The second round of the NFL Playoffs has concluded, and only four teams remain in the hunt for the Lombardi Trophy. As expected of the NFL playoffs, things got crazy. For the first time since 2009, a sixth seed team upset a first seed team. There was also a little bit of ref drama in one of the NFC games. Here’s a recap of a wild Divisional round weekend.
San Francisco 49ers def. Minnesota Vikings 27-10
The top seed in the NFC had little to no problem knocking off the sixth seed Minnesota Vikings in the first game of the weekend. What makes San Francisco so dangerous is that they have three good running backs, and any of them are capable of going for 100 yards in a game. This was on display on Saturday, as it was Tevin Coleman carrying the ball 22 times for 105 yards and two touchdowns. The 49ers defense also had their way as they sacked Kirk Cousins six times and Richard Sherman came up with an interception. One thing that may make 49ers fans a little uneasy was the play of Jimmy Garoppolo. He finished 11/19 for 131 yards with a touchdown and an interception. The Vikings only handed the ball off to Dalvin Cook nine times for 18 yards, and a player like Cook needs to get the ball in his hands. The 49ers will be hosting the NFC championship game.
Tennessee Titans def. Baltimore Ravens 28-12
In what could be considered the most shocking game of the weekend, the sixth seed Tennessee Titans, coming off an upset over New England on Wild Card weekend, scored an even bigger upset than that. They beat the Ravens, who had won their last twelve games. Ryan Tannehill had the Titans rolling early, throwing a pair of first half touchdown passes, one to Jonnu Smith and a deep ball to Kalif Raymond. But it was once again Derrick Henry driving the Titans’ offense, rushing 30 times for an absurd 195 yards, and he even threw a touchdown on a goalline jump pass to Corey Davis. As for the Ravens, a lot of the starters had 2 weeks off, and they showed rust. Lamar Jackson, the likely regular season MVP, was 31/59 for 365 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions. He also ran for 143 yards on 20 carries and lost a fumble. The loss adds to Lamar’s already bad playoff reputation after bombing in the first half last year.
Kansas City Chiefs def. Houston Texans 51-31
At the end of the first quarter, the score of this game was 21-0 in favor of Houston. Then, deep in Kansas City territory, the Texans decided to kick a field goal to make it 24-0 on 4th and short. Later on, with the score 24-7, on their own 35 yard line, Texans coach Bill O’Brien panicked and faked a punt. The Texans did not convert, and that opened the flood gates. Kansas City put up 41 unanswered points on their way to a dominant victory. Patrick Mahomes finished 23/35 for 321 yards, and five touchdown passes. Travis Kelce was one of the better players on the field Sunday, finishing with ten catches for 134 yards and three touchdowns. As for Houston, Deshaun Watson’s best efforts were not enough since the Texans’ defense did not have the answers for Kansas City’s offense. Bill O’Brien’s integrity as a coach has come into question as a result of this game, and Houston may just be wasting the talents of guys like Watson, Deandre Hopkins and J.J. Watt.
Green Bay Packers def. Seattle Seahawks 28-23
The Green Bay Packers had a great first half on Sunday night, as the score at halftime was 21-3 in favor of Green Bay. The offense was able to score one more time in the second half, but Seattle made an attempt at a comeback with a 14 point third quarter. Aaron Rodgers looked like vintage Rodgers at some points in Sunday’s game, and he finished 16/27 for 243 yards and two touchdowns. Davante Adams dominated the entire night for Green Bay, and he finished with eight catches for 160 yards and two touchdowns. Marshawn Lynch is now likely retired, and he finished with two goalline touchdowns. The game came down to a controversial first down picked up by Green Bay, as it appeared that Jimmy Graham came up short of the first down, but the referees gave it to him, and the call even stood after a booth review. Green Bay will head to San Francisco to play the NFC championship game.