The NFL Divisional Playoffs featured four of the most exciting games of any NFL weekend in recent memory. All of the victors came from behind to win on the last play of the game. Three of the games finished by a difference of just three points, with the fourth needing overtime to find a winner.
Bengals Advance After Surprise Attack
The Cincinnati Bengals are moving on to the AFC Championship game for the first time since 1988 after their upset win on the road against Tennessee. Rookie Evan McPherson was the hero in this game, hitting four of four field-goal attempts, including one for 52 yards as time ran out.
QB Joe Burrow was sacked nine times by the Tennessee defense, which is a postseason record. It's also the first time any team survived that many sacks in the playoffs and still went on to win the game. After winning 19-16, Cincinnati will face the Kansas City Chiefs next week in the AFC Championship game.
49ers Set Record at Lambeau Field
The San Francisco 49ers became the first team to win at Lambeau Field this season. They upset the Green Bay Packers 13-10 and will move on to the NFC Championship game next Sunday. The 49ers' special teams came up huge in this game, blocking a 39-yard field goal attempt to end the first half. They then blocked a Green Bay punt with 4:41 to go in the game that was returned for a touchdown to tie the score at 10-10.
The 49ers used their running game to dominate the fourth quarter and drove 44 yards in nine plays on their final possession to set up the 45-yard game-winning field goal by Robbie Gould to end the game. The 49ers travel to LA to face the Rams for the NFC Championship.
Rams Secure Home-Field Advantage for NFC Championship
The LA Rams escaped Tampa Bay with a 30-27 victory on Sunday to advance to the NFC Championship. The game will be played at home against the Niners, who helped make it possible with their upset win over the Packers.
There were two huge plays on the game-winning drive, which ended with Matt Gay's 30-yard field goal as the clock reached zero. Kupp finished with nine catches for 183 yards and a touchdown.
Bills Take Loss in OT
After capping a 75-yard drive with Josh Allen throwing a 19-yard touchdown to Gabriel Davison on their last possession of the game, the Bills had a 36-33 lead with 13 seconds left in regulation. The game should have been over, but Patrick Mahomes had other ideas. It took him and the Chiefs only 10 seconds and two plays to get all the way to the Buffalo 31-yard line and set up a game-tying 49-yard field goal by Harrison Butker. That sent the game to overtime.
The Chiefs won the coin toss and proceeded to go 75 yards on eight plays, culminating in an 8-yard touchdown pass to Travis Kelce. That gave the team its third straight trip to the AFC Championship game.
Upcoming Conference Action
The Chiefs are going to host the AFC Championship game for the fourth time in as many seasons. This is a repeat of a game from a few weeks ago, when the Bengals defeated the Chiefs as underdogs. Early in the week, oddsmakers have the Chiefs as favorites again – also at 7 points like they did in the last game. The total is 54.5, but expect movement this week. The Bengals may be the underdog, but they have the strength to overcome the Chiefs.
The Rams are one game away from Super Bowl LVI. They have to get passed the 49ers first, which won't be easy. San Francisco beat them twice already this year and has won all of the last six games between these two teams. However, the Rams start as slight favorites. This is going to be a hot game for sports bettors.