By eliminating the Philadelphia Eagles from the National Football League playoffs for this season, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers secured the final slot in the divisional round that will take place the following week.
In February of last year, the Philadelphia Eagles were the final team to lose their perfect record by losing to the Kansas City Chiefs in a Super Bowl classic. This was the second year in a straight that the Eagles were the last team to lose their unbeaten record.
At the end of November, they had a record of 10-1, but their season has come to a horrible end. They suffered a setback at Tampa Bay by a score of 32-9, which means that they have lost six of their very last seven games.
A mouthwatering matchup between the Buffalo Bills and the Kansas City Chiefs was set up after the Bills defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers by a score of 31-17 earlier on Monday.
Two years earlier, as a result of an epic shootout between star quarterbacks Josh Allen and Patrick Mahomes in Kansas City, which the Chiefs won 42-36 in overtime, the Bills were defeated at that point.
Now, the Chiefs will travel to Buffalo on the following Sunday to maintain their aspirations of winning back-to-back Super Bowls and a third National Football League championship in the past five years.
Earlier in the day, the Buccaneers, who went on to win the Super Bowl in 2021 against the Chiefs, will travel to Detroit to play the Lions. Following the victory of the Bills over the Steelers, the Buccaneers cruised past the Eagles. On Sunday, the Lions finally won their playoff game, and the Packers surprised the Cowboys.
At the end of November, Philadelphia had a greater number of victories than Tampa Bay had achieved throughout the entire season. The Buccaneers entered the playoffs with a record of 9-8, which was the worst of the 14 teams that made it to the postseason.
The Buccaneers were able to win the NFC South by winning five of their last six games. Baker Mayfield, who took over for Tom Brady as their starting quarterback this season, was the driving force behind the Buccaneers’ success.
The disparity in each team’s performance was evident on the wildcard weekend, with the Buccaneers grabbing a 16-3 lead for the first time thanks to three field goals and a score by David Moore that went for 44 yards. Just before halftime, Dallas Goedert scored a goal, bringing the score to 16-9 and giving the Eagles hope that they could break out of their rut.
This, however, was rendered meaningless in the latter part of the third quarter when Tampa Bay forced Philadelphia to give up a safety, and the Eagles’ defense was once again found wanting when Trey Palmer scored a touchdown from 56 yards out.
Mayfield has re-established himself as a top quarterback on his third team since departing the Cleveland Browns after the 2021 season. He has thrown three touchdown passes and 337 passing yards, and a late touchdown pass from Chris Godwin making it three touchdown passes and 337 passing yards!
After a state of emergency was proclaimed in the Buffalo region due to the forecast of severe winds and heavy snow, the game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Buffalo Bills was rescheduled from scheduled Sunday to scheduled for Monday.
After several feet of snow accumulated in upstate New York, the Buffalo Bills sent out an appeal to supporters to assist them in shoveling snow from Highmark Stadium. They offered fans $20 (£15.70) per hour in addition to providing them with hot beverages and breakfast.
The temperature was -7 degrees Celsius, which was nothing in comparison to the -20 degrees Celsius that the Chiefs experienced during their victory at home on Saturday. Buffalo surprised the Steelers by storming into a 21-0 lead with three touchdowns.
Allen connected on touchdown passes to tight ends Dawson Knox and Dalton Kincaid in the first quarter, and then he ran the ball in from 52 yards out in the second quarter, which was the longest run he had ever completed in his career.
The Pittsburgh Steelers staged a comeback with a touchdown scored by Diontae Johnson just before the halftime break. In the third quarter, the two teams traded field goals.
In addition, despite the fact that Calvin Austin scored a touchdown in the fourth quarter, which brought the score to 24-17, Buffalo responded immediately by scoring a touchdown. Khalil Shakir did a good job after the catch to get into the end zone.
Allen recorded his third touchdown throw of the season, and the Bills were able to capture their sixth consecutive victory since the beginning of December.