In one of the exhilarating Divisional round’s in NFL history, three games were settled by a walk off field goal and the other in overtime.
For only the second time in playoff history, three of the four road teams won in the Divisional round.
The Cincinnati Bengals will go to the Kansas City Chiefs in the first game on Sunday after Joe Burrow and his team eliminated Number 1 seeded Tennessee Titans.
This will be the Bengals’ third trip to the AFC Championship in their history – they have a 100% win rate from their two matches at this stage in the 1980s.
Zac Taylor’s defence held Derrick Henry to just 62 yards on 20 carries and picked off Ryan Tannehill three times. The final interception set up Evan McPherson’s 52-yard winning kick.
The following night, Kansas City played in one of the most entertaining games in history as they beat the Buffalo Bills 42-36 in overtime.
Patrick Mahomes and Josh Allen went back-and-forth all night, through the air and on the ground, combining for 707 passing yards, 137 rushing yards, 8 touchdowns and 0 interceptions between them.
There were an incredible 25 points scored in the final 2 minutes of the game, which included Mahomes driving his side from the 25 into field goal range with just 13 seconds at the start of the drive. Harrison Butker tied the game.
In what was the most important coin toss of the season to date,the Chiefs won and Mahomes drove them up the field for the game winning touchdown. Josh Allen and the Bills never got to see ball in overtime.
On Saturday night, Aaron Rodgers drove his Green Bay Packers down the field for an opening drive touchdown in what was expected to be a victory for the Number 1 seed in the NFC. However, the San Francisco 49ers had other ideas.
In what proved to be our only incorrect tip of the Divisional Round (both money line and player props), the NFC West side came through 13-10 at Lambeau Field in freezing temperatures.
Kyle Shanhan’s side will meet the LA Rams for the third time this season as they eliminated defending champions Tampa Bay 30-27. Sean McVay’s side actually lead 27-3 early in the third before mistake after mistake.
Cooper Kupp lost a fumble, miscommunication on a shotgun snap lead to the Buccaneers recovering another fumble, Matt Gay missed a 47-yard field goal, Cam Akers fumbled and all of a sudden the game was 27-27 with less than a minute to play.
Matthew Stafford showed his nerve to throw the ball when momentum was against the visiting team, but connected deep down field with Cooper Kupp to setup the game’s winning field goal.
The Rams will now host the NFC Championship game with the prospect of remaining their own stadium for the Super Bowl should they avoid a seventh successive defeat to the 49ers.
Pre-season favourites Kansas City are back as the Super Bowl favourites, just over evens as they are 7-point favourites to win their game this weekend. The Rams see their odds drop from 8/1 to 21/10, whilst the 49ers and Bengals are theoutsiders. A complete list of the current Super Bowl odds is as follows:
Kansas City Chiefs 6/5
LA Rams 21/10
San Francisco 49ers 9/2
Cincinnati Bengals 9/1