Blow the Whistle: Let’s talk about the Over Reactions to the NFL Divisional Playoff Round

Brady and the Bucs made a run scoring 14 points in the 4th quarter.  So, a 4th quarter surge saved this game from being a snoozer like much of Super Wild Card weekend was. 

Recency bias is definitely a thing. There were some really exciting finishes to games over the weekend in the NFL.  But was it the best weekend of playoff games ever? 

I’m not sure I would say that but lets get into it and breakdown these games.

First game was the Bengals and the Titans. This game was 9-6 at Halftime.  Not exactly a barn burner.  Ryan Tannehill transported himself back to his Miami version under Adam Gase and threw interceptions, and Joe Burrow was sacked 9 times. 

Unlike the video arcade ending that Buffalo and Kansas City had this game only had 3 points in the final quarter.  A game with only one touchdown per team, and a half of football full of field goals equals a not so great game that ended with a flurry and game winning field goal.  

The second game was the Green Bay Packers and the San Francisco 49ers that were playing on the Frozen Tundra in snow at Lambeau field. Green Bay’s special teams were atrocious as they lost their late second half lead to a blocked punt that was returned for a touchdown.

 The Packers also had a field goal blocked earlier in the game. San Francisco did not offer up much offense all game but they mustered enough to put up to kick a game winning field goal in the snow to beat the Pack. 

One offensive touchdown and bad special teams equal a low scoring ugly ball game.  Not what I call an instant classic, and surely not the way Aaron Rodgers would want to go out if that was his last game as a Packer.  Another year of Football A-Rod coming up small in the playoffs.

GREEN BAY, WISCONSIN – JANUARY 22: Quarterback Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers gestures as he exits the field after losing the NFC Divisional Playoff game to the San Francisco 49ers at Lambeau Field on January 22, 2022 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)

Third game was Brady and the Bucs vs the LA Rams. Three quarters of this game was a blow out by the Rams.  Until 3 minutes left in the 3rd quarter the score was 27-6. 

Brady and the Bucs made a run scoring 14 points in the 4th quarter.  So, a 4th quarter surge saved this game from being a snoozer like much of Super Wild Card weekend was. 

Brady had no receivers, and not a banged up offensive line that did not give him time to operate. The Rams let their foot off the gas that gave Brady just enough wiggle room to make a comeback.

There was about 18 game minutes of exciting football out of 60 minutes.  Great finish but an instant classic eh.. A bit of a stretch. 

Now, let’s break down one of the best football games playoffs or not we’ve seen in quite some time. It was a duel between two of the best under 30-year-old quarterbacks.

 In this football game there was TD’s scored by both teams in every quarter.  Both QB’s threw for 300 yards, and both teams rushed for 100 yards. Both teams played a clean game offensively with no turnovers, and only 4 penalties the entire game. 

Despite the high score the game didn’t go crazy with offense until the last 2 minutes of the 4th quarter. Blunder by Buffalo to not squib or short kick their last kickoff of regulation. 

The defense also failed big time allowing KC to get into position to tie the game in only 13 seconds.  Again, let’s not overreact, no we do not need to change the rues of overtime.  If you give up a touchdown in the first drive of OT, you deserve to lose. That’s my world.

KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI – JANUARY 23: Tyreek Hill #10 of the Kansas City Chiefs celebrates with teammate Patrick Mahomes #15 after scoring a 64 yard touchdown against the Buffalo Bills during the fourth quarter in the AFC Divisional Playoff game at Arrowhead Stadium on January 23, 2022 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

3 Meh games that rounded out with exciting finishes and one out of the world heavyweight fight between two of the best QB’s in the land.

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