Divisional-Round Recap

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Last weekend’s divisional round of the 2022 playoffs was the wildest weekend of playoff football. All four games concluded on the final play of the game, including three game-winning field goals and an overtime touchdown. Let’s take a look at the action from this past weekend.

Bengals Defeat Titans With a Game-Winning Field Goal 19-16

The first of four games last weekend featured the number four-seeded Bengals upsetting the number-one seeded Titans, 19-16. This game set the tone of great divisional games last weekend, as it came down to the wire. Bengals kicker, Evan McPherson hit the game-winning field goal as time expired from 52 yards out to advance the Bengals into the conference championship round. McPherson had a stellar game, kicking 4/4 for field goals including two of them 50+ yards. McPherson got the Bengals an early 6-0 lead kicking two field goals in the first quarter.

A Derrick Henry touchdown run tied the game up after the Titans missed the extra point but McPherson’s third field goal from 54 yards output the Bengals up 9-6 at halftime. On the opening drive of the second half, the Bengals extended their lead to 10 after a Joe Mixon touchdown. The Titans would go on to score 10 unanswered points in the quarter, and the game remained tied, 16-16 heading into the fourth. The fourth quarter saw back-to-back action with multiple turnovers, and it was the Bengals who had the ball as time expired which set up the game-winning field-goal for McPherson.

49ers Upset Number One-Seed Packers 13-10

GREEN BAY, WISCONSIN – JANUARY 22: Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers scrambles during the game against the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC Divisional Playoff game at Lambeau Field on January 22, 2022, in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The 49ers defeated the Packers 13-10. (Photo by Michael Zagaris/San Francisco 49ers/Getty Images)

The biggest upset of this weekend occurred when the 49ers went into cold Green Bay and defeated the Packers 13-10. Robbie Gould hit the 45-yard game-winning field goal as time expired. With the game-winner, Gould is a perfect 20-for-20 for field goals in his postseason career. The game was a mess that only saw 475 total yards and just 23 points.

The Packers scored early on a six-yard touchdown run from running back AJ Dillon on the opening drive. Only three more points would be scored in the half, which came from a 29-yard Gould field goal. Green Bay scored a field goal in the third and the 49ers tied it up after getting a blocked punt returned for a touchdown in the fourth. As the game came to an end, it remained tied at 10 apiece. Gould made the game-winning 45-yard field goal as time expired, and the 49ers pulled off the upset at Lambeau Field.

Rams Defeat Bucs After Bucs Almost Rally Down 24

The Rams survived a big scare. Up 27-3, the Rams almost let Tom Brady and the Bucs have a historic comeback, but Cooper Kupp wouldn’t allow that. The Bus scored 24 unanswered second-half points and tied the game up at 27 in the fourth quarter after Leonard Fournette punched in a 9-yard run on a 4th-and-inches situation. It looked as if Brady was going to have his second-best comeback in his career, but the Rams still had some fight in them to not let this game go to overtime. With the game tied with 42 seconds left, Matt Stafford hit Kupp on a big 44-yard reception that set the Rams up at the Bucs’ 12-yard line. Matt Gay kicked the game-winning field goal as time expired, lifting the Rams to a 30-27 victory over the reigning champs.

Chiefs Edge Bills 42-36 in Overtime Thriller

The wild divisional round weekend could not be capped off any better than the Chiefs-Bills game. The Chiefs defeated the Bills 42-36 in overtime with Travis Kelce scoring the game-winning touchdown.  In the last 1:13 of regulation, there were a combined 18 points scored. Gabriel Davis scored the go-ahead touchdown with 0:13 left to put the Bills up by three.

Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs only needed 13 seconds to march down the field and tie it.  Harrison Butker kicked the game-tying field goal to force the game to overtime. At this point, whoever won the coin toss was deemed to win, and that’s what happened shortly after the Chiefs won the coin toss. Davis scored four touchdowns for the Bills while picking up 201 receiving yards. Mahomes and Josh Allen each three for over 300 yards and three touchdowns.

KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI – JANUARY 23: Patrick Mahomes #15 of the Kansas City Chiefs runs toward the end zone while celebrating a touchdown scored by Tyreek Hill #10 during the fourth quarter of the AFC Divisional Playoff game against the Buffalo Bills at Arrowhead Stadium on January 23, 2022, in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

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