Upon Further Review - Wild Card

By: Nabeela Damji

Monday, January 8, 2018

Titans @ Chiefs

The Titans rallied from an 18 point deficit, and got their first postseason win in 14 years in a show stopping 22-21 victory over the freefalling Chiefs on Saturday.

Titans QB Marcus Mariota did everything he could to ensure a win for his team, which included a throwing a TD pass to himself. Note to all teams: Get a QB that can do it all.

Derrick Henry added a career-high 156 yards rushing and a score for Tennessee.

QB Alex Smith threw for 264 yards and two touchdowns, but the majority of their output came in the first half. The Chiefs haven’t won a playoff game at home since 1994.

Only two other road teams have rallied from at least 18 points down to win a playoff game in NFL history. The first being the Cowboys in December 1972. The other being the Lions in 1957. Both teams rallied back to beat the 49ers.

Up Next: Titans @ Patriots

Falcons @ Rams

After a historic season, the Rams were ready to enjoy every moment of playoff bliss for the first time in 13 years.

That ended pretty quickly.

Falcons QB Matt Ryan showed up to ruin the day, passing for 218 yards and hitting Julio Jones for an 8-yard TD with five minutes left in a 26-13 win over the Rams Saturday Night. Matt Bryant kicked four field goals, and Devonta Freeman rushed for an early score in the win against the NFC West champs.

Jones caught nine passes for 94 yards for Atlanta, which never trailed while winning playoff games in consecutive seasons for the first time in franchise history.

The Falcons held Todd Gurley to 101 yards rushing and four receptions for 10 yards.

Next Up: Falcons @ Eagles

Bills @ Jaguars

Let’s face it. No one watched this one. And if you did, you wished you hadn’t.

The Bills didn’t have the Bengals to help them out in this one. And it showed.

The Bills made the playoffs for the first time since 2000, and it did not last long.

Jaguars QB Blake Bortles rammed together one decent drive in the Jaguars 10-3 victory over the Bills in an AFC wild0card game. Bortles became the second starting QB in the last 25 years to win a playoff game with more rushing yards(88) than passing yards(87).

Bortles was a big reason why the Jaguars won their first playoff game since 2008, completing 12 for 23 passes for 87 yards and a TD.

Buffalo, on the other hand, had a costly penalty against tight end Charles Clay, a dropped pass by Zay Jones and a hit that forced QB Tyrod Taylor out of the game.

Hopefully the Bengals still have some chicken wings left over for the Bills to cry over.

Up Next: Jaguars @ Steelers

Panthers @ Saints

In case you needed any reassurance that your heart could still beat, this was it.

The Saints sealed a 31-26 win over the Carolina Panthers on Sunday afternoon at the Dome, in what was an action-packed game to say the least.

Drew Brees passed for 376 yards and two TD’s in the win. This is the seventh time Brees has thrown for at least 300 yards in a playoff game in his career. Michael Thomas caught eight passes for 131 yards in the win. Alvin Kamara and Mark Ingram, who combined for more than 3,000 yards from scrimmage this season, were held to 68 total yards.

For the Panthers, QB Cam Newtown finished 24 of 40 passing for 349 yards, which included a 56 yar Greg Olsen had eight catches for 107 yards and a TD. D score to Christian McCaffrey that pulled the Panthers within a touchdown with less than five minutes left.

The Saints haven’t lost a home playoff game this millennium. They’re 6-0 at home since 2000.

Up Next: Saints @ Vikings