The NFL Divisional Playoff round had some exciting games and a few head scratching moments, but we are now ready for the NFC Championship next weekend in Atlanta with the Falcons taking on the Green Bay Packers. Here’s a recap of this past weekend’s NFC divisional playoff games.
Atlanta Falcons 36, Seattle Seahawks 20
The Seahawks were the first to score in the game and closed out the first quarter up 7-0. The Falcons took over in the second scoring 19 points, and it was evident that the Seahawks squad having lost players due to injuries this season (ie: Earl Thomas and DeShawn Shead) left holes in the Seattle defense. Shead, who was injured during the game against Atlanta is said to have a torn ACL, according to ESPN.
Seattle’s Mark Glowinski was called for holding when Devin Hester made an 80-yard punt return that resulted in a penalty, bringing Seattle back to its 7 and the Falcons used that momentum to take them into halftime.
The Seahawks weren’t only a step behind on defense they were a step behind on offense. The Seahawks’ offense against the Falcons was merely alright as Russell Wilson threw two interceptions, one in the third quarter that put the game out of reach for the Seahawks.
Atlanta’s young defensive team took it to Seattle’s semi-seasoned offense. Falcons’ Ricardo Allen and Deion Jones anticipated the offense and had the two interceptions for Atlanta.
Matt Ryan threw for 338 yards and three touchdowns. It was a collective effort offensively for Atlanta as they showed off how many offensive weapons they have. Devonta Freeman rushed for 45 yards on 14 carries and one touchdown. Julio Jones, Mohamed Sanu and Tevin Coleman all scored receiving touchdowns.
Green Bay 34, Dallas 31
Aaron Rodgers, Jared Cook, Mason Crosby. Three names that will forever be synonymous with this game.
Rodgers threw for 356 yards and two touchdowns in by far the most exciting Divisional Playoff game this past weekend. With 12 seconds left in the game Rodgers sailed a pass left to Cook for 36 yards putting the Packers nearly at the 50. Crosby kicked a 51-yard field goal with no time left on the clock.
Not only did Aaron Rodgers hold the Packers down to get the ‘W’ like he did in their last six regular season games, he has been outstanding in the postseason and the Packers will be tough to beat in the NFC Championship.
Cook, who had 6 catches for 104 yards, was so focused and made an incredible catch, dragging his feet inbounds while his body was falling out of bounds. Rodgers and Cook connected on a SportsCenter top 10.
As well as Dallas played, rookies Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott put up a valiant effort. Prescott went 24-of-38 for 302 yards, three touchdowns and one interception. Young Prescott had numbers close to 12-year vet Rodgers. Rodgers was 28-of-43 for 356, two touchdowns and one interception. Elliott had 22 carries for 125 yards.
Dez Bryant chipped in and scored two of the Cowboy’s touchdowns and Jason Witten got in on the touchdown action with one himself. Kicker Dan Bailey made all three kicks.
Prescott and Elliott would have been the first rookie quarterback and running back duo to win a playoff debut in the Super Bowl era.