NFL playoffs: Divisional round

By: Nick Austin

  This past weekend 8 of the remaining 32 teams competed for a spot in the conference championships. All of the teams that are remaining have earned every win and all are banged up and looking for any break possible to help the health of their players. 

    The #1 seed San Francisco 49ers and #4 seed Minnesota Vikings were the first to play on Saturday at Levi’s Stadium. The 49ers and Vikings traded touchdowns in the first quarter but after that it was all 49ers. They scored another touchdown in the second and racked up 13 more points in the second half to give the 49ers the win (27-10). Saturdays primetime game included the #1 seed Baltimore Ravens and #6 seed Titans. The Ravens were heavy favorites to come out with the win but they were in for an upset. The Tennessee Titans came out swinging to start the game quickly taking a 7-0 lead at the end of the first quarter. The Titans would score again in the second quarter to make it 14-6 at the half after the Ravens made 2 field goals in the second quarter. The Titans would go on to outscore the Ravens 14-6 in the second half and would win with a score of 28-12. The Titans in the past two weeks have beaten the Patriots and possibly ending that dynasty and then beat the Ravens, who are arguably the best team in football at the moment.

   Sunday started out with a bang as the #2 seed Kansas City Chiefs played the #4 seed  Houston Texans. The Texans took a commanding 24-0 lead at the beginning of the second which had many people including Texans fans stunned. The Chiefs would then go on to outscore the Texans 51-7 for the rest of the game as the Texans fell apart. The Chiefs won the game 51-31. They also completed their biggest comeback in franchise history to advance them into the AFC championship round, They will host the Titans next week. The last divisional round game included the #5 seed Seattle Seahawks and the #2 seed Green Bay Packers. This game was not nearly as exciting as the chiefs and Texans but it did prove to be a competitive match. Green Bay maintained the lead throughout the game and was able to contain Russell Wilson for the most part. Green Bay won the game 28-23 and will face the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC championship game. The 49ers and Packers have faced each other before in the regular season and it resulted in the 49ers winning 37-8. Hopefully Sunday will be a more competitive game. Whoever wins the AFC and NFC championship will have the rare chance to play for a Superbowl title.

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