What We Learned in the N.F.L.’s Wild-Card Round

Darius Slay and Steven Nelson couldn’t guard Mike Evans (117 yards, one touchdown) without help over the top, but the few times Philadelphia ran man coverage, there weren’t many other outlets available for Brady.

By then, though, Philadelphia had already been buried.

Rams 34, Cardinals 11: Matthew Stafford completed 13 of 17 passes for 202 yards and a touchdowns, notably with no interceptions, as Los Angeles advanced to face the Buccaneers in the divisional round. Playing without top receiver DeAndre Hopkins, Arizona’s offense wobbled and Kyler Murray finished with 137 yards on 19 of 34 passing with no touchdowns.

Kansas City 42, Steelers 21: Patrick Mahomes demolished the Steelers, throwing five touchdowns scores and averaging 10.4 yards per pass Sunday, in what may have been the final game of Ben Roethlisberger’s 18-year N.F.L. career. Kansas City will host the Bills in the divisional round.

49ers 23, Cowboys 17: San Francisco ran out to an 13-point lead and managed it handily until Jimmy Garoppolo’s fourth-quarter interception allowed Dallas to pull within a score. The Cowboys’ final drive featured a frantic 47-yard scurry that ended when Dak Prescott botched spiking the ball, with 1 second remaining to hurl a Hail Mary touchdown pass, and time expired. The 49ers travel to face the top-seeded Packers next weekend.

Buccaneers 31, Eagles 15: The Eagles fell into a 17-0 hole early, and their vaunted running game was not equipped to shovel them out. Four players, including quarterback Jalen Hurts, combined for 95 rushing yards that mostly came in garbage time. Tampa Bay relied on rushing touchdowns to open up the field for Tom Brady, who threw for 271 yards on 29 of 37 passing, with two touchdowns.

Bills 47, Patriots 17: Buffalo scored touchdowns on all seven of its offensive possessions to dismantle New England in as decisive a playoff margin as there has been in Patriots Coach Bill Belichick’s tenure. Bills quarterback Josh Allen completed 21 of 25 passes for 308 yards and threw five scores. He also ran for 66 yards.

Bengals 26, Raiders 19: Quarterback Joe Burrow led the Bengals’ high-powered offense on scoring drives in their four possessions in the first half, connecting for touchdowns with receiver Tyler Boyd and tight end C.J. Uzomah as Cincinnati secured its first playoff win in 31 years. On the Raiders’ final drive, a controversial roughing the passer call gave Las Vegas a chance to score but linebacker Germaine Pratt intercepted a Derek Carr pass at the 2-yard line to end the threat.

The Tycoon Herald