The playoffs are the most exciting time of the year for NFL fans, and the fans received several treats this weekend with the beginning of the playoffs.
Four games were played this Wild Card weekend, and all of them were entertaining in their own respects. Three of the four games came down to the last few minutes, with two of the games ending in last second field goals. The other game that came down to the final minutes saw the culmination of one of the greatest comebacks not only in the history of the playoffs, but in the history of the league. The one game that did not have a breathtaking end still saw an upset that very people predicted. All in all, the first round of the playoffs set the tone for what should be an exciting 2014 installment.
The first two games of the weekend were played on Saturday, and each game was wildly exciting. The first game saw the Indianapolis Colts host the Kansas City Chiefs. The Chiefs jumped out to a 38-10 lead and looked well on their way to a commanding victory, until the Colts pulled off a comeback for the ages. After the Chiefs went up by 28 points, the Colts went on to outscore the Chiefs 34-6, as they went on to win, 45-44. The comeback was the second biggest in playoff history. The Colts will make their way to New England next weekend to take on Tom Brady and the Patriots.
The second game of the day had a lot to live up to after the first game, and it certainly did not disappoint, as the Philadelphia Eagles played host to the New Orleans Saints. In a back and forth matchup, the Saints were able to pull out the victory on the road, 26-24, thanks to a last second field goal by newly acquired kicker Shayne Graham. The Saints will travel to Seattle next weekend to take on the Seahawks.
Sunday of Wild Card weekend was less dramatic than Saturday, but no less entertaining. The first game of the day was between the Cincinnati Bengals and the San Diego Chargers. Many analysts picked the Bengals to win, but the Bengals were unable to come through on those picks. In what many deemed as an upset, the visiting Chargers defeated the Bengals, 27-10. In the process, the Chargers punched a ticket to Denver, where they will play Peyton Manning and the Broncos for a third time this season.
The final game of Wild Card weekend was the most hyped game, as it saw a rematch from last year’s playoffs between the Green Bay Packers and the San Fransisco 49ers. In another tightly played game that came down to the final possession, the 49ers pulled out the victory in frigid temperatures, winning 23-20. The 49ers will head to Carolina next weekend to take on the Panthers.
If the second weekend of the playoffs comes anywhere close to the first weekend, then fans will be in for another fantastic slate of games.