NFL playoff action reaches peak in divisional round

NFL playoff action reaches peak in divisional round

Jacub Bill, Reporter

The NFL playoffs are reaching their climax as we head into the conference championship round. Last weekend’s divisional round games saw last quarter comebacks, game winning field goals, overtime madness, and everything in between. 

The Packers took on the 49ers in Green Bay, but the Wisconsin cold could not help the Packers’ cause as the 49ers took advantage of Green Bay’s special teams blunders to tie it 10-10 late in the 4th. The Niners then marched down the field to give kicker Robbie Gould the chance to win the game with a 45-yard field goal, and Gould’s kick sailed through the uprights to give the 49ers a 13-10 victory as time expired. 

The Cincinnati Bengals faced the #1 seed Tennessee Titans in Nashville. The Titans got back their MVP-caliber running back Derrick Henry prior to gametime, but not even King Henry could stop the Cinderella-story Bengals, as they beat the Titans 19-16 with a last second field goal by Evan McPherson to send Cincy to the AFC Championship game.

In Tampa Bay, Tom Brady and the Buccaneers took on Matthew Stafford and the Los Angeles Rams. The Rams took a big 20-3 lead at the half, and it looked like all was bleak for the Buccaneers. In the 2nd half Tom Brady did Tom Brady things, scoring 24 points in the second half to put Tampa back in the game. Tied at 27, Stafford threw the ball deep downfield to wide receiver Cooper Kupp for a connection at the 12 yard line with 4 seconds left, leaving just enough time for kicker Matt Gay to kick the game-winning field goal to secure their trip to the NFC Championship game. The Rams will see the San Francisco 49ers in a battle for not only a trip to the Super Bowl, but also for the state of California.

In the last divisional game, the reigning AFC champs Kansas City Chiefs took on Josh Allen and the Buffalo Bills. In a chaotic final two minutes, the game went into overtime tied at 36. The Chiefs won the coin toss and controversially, the Bills never saw the ball as quarterback Patrick Mahomes ended the game with a touchdown pass to tight end Travis Kelce.

The championship round will see the Chiefs meet the Bengals in Kansas City, and the Rams will see the 49ers in Los Angeles with trips to Super Bowl LVI on the line.