Wild Card Weekend Winners
The first two Wild Card matchups in the AFC went the way of the higher seeds with the Bengals and Bills taking their place in the Divisional Round on Saturday. Sunday brought a trio of matchups that featureda trio of blowouts by the Bills, Bucs and Chiefs. We go game-by-game to rewind Super Wild Card Weekend.
Bengals def. Raiders (26-19)
Cincinnati ended a 32-year playoff drought in Joe Burrow’s first career playoff game by holding off the Raiders. Burrow (24/34, 244 yards, 2 TDs) was the star in the Bengals’ win while the CIncy defense held Derek Carr in check (29/54, 310 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT). The Raiders’ two turnovers were the difference-maker.
Bills def. Patriots (47-17)
A blowout in single digits saw the Bills roll the Patriots in a no-doubter on Saturday night. Buffalo scored touchdowns on their first seven possessions, including a near-perfect night from QB Josh Allen (21/25, 308 yards, 5 TDs) as the Bills carved up Bill Belichick’s defense. RB Devin Singletary added 2 TDs with 81 yards.
Bucs def. Eagles (31-15)
The defending Super Bowl champs cruised to a win in their opening-round game against the Eagles, putting up a 31-0 lead before the 4th quarter. Tom Brady (29/37, 271 yards, 2 TDs) got the job done while his duo of backup running backs — Ke’Shawn Vaughn and Giovani Bernard — dashed for 30 combined carries, 97 yards and TDs. WR Mike Evans also had a big day with 9 catches for 117 yards and a score.
49ers def. Cowboys (23-17)
San Francisco went in Dallas and played spoiler after the Cowboys nearly rallied to pull a miracle. The Niners held a 23-7 lead in the 4th quarter before Dallas scored 10 points in four minutes. They got the ball back with a chance to score in the final seconds, but the clock ran out in a bizarre finish. San Fran’s run game was the key factor, including 37 carries for 168 yards and 2 TDs between Elijah Mitchell and Deebo Samuel.
Chiefs def. Steelers (42-21)
Patrick Mahomes was back in postseason form as he shredded the Pittsburgh defense on Sunday night. Mahomes (30/39, 404 yards, 5 TDs, 1 INT) dealt a 138.3 quarterback rating in what was potentially Ben Roethlisbger’s final NFL game. Big Ben was decent (29/44, 215 yards, 2 TDs), but the Steelers defense had no answer for Mahomes.
Cardinals at Rams (8:15 pm ET)
Round 2 (NFL Playoff Bracket)
AFC: #1 Titans vs. #4 Bengals
AFC: #2 Chiefs vs. #3 Bills
NFC: #1 Packers vs. #6 49ers
NFC: #2 Buccaneers vs. #4 Rams / #5 Cardinals
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