The NFC Divisional Round is in the books, as the teams are set for next weekend’s conference championships. Here’s a look at the results from the exciting action over the weekend.
Chiefs Outlast Jaguars To Advance
The Kansas City Chiefs survived against the Jacksonville Jaguars 27-20 to make it to the AFC Championship for a record fifth straight season. Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes was hobbled by an ankle injury for most of the game, missing one series. However, backup quarterback Chad Henne came on in relief and led Kansas City on a 12-play 98-yard drive in the second quarter to give the Chiefs a 17-7 lead.
The Jaguars got to within a touchdown in the fourth quarter when Travis Etienne capped off a 75-yard drive with a four-yard touchdown run. However, the Chiefs immediately responded when Mahomes led them on their own 75-yard drive, ending with a Marquez Valdes-Scantling six-yard TD reception.
The Chiefs will host the Cincinnati Bengals next Sunday.
Eagles Crush Giants To Complete Season Sweep
The Philadelphia Eagles got no resistance from the division-rival New York Giants as they beat them for the third straight time in a 38-7 victory in the NFC Divisional Round on Saturday. There was some concern coming into this game about how the Eagles would perform in Jalen Hurts’ second game back from a shoulder injury, but those doubts quickly diminished as the game got underway.
Hurts led the Eagles’ offense to a double-digit lead after one quarter as the defense shut down Daniel Jones and the Giants. They led 28-0 at halftime and continued to dominate New York’s offense on all but one second-half drive. Hurts finished 16-24 for 154 yards with two passing and one rushing touchdown on the day.
Philadelphia advances to its first NFC Championship since 2017 when they went on to win Super Bowl LII.
Bengals Beat Bills To Return To AFC Championship
Joe Burrow and the Cincinnati Bengals put to rest all the recent anticipation about the Buffalo Bills’ plans for next week’s AFC Championship game by getting a convincing 27-10 victory in the AFC Divisional Round matchup. The Bengals’ defense pressured Josh Allen all day on the snow-covered field of Highmark Stadium, assuring that Atlanta won’t be hosting a neutral site conference championship game next weekend as was planned if the Bills won.
Cincinnati was already feeling disrespected by the fact that the NFL had started selling tickets for the game that would have been in Atlanta if the Bills had come out on top. Instead, they used that as motivation for their total dominance of Buffalo on their home field. Burrow wasted no time getting the Bengals ahead, completing his first nine passes and leading them to scoring drives on their first two possessions to take a 14-0 lead and never looking back.
The Bengals travel to Kansas City to face the Chiefs next Sunday for the AFC Championship.
Niners Shut Down Cowboys In Defensive Struggle
On Sunday, the San Francisco 49ers advanced to their second straight NFC Championship game with a 19-12 win over the Dallas Cowboys. The difference in the game was the two interceptions thrown by the Cowboys’ Dak Prescott in the first half, which led to two 49ers’ field goals. After that, he didn’t throw any more picks in the game but was lucky to have a potential pick-six dropped in the second half.
The Dallas offense wasn’t the same after RB Tony Pollard left the game with an ankle injury in the first half. They had one last chance on their final possession with 45 seconds left, but poor clock management by coach Mike McCarthy and a couple of errant throws by Prescott helped seal the win for San Francisco.
The Niners will travel and face the Eagles next Sunday for the NFC Championship.