NFL playoff bracket: Who will Bengals play in 2023 divisional round after win over Ravens?


The Bengals needed everything they had to take down the Ravens in the wild-card round on Sunday, but the reigning AFC champions got the job done.

A clutch scoop-and-score by Sam Hubbard in the fourth quarter completely flipped the game’s momentum, resulting in a potential 14-point swing and giving the Bengals the lead.

After a late drive by the Ravens stalled deep in Bengals territory, Cincinnati was able to walk away with the win. There will be questions going forward, including concerns about the Bengals’ offensive line, but survive-and-advance is the mentality in January.

Joe Burrow is now 4-0 against AFC opponents in his playoff career. Can he get that record to 5-0? The divisional round awaits, and so does another serious AFC contender. 

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Here’s how the postseason path shakes out for the Bengals after they escaped their AFC North rivals.

NFL playoff bracket 2023

NFL playoff bracket 2023

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Who will the Bengals play in the 2023 divisional round?

The Bengals are heading to Buffalo to face the Bills in the divisional round.

It’s a highly-anticipated matchup for a few reasons, the most obvious being it’s the first meeting between Josh Allen and Joe Burrow in the playoffs.

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Of course, there is also increased interest after the regular season game between these two Super Bowl contenders was cancelled following Damar Hamlin’s on-field collapse earlier in January.

There will undoubtedly be some emotions for both teams as they recall that night, but with Hamlin continuing to improve, both the Bengals and Bills will be locked in on their goal of reaching the AFC Championship Game.

Thanks to the Bengals’ win over the Ravens in the wild-card round, the Jaguars will travel to Kansas City to face the Chiefs.

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