The NFL’s Wild Card weekend concluded yesterday and the Divisional Round looms next for the winners as the chase for a berth in the Super Bowl and the coveted Lombardi Trophy moves into high gear.
In the early game, the Buffalo Bills were rightfully sent packing, as they were in the playoffs mainly due to the incompetence of the other teams in the AFC, not due to any proficiency on their parts.
The Bills were second placers in the AFC East, which is comprised of the New England patriots and some other teams.
They faced the Jacksonville Jaguars in the first round, and while neither team did much to inspire confidence, the Bills were Brisbane Lion dismal.
The final score of 10 – 3 in favour of Jacksonville was the sort of affair that had viewers switching off in droves or simply going away to await the later game between the remaining NFC wild card teams, the New Orleans Saints and the Carolina Panthers.
With the win, the Jaguars earn a trip to Pittsburgh to face the Steelers in next week’s Divisional Round. They will need another strong showing from their defense; however, Ben Roethlisberger, Antonio Brown and Le’Veon Bell will present a much stouter challenge than Buffalo was able to muster.
The Tennessee Titans, surprise winners over the Kansas City Chiefs, will travel to New England to face the Patriots.
In yesterday’s second game, the New Orleans Saints survived a Carolina Panthers side that was in the game with a chance to win right up until the last seconds of the game.
They will now travel to Minnesota for a game against the Vikings.
The other NFC Divisional game will find the Atlanta Falcons going to Philadelphia to play the Eagles.
This year’s playoffs are shaping up to be a battle of quarterbacks.
Philadelphia will have to find a way to beat Matt Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons without their MVP candidate Carson Wentz.
The big surprise may be the Saints at the Vikings, where Saints quarterback Drew Brees is making a case for inclusion in the Greatest of All Time conversation.