Historical Playoffs


Gavin Haines (Junior), reporter

This past weekend of football is the best we have seen possibly ever. Three out of the four games ended on a game winning field goal. This has never been done before in the history of the NFL. The last game ended on a game winning drive, in overtime.

“I really enjoyed watching all of the games this weekend, they kept me on the edge of my seat,” said Junior Ethan Coffman.

The Titans and Bengals were the first matchup of the weekend, and they didn’t disappoint. The Titans defense came to play sacking Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow nine times, a playoff record. The Bengals didn’t fold as Burrow threw for 348 yards and one interception. The Bengals only touchdown came on the ground from Joe Mixon who rushed for 54 yards on 14 carries. The Titans quarterback couldn’t get it going as he threw three interceptions in their loss. The Bengals kicked a 52-yard field goal as time expired to knock off the number one seeded Titans.

“As a Colts fan, I was very excited to see the Titans lose, the Bengals played great and I can’t wait to see what they do next round,” said Junior Cayman Huntsman.

The Packers and 49ers put on a defensive onslaught. The Packers shutout the 49ers until the third quarter when they finally kicked a field goal. Packers had the lead the whole game until the fourth quarter. A big blocked punt helped the niners get on the board with less than five minutes to play. The 49ers came up with a huge stop to get the ball back on the final drive of the game. Niners drove down the field and set up Robbie Gould with a game winning field goal to seal the game. The Packers only had one touchdown and it came on the ground in the hands of running back AJ Dillon.

“I think we were all surprised the Packers lost with as much talent as they have, I really wanted to see Aaron Rodgers win a Superbowl this year,” said Junior Kayden Sloggett.

The Rams and Buccaneers was an instant classic. The rams got off to a hot start going into the half up 20-3. The Bucs couldn’t find anything on offense and the defense seemed non-existent. The Rams would go up 27-3 early in the second half. The game seemed over but with Tom Brady as quarterback you can never count him out. The Rams fumbled the ball three times in the second half to bring back the Bucs. Tom Brady threw a touchdown pass to Mike Evans with 45 seconds left to tie the game. The Bucs defense was no match for Cooper Kupp as Matthew Stafford hit him deep to put the Rams in field goal position with little time left. The Rams hit a game winning field goal to move on to the next round.

“What a game to say the least, you can never count Tom Brady out. Love to see the Rams and Stafford moving on though,” said Junior Korbyn Sloggett.

The final game to wrap up the divisional weekend was the best game we’ve seen arguably ever. Patrick Mahomes and Chiefs took on Josh Allen and the Bills for the second straight year in the AFC division championship. Josh Allen played a career best game throwing for 329 yards and four touchdowns. Gabriel Davis, receiver for the Bills, set a new NFL record for four touchdowns in one game. He had 201 yards as well. Patrick Mahomes threw for 378 yards and three touchdowns leading his team to the victory. In the last two minutes of play, there were a combined 25 points scored by both teams. The two teams had a combined four penalties and zero turnovers by either team. Unfortunately for Josh Allen and his Bills, the Chiefs won the overtime toss and drove 75 yards in just eight plays capping it off with a Travis Kelce game-winning touchdown.

“I really wanted to see Allen win after how well he played, I do think they need to change the overtime rules to give each team a chance to win, instead of putting it all on the luck of a coin flip,” said Junior Aiden Frost.