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The NFL Wild Card playoffs featured exciting moments, unexpected upsets, and spectacular performances that left fans on the edge of their seats.
The weekend had everything from rookie quarterbacks making headlines to seasoned pros facing challenging weather conditions.
Without further ado, let’s get down to the exciting results of each game.
Houston Texans 45-14 Cleveland Browns
In a surprising turn of events at NRG Stadium in Houston, hot rookie quarterback CJ Stroud led the Houston Texans to a stunning 45-14 victory over veteran Joe Flacco and the Cleveland Browns.
A 24-14 lead by the Texans at halftime set the stage for a dominant third quarter, where two pick-sixes sealed the Browns’ fate.
This surprise win added a level of unpredictability to the playoffs, defying the odds in the NFL and surprising fans.
Kansas City Chiefs 26-7 Miami Dolphins
The sub-zero temperatures at Arrowhead Stadium were a big challenge for the Miami Dolphins, and quarterback Tua Tagovailoa struggled to find his rhythm in the tough conditions.
The Kansas City Chiefs won 26-7 as they continued their pursuit of a third Super Bowl title in five years.
The win showcased Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs’ resiliency and flexibility, which could be crucial to their playoff push.
Dallas Cowboys 32-48 Green Bay Packers
In another upset over Wild Card weekend, Jordan Love’s Green Bay Packers dominated the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium.
The Packers were outscored 27-0 in the first half and won 48-32 in a thrilling contest in Texas.
The loss served as a wake-up call for the Cowboys and highlighted the Packers’ potential to disrupt the playoff hierarchy.
Detroit Lions 24-23 Los Angeles Rams
When Jared Goff and Matthew Stafford square off against each other for the first time since their 2021 trade, a story-driven game begins.
Although Stafford has won a Super Bowl with the Los Angeles Rams since moving to California, he was unable to lead his team to victory in his anticipated return to Ford Field.
The Detroit Lions won 24-23 and celebrated their first playoff win in over 30 years.
Buffalo Bills 31-17 Pittsburgh Steelers
Coming into the playoffs with five straight wins, the Buffalo Bills continued their impressive run with a convincing 31-17 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Perhaps using the snowy conditions in Buffalo to their advantage, the Bills jumped out to a 21-0 lead in the first half.
Although the Steelers struck late, Khalil Shakir’s touchdown sealed the game for the Bills and showed why many are backing them in Super Bowl 2024 betting.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 32-9 Philadelphia Eagles
The final Wild Card weekend saw another upset, with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers upending the Philadelphia Eagles in Florida.
The Bucks, led by quarterback Baker Mayfield, advanced to the playoffs with a 32-9 victory over last year’s Super Bowl runner-up at Raymond James Stadium.
Mayfield’s sensational performance, throwing for 337 yards and three touchdowns, highlighted the Buccaneers’ offensive prowess and potential as serious postseason contenders.