Nfl play offs
Dez. NFL-Saison / Wer ist raus? Wer steht in der Endrunde? Die Play-offs der National Football League. In Week 17, gewohntermaßen der. Alle Teams haben nur ein Ziel: den Super Bowl. rutges.eu erklärt die. Die reguläre Saison ist beendet, die Playoff-Teams stehen fest. ProSieben.
In the first round, dubbed the wild-card playoffs or wild-card weekend , the third-seeded division winner hosts the sixth seed wild card, and the fourth seed hosts the fifth.
The 1 and 2 seeds from each conference then receive a bye in the first round. In the second round, the divisional playoffs , the number 1 seed hosts the worst surviving seed from the first round seed 4, 5 or 6 , while the number 2 seed will play the other team seed 3, 4 or 5.
Although the Super Bowl , the fourth and final round of the playoffs, is played at a neutral site, the designated home team is based on an annual rotation by conference.
The Tennessee Titans overcame an point halftime deficit to defeat the Kansas City Chiefs 22—21 and won their first playoff game since the season.
Kansas City opened the scoring on their second possession of the game. On their next drive the Chiefs drove 76 yards in five plays, with Smith completing a yard pass to Hill and an yard pass to receiver Albert Wilson.
Following an yard run by Hunt, Smith hit Kelce for a yard touchdown. Smith finished the quarter with passing yards, a career high.
The Chiefs increased their lead to 18 points by the end of the half, however, with a nine-play, yard drive that culminated in a yard scoring pass from Smith to Demarcus Robinson with three seconds left in the half.
Kansas City went into halftime with a 21—3 lead, with more total yards to and more first downs 16 to 3. Tennessee opened the second half with a play, yard drive that consumed 8: On a third-down play from the Kansas City 6-yard line, Mariota attempted a pass, which was deflected by Darrelle Revis , back to Mariota, who promptly ran it in for a touchdown, making him the first quarterback to complete a touchdown pass to himself in a postseason game.
They were unable to capitalize on the turnover, however, as they lost two yards over their next three plays and Harrison Butker hit the upright from a yard field goal attempt.
Tennessee took the ball back and drove 62 yards in six plays, scoring on a yard run by Derrick Henry on the second play of the fourth quarter to cut the score to 21—16 after a failed two-point conversion.
Again forcing a Kansas City punt, Tennessee drove 81 yards in 11 plays to take their first lead of the game. Mariota converted three third downs on the drive, completing a 9-yard pass to Walker on third-and-3, scrambling 17 yards for a first down on third-and-8, and then connecting a yard pass to tight end Jonnu Smith on third-and Eventually, Mariota finished the drive by throwing to Eric Decker for a yard touchdown, giving Tennessee a 22—21 lead following another failed two-point conversion with 6: Kansas City then drove into Tennessee territory, but Alex Smith was sacked on third down by Derrick Morgan and then missed a pass to Wilson on fourth down with 2: One play later, Kansas City had one last chance to get the ball back on a third-and situation.
Mariota handed the ball off to Henry, who started to run to the middle, but then switched direction and ran to the left. Aided by a key block from Mariota against linebacker Frank Zombo , Henry raced 22 yards down the left sideline for a game-clinching first down, and the Titans ran out the rest of the clock,  having held the Chiefs to 41 yards and three first downs in the second half.
Alex Smith finished as the leading passer with yards and two touchdowns, but only yards after the first quarter. Mariota threw for yards, two touchdowns and an interception in his first playoff start; his self-caught touchdown pass made him the first player since at least to throw and catch a touchdown pass in the same playoff game.
Chiefs coach Andy Reid faced criticism for not relying on Hunt to protect their lead in the second half, as Hunt only carried the ball five times after halftime.
Tennessee became the first road team to erase an point deficit to win a postseason game since the playoffs. This time, the Falcons were able to take the ball to the end zone, scoring on a 3-yard touchdown run by Devonta Freeman as a result of center Alex Mack literally dragging him across the goal line.
Late in the second quarter, the Rams finally managed to get on the board, sparked by a yard run by Todd Gurley. Jared Goff finished the drive with passes to Cooper Kupp , the first for 15 yards, and the second a yard touchdown completion that made the score 13—7.
The next time they had the ball, only 1: The Falcons took up more than half the third quarter with their opening drive, moving the ball 76 yards in 16 plays.
Freeman carried the ball six times for 42 yards, while quarterback Matt Ryan converted a fourth-and-1 with a 1-yard sneak.
Bryant finished the possession with his third field goal, this one from 25 yards, increasing their lead to 16— The Rams quickly struck back, with Gurley rushing twice for gains of 14 and 33 yards, along with Goff completing an yard pass to Woods.
However, Atlanta came back with an eight-play, yard drive featuring a yard completion from Ryan to Mohamed Sanu. Goff then threw a touchdown pass to tight end Tyler Higbee , but the call was reversed by a review, as replays showed the ball hit the ground as Higbee was going to the turf.
On the next play, Goff threw an incomplete pass, causing a turnover on downs with 2: The Rams received the ball one more time, but this resulted in another turnover on downs.
Ryan completed 21 of 30 passes for yards and a touchdown, while Jones caught nine passes for 94 yards and a touchdown. Goff finished the day for for yards and a touchdown.
His top target was Woods, who caught nine passes for yards. Every drive in the first quarter ended in a punt. Early in the second quarter, Jacksonville got a chance to score when Aaron Colvin intercepted a pass from Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor on the Buffalo yard line.
However, the team lost three yards over the next three plays and decided to punt rather than risk a long field goal. However, an offensive pass interference penalty against receiver Kelvin Benjamin pushed them back 10 yards and they ended up settling for a yard Steven Hauschka field goal to take a 3—0 lead with 1: The key player of the drive was running back Leonard Fournette , who carried the ball eight times for 33 yards and caught a pass for 12 yards.
Eventually the team faced fourth-and-goal on the 1-yard line, and decided to go for the touchdown, which paid off as Bortles threw a pass to tight end Ben Koyack for the score with 42 seconds left in the third quarter.
Bills running back LeSean McCoy rushed for 75 yards and caught six passes for 44 yards. Saints safety Vonn Bell Who finished with 9 tackles and a sack sacked Cam Newton on fourth down to win the game.
This was the first postseason meeting between the Panthers and Saints. But over the next two plays, Kaelin Clay dropped a potential touchdown catch in the end zone and then Graham Gano missed a yard field goal attempt.
On the second play after the missed field goal, New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees threw a deep pass down the middle of the field to Ted Ginn Jr.
This gave New Orleans a 7—0 lead with less than two minutes left in the first quarter. Carolina responded on their next drive, converting a yard completion from Cam Newton to Greg Olsen and a yard pass interference penalty against defensive back Ken Crawley into a yard Gano field goal that cut the score to 7—3.
However, New Orleans responded immediately, with Brees completing passes to Michael Thomas for gains of 19, 8, and 13 yards, as well as passes to running backs Mark Ingram and Alvin Kamara for gains of 13 and 10 yards.
On the last play of the drive, Brees put the Saints up 14—3 with a 9-yard touchdown pass to tight end Josh Hill. Carolina struck back, with Newton completing a yard pass to Brenton Bersin and converting a fourth-and-1 with a quarterback sneak.
Gano finished the yard drive with a yard field goal to make the score 14—6 with 2: Taking the ball back with just over 40 seconds left, Newton completed a yard pass to Devin Funchess.
The Panthers continued to chip away at their deficit with their first drive of the second half, as they moved the ball 64 yards in nine plays on a possession that featured a yard run by Jonathan Stewart.
Gano finished the drive with his fourth field goal, making the score 21— But New Orleans was able to respond, with Ginn catching two passes for 30 yards on a yard drive that ended with Wil Lutz kicking a yard field goal, bringing their lead back up to 24— With less than two minutes left in the third quarter, the Panthers started a yard drive in which Olsen caught three passes for 54 total yards, the last one a yard touchdown catch that cut the score to 24—19 after the two-point conversion failed.
New Orleans took the ball back and drove to a fourth-and-2 situation on the yard line at the two-minute warning. On second down, Newton was flagged for intentional grounding while throwing a pass to avoid a sack, bringing up third-and Then after an incompletion, safety Vonn Bell sacked Newton, forcing a turnover on downs with four seconds left.
Newton finished the game of for yards and two touchdowns, along with 37 yards on the ground. His top target was Olsen eight receptions for yards and a touchdown , who was one of four players in this game to have over receiving yards.
The others were McCaffrey six for yards and a touchdown , Thomas eight receptions for yards and Ginn four receptions for yards and a touchdown.
Brees was of for yards with two touchdowns and one interception. Bell had nine tackles — seven solo — and a sack. After the teams exchanged punts, Ajayi rushed four times for 26 yards and receiver Nelson Agholor ran for 21 yards on an end-around play as the team drove to a fourth-and-goal on the Atlanta 1-yard line.
On the next play, LeGarrette Blount finished the yard drive with a rush for the touchdown, putting the team up 6—3 with Following a punt from each team, Philadelphia got the ball on their own yard line with 46 seconds left in the half.
With just under six minutes left in the third quarter, the Eagles got the ball on their own 7-yard line due to a yard punt by Matt Bosher.
On the next play, the last of the third quarter, Ryan was sacked for a yard loss by safety Rodney McLeod. The Falcons ended up going three-and-out , and their defense was soon back on the field trying to contain another long Eagles drive.
This one went for 14 plays and 80 yards, 32 of them on a reception by Ajayi, taking 7: However, Elliott kicked his third field goal on the next play, giving Philadelphia a 15—10 lead with 6: After throwing incomplete passes on the next two plays, Ryan threw a seven-yard pass to Jones on the 2-yard line.
Filling in for injured starter Carson Wentz , Foles completed 23 of 30 passes for yards. Ryan completed 22 of 36 passes for yards and a touchdown.
Jones caught nine passes for yards, and rushed for 21 yards, while Tevin Coleman was the top rusher of the game with 10 carries for 79 yards,  while also catching a pass for 14 yards.
With the win, the Eagles won their first playoff game and advanced to their first NFC Championship appearance since , and their first at home since New England racked up eight sacks, yards, and 31 first downs as they advanced to their seventh consecutive AFC Championship game.
Midway through the first quarter, Tennessee drove 95 yards in 11 plays, featuring a yard completion from Marcus Mariota to tight end Delanie Walker.
Mariota finished the drive with a yard touchdown pass to Corey Davis , who made a running one-handed catch in the back corner of the end zone to put the Titans up 7—0.
However, the Patriots stormed right back, with Tom Brady completing five consecutive passes for 67 yards, the longest a yard completion to Dion Lewis and the last a five-yard shovel pass to James White for a touchdown that tied the score.
The next time New England got the ball, they had to punt after three plays, but a neutral zone infraction penalty on Titans defensive back Brynden Trawick gave them a first down.
In the first half alone, Brady completed 21 of 31 passes for yards and two touchdowns. The next time New England got the ball, they went on a play, yard drive in which they only faced two third downs.
Brady completed seven passes for 78 yards on the drive, the longest a yard throw to Danny Amendola , and finished it off with a four-yard touchdown toss to Gronkowski, making the score 35—7 with Lewis rushed for 62 yards, caught nine passes for 79 yards, and returned a kickoff for 27 yards.
This game set the NFL postseason record for largest the age difference between opposing quarterbacks: Brady was 40 and Mariota was Jacksonville built up a 28—7 first-half lead and held off a second-half Steelers comeback to win the fourth highest scoring NFL playoff game.
The Jaguars then drove 75 yards in 11 plays and scored on T. But the next time Pittsburgh got the ball, Roethlisberger lost a fumble while being sacked by Yannick Ngakoue.
Linebacker Telvin Smith recovered the ball and returned it 50 yards for a touchdown, making the score 28—7 with less than two minutes left until halftime.
However, the Jaguars were penalized 15 yards for excessive celebration, and then Cameron Sutton returned the ensuing kickoff 22 yards to the Jacksonville yard line.
This was the start of a scoring run from both teams, cumulatively totaling 38 points in the fourth quarter. Jacksonville stormed right back, moving the ball 75 yards in eight plays, one of them a yard completion from Bortles to Yeldon on third-and Fullback Tommy Bohanon caught a yard touchdown pass from Bortles with 4: The Steelers responded by moving the ball 75 yards in 12 plays, the longest a yard reception from Bell.
Pittsburgh then drove 75 yards in 10 plays, including a yard completion from Roethlisberger to Brown. He ended up throwing a four-yard touchdown pass to JuJu Smith-Schuster , but by then, one second remained.
Bortles completed 14 of 26 passes for yards and a touchdown. Fournette was the top rusher of the game with 25 carries for yards and three touchdowns, along with two receptions for 10 yards.
Bell rushed for 67 yards and a touchdown, while also catching nine passes for 88 yards, while Brown caught seven passes for yards and two touchdowns.
Tight end Vance McDonald also went over yards receiving, making 10 receptions for yards. The Steelers lost despite gaining yards of total offense, the most yards gained by a losing team in a playoff game this record would later be surpassed by the Patriots in Super Bowl LII.
Ben Roethlisberger became the first NFL quarterback in a playoff game to throw for 5 touchdowns in a losing effort. Bank Stadium , Minneapolis, Minnesota.
The game has been referred to as the " Minneapolis Miracle. Minnesota dominated the first half, building up a 17—0 lead. Following two more possessions, Vikings safety Andrew Sendejo intercepted a pass from Drew Brees , giving Minnesota the ball on their own yard line with 1: Then after a punt, Brees led the team to the Minnesota yard line.
But after two incompletions, Brees was sacked by safety Harrison Smith for a yard loss, and Wil Lutz missed a yard field goal attempt with 26 seconds left in the half.
The Vikings would also get a field goal try before halftime, which resulted in Forbath missing from 49 yards out.
However, in what turned out to be a crucial turning point, Keenum was sacked by Sheldon Rankins for a yard loss on third down, pushing the team out of field goal range.
New Orleans took the ball back and drove 80 yards in 12 plays, featuring a yard reception by receiver Michael Thomas.
Brees finished the drive with a yard touchdown pass to Thomas, putting New Orleans on the board at 17—7. Furthermore, Saints coach Sean Payton lost two timeouts on the drive as a result of failed replay challenges.
After forcing the Saints to punt, the Vikings ran the clock under six minutes before having to kick the ball back to New Orleans. From there, Brees completed four consecutive passes, the last one a yard touchdown completion to running back Alvin Kamara , giving them their first lead of the game at 21—20 with 3: Undaunted, the Vikings stormed back, mainly on the strength of a yard Adam Thielen reception, moving the ball to the Saints yard line, where Forbath made a yard field goal that gave the team a 23—21 lead with 1: Brees was able to answer, throwing an yard pass to tight end Josh Hill , an yard pass to Ted Ginn Jr.
Minnesota eventually halted the drive on their own yard line, where Lutz kicked a yard field goal. The Vikings were now down 24—23 with 25 seconds and one timeout left.
After a touchback and a false start penalty put the ball on the yard line, Keenum completed a yard pass to Diggs on the yard line, where the team promptly called their last timeout.
Following two incomplete passes, they faced third-and with 10 seconds left. Williams was in front of Diggs when he made the catch, but while trying to make a tackle, he completely missed Diggs and instead collided with Crawley, leaving the receiver with no one around him.
Diggs nearly fell over at this point, but was able to stay on his feet by using his off-hand and stay in bounds as he ran all the way to the end zone for a yard touchdown completion to give the Vikings a 29—24 win.
After several minutes of pandemonium, the Vikings knelt on the extra point try to close out the victory. Keenum completed 25 of 40 passes for yards, a touchdown and an interception.
Like Keenum, Brees also finished the game of, but for yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions. Kamara rushed for 43 yards, while also catching six passes for 72 yards and a touchdown.
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