The NFL playoffs are here, and the goal is simple.
Win or go home.
Super Bowl 57 On the horizon but only two teams will punch their ticket. It takes three wins to secure the exclusive invite. This weekend, 12 teams start their postseason roster during “Super Wild Card Weekend.”
Each team will face an opponent they have previously played in this season.
The NFC West rivalry was renewed on Saturday afternoon. The San Francisco 49ers defeated the Seattle Seahawks for the third time this season, while the Jacksonville Jaguars pulled off the third-largest postseason comeback in NFL history against the Los Angeles Chargers.
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The Buffalo Bills defeated the Miami Dolphins on Sunday’s slate. Bills quarterback Josh Allen threw for 352 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions in the win. The New York Giants pulled off a win in the afternoon game against the Minnesota Vikings while the Cincinnati Bengals held off the Baltimore Ravens in the evening.
The Dallas Cowboys Buccaneers and Tampa Bay Super Wild Card round out the weekend. Can the Cowboys spoil another round of Tom Brady’s playoff game?
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Here’s a rundown of all the wild card action around the NFL.
San Francisco 49ers 41, Seattle Seahawks 23
Briefly: Despite fighting hard in the first half, the Seattle Seahawks couldn’t keep up with the hot San Francisco 49ers in the opener. Brock Purdy led San Francisco’s powerful offense with four total touchdowns and 332 yards. Christian McCaffrey added a total of 136 yards and was on the receiving end of a score. Despite the loss, Seahawks receiver DK Metcalf had 10 receptions for 136 yards and caught two touchdown passes from Geno Smith. San Francisco’s defense silenced them in the second half, led by Dre Greenlaw’s 11 tackles and two sacks by Charles Omeniho.
Highlight his knowledge: With 2:31 left in the third quarter and the 49ers leading 23-17, the pocket collapsed around Smith and Omenihu sacked him. The quarterback lost the ball in the frenzy and NFL quarterback Nick Bosa jumped on the ball to recover. The play crushed any momentum the Seahawks had.
Next: The 49ers move on to the divisional round and will host the Tampa Bay Buccaneers or the Dallas Cowboys. The Seahawks season is over.
Jacksonville Jaguars 31, Los Angeles Chargers 30
Briefly: The Chargers looked poised to advance to the divisional round after five quick first-half points, but Jacksonville QB Trevor Lawrence led the Jaguars to a 27-point comeback to beat the Chargers 31-30, which was the third-most comeback in the NFL. History. It was just a story of two halves for Lawrence. He had 77 passing yards, one touchdown and four interceptions in the first half, but Lawrence finished with 288 passing yards, four touchdowns, and four interceptions. “You couldn’t write a crazier script,” Lawrence said afterwards.
Highlight his knowledge: Trailing 30-28 with 3:09 left in the game, Lawrence led the Jaguars on a 61-yard run. The Jaguars converted a pivotal fourth-and-1 play with Travis Etienne’s 25-yard touchdown run to set up Riley Patterson’s 36-yard field goal as time expired.
Next: The Jaguars lived to fight another day. They will face the Kansas City Chiefs in the teams round. However, the Chargers are on their way home.
Buffalo Bills 34, Miami Dolphins 31
Briefly: The AFC competitions were held in the East of the tournament on Sunday. The Dolphins, led by rookie quarterback Skylar Thompson, were some of the biggest underdogs heading into the action. However, Miami has proven that the future is bright for their organization. The Dolphins threw it all at the Bills. They forced Bills quarterback Josh Allen to throw two interceptions and fumble three times. Miami also overcame a 14-point halftime deficit. However, that was not enough to scuttle the bills. Buffalo made several plays late to avoid a massive post-season loss. Bills cornerback Kaiir Elam, who had an interception, broke up a 4th-and-6 late in the fourth quarter. He then hit a pass to Dolphins tight end Mike Gesicki. On the next drive, Bills running back Devin Singletary trailed off first to secure the victory.
Highlight his knowledge: Gabe Davis, the Bills’ wide receiver, is talented at big game pitches. On Sunday, Davis drove in 23 yards touchdown To extend billing leads to 10 points. Davis finished with six catches for 113 yards and a score.
Next: The Bills advanced to the AFC Divisional Round where they will face the Bengals. The Dolphins’ season ended in a loss.
New York Giants 31, Minnesota Vikings 24
Briefly: The New York Giants became the first road team to achieve a playoff win this season, edging out the Minnesota Vikings in a home-and-away game. Giants QB Daniel Jones became the first quarterback in NFL playoff history to throw for at least 300 yards, run for at least 70 yards and convert two touchdowns, according to a FOX TV broadcast. The Giants, after a 4-13 season in 2021, have had an impressive comeback season behind first year head coach Brian Dabul. Giants RB Saquon Barkley also scored two touchdowns on Sunday, including a go-ahead score in the fourth quarter. Meanwhile, Vikings QB Kirk Cousins completed 31 of 39 passes for 273 yards and two touchdowns. TJ Hockenson and Justin Jefferson combined for 17 receptions in Minnesota.
Highlight his knowledge: Barkley had to fight for the end zone on this short run score that put the Giants ahead for good with 7:47 left in the game.
Next: The Giants advanced to the NFC Divisional Round. The Vikings season ended in a loss.
Cincinnati Bengals 24, Baltimore Ravens 17
Briefly: The Cincinnati Bengals held off the rowdy Baltimore Ravens and blocked a last-second touchdown that could have sent the game into overtime. Instead, the Bengals QB Joe Burrow and company are headed to the AFC Divisional Round where they will meet the Buffalo Bills in a rematch of a Week 17 matchup that did not resume after Damar Hamlin was knocked out due to cardiac arrest on the court. Burrow had 23 of 32 passes for 209 yards and two touchdowns (one rushing, one passing). Ravens QB Lamar Jackson, who is suffering from a knee injury, did not travel with the team. Backup Tyler Huntley threw a pair of touchdown passes in the loss, but fumbled the Bengals 1-yard line on a play that changed the momentum of the game.
Highlight his knowledge: Bengals fullback Logan Wilson flicked the ball out of Huntley’s outstretched hands, not only preventing him from extending the ball for a touchdown, but hitting it into the arms of teammate Sam Hubbard, who returned it 98 yards the other way for a go-ahead fourth down. Quarterly result.
Next: The Bengals advanced to the AFC Divisional Round and will face the Bills. The Ravens season ended in a loss.
Dallas Cowboys at Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Starting: 8:15 p.m. ET
television: ESPN, ABC
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what do you know: Tom Brady has another shot at winning his eighth Super Bowl. Despite a turbulent season that resulted in a losing 8-9 record, Brady still has the Buccaneers in a prime position. Tampa Bay is in a playoff game at home against a tough Dallas team. Brady is 7-0 in his career against the Cowboys. However, Dallas arrives with confidence. Key players have returned since their Week 1 loss against Tampa Bay. Expect the Cowboys to rely on running back duo Ezekiel Elliott and Tony Pollard to control the line of scrimmage. This could be a close encounter where a mistake can affect the outcome of the game.