NFL playoff update: Chiefs, Bills, Packers, Buccaneers advance

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4 teams are left in the NFL playoffs as they fight to win Super Bowl LV.

Max Lorenz, Staff Writer

As the NFL playoffs continue, teams try to make their way to Super Bowl LV. This past weekend in the AFC, the Chiefs defeated the Browns and the Bills defeated the Ravens. For the NFC, the Packers defeated the Rams and the Buccaneers defeated the Saints.

Every game that was played was within 14 points. They all were action-packed, exciting games.

The weekend started off on Saturday with the injured Los Angeles Rams facing off against the dominant Green Bay Packers. The Rams were playing short-handed because arguably the best defensive player in the league, Aaron Donald was playing through an injury. Also, their star quarterback, Jarod Goff, was playing through a thumb injury. This caused the Packers to have full control of this game. The Packers were never losing and they cruised on to a 32-18 point win which will take them to the NFC Championship.

The second game on Saturday featured the Baltimore Ravens vs. the Buffalo Bills. This was a highly anticipated matchup of two young star quarterbacks, Lamar Jackson and Josh Allen. The Bills defense stepped up this game only allowing three points the entire four quarters. It didn’t help Ravens fans when their star Lamar Jackson was taken to the locker room in the fourth quarter and never returned. This allowed Josh Allen and the Bills’ offense to an easy 17-3 win over the Ravens.

The next day, Sunday, the explosive Chiefs took on the run-heavy Browns. These teams have two completely different play styles, but they both have had very successful seasons. The Chiefs started the game off hot and went into the second quarter up 19-3. The Browns kept fighting back and were only down 22-17 with 10 minutes left in the game. Patrick Mahomes, arguably the best quarterback in the league, left the game in this fourth quarter with a concussion, which caused Chiefs fans to start to panic. Their backup, Chad Henne, came into the game and closed it out for the Chiefs winning 22-17.

The final game of the weekend, and maybe the most exciting was the Buccaneers vs. Saints. Two all-time great quarterbacks faced off, Drew Brees vs. Tom Brady. The game was back and forth for most of the first half with the score being 13-13 at halftime. In the third quarter, it again was a close game with the Buccaneers answering a Saints touchdown and tying the game 20-20 going into the last 15 minutes. In these final minutes, Tom Brady took over, and the Buccaneers won 30-20 in a thrilling game. This game is not how Drew Brees wanted to go out, especially because many speculate this to have been his last NFL game as he is expected to retire this year.

This past week was a very action-packed weekend for NFL football. This weekend, you can look forward to the Packers vs. Buccaneers and the Chiefs vs. Bills.

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