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NFL Divisional round of the playoffs calls for close gameplay

Chuck Feay
Buffalo offense lines up in the offensive zone, while Kansas City prepares their defense.

This week certainly was upsetting to a lot, especially with a lot of the games being really close. With multiple underdogs, people were hoping they’d pull it off. Although my team lost this round, there’s still a ton of interesting football to be recapped. 

Houston Texans at Baltimore Ravens:

This game began really interesting in the first half. One of the most noticeable scores I have to point out is the 67-yard punt return from wide receiver Steven Sims, which tied the game at 10 in the first half. That was the last score from the Texans. On the other hand, Baltimore was breaking out with their Quarterback Lamar Jackson. Jackson ran for two touchdowns and a total of 100 yards. Just to put this stat in perspective, Lamar ran 78 more yards than Houston running back Devin Singletary. Baltimore won 34-10. 

Green Bay Packers at San Francisco 49ers:

This game had me on the edge of my seat. I like both of these teams, since they’re both young and both really showed me how hard they play. At first, both teams started slow. Green Bay scored two field goals, and the 49ers only scored one touchdown in the first half, so it ended 6-7. Little did I know it was only getting more exciting from there. The Packers and 49ers went back and forth with the lead in the third quarter, and I thought Green Bay was going to keep the lead, but I was wrong. With an Interception by Packers QB Jordan Love, San Francisco got a field goal at the beginning of the fourth quarter. Then, with a missed Green Bay field goal, the 49ers got the ball and scored the game winning touchdown. Green Bay tried for a last second play, but it was intercepted which ended their playoff run. San Francisco took the win 24-21. 

Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Detroit Lions:

Although this game wasn’t on my priority watch list, it turned out to be a lot more interesting than I thought. Both of these quarterbacks haven’t been the most talked about, so I wasn’t expecting too much. Wow, did they prove me wrong. This game stayed relatively tied up until the third. With every score from Detroit, Tampa Bay would follow. Then, Detroit’s defense came up huge forcing a punt. They took advantage and were able to score a touchdown to make sure they had a two-score lead. Although Tampa got another touchdown, QB Baker Mayfeild threw an interception last second which ruined the Buccaneers’ chances of a comeback. The Lions won 23-31. 

Kansas City Chiefs at Buffalo Bills:

Well let’s start out by saying I was there. Freezing at this game. With KC finally coming to Buffalo, fans and I were expecting a Bills home field win. Although it was close, it was quite disappointing that the Bills couldn’t pull it off due to another wide right kick. Although some people have blamed QB Josh Allen, I find that he was quite an asset in this game. With two running touchdowns and a TD pass, Allen was really working hard to get this win for the team. My main issue was with the defense, who seemed to be horrible on third downs. Although we lost, the game was tense and interesting. Besides, it’s not everyday you also get to see TE Travis Kelce score two touchdowns in person. The Chiefs won 27-24. 


These games were all still fun and entertaining, and I am excited to see how the winners will do in the Conference Championship. The Chiefs play the Ravens in Baltimore, and the Lions play the 49ers in San Francisco.

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Caitlyn Feay, Staff Writer, Editor
Caitlyn Feay is a junior and this is her third year in journalism. Caitlyn is also an editor. Outside of school, Caitlyn is in our High School treble choir. She enjoys playing and watching many sports. She plans on attending college to study either sports journalism or hospitality. Caitlyn would describe herself as geeky or preppy, which sums up her style well. She is excited to write more sports related content this year.

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