On the Sunday of Wild Card weekend, the Miami Dolphins (10-6) and the Pittsburgh Steelers (11-5) finished the AFC Wild Card games. On the NFC side of things, the Giants (11-5) traveled to Green Bay to play the Packers (10-6).
Miami vs. Pittsburgh
The Miami Dolphins traveled to Pittsburgh with high hopes of taking down the AFC North champions on Wild Card weekend. Their hopes died hard.
With fate lying in the hands of back-up QB Matt Moore, the team’s offense fell completely short of what they needed to conquer a fired-up Steelers team. Throwing 29/36, 289 yards, one touchdown and one interception, Moore failed to lead his team into a divisional-round appearance, while being sacked five times.
Defensively, Miami couldn’t hold the Steelers’ star-powered offense in check. While Antonio Brown scored two first-quarter touchdowns and Le’Veon Bell ran in the end zone twice as well, the Steelers found themselves in control early.
Yep, Antonio Brown was totally pointing at the Miami sideline while running to the end zone. pic.twitter.com/USZDxey5G1
— NFLonCBS (@NFLonCBS) January 8, 2017
Brown ended the game with five receptions, 124 yards and two touchdowns. While Le’Veon Bell finished with 167 yards and two touchdowns on 29 carries.
The 30-12 victory has Pittsburgh now traveling to Kansas City to take on the Chiefs next Sunday at 1:05 P.M. Kansas City was beaten in week four by Pittsburgh 43-14.
New York vs. Green Bay
To conclude the first weekend of playoff football, the New York Football Giants went into Green Bay looking to eliminate the NFC North champion Packers.
New York got off to a 6-0 lead in the second quarter, then Green Bay answered back with a Aaron Rodgers TD pass. Then, Rodgers did what Rodgers does.
Aaron Rodgers has three Hail Mary passes in the last two seasons. pic.twitter.com/XEQgPYkJdi
— NFL on ESPN (@ESPNNFL) January 8, 2017
Aaron Rodgers completed a Hail Mary TD to Randall Cobb to close out the first half. After that, Green Bay carried their momentum into the second half and scored 17 unanswered points to close out the 38-13 victory in Lambeau.
Aaron Rodgers led the offense, throwing 25-40, 362 yards and four touchdowns.
Odell Beckham Jr. had a dissapointing postseason debut, as he caught four balls on 11 targets, with only 28 yards receiving.
Next weekend, the Packers will travel to Dallas and take down the rookie sensations, Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliot.
Final Divisional Round Schedule:
Saturday, January 14th:
4:35 PM on FOX – Seattle Seahawks @ Atlanta Falcons
8:15 PM on CBS – Houston Texans @ New England Patriots
Sunday, January 15th:
1:05 PM on NBC – Pittsburgh Steelers @ Kansas City Chiefs
4:40 PM on FOX – Green Bay Packers @ Dallas Cowboys
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