What we did in the wildcard round of N.F.L. have learned

<pre><pre>What we did in the wildcard round of N.F.L. have learned


Within two days, the N.F.L. The playoff field was turned upside down, and number 3 of the two conferences was sent home by the number 6 seeds, while each game was based on a single score. It was a wild card weekend that lived up to its name, and a divisional round was set up for the next weekend that looks very different from what most people predict.

We have learned the following:

  • Running backs are cool again. Passing seems to get more and more important from season to season, but the most valuable player of the weekend was Tennessee's Derrick Henry. The super-large back rumbled over the patriots until it landed 204 meters before the scrimmage and a touchdown.

    Henry was not the only one who recalled the influence that a good rewind can have. Dalvin Cook played a major role in Minnesota's excitement about the Saints, a total of 130 meters from the abyss and two touchdowns. Florida Atlantic rookie Devin Singletary had 134 yards to reach Buffalo, but lost thanks to an exciting comeback in Houston that Duke Johnson played provided two key blocks to a 2-point conversion and then one 18-meter catch-and-runDeshaun Watson was able to keep a drive alive long enough to win the game in a third and an eighteenth game.

It wasn't the most exciting weekend for quarterbacks, with a total of six touchdown passes thrown in the four wild card games – one of which had a broad receiver. However, Watson stole the show by refusing to play a game-saving game in overtime, whirling out two potential sacks before finding Taiwan Jones for a 34-yard catch-and-run and establishing a winner Field Goal in overtime. DeAndre Hopkins said everything when asked about the play. "I hope everyone saw this today, but it's incredible," Hopkins told reporters. "You can't write too many words on it."

Minnesota's Dalvin Cook scored another touchdown and Seattle's Marshawn Lynch had a setback, but Henry, who was N.F.L.'s leading Rusher this season was chosen when he was a one-man show in Tennessee's excitement over New England. In the second half of the game, when the Titans needed him the most, Henry seemed to take the ball every game and the patriots found no answer for him.

Adam Thielen from Minnesota had one of the More beautiful catches you will ever see – and it prepared his team for extra-time victory – but Metcalf ended up with a slightly better game thanks to an improvement in yards and a lead wild touchdown making the heads-up decision to get up and run before someone touched him on a dive near the end zone.

Like the wild card round, the division games are spread over two days.

No. 6 viking at number 1 49ers. 4:35 p.m., NBC

Early line: 49s -7

No. 6 Titans at number 1 Raben. 8:15 p.m., CBS

Early line: Ravens -10

Number 4 Texans at No. 2 chiefs. 3:05 p.m., CBS

Early line: chiefs -9.5

No. 5 Seahawks at No. 2 packer. 6:40 p.m., Fox

Early line: Packers -3.5

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Vikings 26, saints 20th It got a bit trumped over when it came against New Orleans, but Kyle Rudolph's scarce end seemed to be committing something that looked like an offensive pass disruption to his game-winning touchdown catch, which might not have felt good to Saints fans.

Seahawks 17, Eagles 9 The disappointment in Philadelphia was palpable when Carson Wentz, who missed the last two postseasons due to injury, had to quit after only four passes. Josh McCown did his best, but he couldn't keep up with Russell Wilson and Seattle.