NFL Divisional Playoff Round Review
BarnBurner Sports Writer
Monday, January 13, 2020
Toronto, ON – It was another highly-entertaining weekend of playoffs in the NFL. It had everything from standout performances to stunning losses. With that being said, let’s start in Kansas City where it was one of the most absurd games in a while.
Houston vs. Kansas City
This game was crazy to say the least. The Chiefs trailed 24-0 but roared back with 41 straight points and defeated the Texans 51-31. Kansas City quarterback Patrick Mahomes threw four touchdowns in the second quarter alone, and the Chiefs took a 28-24 lead into the half. Kansas City became the first team in NFL history to lead at halftime after trailing by at least 24 points. The Chiefs had a record seven-straight touchdown drives in the contest.
Kansas City tight end Travis Kelce was outstanding, finishing the game with ten catches for 134 yards and three touchdowns. Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson was 31 for 52 for 388 yards and two touchdowns.
Tennessee vs. Baltimore
Titans running back Derrick Henry had another massive game with his team billed as the underdogs. He rushed for 195 yards and threw a 3-yard touchdown as the Titans stunned the Ravens 28-12. Henry became the first player with two games of 175 rushing yards or more in the same postseason. Baltimore quarterback Lamar Jackson finished 31 of 59 for 365 yards along with 20 carries for 143 yards.
What was maybe more surprising was Jackson’s counterpart, Ryan Tannehill. His numbers were vastly different, with Tannehill completing 7 of 14 passes for 88 yards and two touchdowns. But with Henry playing so dominant, it was all he needed to do. The Titans will play at Arrowhead Stadium next weekend in the AFC Championship game.
Minnesota vs. San Francisco
In their first playoff game in nearly six years, the 49ers were victorious. The Niners defence, like it has been all season, was dominant. San Francisco quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo threw for 131 yards and a touchdown – which was on the opening drive of the game – in a 27-10 win over the Vikings.
The 49ers defence had six sacks and held the Vikings to just 81 yards until the closing stages of the final quarter. They also held Minnesota running back Dalvin Cook to 18 yards on nine carries. San Francisco running back Tevin Coleman ran for 105 yards and two touchdowns in the victory. The win for the 49ers meant that they would host the winner of Seattle/Green Bay in the NFC Championship.
Seattle vs. Green Bay
This game also featured a comeback like the Texans/Chiefs matchup earlier in the day on Sunday. But unlike that contest, this team could not complete the comeback. The Packers held off a second-half surge from the Seahawks to advance with a 28-23 win.
Green Bay led 21-3 at the half before the Seahawks outscored them 14-7 in the third quarter to trim the lead to 28-17. With 9:33 left in the fourth quarter, Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch ran for a one-yard touchdown to pull Seattle within five points. They went for the two-point conversion, but quarterback Russell Wilson was sacked.
The Seahawks couldn’t get back on the scoreboard after that, resulting in the Packers win. Wilson threw for 277 yards and a touchdown, while Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers had 243 passing yards and two touchdowns. Green Bay running back Aaron Jones and wide receiver Davante Adams each had two touchdowns in the win. The Packers will travel to San Francisco to take on the 49ers in the NFC Championship next weekend.