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Divisional Round In Review

New England Patriots, 27, Kansas City Chiefs, 20

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady benefitted greatly from the return of wide receiver Julius Edelman, who missed multiple games in the regular season with an injury.  Tight end Rob Gronkowski looked relatively healthy following the bye week as well.  When looking at what led to the Chiefs’ first loss since October, two things immediately come to mind: the Chiefs strayed away from their usual style of steady offense as QB Alex Smith attempted 50 passes, and secondly, the Chiefs’ time management was subpar during the fourth quarter.

Arizona Cardinals, 26, Green Bay Packers, 20 (F/OT)

With 55 seconds left in regulation, the Packers faced a fourth-and-20 and had 94 yards separating them and the end zone. QB Aaron Rodgers connected on a 60-yard pass with WR Jeff Janis, and, following a penalty, connected on a 41-yard Hail Mary—his second of the season. In overtime, Cardinals QB Carson Palmer hit WR Larry Fitzgerald, who carried the 75-yard reception down to the Packers’ 5. Fitz took a shovel pass into the end zone on the following play. The Cardinals edged the Packers in what was one of the most exciting games possibly in postseason history.

Carolina Panthers, 31, Seattle Seahawks, 24

The Panthers had an exceptional first half and jumped to a 31-0 lead against the reigning NFC champions. QB Cam Newton and co. looked unstoppable, and the defense did a great job at containing the Seahawks’ balanced offense. The Seahawks made the game somewhat interesting by putting up 24 unanswered points, but it was too little, too late against Carolina.

Denver Broncos, 23, Pittsburgh Steelers, 16

The Broncos capitalized on a late Steelers’ fumble, as Broncos running back CJ Anderson hit paydirt from one yard out in the fourth quarter. QB Peyton Manning was solid, and kicker Brandon McManus converted on all five field goal attempts—including a 51-yarder—in heavy wind. The Broncos defense, which finished first in the league during the regular season, pressured Ben Roethlisberger QB throughout the game.

Championship Round:

(AFC #2) New England Patriots @ (AFC #1) Denver Broncos

(NFC #2) Arizona Panthers @ (NFC #1) Carolina Panthers

Wild Card Round In Review

Kansas City Chiefs, 30, Houston Texans, 0

The Chiefs rolled to their eleventh consecutive victory. Running back Kniles Davis returned the opening kickoff 106 yards for a touchdown, and the Chiefs never let go of momentum. The Texans could not find any consistency on offense, defense, or special teams. The Texans also couldn’t stop Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce, who totaled eight receptions and 128 receiving yards. The Chiefs played their game of football—solid defense and steady offense—and it led to their first playoff victory since 1994.

Pittsburgh Steelers, 18, Cincinnati Bengals, 16

In what was one of the most dramatic playoff games possibly in NFL history, the Bengals had a chance to finally end their playoff drought. They were in great position to win their first playoff game since 1991. But in a heated rivalry game, anything is possible. Early in the game, Steelers offensive line coach Mike Munchak, a Hall of Famer, was called for a personal foul. This was one of many 15-yard personal fouls, but none were more crucial than the final two called on the Steelers’ game-winning drive. After Bengals RB Jeremy Hill coughed up the football, the Steelers offense marched down the field to set up a field goal attempt. Both linebacker Vontaze Burfict and cornerback Adam Jones were flagged for 15-yard penalties that allowed Pittsburgh to enter field goal range. Burfict is facing a possible suspension for his vicious play. Steelers kicker Chris Boswell nailed a 35-yard field goal that put Pittsburgh ahead late in the fourth quarter.

Seattle Seahawks, 10, Minnesota Vikings, 9

Through three quarters and in frigid weather, the Seahawks were slow. The Vikings defense blanked Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson and co. for much of the game. The Vikings were in command for the majority of the game, and had a chance to win late. Vikings kicker Blair Walsh, who previously converted on field goal attempts of 22, 43, and 47 yards, missed a 27-yard attempt with under a minute left in the fourth quarter. The laces were out, but Walsh took full responsibility after the game. Walsh said, “I just didn’t put a swing on it that would be acceptable by anybody’s standards.” However, it’s a team sport, and no other Viking had scored a point. Walsh should have made the field goal, but the offense needed to produce more.

Green Bay Packers, 35, Washington Redskins, 18

Led by QB Aaron Rodgers, the Packers were very balanced on offense all game. Rodgers completed 21 of his 36 attempts for 210 yards, two touchdowns, and no picks. RB’s Eddie Lacy and James Starks combined for 116 yards and two touchdowns on 24 carries. The Redskins didn’t manage to keep up, but they are a young team and will improve with more experience.

Divisional Round:

(AFC #5) Kansas City Chiefs @ (AFC #2) New England Patriots

(NFC #5) Green Bay Packers @ (NFC #2) Arizona Cardinals

(NFC #6) Seattle Seahawks @ (NFC #1) Carolina Panthers

(AFC #6) Pittsburgh Steelers @ (AFC #1) Denver Broncos

Week Sixteen in Review

Notes:

  • The Oakland Raiders defeated the San Diego Chargers 23-20 in overtime in a game that marked legendary defensive back Charles Woodson’s last home game of his career.
  • The Philadelphia Eagles fell to the Washington Redskins 38-24, and head coach Chip Kelly was subsequently fired.
  • The Atlanta Falcons ended the Carolina Panthers’ undefeated bid with a 20-13 victory.
  • The Pittsburgh Steelers need help to reach the playoffs following a 20-17 loss to the Baltimore Ravens.
  • The Dallas Cowboys stumbled to a 16-6 loss against the Buffalo Bills.
  • The Detroit Lions defeated the San Francisco 49ers 32-17.
  • The Kansas City Chiefs clinched a playoff berth with a 17-13 victory over the Cleveland Browns.
  • The Indianapolis Colts defeated the Miami Dolphins 18-12.
  • The New York Jets defeated the New England Patriots 26-20 in overtime after the Patriots controversially elected to kick to start overtime.
  • The Chicago Bears defeated the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 26-21.
  • The Houston Texans flattened the Tennessee Titans 34-6.
  • The New Orleans Saints edged the Jacksonville Jaguars 38-27.
  • The Arizona Cardinals were firing on all cylinders during their 38-8  victory over the Green Bay Packers.
  • The St. Louis Rams edged the Seattle Seahawks 23-17.
  • The Minnesota Vikings flattened the New York Giants 49-17.
  • The Denver Broncos ended a three-game skid of scoreless second halves with a 20-17 overtime victory over the Cincinnati Bengals.

Week Fifteen In Review

Headlines:

  • The St. Louis Rams extended their win streak to two games with a 31-23 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
  • The New York Jets edged the Dallas Cowboys 19-16.
  • The Kansas City Chiefs defeated the Baltimore Ravens 34-14 to extend their win streak to eight games.
  • The Houston Texans defeated the Indianapolis Colts 16-10.
  • The Atlanta Falcons edged the Jacksonville Jaguars 23-17.
  • The Minnesota Vikings trounced the Chicago Bears 38-17 to snap a two-game losing skid.
  • The New England Patriots cruised to a 33-16 victory over the Tennessee Titans.
  • The Carolina Panthers advanced to 14-0 after a 38-35 victory over the New York Giants that featured a heated battle between Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. and Panthers cornerback Josh Norman.
  • Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins had a very solid performance as the ‘Skins defeated the buffalo Bills 35-25.
  • The Green Bay Packers defeated the Oakland Raiders 30-20.
  • The Seattle Seahawks kept momentum on their side as they defeated the Cleveland Browns 30-13
  • The Denver Broncos were held scoreless in the second half for the third consecutive week, and they ultimately fell to the Pittsburgh Steelers 34-17.
  • The San Diego Chargers defeated the Miami Dolphins 30-14 in what could be their last game in San Diego.
  • Led by backup QB AJ McCarron, the Cincinnati Bengals defeated the San Francisco 49ers 24-14.
  • Arizona Cardinals running back David Johnson’s big day helped the Cards roll over the Philadelphia Eagles 40-17.
  • The Detroit Lions edged the New Orleans Saints 35-27.

Week Fourteen In Review

Notes:

  • The Arizona Cardinals clinched a playoff berth with a 23-20 victory over the Minnesota Vikings.
  • Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson had another big week as the ‘Hawks trounced the Baltimore Ravens 35-6.
  • The Carolina Panthers advanced to 13-0 and clinched their division with a 38-0 victory over the Atlanta Falcons.
  • The Washington Redskins maintained control of the NFC East with their 24-21 victory over the Chicago Bears.
  • The Cincinnati Bengals fell to the Pittsburgh Steelers 33-20 as QB Andy Dalton fractured his thumb and tight end Tyler Eifert suffered a concussion.
  • Led by QB Johnny Manziel, the Cleveland Browns defeated the San Francisco 49ers 24-10.
  • The Jacksonville Jaguars leveled the floundering Indianapolis Colts 51-16.
  • The Kansas City Chiefs edged the San Diego Chargers 10-3.
  • The New York Jets defeated the Tennessee Titans 30-8.
  • The Philadelphia Eagles edged the Buffalo Bills 23-20 to spoil the return of Bills RB LeSean McCoy to Philly.
  • St. Louis Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald and running back Todd Gurley both had very productive outings during the Rams’ 21-14 victory over the Detroit Lions.
  • The New Orleans Saints defeated the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 24-17.
  • The Oakland Raiders stunned the Denver Broncos 15-12.
  • The Dallas Cowboys sunk to 4-9 with a 28-7 loss to the Green Bay Packers.
  • The New England Patriots clinched their seventh consecutive AFC East title with a 27-6 victory over the Houston Texans.
  • The New York Giants defeated the Miami Dolphins 34-21.

Week Thirteen In Review

Feature:

  • Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers connected with tight end Richard Rodgers on a last-second Hail Mary touchdown that was the difference in the Packers’ 27-23 victory over the Detroit Lions.
  • The Buffalo Bills snapped a two-game losing streak with a 30-21 victory over the Houston Texans.
  • San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Torrey Smith hauled in a 71-yard touchdown pass in overtime to defeat the Chicago Bears 26-20.
  • The Cincinnati Bengals flattened the Cleveland Browns 37-3.
  • The Baltimore Ravens’ 15-13 loss to the Miami Dolphins marked the Ravens’ twelfth-consecutive game decided by eight points or less.
  • The Seattle Seahawks flattened the Minnesota Vikings 38-7.
  • The New York Giants lost to the New York Jets 23-20 in overtime.
  • The St. Louis Rams’ 27-3 loss to the Arizona Cardinals marked their fifth consecutive L.
  • The Atlanta Falcons fell to .500 with a 23-19 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
  • The Tennessee Titans edged the Jacksonville Jaguars 42-39.
  • The Kansas City Chiefs defeated the Oakland Raiders 34-20.
  • The Denver Broncos’ dominant defense led the way to a 17-3 victory over the San Diego Chargers.
  • The Philadelphia Eagles upset the New England Patriots 35-28.
  • The Carolina Panthers remain undefeated following a 41-38 victory over the New Orleans Saints.
  • The Pittsburgh Steelers were firing on all cylinders during their 45-10 victory over the Indianapolis Colts.
  • Dallas Cowboys kicker Dan Bailey booted a 54-yard field goal that put the Cowboys ahead of the Washington Redskins 19-16.

Week Thirteen Picks

Picks:

  • Green Bay OVER Detroit
  • Houston OVER Buffalo
  • Chicago OVER San Francisco
  • Cincinnati OVER Cleveland
  • Miami OVER Baltimore
  • Seattle OVER Minnesota
  • New York (J) OVER New York (G)
  • Arizona OVER St. Louis
  • Tampa Bay OVER Atlanta
  • Tennessee OVER Jacksonville
  • Kansas City OVER Oakland
  • Denver OVER San Diego
  • New England OVER Philadelphia
  • Carolina OVER New Orleans
  • Pittsburgh OVER Indianapolis
  • Washington OVER Dallas