The NFL Wild Card round exceeded expectations as all four games were decided by one possession. Two contests additionally went to overtime, leading to a wild weekend filled with a couple of upsets.
Starting off in the AFC, it was the Houston Texans to pull out one of those overtime victories, defeating the Buffalo Bills in comeback fashion, 22-19.
The Bills jumped out to an early lead and entered halftime with a 13-point advantage. They at one point held at a 16-point lead, highlighted by a touchdown pass from John Brown to Josh Allen and a trio of Stephen Hauschka field goals.
Deshaun Watson and the Texans eventually found their groove and forced sudden death. After both teams failed to put points on the board in their first possession of overtime, Ka’imi Fairbairn sent the fans home happy with a game-winning field goal, sending the Texans to the NFL Divisional round for a matchup against the Kansas City Chiefs.
The Tennessee Titans also completed a stunning upset victory over last year’s Super Bowl champion New England Patriots on the road.
Though they at one point trailed 13-7, Derrick Henry remained a constant force for Tennessee, rushing for 182 yards on the ground and scoring the team’s only offensive touchdown of the day.
The Titans’ defense solidified a victory when Logan Ryan intercepted former Patriots teammate Tom Brady, returning it for a touchdown and punching their tickets for next weekend’s contest against the No. 1 seed Baltimore Ravens.
The NFC matchups lived up to the hype as well, as evidenced by the Minnesota Vikings’ shocking overtime win against the New Orleans Saints on the road.
Kirk Cousins and Dalvin Cook led the way, with the former completing 19 of his 31 pass attempts for 242 yards while the former added two touchdowns on the ground.
Kyle Rudolph was the hero in overtime, catching a four-yard pass from Cousins in the corner of the end zone to propel the Vikings to a 26-20 win. They now set their sights on a matchup against the San Francisco 49ers next weekend.
The Seattle Seahawks also came up big against an injury-depleted Philadelphia Eagles team, who were forced to rely on 40-year-old backup quarterback Josh McCown for most of the game after Carson Wentz suffered a head injury.
McCown kept his teammates within striking distance but never found the end zone, as the Seahawks went on to win by a final score of 17-9.
Wide receiver D.K. Metcalf set an NFL record with 160 receiving yards in his first career playoff game, catching seven passes, including one for a touchdown. Seattle now heads further west for a matchup against the Green Bay Packers on Sunday.
Here is the complete 2020 NFL Divisional round schedule with available start times and TV information:
Saturday, Jan. 11
Minnesota Vikings vs. San Francisco 49ers, Levi’s Stadium, 1:35 p.m. PT (NBC)
Tennessee Titans vs. Baltimore Ravens, M&T Bank Stadium, 5:15 p.m. PT (CBS)
Sunday, Jan. 12
Houston Texans vs. Kansas City Chiefs, Arrowhead Stadium, 12:05 p.m. PT (CBS)
Seattle Seahawks vs. Green Bay Packers, Lambeau Field, 3:40 p.m. PT (FOX)
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