NFL Wildcard Weekend

written by Carson Young, Staff Writer

The NFL playoffs started off with the Tennessee Titans playing the Kansas City Chiefs in Kansas City on Jan 6. The Titans were going into halftime down twenty to three and when they came back out from the locker room something clicked on offense for them. Derrick Henry ran for one hundred and fifty-one yards for scrimmage alone in the second half. The Titans scored touchdowns on three straight drives and the Chiefs had no answer for them. The first touchdown, the Titans scored of the second half was a pass from Mariota that was deflected and Mariota ended up catching the deflected pass and jumping in the end zone for the first touchdown of the second half. The Titans ended up winning the game 22 to 21. The Tennessee Titans will play the New England Patriots on Saturday night.

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The second game on Jan 6 was the Atlanta Falcons at the Los Angeles Rams. The Falcons got off to a fast start even though Julio Jones was inactive for the day. Unlike last year’s Super Bowl the Falcons ran the ball effectively against the Rams after taking a quick 13-0 lead at the half. The Falcons ended up completing the upset against the Rams with the score 26 to 13. The Falcons have to play the number one seed Philadelphia Eagles on Saturday afternoon Jan 13.

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The first game on Jan 7 was the Buffalo Bills at the Jacksonville Jaguars. This was also the first time since 1999 the Bills had been in the playoffs and the first time in ten years the Jaguars had been in a playoff game. The game was a low scoring defensive battle in the trenches. The score going into half was 3-3. The Jaguars scored coming out of the half to make the score ten to three. One of the highlights of the game was Blake Bortles, quarterback for the Jaguars, was the leading rusher of the game and rushed for 88 yards on 10 carries also he threw for 87 yards and 1 touchdown. The Jaguars have to go to Pittsburgh to play the Steelers on Sunday night January 14.

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The last game of wild-card weekend was the Carolina Panthers playing the New Orleans Saints in New Orleans. This was most likely going to be the best game of the weekend the two division rivals had already faced off twice in the regular season with the outcomes being in favor for the Saints, but Cam Newton the quarterback for the Panthers wanted to change that on Sunday. The Panthers defense did a great job stopping the Saints from scoring on the first three drives but their offense did not help them out during the first three drives the first drive they punted the second drive they had a golden opportunity to score but didn’t. Going into half it was twenty-one to nine in favor of the Saints. Once the teams came out of the locker room the Panthers had a different kind of swagger when playing they scored a quick field goal coming out of the half. The Panthers didn’t score again until the fourth quarter and ended up losing the score being 31-26. Cam Newton did throw for 349 yards and 2 touchdowns but Drew Brees was the highlight of the game throwing for 376 yards and 2 touchdowns but also throwing an interception. The Saints have to play the Minnesota Vikings in Minnesota on Sunday afternoon Jan 14.

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