Hudson McFadyen, CFNN Editor
Week 2 of the NFL Postseason held great performances from the best teams in the NFL. Let’s look at the results of these battles of the titans (not literally though).
The result of the first game came as no surprise, with the Green Bay Packers defeating the Los Angeles Rams 32-18 at Lambeau Field. The “Frozen Tundra” was in full swing, with snow and freezing temperatures hindering the Ram’s ability to perform.
Two of the Rams’ star players, QB Jared Goff and DT Aaron Donald both had limited participation due to their own injuries.
The Packers had no major hindrances, with Aaron Rodgers throwing two touchdown passes and running for another, totaling 296 yards in the air. He sealed the deal with a 58 yard TD pass with 6:52 left to play, putting them ahead by 2 possessions.
The Packers will play the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Green Bay next Sunday, January 24th at 2:05 EST. It is predicted to be in the 20s and snowing, and the Bucs don’t have the best track record when it comes to playing in the cold.
The game on Saturday was a head-to-head between the Baltimore Ravens and Buffalo Bills. Josh Allen and the Bills took down the Ravens 17-3 in a rather uneventful game. It was The Ravens’ lowest-scoring game in nearly twenty years.
Josh Allen threw a touchdown pass to Stefon Diggs, but Taron Johnson stole the show with a 101-yard pick-6 at the end of the third quarter.
Justin Tucker, who was historically the best kicker in the NFL, missed two of his three field goals. Nobody can know for sure if this swung the game, but Lamar Jackson going out with a concussion in the last play of the third quarter sealed the deal.
The Bills will play at Arrowhead Stadium against the Kansas City Chiefs in the late game next week.
Sunday’s first game was the Cleveland Browns facing the Kansas City Chiefs. The Chiefs won 22-17 after Patrick Mahomes went out of the game at the start of the 3rd quarter after stumbling to his feet from a nasty hit. He entered concussion protocol, and is marked as questionable for next week’s game.
The game had the star quarterback tweeting “#HenneThingIsPossible” after Chad Henne came in to clutch the game.
Despite intercepting the ball with 6 minutes left in the 4th quarter, the Browns could finish it off. Baker Mayfield threw for 204 yards with a touchdown and a pick
Browns pass rusher Myles Garrett takes responsibility for the loss, saying, “It came down to us on defense and we let it slip… We had two opportunities. We didn’t make it happen. It was right in front of us and we just — this time we didn’t get it done.”
The “opportunities” he referenced were an interception that they couldn’t convert on in the 4th quarter, and a third-down, 14-yard rush from Chad Henne that secured a 1st down.
The last game of the divisional round was a battle between two of the oldest quarterbacks in the NFL. Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers took down Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints 30-20.
The Bucs had previously lost twice this season to the Saints. Part of their road win came from the disastrous performance from Drew Brees, who threw 3 interceptions and only 1 touchdown. Their other touchdown came from backup Jamis Winston, who started for the Bucs last year.
Brees’ lackluster performance comes at a shock due to the title he holds as the most accurate passer ever, with 66.9% of all attempts being complete.
6-time Super Bowl champ Tom Brady threw 2 short touchdown passes and for just under 200 yards. He also had a rushing touchdown. If he makes it back to the big game this year, he will be going to his 10th Super Bowl.
We saw some great games this past weekend, and we are sure to see more in the future. Who do you have winning the Conference Championships?