Recap of the Divisional Playoffs


Winning On One Leg

Was there any doubt that Kansas City Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes wasn’t going to return to the game on one leg? No. In fact it didn’t seem necessary that he return with backup QB Chad Henne who led the Chiefs on a 93-yard touchdown drive that put them up by 10 in the second quarter. Of course we all know what Mahomes brings to the offense and he was forced to be measured in the second half. No scrambling and quick passes, but also a steady dose of rushes propelled them over Jacksonville. Going forward they will have to protect Mahomes from the pass rush and also himself if they want another trip to the Super Bowl.

Literally Ran Away With It

There was no doubt that the Eagles were the better team. It was apparent at the end of the first quarter. Their defense was putting constant pressure on New York Giants QB Daniel Jones and didn’t allow them to run the ball. On offense the Eagles didn’t need to throw it down field as their rushing attack netted them 268 yards. This has been the key to the Eagles success all season. A balanced offense to allow their defense to stay fresh and put constant pressure on opposing quarterbacks. If Philadelphia is forced to be one dimensional, they can be defeated.

An Impressive Display

It quickly became a one-sided affair. Bengals QB Joe Burrow played a masterful game and it was helped by establishing the running game with Joe Mixon rushing for 105 yards and a touchdown. Cincinnati’s defense was all over Bills QB Josh Allen and didn’t allow him to throw a touchdown pass. Buffalo seemed to abandon the running game with only 19 attempts the entire game. Burrow avoided the Bills pass rush and got the ball out quickly and credit to his offensive line who did a great job of protecting him and establishing the run. The Bengals mean business and want another shot at a Super Bowl title.

A Game Defined By One Drive

Forget what the Dallas Cowboys were trying to do on the final play of the game. They were outplayed at the line of scrimmage the entire game by San Francisco and it showed on the go-ahead touchdown drive by the 49ers. It was a 10-play, 91 yard drive that resulted in RB Christian McCaffrey running into the end zone for the touchdown. San Francisco attempted 32 rushes the entire game for 113 yards. Dallas seemed to abandon their rushing attack once RB Tony Pollard went down with a leg injury. Once that happened there seemed to be no life in the Cowboys offense. The Niners defense was very good as well and they will need to be at their best to get a shot for another Super Bowl title.

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