NFC Playoffs Recap: The Divisional Round of the NFL Playoffs is coming up this weekend following the conclusion of last weekend’s Wild Card Games. The Los Angeles Rams, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and New Orleans Saints have earned a spot in next weekend’s NFC Divisional slate after Wild Card Weekend victories.
NFC Playoffs Recap: Los Angeles Avenges Their Second Place Finish in the NFC West
Los Angeles Rams 30 Seattle Seahawks 20
The Los Angeles Rams’ defense wreaked havoc on Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks offense all afternoon on Saturday. The Rams forced two turnovers. One of those turnovers was a Russell Wilson interception that Darious Williams returned for a touchdown.
The Rams held the Seahawks to 278 total yards. Wilson had one of his worst outings of the year only throwing for 174 yards. Seattle had some success on the ground behind Chris Carson, but it wasn’t enough production for them to defeat the Rams.
The Rams were led on offense by running back, Cam Akers. Jared Goff was not supposed to play because of a recent thumb surgery on his throwing hand, but the Rams had no choice. Los Angeles started backup John Wolford who left the game early with a neck injury.
Goff came in off the bench and helped propel the Rams to the Divisional Round of the NFC Playoffs. It was evident that Goff was in a lot of pain when he threw the football. He missed some easy completions because of his thumb, but Cam Akers and the Rams’ offensive line delivered.
Akers carried the ball 28 times for 131 yards and a touchdown. The Rams dominated the time of possession holding the football for just under 34 minutes. Sean McVay’s squad minimized their penalties and made multiple big plays in the key moments of the game to end Seattle’s season.
Los Angeles will travel to Green Bay to play the top seeded Packers on Saturday afternoon.
NFC Playoffs Recap: Brady Leads Tampa Bay to their First Playoff Victory Since 2002
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 31 Washington Football Team 23
This game was a lot closer than many fans expected when the news broke that Taylor Heinicke was going to start at quarterback for Washington. Heinicke was an undrafted free agent out of Old Dominion in 2015. He didn’t have an NFL job in 2020 until late December when Washington signed him to their practice squad.
Between Alex Smith’s calf injury and the release of Dwayne Haskins, Washington had no other option than to start Heinicke. Heinicke showed up in a big way and almost led Washington to an upset win over the Buccaneers.
Heinicke was 26 of 44 for 306 yards. He also rushed for 46 yards and accounted for two total touchdowns. Heinicke’s effort was praised all over the league, but Tom Brady and the Buccaneers were still too much for Washington to overcome.
Tom Brady completed 22 passes for 381 yards and two touchdowns. Leonard Fournette contributed as well, accounting for a combined 132 yards with a touchdown run. Tampa Bay is on a five-game win streak heading into next week’s Divisional matchup with the New Orleans Saints.
The Saints have owned the Buccaneers this season, but Tom Brady has been known for miraculous playoff performances. Sunday night’s game inside the Super Dome should be very entertaining.
NFC Playoffs Recap: Two Second Half Touchdowns Give Saints Divisional Round Nod
New Orleans Saints 21 Chicago Bears 9
New Orleans didn’t play their best football last Sunday, but they pulled away from Chicago down the stretch. This was because of a combined effort from New Orleans’ offensive and defensive units. Drew Brees and Alvin Kamara were the offensive impact players for the Saints.
Drew Brees completed 28 of 39 passes for 265 yards and two touchdowns. Kamara carried the ball 23 times for 99 yards and a touchdown. He also hauled in two passes for 17 yards. Deonte Harris was Brees’ favorite receiver pulling down seven receptions for 83 yards.
The Saints held the Bears to 239 yards of total offense. The Bears had no luck on the ground rushing for a total of 48 yards. The Bears were 1 for 10 on third down. They had no answer for the Saints defensive game plan.
The Saints controlled the clock for 38:58. There isn’t too much to say about this game. The Saints dominated in all areas of the contest. They accumulated 27 first downs. The Bears only moved the sticks 11 times.
This was an ugly performance by Matt Nagy’s Bears squad. The Saints’ victory over the Bears set the stage for a Brady vs Brees rematch on Sunday night where the winner will receive a ticket to the NFC Championship Game.
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