American football | NFL | Tuesday, January 18, 2022

The first round of the playoffs is over and it provided exciting football with last-minute conversions, key interceptions and truly confusing lapses. While the Bills, Chiefs and Bengals progress through the AFC, the Steelers, Patriots and Raiders have their seasons over. Meanwhile, in the NFC, it was the Rams, 49ers, and Buccaneers who fought their way into division-round games. It was a weekend of firsts for teams and individuals in this Wildcard round.

Cincinnati Bengals break 30-year playoff drought

A huge win for the Bengals and they made it as dramatic as possible in their 26-19 victory over Las Vegas. A goal-line interception on the last play of the game by Germaine Pratt ensured the Bengals won their first playoff game since 1990. Ja’Marr Chase helped himself to another record by surpassing Bill Groman’s previous record of 1,510 yards for the most receiving yards by a rookie in NFL history, amassing a total of 1,571 for the season after his nine catches for 116 yards against the Raiders.

Josh Allen makes more Buffalo history

Josh Allen himself had a near-perfect game against the Patriots, going 21/25 for 308 yards, five touchdowns and zero interceptions, becoming the first Buffalo quarterback to boast such a record in a playoff game. The Bills continued their prolific scoring form, and the 47 points scored in their 47-17 demolition of the New England Patriots was the second most in franchise playoff history.

Mike Evans = Baller

The former Texas A&M man put on quite the show against the Philadelphia Eagles as the Buccaneers won 31-15 to advance to the Divisional Round and then face the LA Rams. Evans had nine catches, 117 yards and a touchdown and became the first player in Tampa Bay history to have 100+ yards and a touchdown in a playoff game. Additionally, Tom Brady has more Super Bowl wins than 27 teams have appearances. Just put it there

Travis Kelce is more than just a winger

First player in NFL history with one passing touchdown, one passing touchdown and over 100 receiving yards in a playoff game as the Chiefs passed the Pittsburgh Steelers. He’s now recorded more than 100 yards in four straight playoff games, so it’s pretty clear who Mahomes likes as a prime target. He shares the record with Antonio Brown and Larry Fitzgerald. The biggest problem for teams facing the Chiefs is shutting down the big man as the Steelers found out on Sunday night. His mother is the true MVP as she saw both of her sons play on the same day, traveling from Tampa Bay to Kansas after watching Travis’ brother Jason suffer the loss in his playoff.

The San Francisco 49ers beat the Dallas Cowboys in bizarre fashion

The San Francisco 49ers hit form just in time for a playoff push as they battled the Cowboys to win 23-17 in Dallas. The game was decided by an incredibly bizarre lack of concentration when Dak Prescott fed the ball to his center rather than the official who must touch the ball before it could be broken. It’s worth noting that the previous four times these two have met in the playoffs, the winner of the game has won the Super Bowl.

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