NFL Playoffs: Who’s Left?
I picked the winners for both of the Saturday games, but missed on both of the Sunday games. The biggest upset for me was obviously the major heartbreak I felt last night as Russ and the Hawks came back from a 21-3 deficit at half just to battle it out and lose 23-28. Ugh.
The Tennessee Titans served up the weekend's top NFL playoff upset on Saturday, when they stunned the AFC's top seeded Ravens 28-12 in Baltimore, ESPN reports. Titans running back Derrick Henry proved too much for the Ravens defense, rushing for 195 yards and even throwing a TD pass. The Titans defense kept Baltimore QB Lamar Jackson mostly in check, intercepting him twice and sacking him four times.
Earlier Saturday, the NFC's top-seeded San Francisco 49ers used a dominant defense and strong running game to easily handle the Minnesota Vikings, 27-10. A now-healthy San Francisco defense held Minnesota to a playoff record 147 yards of offense. San Fran QB Jimmy Garoppolo threw a TD on the team's first drive, Tevin Coleman rushed for 105 yards and the defense did the rest.
On Sunday, the Kansas City Chiefs fell behind 24-0 to the Houston Texans before Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes rallied the team to its biggest-ever playoff comeback and 51-31 victory. The Chiefs erased Houston's huge lead by halftime, then dominated the second half to reach the conference title game. Mahomes threw five touchdowns on the day, and Kansas City became the first team in NFL history to win a playoff game by at least 20 points after trailing by at least 20.
In the weekend's final matchup, the Green Bay Packers held off the Seattle Seahawks 28-23 to advance to the NFC title game. Packers QB Aaron Rodgers found wide receiver Davante Adams eight times for 160 yards and two touchdowns in the game, and the Packer defense did enough to hold off a second half Seattle surge and claim the victory.
Green Bay will now travel to San Francisco for the NFC title game, while the Titans will head to Kansas City to settle the AFC crown. Both games will be played Sunday, with the winners advancing to the Super Bowl.
Now that my team is out, I'm rooting for the Titans, as well as J-Lo and Shakira in the halftime show.