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NFL Divisional Round Weekend Recap

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NFL Divisional Round Weekend Recap

This weekend was exciting for football fans as we had four exciting games and got one step closer to Super Bowl LVIII. 

On Saturday, January 20th, the Green Bay Packers took on the San Francisco 49ers. To start, the Packers and Jordan Love looked pretty good, but Brock Purdy and the 49ers kept up. At the half, the game was 7-6, San Francisco. After that, the game started to get more exciting with a third quarter end score of 21-14, Packers. Unfortunately, for them, the Packers were not able to hold on to the lead. The game ended 24-21 San Francisco.

Earlier that same day, the Houston Texans played the Baltimore Ravens. Houston has never made it to a Super Bowl, so many people were rooting for them. However, Ravens’ star quarterback, Lamar Jackson is not easily stopped. The game was very close with a first quarter score of 3-3 and a score of 10-10 at the half. Although, after halftime, Baltimore took off scoring 24 points, refusing to let Houston score at all for a final score of 34-10.

On Sunday, January 21st, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers traveled to Detroit. This game was relatively close the whole time. In the first quarter, both teams kicked field goals. At the half, it was tied 10-10. The third quarter looked very similar to the first two with an end result of 17-17. Finally, there was some change in the final quarter when Jahmyr Gibbs, Lions stand-out rookie, ran 31 yards for a touchdown. Soon after, Amon-Ra St. Brown received a 9 yard touchdown pass from Jared Goff making it 31-17, Detroit. With 4:37 to go, Tampa’s Mike Evans caught a 16 yard touchdown from Baker Mayfield with a failed two-point conversion to follow. Both teams played well, but Detroit was able to take home the victory with a score of 31-23.

Later that night, the Buffalo Bills hosted the Kansas City Chiefs for another close one. The game was tied 3-3 at the end of the first. In the second quarter, the Bills started things off with a rushing touchdown by quarterback Josh Allen. The Chiefs responded with a field goal followed by a 22 yard touchdown. With 26 seconds to go in the half, Buffalo scored another touchdown for a halftime score of 17-13, Bills. Both teams scored 7 points in the third quarter for a total of 24-20, Bills again. However, in the fourth quarter, Buffalo wasn’t able to stop Kansas City any longer. The Chiefs scored a touchdown to lead 27-24. All Buffalo needed was a field goal to tie it up. Unfortunately for Josh Allen and Co., they missed their chance and the Chiefs pulled out the win.

On Sunday, January 28th, Baltimore will host Kansas City at 2pm for the AFC Championship and later, San Francisco will host Detroit at 5:30pm for the NFC Championship. Who do you think will be in Super Bowl LVIII?

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