Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers missed the NFL playoffs after a 20-16 home loss to the Detroit Lions in a dramatic end to the regular season.
The Seattle Seahawks advanced at the expense of Green Bay, the Philadelphia Eagles secured the first spot in the NFC, and the Dallas Cowboys advanced to the play-offs.
The Buffalo Bills scored a thrilling victory over the New England Patriots to help the Miami Dolphins finish last in the AFC Playoffs.
The Seahawks defeat the Packers and Rodgers misses
After an impressive recovery from 4-8 with four wins in a row, the Packers were in control of their destiny, needing a home win over the Detroit Lions – who just before kick-off found out they had been knocked out of the playoffs by claim.
The Seattle Seahawks scored a spectacular overtime victory over the Los Angeles Rams, meaning only Green Bay could stand in their way in the 271st and final game of the regular season.
And according to this season, nothing went as expected. The Lions kept him close even though they had nothing to play for, the Packers dropped a player, and Rodgers threw in a late interception in what may have been his last act in the NFL.
Rookie Kerby Joseph became the first player to intercept Rodgers three times in one season. It’s still unknown if the 39-year-old, named the NFL’s Most Valuable Player four times, will return next season. Rodgers has a contract with Green Bay for next season but has doubted many times if he will return.
Now the Seahawks will go to the San Francisco 49ers next week in the playoffs after rookie quarterback Brock Purdy led the Niners to a 10th straight win and second seed in the NFC.
The Eagles are in first place and Dallas is disappointing
The Philadelphia Eagles gave star quarterback Jalen Hurts a mild streak in his comeback from injury, beating the backups New York Giants 22-16 to claim the NFC East top spot and NFC top spot – meaning they’ll get knocked out next week when they receive a bye in the first round of play-off matches.
The Hurts was a big loss as Philadelphia had lost their previous two games, and although they made some moves, they were victorious against the Giants, who were resting most of their starters with a confirmed playoff berth.
The Eagles’ victory means the point guard will get an extra week off for his injured shoulder and that his team will play at home as long as they remain in the playoffs while the Giants head to Minnesota to play the Vikings next week.
Tom Brady lost his first 12-game loss against the Atlanta Falcons, but played just over a quarter in a 30-17 loss that meant nothing to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. By finishing the season 8-9, however, it ended a streak of 21 consecutive seasons that Brady ended with a winning record.
The Bucs are home next week and will be eager to take their chances if their opponents the Dallas Cowboys play as badly as they lost 26-6 to a no-play Washington Commanders team that gave third rookie quarterback San Howell his NFL debut.
Dallas still had the number one spot in the NFC East to play for if Philadelphia lost, but nothing could go wrong as quarterback Dak Prescott threw for just 128 yards and a touchdown while throwing a six as he struggled to hit his targets all night.
“It stinks,” Prescott said. “Fourteen additions, yes, not enough. Dot”.
Bills brings a “spiritual” victory to Hamlin
The Buffalo Bills played for the first time since Damar Hamlin’s safety suffered a cardiac arrest during a game against the Cincinnati Bengals.
After some emotional tributes to Hamlin in Buffalo before a game against the New England Patriots, the stadium went wild as Nyheim Hines took 96 yards in Game 1 for a touchdown in the team’s first game.
Hines made another 101-yard start for another touchdown as Buffalo finished second in the AFC with victory 35:23 this also knocked the Patriots out of playoff contention, but this time Bill Belichick’s team was not the main character.
Hamlin posted on social media from the hospital throughout the game and spoke to his team via video call in the locker room after the game – contributing to an incredibly emotional victory for the Bills.
“I don’t remember a game that moved me that way in my life, it’s probably number one,” quarterback Josh Allen said of the first touchdown.
“If you want the truth, it was spiritual. It really was. Bloodcurdling. It was exceptional.”
Allen also referenced the fact that Hines scored Buffalo’s first touchdown in the first game in three years and three months – pointing to Hamlin’s number three shirt and suggesting that it was no coincidence.
The dolphins sneak in as the Bengals win again
After the Patriots lost, the Miami Dolphins managed to sneak into the playoffs with an 11-6 win over the New York Jets – but they’ll have to do much better if they are to somehow keep the Bills in Buffalo next week.
With the Pittsburgh Steelers easily overtaking the Cleveland Browns, Miami knew they needed a win as they wanted to end a five-game losing streak that had seemingly ruined their chances – and only just got through when Jason Sanders scored a field goal from 50 yards with 18 seconds left.
Head coach Mike McDaniel secures a playoff spot on his first try, but will have to find a way to start his team’s attack, which has been greatly hampered by point guard Tua Tagovailoa’s absence due to a concussion – which looks highly unlikely will be available next week .
The Baltimore Ravens also have a huge question about the availability of their superstar quarterback Lamar Jackson, who has not trained since a knee injury in early December following a 27-16 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals and will have to return next week for a rematch in the play-offs.
The Ravens had to start with third-choice quarterback Anthony Brown, who was no match for last season’s Super Bowl runner-up Joe Burrow, who finished the season with eight straight wins and looks like a team still capable of going all the way .
” [Super Bowl] The window is my whole career,” Burrow said confidently after the game. “And everyone we have in this locker room, all the coaches we have, everything will change from year to year, but our window is always open.”
There was drama in the playoff hunt, and there was drama at the other end of the table as the Houston Texans got a dramatic 32-31 late victory over the Indianapolis Colts, but a victory that ultimately cost them dearly. meant the Chicago Bears finished with the worst record in the NFL and thus earned the first overall pick in the NFL Draft.
Super Wild Card Weekend Schedule
(all time GMT)
Saturday 14 January
- Seattle Seahawks – San Francisco 49ers (21:30)
- Los Angeles Chargers v Jacksonville Jaguars (01:15 Sunday)
Sunday January 15
- Miami Dolphins vs. Buffalo Bills (6pm)
- New York Giants – Minnesota Vikings (21:30)
- Baltimore Ravens – Cincinnati Bengals (01:15 Mon)
Monday 16 January
- Dallas Cowboys – Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Tue 01:15)
The top-seeded Kansas City Chiefs and Philadelphia Eagles were out of the next round of playoffs.