Crazy NFL Divisional Round



This past weekend we saw the best divisional round of the NFL playoffs ever after a lackluster wild card round. In all 4 games, the total point differential was 15 points, a new record. The first game was the 1 seed Titans facing the 4 seed Bengals.  The game was tied at 16 late in the 4th with the Titans driving when their quarterback Ryan Tannehill threw a costly interception to allow the Bengals to set up a game winning field goal, which they made. Next up was the 1 seed Green Bay Packers hosting the 6 seed San Francisco 49ers. This was a low-scoring slugfest in the snow. With just 4 minutes left in the game, San Francisco, down by 7, blocked a Green Bay punt which they returned for a touchdown to tie the game at 10. The 49ers would eventually get the ball back and orchestrate a 2-minute drill to get the game-winning field goal. Not only were both Saturday games won by walk off field goals, both 1 seeds lost, which hasn’t happened in 10 years.

Sunday brought us 2 of the best games to ever be played. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers took on the L.A. Rams. The Rams got out to a 27-3 lead, but with Tom Brady on the other side, this game was far from over. After 3 costly turnovers and a missed field goal from L.A., the door was left open for the Bucs to comeback, which they did, tying the game with 45 seconds left. But in just that 45 seconds, Matthew Safford was able to connect with the receiving triple crown winner Cooper Kupp twice for 70 yards to, once again, win on a walk off field goal. And yet, that night’s game between the Buffalo Bills and the Kansas City Chiefs managed to top that. Just inside of 2 minutes left, the Bills to take a 29-26 lead. Then the Chiefs answered right back with a 50+ yard Tyreek Hill touchdown. But with just 62 seconds to work with, the Bills once again took a 3-point lead with just 13 seconds left. Somehow, this was enough time for Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes to lead them down the field to get a field goal to send the game into overtime. Within the final 2 minutes of the game, a total of 25 points were scored. In overtime, the Chiefs won the coin toss and drove down the field to win on a walk off touchdown to tight end Travis Kelce.

Now it is down to just 4 teams, and we can only hope that the next 3 games are half as good as any of the games this past weekend.