Wild Card Weekend Quick Recap


Chris Urban, Editor

Game 1: Buffalo Bills @ Houston Texans

Deshaun Watson and the Houston Texans prevailed in a crazy comeback overtime victory over the Bills. Buffalo was up 16-0 at halftime, and more shockingly, Bills quarterback Josh Allen had more receiving yards then All-Pro wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins through two quarters of play. The ESPN cameras were having a field day with Texans defensive end JJ Watt who did in fact have a profound impact on the game after being out for eight weeks. The play of the game was certainly Deshaun Watson’s escape sack and completion to running back Taiwan Jones to enter easy field goal range in OT, and ultimately sink the Bills. Houston now visits a red hot Kansas City team.

Game 2: Tennessee Titans @ New England Patriots

Introduce yourself Derrick Henry! The stud running back for the Titans rumbled for 182 rushing yards to stun the Patriots in Foxborough. The profound media coverage the following Sunday was not on the Texans and their win, but Tom Brady’s demise and the fallen dynasty of New England. If Tom Brady retired this off season, he would go down as the greatest quarterback of all time but would also end his career on a pick six. Ultimately, the Patriots defense just hasn’t been the same in recent weeks and they lack play makers on offense to support Brady. Ryan Tannehill threw for 72 yards and an interception, yet the Titans won. Tennessee is off to Baltimore to face Lamar Jackson and the 14-2 Ravens.

Game 3: Minnesota Vikings @ New Orleans Saints

Kirk Cousins arguably played the game of his life for big purple. It just seems like in recent years the New Orleans Saints just cannot get it done when it matters most. They have also been brutalized with officials in key moments in big games. In the upset of the week, I believe the Minnesota Vikings are playing their best football right now. Watch out 49ers. The Vikings leaned on running back Dalvin Cook this game and wide receiver Adam Theilen had a terrific game setting them up within the two yard line in yet another overtime game. In walk off fashion, Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph caught a jump ball touchdown in the back left corner of the endzone to spoil the Saints Super Bowl expectations. The Vikings play the 49ers in the Bay Area next week.

Game 4: Seattle Seahawks @ Philadelphia Eagles

Injuries, injuries, and more injuries. The Eagles just could not catch a break in that regard this year. When healthy a Super Bowl contender, the Eagles lost the war of attrition vs the Seahawks. The game was very boring and predictable once Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz injured his shoulder and could not come back in the game. Russel Wilson balled out and Marshawn Lynch ran in for a touchdown in vintage “Beast Mode” fashion which was cool to see. The Seahawks now will play Aaron Rodgers and the Packers in a likely chilly, and possibly snowy environment.