NFL playoffs

Now that the NFL regular season has come to an end, the most exciting part of the season is upon us: the post-season playoffs. The playoffs are where the biggest of fans either gather in stadiums packed to the brim, or sit down with friends and family to cheer on their favorite teams and hope that a Super Bowl win will be coming their way. This year, a few teams have come back for yet another playoff appearance, and also some teams have the chance to show that they have what it takes to make it with the “Big Boys” of the league. The first and second round of the playoffs have been extra packed with upsets and close games.

First off, the teams that made it to the playoffs this year were mostly expected to make it. From the AFC, the teams that made the playoffs were the: Tennessee Titans, Kansas City Chiefs, Buffalo Bills, Jacksonville Jaguars, Pittsburgh Steelers and the New England Patriots. From the NFC was the: Atlanta Falcons, Los Angeles Rams, New Orleans Saints, Carolina Panthers, Philadelphia Eagles and the Minnesota Vikings. All teams played Wild Card weekend, except the Vikings, Steelers, Eagles and Patriots. The Eagles placed #1 in the league, with a record of 13-3, and tied with the Vikings for best in the NFC,  also with a record of 13-3. The Patriots and Steelers tied for best in the AFC with records of 13-3 too.

In the wild card games, the Titans took on the Chiefs, and won in a close game 22-21. The Falcons took on the Rams, and won 26-13. The Jaguars and Bills played a slow-paced game, and the Jaguars came out with the 10-3 win over Buffalo. The final wild card game was between the Saints and the Panthers. The game came down to a Panthers defeat when the Saints were able to gain a 31-26 win over Carolina.

The divisional round of this year’s playoffs contained lots of surprises. On Saturday, January 13th, the Eagles were able to come back and defeat the Falcons in a 15-10 victory, and the Patriots used Tom Brady to crush the Titans 35-14.

On Sunday, the Jaguars were able to defeat the Steelers in a high-scoring game 45-42.

The last game of the divisional round was the hometown Vikings against Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints. The Vikings went into halftime up 17-0, and most thought that was going to be the game. Drew Brees was able to come back and take a 24-23 lead though. In the last 16 seconds of the game, quarterback Case Keenum threw a 61-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Stefon Diggs to win the game. The play is now known as the “Minneapolis Miracle.”

This year’s playoffs have seen a crazy bunch of games, and fans are closing in to see the super bowl matchup. As a Vikings fan myself, I am hoping that the Vikings can come home and win our very first Super Bowl in our home stadium.


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