From improbable comebacks to game altering plays, it really was a super wildcard weekend. In case you missed it, here what happened.
Seahawks vs 49ers
This game was close until half, and then this became the only blowout of the wildcard round. Improving to 3-0 on the season against Seattle, The 49ers looked like a Super Bowl favorite this game, as the second they got the chance they capitalized and took the game away from the Seahawks. The Seahawks had an amazing run this season, but they were just too overmatched. Christian McCaffrey had a day on the ground, and now the 49ers are 11-0 when he starts for them. Brock Purdy had himself a game as well, as he continues to show why he should be the QB1 going into next season.
As for next week, the 49ers will play in the Sunday night game this week. With how hot this team has been down the stretch, it’s going to be a tough game against this hot 49ers team.
Chargers vs Jaguars
This might be the most Chargers game ever. Coming out the gates hot, the offense and defense were rolling. They forced Trevor Lawrence into four interceptions, and the offense scored 27 unanswered. It would then become 27-7 at half, and apparently the Chargers thought the game was over. The Jaguars would come back out after half and put together a masterpiece. The scored on every drive, and held the Chargers to only three second half points. Trevor Lawrence showed why he could be a guy, and absolutely lit up the Chargers defense. The score would be 31-30 after the Jaguars kicked the game winning Field goal as time expired.
It is now Monday night as of me releasing this and I still have no idea how the Chargers blew that game. This was a terrible look for the Chargers. This game went from people questioning if Trevor Lawrence could win a big game, to how is Brandon Staley keeping his job? The Chargers will be facing a long upcoming offseason, as another very talented Chargers team doesn’t go anywhere in the Playoffs. As for the Jaguars, they will not get ready to play a rested and very tough Kansas City Chiefs team in Arrowhead. It will be LOUD Saturday in Kansas City, and a record for Trevor Lawrence will be on the line.
Dolphins Vs Bills
This is the first of two games in the wildcard round where teams would be facing off for the third time. Many coming in gave the Dolphins no chance, and the Dolphins were so close to shocking the world. Three Josh Allen turnovers lead to a 34-31 narrow victory over the Dolphins. The stats would tell you the Dolphins should have not scored 31, but they capitalized on every mistake Allen made and came up huge when they had a short field. Skylar Thompson played a pretty good game, but there were at least five to six huge drops that made his stat sheet look bad. The Bills had some big plays over the course of the game, but they should have put it away. They were up 17-0 at that point, and on the brink of putting it away. Josh Allen turned over the ball on a drive where if the Bills score, the Dolphins might have been done and it would have been a blowout.
Going into next week, there will be a rematch of the Bengals and the Bills. Personally, I do not get why the NFL did not attempt to make this a neutral site game if these two met, but the NFL only decided it would be for the AFC title game. Due to the circumstances surrounding Damar Hamlin and now the game being canceled from when he was hurt, this game will be played in buffalo. The Bills will have to do a better job of protecting the ball, as they cannot give Joe Burrow and that offense any extra possessions.
Giants vs Viking
In a rematch from Christmas Eve, this was a really exciting back and forth game. The Vikings would score the first points on a Kirk Cousins QB sneak, then the Giants would answer with a Saquon Barkley and Isiah Hodgins touchdown. This game would then wing back and forth until the Giants would come out on top 31-24.
The Giants put amazing drives together against the Vikings. Daniel Jones absolutely torched and destroyed the Vikings defense. He went 24 of 35 for 301 and two touchdowns, adding 78 rushing yards on 17 carries. He did basically whatever he wanted against them, and the Vikings rarely had an answer. Going into next week, it is round three of Giants vs Eagles. With the Eagles winning the first two matchups, all the pressure is on them to sweep. The Eagles have looked a bit shaky down the stretch, while the Giants seem to now be clicking. This will be a fun Saturday night game of the NFL Divisional round.
Ravens vs Bengals
In this third round brawl of teams that do not like each other, this was an awesome and exciting game to watch. The Bengals’ Oline struggled through the night, and the Ravens offense did the same on the other side. There wasn’t too much scoring going on, as both these teams had long drives and few opportunities to. Up to the fourth quarter, each team only had about four drives each. The biggest moment came in the fourth quarter. with the game being 17-17, a Ravens score would put the Bengals in a really bad spot with how the game flow was. Instead, we got a playoff moment no one will forget……
Chills. Sam Hubbard‘s touchdown was not only the longest go-ahead TD in the 4th-quarter in NFL postseason history or the longest fumble return TD in NFL postseason, it would go on to be the game winner for the Bengals. With this win, they now set their sights on a rematch with the Buffalo Bills. This will be an exciting matchup of two young quarterbacks. With how these two played on Sunday, it will be interesting to see who can get the better of who.
Cowboys vs Bucs
This game started out as all Cowboys. After starting zero for three, Dak Prescott got HOT in the first half. Good drives from the Cowboys put them up 18-0 early, with Brett Maher missing three extra points. Tom Brady had a rough start to the half, and had a really bad redzone interception. It was more of the same in the second half the Bucs could just not seem to do anything on offense. The game would end with the Cowboys just absolutely dominating the Bucs. The Final score was 31-14 and it was not even close.
The Cowboy’s will now go on and face the 49ers. With a new chapter in the Dallas-San Francisco rivalry upcoming, it might be a good matchup. Dallas looked impressive in its last game, and will need another performance like it. Only bad thing for the Cowboys is Maher, who missed 4 extra points. The Cowboys may be looking for a new kicker this upcoming week. From a pass heavy Tampa Bay to a run heavy 49ers, it will be an interesting adjustment for the Cowboys.
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