NFL Wild Card Weekend


Nic Rendon, Contributor

The first week of the NFL playoffs was full of exciting games. In the NFC conference, the Vikings played the Saints, and the Seahawks faced the Eagles. In the AFC, the Bills were matched up with the Texans, and the Patriots played the Titans. Each one of these games was close the entire way through.

The first game on Saturday was the Bills and Texans. During the first half, the Bills were dominating. The Texans were having a tough time handling the Bills. The Bills went into halftime with a 13-0 lead. This did not last long for them. By the end of the fourth quarter, the Texans tied the game up at 19-19. In overtime, the Texans were able to seal the game with a touchdown.

Later that day, the Titans played the Patriots in Foxborough. The Patriots were the obvious favorites for this game, given that the Patriots had much more playoff experience than the Titans. The game was well contested throughout. Late in the fourth quarter, the Titans led 14-13. Then, Tom Brady threw a game winning interception to Titan cornerback and former Patriot Logan Ryan. This interception was taken for a touchdown. The final score was 20-13.

Two more games took place on Sunday. The early game was the Vikings and Saints. This game also went into overtime, with the score being 20-20 at the end of regulation The entire game was back and forth scores for each team. Later on in the game, it seemed that the Vikings were able to control the high powered Saints team. In overtime, the Vikings secured the victory with a touchdown pass to tight end Kyle Rudolph.

The last wild card game was the Seahawks vs. Eagles. The Eagles were predicted to lose this game, which is what ended up happening.The Seahawks were able to surpass the Eagles with relative ease. The final score of this game was 17-9.

Next week, the teams who have won will go on to face the #1 and #2 seeds in the AFC and NFC for the Divisional Round.