Wacky Wild Card Weekend



Jaguars quarterback, Trevor Lawrence, looks for the opportunity to score.

As the wild card weekend came to a close, there were several jaw dropping moments. We come closer to the Super Bowl championship, and now have a better sight of the teams. 

Seattle vs San Francisco: As the 49ers beat the Seahawks 41-23, the rookie quarterback for San Francisco Brock Purdy ended the game with 332 passing yards, one rushing touchdown, and three touchdown passes to wide receiver Deebo Samuel, running back Chirstian McCaffrey, and backup running back Elijah Mitchell. Although it was a disappointing loss for the Seahawks, they kept it close for most of the game. Seahawks quarterback Geno Smith ended the game with 253 passing yards, two passing touchdowns, and one interception. D.K. Metcalf had a fantastic game with two receiving touchdowns and over 125 yards. The 49ers advance to the divisional round where they will host the Dallas Cowboys. 

Los Angeles (Chargers) vs Jacksonville: With a stunning comeback from 27-0, the Jaguars pulled through with an amazing 31-30 finish. Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence threw four interceptions in the first half but showed his mental toughness as he came out in the second half a man on fire. He threw for 288 yards and four touchdowns to four different receivers. Tight end Evan Engram, wide receiver Christian Kirt, wide receiver Zay Jones and wide receiver Marvin Jones led the team to a victory. Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert ended the game with 273 yards passing but ultimately was shutdown by the Jags defense. Jacksonville will travel to KC. to take on the Chiefs next Saturday.

Miami vs Buffalo: The Bills defeated the Dolphins in a close 34-31 game. Bills quarterback Josh Allen threw for 352 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions. The real story though was how close this game was after the Bills jumped out to a 17-0 lead. Dolphins quarterback Skylar Thompson threw for 220 yards and thanks to timely turnovers by his defense, almost engineered a comeback that would have shocked the NFL landscape. The Bills holding on means they will host the Cincinnati Bengals in the next round. 

New York (Giants) vs Minnesota: The Giants finished on top with a 31-24 win over the favored Vikings. Giants quarterback Daniel Jones threw for 301 yards, and two touchdowns. Saquon Barkley had two rushing touchdowns and led the way for the Giants offense. Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins threw for 273 yards, two passing touchdowns and one rushing touchdowns but is being ripped apart for his decision to throw a two yard pass on fourth and eight. The Giants will face the Philadelphia Eagles next round.

Baltimore vs Cincinnati: The Bengals had a fantastic 24-17 win against the Baltimore Ravens. Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow threw for 209 yards, one touchdown and one rushing touchdown.  Ravens quarterback Tyler Huntley threw for 226 passing yards, but his play at the goaline is what everyone will remember from the game. As Huntley stretched the ball out, it was knocked from his hands. Defensive End Sam Hubbard caught it and rambled 97 yards the other way to give the Bengals the lead.  It was a crazy game but the Bengals ended up on top. They will take it on the road and face Bills next Sunday. 

Dallas vs Tampa Bay: The Dallas Cowboys ended up on top with a 31-14 win against the Buccaneers. Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott threw for 305 yards, four passing touchdowns and one rushing touchdown. Perhaps the bigger story was Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady and his inability to get the offense going. Brady threw for 351 yards, but threw an interception in the red zone and just looked out of sorts. Will this be his last game? The Cowboys don’t really care as they will head out to San Fran to rejuvenate an old rivalry on Sunday night. 

Super Wild Card weekend lived up to its title as games definitely had viewers on the edge of their seats. Hopefully next weekend brings the same drama.