The playoffs are finally here and the first two games of the weekend concluded with the Bengals narrowly defeating the Raiders and the Bills obliterating their AFC East rival, Patriots. Here’s a recap of the two games that were played on Saturday.
Bengals Defeat Raiders 26-19
The Bengals picked up their first playoff victory in 31 years as they defeated the Las Vegas Raiders 26-19.
It came down to the wire, as the Raiders were marching downfield to score a touchdown and tie the game, sending it to overtime with under a minute left. Germaine Pratt and the Bengals had other plans. Pratt picked off Derek Carr at the two-yard line on fourth-and-goal to seal the victory for the Bengals.
Las Vegas started the game with the ball first and had a successful first drive. Capped off by a 10-play 47-yard drive, the Raiders were on the scoreboard first after kicker Daniel Carlson nailed a 47-yarder.
The Bengals would respond on their next drive with seven points. The. Bengals also used 10 plays but gained 75 yards with three receptions from rookie wide-receiver, Ja’Marr Chase. The drive ended with a 7-yard touchdown pass to tight end CJ Uzomah.
After a turnover by the Raiders, the Bengals would score again, this time a 31-yard field goal from kicker Evan McPherson. The Raiders would three-and-out on their next drive and deja vu occurred with another Bengals field goal.
The Bengals went up 20-6 with 6:04 left in the half after Burrow found wide-receiver Tyler Boyd for a 10-yard score. Many people thought this play was blown dead as Burrow was scrambling towards the sideline and the ref blew the whistle right before he stepped out. Despite the controversial play, the Bengal’s touchdown stood and they were up by two touchdowns. The Raiders scored a touchdown before the half ended cutting the score to 20-13 at the half.
The Raiders slowed the Bengals down in the second half. Cincinnati didn’t score a touchdown in the half and only managed to score six points, with three of them coming from their opening drive in the half. The Raiders scored a few field goals to get within a touchdown of the Bengals.
Las Vegas stopped Cincinnati with over 1:40 left and made them punt with redemption to tie the game. The Raiders would get down to the Bengals’ nine-yard line and face 4th-and-goal. Carr threw to Zay Jones but it was picked off by linebacker Germaine Pratt which gave the Bengals their first playoff victory in over 30 years.
Bills destroy Patriots 47-17
The Bills had a near-perfect game in their blowout victory over the Patriots. The Bills didn’t punt, throw an interception, fumble the ball, and score a touchdown on every single drive until they kneel down-. Not to mention they did it against a top-five defense too.
Quarterback Josh Allen had one the best performances of his career. Allen threw for 308 yards, five touchdowns, and only four incompletions! Allen also added 66 yards rushing while running back Devin Singletary added two rushing touchdowns on the ground.
The first quarter was all Dawson Knox. The tight end for Buffalo had two receiving touchdowns before the quarter ended to give Buffalo an early 14-0 lead. The second quarter was all Singletary. Singletary helped the Bills go up 27-0 with two rushing touchdowns in the quarter, one from 16 yards out and the other from three. The Patriots would manage to get on the scoreboard before the half concluded with a 44-yard field goal from Nick Folk with a second left in the half.
The Bills continued with their success in the second half. After they forced New England to punt on the opening drive of the second half, the Bills marched down the field and Allen threw his third touchdown of the night to Emmanuel Sanders. The Bills were up by 30.
Patriots wide-receiver Kendrick Bourne scored the first touchdown of the night for the Patriots on their next drive. The Patriots trailed 33-10 before the Bills would score two more touchdowns on their net drives. Bourne added another touchdown for the Patriots before the game ended, making the score 47-17.
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