The NFL Playoff field is down to its final 8 teams, with Houston, Cincinnati, Minnesota, and Washington being eliminated during Wild Card Weekend. The playoffs got started with a bang, as Chief’s return man Knile Davis took the opening kickoff against Houston to the endzone. The weekend saw two crazy finishes as well. Minnesota kicker Blair Walsh missed a 27 yard field goal with 26 seconds left on the clock, that likely would have been a game winner. Instead the Seahawks were able to hold on for a 10-9 win. That wasn’t the only wild end to a game. Pittsburgh had what looked to be a comfortable 15-0 lead over the Bengals as the game entered the fourth quarter. Two touchdowns and a field goal later Cincinnati lead 16-15 with less than two minutes remaining. Landry Jones, who was on in relief of an injured Ben Roethlisberger, threw what looked to be a game ending interception. Instead Bengals running back Jeremy Hill fumbled the ball right back. Pittsburgh had only 1:23 to get into field goal range. An injured Roethlisberger reentered the game in an attempt to save the season. A few short passes got Pittsburgh to mid field, but it was two Unsportsmanlike Conduct penalties on the Bengals’ that would set up the Steelers for the win. Chris Boswell kicked a 35 yard field goal giving Pittsburgh the 18-16 win.
Looking ahead to the division round, here’s the schedule:
Saturday, January 16
Kansas City at New England 3:35pm
Green Bay at Arizona 7:15pm
Sunday, January 17
Seattle at Carolina 12:05pm
Pittsburgh at Denver 3:40pm