NFL Wild Card Round Results
The NFL playoffs began on Saturday and Sunday with the Wild Card round. There were four games this weekend, two on Saturday and two on Sunday. The top two seeds from each conference received a bye and did not play.
On Saturday the Oakland Raiders played at the Houston Texans. The game was tied at 14 at halftime. In the second half, Derek Carr threw an interception and broke his right leg. His injury changed the outlook of the game as the Raiders offense struggled without him. The Texans won 27-14 to advance to their first divisional game since 2012 when they lost to New England 41-28.
The Detroit Lions also played on Saturday against the Seattle Seahawks in Seattle. The Seahawks led 14-6 at halftime, but the Lions came back in the second half to win 26-6 over the Seahawks who had been 6-1 at home this season. This was only Matt Stafford’s second career playoff victory and first since 2011 against New Orleans. The Lions will play in Dallas next week in a rematch from week 4 where Dallas beat Detroit 24-20 after a controversial pass interference call on 3rd down which allowed for a short 4th down conversion for Dallas to set up a game winning field goal by Dan Bailey as time expired.
NFL Wild Card Round Results
The NFL’s wild card round featured four games, with the Texans and Bengals both winning their first playoff game in more than a decade.
Saturday, January 5, 2013
Houston 19, Cincinnati 13
The Houston Texans won their first ever playoff game on Saturday, defeating the Cincinnati Bengals 19-13. The Texans offense struggled for most of the day. Quarterback Matt Schaub had one of his worst games of the season, completing only 18 passes for 232 yards and 1 touchdown. However, he did manage to avoid throwing an interception. Arian Foster led the team with 32 carries for 140 yards and 1 touchdown. Andre Johnson was Schaub’s favorite target, catching 7 passes for 95 yards and 1 touchdown. J.J. Watt also had a huge game on defense, recording 5 tackles (3 solo), 2 sacks, 1 tackle for a loss, 2 quarterback hits and a fumble recovery which he returned 29 yards for a touchdown.
The Bengals offense was led by quarterback Andy Dalton who completed 27 passes for 257 yards and 1 touchdown without throwing an interception. BenJarvus Green-Ellis had 15 carries for 70 yards but was held out of the end zone. A.J. Green caught 9 passes for 91 yards and one touchdown
The NFL Wild Card Round is over and done, and the four winning teams are moving on to the NFL Divisional Round. The four losing teams will be watching from home, wondering what went wrong.
The first game of the Wild Card round was a game between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Tennessee Titans. The game went into overtime in a tie, but after a few tense moments, Marcus Mariota threw an interception that would lead to a touchdown for the Chiefs. The final score was 22-21 for the Chiefs in favor of the Chiefs.
The next game to take place was between the Los Angeles Rams and Atlanta Falcons. The Rams had a strong defensive showing, holding Atlanta to just 13 points at the end of regulation play. However, they were unable to convert on their offensive side of things, and lost 26-13 at home.
The final two games of Saturday took place in Foxborough and Buffalo respectively. In Buffalo, it was another tough loss for Bills fans as the Jacksonville Jaguars pulled out a 10-3 win over Buffalo in one of the lowest scoring games in recent memory. The final game between New Orleans Saints and Carolina Panthers was another close one, with New Orleans pulling out a 31-26 win on yet another miracle play from quarterback Drew Brees.
The NFL season is over and the playoffs have begun. The Wild Card Round provided plenty of controversy and excitement, including three overtime games that saw four fourth-quarter comebacks and a franchise playoff record of 35 points by the Indianapolis Colts. Here’s what you need to know from Sunday’s games:
Indianapolis 45, Kansas City 44
Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith (11) passes in the second half against the Indianapolis Colts in an AFC wild-card NFL playoff football game at Lucas Oil Stadium. (Photo: Thomas J. Russo, USA TODAY Sports)
The Colts scored 28 points in the second half to erase a 38-10 third quarter deficit against the Kansas City Chiefs on Saturday afternoon at Lucas Oil Stadium. The comeback tied for the second largest in NFL postseason history.
Kansas City took a 28-point lead with about five minutes left in the third quarter, but it was all Colts after that as quarterback Andrew Luck led Indianapolis back into contention by throwing for 443 yards and four touchdowns.
The NFL playoffs is a single-elimination tournament held after the regular season to determine the NFL champion. Six teams from each of the league’s two conferences qualify for the playoffs based on regular-season records, and a tie-breaking procedure exists in the case of ties. The tournament culminates in the Super Bowl: the league’s championship game, in which two conferences compete to win the league’s championship trophy, the Vince Lombardi Trophy.
The Seattle Seahawks defeated the Philadelphia Eagles 17–9 in the NFC Wild Card Round at Lincoln Financial Field on Sunday.
The Los Angeles Chargers defeated the Baltimore Ravens 23–17 in overtime at M&T Bank Stadium on Sunday.
The Indianapolis Colts defeated the Houston Texans 21–7 at NRG Stadium on Saturday.
The Dallas Cowboys defeated Seattle 24–22 on Saturday at AT&T Stadium.
The NFL playoffs are a single-elimination tournament held after the National Football League (NFL)’s regular season to determine the NFL champion. Six teams from each of the league’s two conferences qualify for the playoffs based on regular-season records, and a tie-breaking procedure exists in the case of ties. The tournament ends with the Super Bowl, the league’s championship game, which matches the two conference champions.
The NFL playoffs have expanded since their creation in 1933. In 1933, only two teams qualified for the postseason tournament; by 2010, a total of twelve teams had advanced to the tournament. As of 2020, five teams from each conference qualify for the postseason; this number will increase to seven teams per conference beginning in 2020. The two surviving divisional round playoff games in each conference are known as the NFL’s “Conference Championships”, and are played on Sunday afternoon with one week after the divisional round games. (Under a scheduling change adopted for 2020, only one divisional playoff game is now played on Saturday.) Since 2010, these games have been carried on network television as part of an afternoon package that also includes one of the two Wild Card Games (the other Wild Card Game is carried on cable television); otherwise, cable television airs most of these games
Seattle Seahawks 14 – Washington Redskins 35
Cincinnati Bengals 10 – Houston Texans 31
Minnesota Vikings 17 – Green Bay Packers 24
Indianapolis Colts 26 – Baltimore Ravens 9