The Newsroom reviews NFL Week One Playoff results.
The first weekend of the NFL playoffs certainly provided surprises as every home team lost.
Kansas notch first playoff win since 1994
The Kansas City Chiefs thrashed Houston Texans 30-0. From the first play Chiefs punt-returner Knile Davis weaved through dismal defence running 106 yards to score a memorable touchdown. At halftime the Chiefs were in front by 13, and it remained one way traffic as Kansas adding salt to the wounds. Texans quarterback Brian Hoyer was harrassed incessantly by the Chiefs’ defence, completing only 15 passes off 34 attempts for 136 yards. The Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith completed 17 passes in 22 attempts for 190 yards. The Chiefs will face the New England Patriots next week.
Steelers win nailbiter against Bengals
The Pittsburgh Steelers narrowly defeated the Cincinnati Bengals 18-16 in Cincinnati after a scoreless first quarter. The Steelers touched down in the second to go to the break at 6-0 and kept control through the third, thanks to an astonishing touchdown by Martavis Bryant. Then the Bengals hit back with 16 points to overturn the lead. For a while they seemed set to for their first playoffs win in 25 years, but their hopes were dashed by Chris Boswell, who snapped a field goal with 35 seconds remaining. The Steelers will now meet the Denver Broncos, but may be without their star quarterback, Ben Roethlisberger. who dislocated a shoulder.
Seattle pip the Vikings in freezing conditions
The Seattle Seahawks defeated the Minnesota Vikings 10-9 in Minnesota. The Vikings opened proceedings with a three-point field goal in the first quarter and held that three-point lead until the break. A touchdown increased the lead to 9-0 in the third. The fourth quarter saw a remarkable turnaround, with the Seahawks taking the lead with 22 seconds remaining. The Vikings got the ball back and Blair Walsh had an opportunity to snap a field goal but missed. Next week the Seahawks will face the Carolina Panthers.
Green Bay too good for the Redskins
The Green Bay packers ended the Washington Redskins fairy-tale, 35-18, in Washington. The Redskins opened the scoring but the Packers dominated the first half, 17-11. The Packers kept their momentum with star quarterback Aaron Rodgers showing the best performance throwing two touchdowns and completing 21 passes for 210 yards. The Packers running back Eddy Lacy ran the longest touchdown for the match – 30 yards. The Redskins’ best performer was quarterback Kirk Cousins who threw a touchdown and completed 29 passes for a massive 329 yards. Next week the Packers face the Arizona Cardinals. – Jesse Mullens
Top photo of the Chiefs celebrating their win from the Kansas City Chiefs’ Facebook page.