NFL Playoffs


Eli Kayser, Editor

The NFL season has come and gone and so that means it’s time for the playoffs. The Wildcard round happened this past weekend, so I’ll recap.

Houston 22, Buffalo 19 Final/OT

The Houston Texans defeated the Buffalo Bills in a very close opening game of the playoffs. Buffalo started scoring right away, leading 16-0 early. But, Houston wouldn’t give up, thundering back and taking a 19-16 lead with little time left in the fourth quarter. Buffalo would then get the ball back to kick a field goal and send the game into overtime. DeShaun Watson, not to be outdone by Bills’ QB Josh Allen, led the Texans down the field for the game-winning drive. The Texans will travel to Kansas City to take on the Chiefs this weekend to see who will advance to the AFC Championship.

Tennessee 20, New England 13

For the first time in a long time, the Patriots will not make it out of the first round of the playoffs. The sixth-seeded Titans defeated the Patriots in Foxborough, behind Derrick Henry and Ryan Tannehill. Henry had over 200 total yards, completely smoking New England’s defense. Tannehill became one of the only quarterbacks to defeat Tom Brady 5 or more times. The ex-Dolphin has been great this season, starting in place of Marcus Mariota. Tannehill has set multiple franchise records in a all-around great year. The Titans have to travel to Baltimore to take on the Ravens next in what should be a good matchup.

Minnesota 26, New Orleans 20 Final/OT

After two disappointing playoff exits in a row, the Saints were hoping that this would be their year. Well, the Vikings came  in and crushed all of their hopes and dreams. This was a game that was overall dominated by Minnesota. The last play of the game was a touchdown pass from Kirk Cousins to Kyle Rudolph. There was some controversy as to whether or not there was pass interference on the play, but the refs didn’t think it was significant enough for a flag to be thrown. Another season ended poorly for the Saints. The Vikings now travel to Santa Clara to take on the top-seeded 49ers this weekend.

Seattle 17, Philadelphia 9

Perhaps the only game of Wildcard weekend where the away team was in favor of winning, the Seahawks were able to move on with a low-scoring win over the Eagles. Eagles’ QB Carson Wentz played in his first-ever playoff game, as he was hurt the past two seasons, including Philadelphia’s 2017 Super Bowl campaign. Sadly though, he was knocked out of this game with a head injury again leaving the team in the hands of a backup. 40 year old QB Josh McCown entered the game, but it wasn’t enough as Seattle moved on to the divisional round at Lambeau against the Green Bay Packers.

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