Hey everyone, this is Sam. Let’s talk about this past NFL Wild Card weekend. It was wild…not just because it was the wild card weekend, but more because teams were clawing to stay in the playoffs. We’re now down to the Elite Eight. Who comes and who goes?
Look for our two articles breaking down these games later this week.
Divisional Round Schedule
#6 Rams at #1 Packers (Sat. 4:35 pm EST)
#5 Ravens at #2 Bills (Sat. 8:15 pm EST)
#6 Browns at #1 Chiefs (Sun. 3:05 pm EST)
#5 Bucs at #2 Saints (Sun. 6:40 pm EST)
This Past NFL Wild Card Weekend
The NFL’s first-ever Super Wild Card Weekend was full of drama. Each of the six wild-card playoff games were decided by 12 points or less. No three seed or four seed teams were winners. Talk about bad luck numbers. The Cleveland Browns (26 years), Buffalo Bills (25 years) and Tampa Bay Bucs (18 years) all said goodbye to some of the NFL’s longest active winless streaks in the postseason. Congratulations to those teams and their fans for keeping the faith!
Super NFL Wild Card Weekend Scoreboard
Please don’t let this score fool you at all. The Browns showed their power early and often by going up 28-0 in the first 13 minutes. The Steelers tried to get going, but Cleveland’s offence was just way too much. A lot of people weren’t sure about quarterback Baker Mayfield, but he showed them by throwing for 263 yards with three touchdowns. Then the Browns’ running backs, Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt, combined for 200+ yards. Bill Belchick was the coach for the Browns in 1994 the last time they had a playoff win.
The Ravens have won six straight games now. You have to believe they have confidence on their side. Baltimore, meanwhile, had revenge on their minds. You better believe that their coaches reminded them of their playoff loss to Tennessee last year. The Ravens’ quarterback Lamar Jackson got his first playoff victory by using his legs for 136 rushing yards. However, it was the Baltimore defense that looked amazing by holding Tennessee’s running back Derrick Holmes to 40 rushing yards.
Buffalo’s 24-year old quarterback Josh Allen’s case for MVP continues. He put on a masterpiece in his first playoff win as the Colts started coming back in the final quarter. Josh Allen threw for 324 yards and ran for 54 yards with three total touchdowns.
I didn’t think this game would be like this. Now, don’t get me wrong, I thought the New Orleans Saints would win big. I didn’t think they would need a second-half explosion to beat them, though. The Bears didn’t move the ball all game. Drew Brees was typical Brees by throwing for 265 yards with two touchdowns. Alvin Kamara ran for 99 yards and a touchdown. Of course, the Saints set up the match-up we’ve been waiting for since the brackets were made. We are getting Drew Brees vs. Tom Brady, two players who are the NFL’s top two all-time passing touchdowns leaders. Can’t wait!
Oh, I let the cat out of the bag too early. In case you didn’t know, Tom Brady and his Bucs kept Washington’s backup quarterback Taylor Heinicke from spoiling his first season there. Brady threw for 381 yards with two touchdowns. Now, he is 31-11 in the playoffs. There is no other quarterback that has even 17 total playoff wins.
Well, here we are at the rubber match for these two. Neither one of these teams could throw the ball. However, the Rams’ rookie running back Cam Akers got 176 yards and a touchdown, but it took 30 carries to do it. It is unbelievable that LA’s head coach Sean McVay improved to 37-0 when leading at halftime.
Let’s hear your thoughts on this NFL Wild Card weekend. Exciting, wasn’t it? Let’s hope this coming one is exciting too. What are you thinking about this coming weekend? Let Sports Obsessive know in comments. See you down the road.