The NFL Playoffs have now been set. We recap how the picture looks for next week and how it came about:
|1||Kansas City Chiefs (West winner)||Green Bay Packers (North winner)|
|2||Buffalo Bills (East winner)||New Orleans Saints (South winner)|
|3||Pittsburgh Steelers (North winner)||Seattle Seahawks (West winner)|
|4||Tennessee Titans (South winner)||Washington Football Team (East winner)|
|5||Baltimore Ravens (wild card)||Tampa Bay Buccaneers (wild card)|
|6||Cleveland Browns (wild card)||Los Angeles Rams (wild card)|
|7||Indianapolis Colts (wild card)||Chicago Bears (wild card)|
Kansas City (14-2) and Patrick Mahomes (USA) had the best record of the season. They await the winner of the game between Baltimore (11-5) and Tennessee (11-5). The Titan’s Henry became the 7th player in NFL history to rush over 2,000 yards in a single season. Watson had a good game for the Texans but it was not enough to secure a win.
In the other side, Cleveland (11-5) and Pittsburgh (12-4) will have a repeat of their game today, where the Browns secured their first playoff since 2002 after beating the Steelers 24-22. Granted, the Steelers did not have all of their main players on the field.
The other game will pit Indianapolis (11-5) and a Buffalo (13-3) that has looked very well, will have home field advantage and will be favorite. They crushed the Dolphins’ dreams 56-25 today while Indianapolis beat the Jaguars 28-14.
The Green Bay Packers await the winner of the match between Tom Brady’s (USA) Tampa Bay and the Washington Football Team (7-9), which just defeated the Philadelphia Eagles 20-14. Brady obviously knows how to play in January and a lot of eyes will be on him.
In the other side, Seattle (12-4) will face the Los Angeles Rams (10-6), who eliminated a spectacular-playing Arizona by 38-28 today. Seattle lost to the New York Giants, who could not qualify to the playoffs anyway amid Washington’s win.
The winner of that match will play against the winner between the Chicago Bears (8-8) and New Orleans (12-4). The Bears were heavily beaten by the Packers 16-35 and it seems unlikely they will get to repeat that gama against their old rival.
All Wildcard games will be held next week, January 9 and 10.