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This past weekend was all about the NFL.
The Divisional Round of the playoffs started on Saturday with matchups between the Packers-Rams. Ravens-Bills.
Packers vs. Rams
Green Bay defeated the Los Angeles Rams 32-18. Green Bay’s explosive offense was on display, specifically the run game leading to the Packer's victory, defeating one of the top defensive teams in the league.
Aaron Jones ran for 99 yards, scoring 1 touchdown.
The defense has always been a weak point for Green Bay but they stepped up to secure the game with 4 sacks and key stops on 3rd down.
Aaron Rodgers threw for 296 yards and 2 touchdowns. This is Aaron Rodgers's 5th NFC championship but this will be the first that he’s able to host one at home. Having home-field advantage comes in handy.
After beating the Rams, many are favoring the Packers to win the Super Bowl if they can win the NFC Championship game against the Bucs.
Brady vs. Rodger should be a good one.
Ravens vs. Bills
Both teams struggled at the beginning of the game offensively, due to the windy conditions, with Baltimore and Kansas City kickers missing at least 2 field goals.
Train Johnson scored a 101 YD touchdown after picking off Lamar Jackson in the red zone, to put the Bills up 17-3.
After leaving the game in the late third quarter, Jackson went into concussion protocol. He did not return to the game.
The Bills held off the Ravens 17-3 to earn their ticket to the AFC championship.
On Sunday, Divisional Matchups continued between the Chiefs-Browns and Saints-Bucs.
Despite the Browns being down most of the game, they still made it a close one. The Chiefs played most of the game with QB issues, but the defense still held and backup QB Chad Henne made key plays when he needed to.
Early into the game, Pat Mahomes was seen going in and out of a medical tent with a toe injury, he returned but later went into the lockdown for concussion protocol in the third quarter and did not return.
The Chiefs became the first AFC team to host the AFC championship three straight years with their 22-17 win over the Browns.
After the games, Mahomes took to social media to let fans know he’s okay.
The Chiefs will play Josh Allen and the Buffalo Bills in the AFC Championship. It is unclear whether Mahomes will play in the AFC Championship.
Bucs vs. Saints
The matchup I’ve been waiting for finally happened, Brady vs. Brees.
Brady vs. Brees have matched up throughout the years, even during the regular season but this one was historic.
This was the oldest quarterback matchup in NFL history.
Throughout the years I’ve learned my lesson on betting against Brady so I had the Bucs coming into the game. Like always, Tom Brady took care of business leading the Bucs to victory 30-20.
Drew Brees seemed to struggle for most of the game throwing 3 INT’s and only 1 TD.
There’s been speculation that this was Brees’ last game. This was a tough season for Brees who was placed on the injured reversed and missed several games after fracturing at least 12 ribs and puncturing a lung in Week 9 and 10.
If this is the end to Brees’ career this is disappointing to me, after the Saints have been mistakes away from reaching the Super Bowl in recent years.