The NFL’s Wildcard Round was just that – wild. From head-scratching plays to big upsets and possible retirements, the four games didn’t disappoint.
What In The World?!
You’ve never seen a game quite like Houston Texans vs Buffalo Bills.
- A 16-0 Bills lead
- A 19-0 Texans comeback
- A late turnover on downs
- An NRL-style attempted offload
- A punter spiking the ball
- A game-tying field goal
- A game-winning overtime field goal
- A Texans 22-19 win
Age Catches Up With Brady & Brees
They’re the two oldest quarterbacks in the NFL.
If any two players needed the bye this week, it was Tom Brady and Drew Brees.
Instead, they both played and lost leading to a premature ending to their seasons.
Playing in their first Wildcard game in a decade, the New England Patriots never got going in falling 20-13 to the Tennesse Titans. Brady couldn’t get the Patriots offence firing while Derrick Henry did anything he wanted for the Titans. Henry finished with 182 rushing yards, 22 receiving yards and a touchdown to lead the Titans to victory.
Tom Brady’s final pass with the New England Patriots? pic.twitter.com/bxaWoxaARz
— Eric Rosenthal (@ericsports) January 5, 2020
It was a similar story for Brees and the New Orleans Saints 24 hours later. Brees played far from his best with Minnesota Vikings running back, Dalvin Cook, finding 130 yards from scrimmage and two touchdowns in the 26-20 overtime win.
At 42 and 40 years old respectively, Brady and Brees looked their age in the Wildcard round.
Russell Wilson led the Seattle Seahawks to a 17-9 win over the Philadelphia Eagles.
As good as Wilson was, things were made easier for the Seahawks with Carson Wentz leaving the field after only four passes and three yards. That forced 40-year old Josh McCown to play most of the game for the Eagles. McCown didn’t embarrass himself, but he didn’t have the tools to get the job done.
Wilson dominated for 325 passing yards, 45 rushing yards and a touchdown. However, it’s his pass to DK Metcalf on a 3rd & 10 to ice the game that really shows how well Wilson and the Seahawks played.
The ultimate amount of disrespect from DK Metcalf waving bye to Eagles fans ✌️😭 pic.twitter.com/80H58vQ3xg
— Kyle ⚾️ (@KyleNYY) January 6, 2020
While the Eagles wonder what could have been, everybody else is sitting around wondering how Metcalf, who had 160 yards on seven receptions in this one, slipped to the 64th pick in the 2019 NFL Draft.
He told everybody he would be the next Calvin Johnson and Metcalf looked the part in this one.
Divisional Round Matchups
With the Wildcard round in the books, we can look ahead to the Divisional Round next week.
Sunday, 9:35am AEDT: The San Francisco 49ers host the Vikings in the first game as $1.33 and -6.5 favourites. With a couple of starters returning from injury after the week off, it’s tough to see the 49ers not advancing to the Conference Championship.
Sunday, 1:15pm AEDT: Lamar Jackson and the Baltimore Ravens shouldn’t have too much of a problem as $1.21 and -9.5 favourites against the Titans.
Monday, 8:05am AEDT: The Kansas City Chiefs have had an up and down season but are expected to comfortably handle the Texans as $1.21 and -10 favourites.
Monday, 11:40am AEDT: In the closest game of the round, the Green Bay Packers take on the Seahawks at $1.48 to win and eating -4 points. This looks like the best spot to take the underdog on the road given the form of the two teams.
Super Bowl Odds
And then there were eight…