the Bengals, meanwhile, the Bills will play the Jaguars.
The AFC games if the Bills win would be as follows:
- No. 2 Bills vs. No. 3 Bengals and No. 1 Chiefs vs. No. 4 Jaguars
- No. 2 Bills vs. No. 4 Jaguars and No. 1 Chiefs vs. No. 6 Ravens
Bengals vs. Ravens is the fulcrum game in determining who the Bills will play.
Who will the Dolphins play if they beat the Bills?
If the Dolphins beat the Bills, they’ll travel to Kansas City to take on Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs.
As the lowest seed, they would be guaranteed to take on the No. 1 seed in that case.
Here’s how the AFC would look in thats case.
- No. 1 Chiefs vs. No. 7 Dolphins and the winner of Bengals vs. Ravens vs. Jaguars