NFL Super Wild Card Weekend Recap

NFL Super Wild Card Weekend provided NFL fans with some amazing games. We got a chance to see some of the best young Quarterbacks in the NFL battle it out on the biggest stage. Division rivals battled it out to advance and other teams broke curses that plagued their franchises for decades. Here is a full recap of the NFL’s Super Wild Card weekend

The San Francisco 49ers entered Saturday riding a ten-point winning streak. Throughout the regular season, the 49ers battled through injuries but still persevered and proved themselves to be one of the most well-rounded teams in the NFL. The 49er’s offense had a balanced attack from their star weapons. Deebo Samuel set the tone throughout the game and finished with six catches for 133 yards and one touchdown, including three carries for 33 yards. Christian McCaffrey make some huge plays, one being a 68-yard run up the left sideline. McCaffrey finished with 119 yards rushing and caught one touchdown. Brick Purdy was the engine for the 49ers, as he threw for 332 yards and three touchdowns, while also running one in. For Seattle, DK Metcalf made a few big plays and finished with 136 yards, and two touchdowns on ten catches. End the end, San Fransisco dominated in all facets of the game and won 41-23 to advance to the Divisional round.

The Minnesota Vikings took on the New York Giants in an intense Wild Card matchup. Daniel Jones played one of the best games of his career in the biggest moment of his young career. Jones was 24/35 on his pass attempts for 301 yards and two touchdowns. Jones also ran the ball 17 times for 78 yards and gashed the middle of the Vikings’ defense. Saquon Barkley made some huge plays in the game, finishing the game with 109 yards of total offense and two touchdowns. For Minnesota, the connection between Kirk Cousins and T.J. Hockenson was automatic. Cousins targeted the veteran TE 11 times, completing 10 of those for a total of 129 yards. The Vikings star WR Justin Jefferson had a quiet game, finishing with just 47 yards on seven catches. On the Vikings’ final drive, the New York Giants sent pressure on Kirk Cousins and he questionably threw the ball to T.J. Hockenson in the flats on 4th and 8th. The Giants did an amazing job of tackling and sealed the victory. The final score of the game was 31-24. New York will face off against the top-seeded Philadelphia Eagles in the Divisional round, their third matchup this season.

Two young and budding superstar quarterbacks faced off against each other in their first playoff game. In the first half, Trevor Lawrence started the game off in the worst possible way by throwing four interceptions, with three of them going to Asante Samuel Jr. The Chargers took advantage of Jaguar’s mistakes and put up points. Los Angeles jumped out to a 27-0 lead, but the Jaguars never wavered. Trevor Lawrence flipped the script and was on point throughout the entire second half. The Jag’s defense made huge plays to halt the Charger’s defense. The Jaguars carved away at the lead and eventually came within striking distance on the final drive. A big third-down conversion put Jacksonville in field goal range and Riley Patterson sealed the deal with a late field goal. The final score was 31-30 as the Jaguars advance to play the Kansas City Chiefs.

The Miami Dolphins came into their Wild Card game vs. the Buffalo Bills as 13.5 underdogs. They had to start third-string QB, Skylar Thompson, with Tua and Teddy Bridgewater out with injuries. The Bills jumped out to an early 14-0 lead, and things looked very dim for Miami. All of a sudden, the Dolphins made some plays to get back in the game. At the beginning of the second half, Miami recovered a Josh Allen fumble and returned it for a touchdown. The Dolphins were able to capitalize off of Buffalo’s turnovers, but the Bills were able to outlast Miami and win 34-21.

The Baltimore Ravens entered their Wild Card game against the Bengals without their superstar Quarterback Lamar Jackson, and in his place was Tyler Huntley. Many expected the Bengals to dominate Baltimore and cruise to an easy victory, but Baltimore’s stout defense kept the game very close. The Raven’s defense led by Roquan Smith was able to sack Joe Burrow four times and hold Cincinnati to only 51 yards rushing. Baltimore’s offense was also able to make some big plays and score touchdowns. In the third quarter though, the Bengals made the biggest play of the game when Sam Hubbard recovered a fumble on the two-yard line and rumbled to a 98-yard touchdown. The Ravens had a chance to win it on the last play of the game, but the ball slipped through James Proche III’s hand off a deflected pass in the endzone. The Bengals escaped with a 24-17 victory and advanced to take on the Buffalo Bills.

The Dallas Cowboys hadn’t won a road playoff game since 1992, when Troy Aikman, Emmitt Smith, and Coach Jimmy Johnson were the faces of the franchise. They faced the daunting task of playing the GOAT Tom Brady in the Wild Card round. After the first couple of drives, Dak Prescott and the Cowboys’ offense started rolling. They jumped out to an 18-0 lead by halftime, and if Brett Maher would’ve converted on extra points, Dallas may have been up 21-0. Tampa Bay’s offensive attack was only in the passing game, as they ran the ball a total of just 12 times for 52 yards. Tom Brady had to air it out, throwing 66 times in regulation. Dallas’ line put pressure on Brady and the linebackers and defensive backs were able to sit in a zone throughout the entire game. Dak Prescott threw for 305 yards and four touchdowns, connecting with Dalton Schultz for two of those touchdowns. The finals score was 31-14 and Dallas will play the San Francisco 49ers. The future of Tom Brady is up in the air as the 45-year-old now has the option of staying with the Bucs, going to another team like the Raiders, Dolphins, or 49ers, or retiring and going into the broadcast booth and starting his media career.

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