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NFL Divisional Round

  • February 17, 2021
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Tampa Bay Buccaneers 30 – 20 New Orleans Saints

In what could probably be the final meeting between two all-time greats such as Drew Brees and Tom Brady, the Buccaneers’ signal-caller delivered when it mattered the most and led the Buccaneers to the NFC Championship Game while carrying Tampa Bay to a 30-20 road win over New Orleans. The Saints jumped out to a 6-0 lead in the first quarter, but Tampa Bay responded with a 13-7 second quarter that evened things up. The game was tied at 20 until the fourth quarter, where Tampa Bay outscored New Orleans by a 10-0 score to earn the win. The Buccaneers’ defense stepped up and took advantage of Brees’ mistakes, as the veteran passer completed just 19 of 34 passes for 134, one score and three interceptions, while Tom Brady didn’t fare much better. The former Patriots quarterback completed 18 of 33 passes for 199 yards and two touchdowns. The biggest star in this game was none other than Leonard Fournette, who rushed for 63 yards on 17 carries while also adding five receptions for 44 yards and a touchdown on six targets. The former Jaguars running back was key for Tampa Bay in the win, and the Buccaneers moved on to face the Packers for a spot in the Super Bowl.

Los Angeles Rams 18 – 32 Green Bay Packers

The Packers continued their march to the Super Bowl and are just one game away from reaching the biggest game of the season, as they dominated the game from start to finished and cruised to a 32-18 win over a Rams team that didn’t have some of their best players available — both Jared Goff and Aaron Donald were hampered by injuries, while Cooper Kupp didn’t even play, weakening the aerial attack considerably. The Packers only scored three points in the first quarter, but they outscored Los Angeles 16-7 in the second 15 minutes and that would be enough to pull the game away. The Packers limited the Rams to eight points or fewer in the first three quarters and left them scoreless in the fourth, so their defense also deserves praise for the win. Aaron Rodgers completed 23 of 36 passes for 296 yards and two touchdowns, while Aaron Jones rushed for 99 yards and a score in 14 carries. Allen Lazard and Davante Adams combined for 13 receptions, 162 yards and two TDs. As for the Rams, Goff completed 21 of 27 passes for 174 yards and a score, but he was clearly far from his best version. The team’s best offensive weapon was Cam Akers, who rushed for 90 yards and a touchdown across 18 carries. Van Jefferson, who replaced Cooper Kupp in the starting lineup, posted six catches for 46 yards and a touchdown as well.

Cleveland Browns 17 – 22 Kansas City Chiefs

The Chiefs had to play most of the second half without Patrick Mahomes, who is on the concussion protocol and questionable to play in the AFC Championship Game this weekend, but that didn’t stop Kansas City from defeating the Cleveland Browns by a 22-17 score. Kansas City grabbed a 6-3 lead in the first quarter and pulled away for good in the second quarter, where they outscored the Chefs by a 13-0 score after a Travis Kelce 20-yard touchdown and two field goals from Harrison Butker. The Chiefs lost Mahomes in the third quarter and the Browns took advantage of that to outscore the Chiefs 14-3 in the second half, but they fell short of the comeback and the Chiefs secured the win, as well as a spot in the AFC Championship Game against the Buffalo Bills this weekend, with Chad Henne under center. Mahomes ended the game with 21 completions out of 30 attempts for 255 yards and a touchdown, while Darrel Williams led the rushing attack with 13 carries for 78 yards. Tyreek Hill and Kelce also made their presence felt, as both combined for 16 catches, 219 yards and a touchdown, and Butker chipped in by scoring three field goals in four attempts, as well as one of two extra-point tries. Baker Mayfield completed 23 of 37 passes for 204 yards, a touchdown and an interception, while Nick Chubb chipped in with 13 carries for 69 yards. Jarvis Landry scored Cleveland’s lone touchdown, but he had a pedestrian game and only posted seven catches for 20 yards and a score in 10 targets. The team’s top receiving threat was Rashard Higgins — he had five catches for 88 yards on seven targets.

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