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NFL Weekly Recap: Wildcard Weekend

We bring you all the recent updates and news from around the league in this week’s NFL weekly recap. We have officially finished the first round of the playoffs and it was an exciting one! Wild Card Weekend brought a few upsets along with a ton of exhilarating matchups that had you on the edge of your seat.

Buffalo Bills get past a tough Indianapolis Colts team

This marked the first playoff win for the Buffalo Bills since 1995 and it was a great one. 

Phillip Rivers was able to throw for 309 yards and two touchdowns without an interception to lead his team to 24 points on the day but was unable to lead a last-minute comeback drive, losing to the Bills 27-24. 

Josh Allen was incredible once again in this matchup as he threw for 324 yards and two touchdowns himself while adding on 54 rushing yards and a touchdown on the ground. 

He was able to involve his playmakers early and often in this contest, with Stefon Diggs grabbing six passes for 128 yards and a touchdown against a very talented Colts defence that ranked in the top ten all season long. 

The Colts have now officially been eliminated from the playoffs despite a terrific season all-around. 

They now have some questions to answer in the offseason at the quarterback position with veterans like Rivers contemplating returning for another season. 

Meanwhile, the Bills move on to the Divisional Round of the playoffs and will be playing that game at home due to them finishing the season as the number two seed in the AFC. This could be the start of a fantastic Super Bowl run.

Los Angeles Rams upset the Seattle Seahawks

The Rams were coming into this game as heavy underdogs due to their starting quarterback Jared Goff getting surgery on the thumb on his throwing hand a little over a week before the game. 

He ended up being active and ready to play but the plan was to sit him behind the young quarterback John Wolford. 

With the second string QB being the more mobile and active quarterback he could present a new level of offence that Seattle hasn’t seen from them yet. 

However, Wolford ended up getting badly injured, forcing Goff to return to the field early and only completing nine passes for 155 yards and a touchdown while their rushing attack dominated. 

Cam Akers took 28 carries and turned it into 131 yards and a touchdown during the teams 30-20 victory over their division rivals. 

Meanwhile, for Seattle, they get sent home early after starting the season off so well. 

Russell Wilson has officially dropped out of the MVP race with his performance of 174 passing yards, two touchdowns and one interception in a must-win game for his football team. 

They were sloppy all around and their receivers were dropping way too many passes throughout the game which never bodes well for a team battling to advance to the next round of the playoffs. 

Now the Rams move on to face off against the number one seed in the NFC, the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field. 

Tom Brady Leads Buccaneers Past Washington

The Washington Football Team had barely squeaked into the postseason and many had thought they stood no chance against Brady and this loaded Buccaneers squad, but they ran the Bucs close. 

Current student and third-string quarterback Taylor Heinicke stepped in for the injured veteran Alex Smith and was able to throw for 306 yards and a touchdown to end a fairy tale story. 

He was able to lead his team down the field consistently against a talented offence despite not having much playing time in the NFL.

Brady was not going to let a backup quarterback get the best of him once again in the postseason. 

Brady threw for 381 yards and two touchdowns during the teams 31-23 win over Washington. 

This was a game that needed every single yard out of Brady as they lost their starting running back Ronald Jones during pregame warmups before the game and was forced to run their offence through Leonard Fournette. 

Tampa Bay now moves onto the Divisional Round of the playoffs and is set up to take a trip to New Orleans to face off against a Saints team that has already defeated them twice this season. 

As for Washington, they may be eliminated from the postseason early, but they have a lot of things to look forward to in the next few years with the amount of talent they currently have on their roster.

Baltimore Ravens Win Playoff Rematch Over Tennessee Titans

This game got heated very quickly as both teams have had rivalries on and off the pitch since week 11. 

They have had some bad blood towards each other heading back to last season when the Titans marched into Baltimore and eliminated the Ravens from the postseason during their 14-2 season with Lamar Jackson winning the MVP award that year as well. 

Then earlier in the season, there was a huge altercation in pregame warmups between both teams’ head coaches and numerous players on each side of the ball that ended up having to get separated before the game. Tennessee ended up winning that ball game and made a big statement by stomping all over their logo during the win. 

This weekend was far different for the Ravens as they put together a huge 20-13 win over their rivals and returned the favour by having a team celebration on the Titans logo while also refusing to shake any Titans players hands after the ball game, instead just running straight into the locker room. 

Jackson was electric in the matchup, throwing for 179 yards and an interception but also putting together 136 yards rushing yards and a touchdown. 

Meanwhile, the Titans were completely thrown off their game plan as Derrick Henry was stuffed to 40 yards on 18 carries throughout the game. 

That was truly the difference in this matchup as the Ravens find a way to continue their incredible season with a date against the Buffalo Bills next week.

Saints End Playoff Woes with Victory Over Bears

The New Orleans Saints have been picking up quite the reputation of losing playoff games despite their outstanding records in consecutive season. 

Many believed that they may be walking into a trap game this weekend but were able to prove all the haters wrong with a dominant 21-9 victory that wasn’t as close as the score suggests. 

At halftime, it was 7-3 New Orleans until the Saints completely controlled the entire half, going up by as many as 18 points and possible 25 points if it wasn’t for a touchdown being reversed on a fourth-down call with around three minutes remaining in the contest. 

Chicago scored their one and only touchdown as the clocks hit zero in the fourth quarter, with Mitchell Trubisky throwing for 199 yards and a touchdown against this outstanding Saints defence. 

The difference in this game was the rushing attack from the Bears, as they have had so much success lately and were held to 19 carries for 48 yards. 

The Saints took 35 carries for 123 yards and a touchdown. The Saints move on to the Division Round of the playoffs and will get the luxury of playing another game at their home stadium against their division rivals the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Browns surprise the Steelers with dominant display

By far, this was the most shocking game of the week. Pittsburgh started this season off  11-0 and was entering this game at 12-4 with one of the most talented overall rosters in the entire league. 

They were also matched up against a Cleveland Browns team that hasn’t made the playoffs in over a decade and who happened to be playing without their top two cornerbacks, their top WR in OBJ and their head coach watching from a basement in quarantine! 

From the first snap, Pittsburgh made a mess of the first snap which gave the Browns a touchdown immediately. The Steelers then turned it over and gave Cleveland another touchdown. 

Before you knew it, the score was 35-7 nearing halftime. 

Baker Mayfield threw for 263 yards and three touchdowns during the 48-37 win over their division rivals while Ben Roethlisberger threw 501 yards, four touchdowns and four interceptions in what could be his last game as an NFL player. 

The Browns will now move on to face the reigning Super Bowl Champions the Kansas City Chiefs.

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