The NFL’s Super Wild Card weekend continues Sunday with the sixth-seeded Baltimore Ravens taking on the AFC North champions and third-seeded Cincinnati Bengals.
Before, Josh Allen and the AFC East champion Buffalo Bills narrowly escaped the rookie third-string quarterback Skylar Thompson and the seventh-seeded Miami Dolphins, 34-31, to advance to their third straight divisional round appearance.
In the rest, the sixth seed New York Giants upset the NFC North champions and third seed Minnesota Vikings31-24.
Here are the best plays!
New York Giants 31, Minnesota Vikings 24
The Vikings capped a 12-play, 75-yard drive with a Kirk Cousins rush to put the home team up 7-0.
The Giants responded with a 28-yard touchdown run on their first possession, courtesy of Saquon Barkley.
NY in charge
After the Vikings went three-and-out on their next drive, the Giants took their first lead on the next possession.
First, Daniel Jones connected with Darius Slayton on a dazzling 47-yard gain, then hit Isaiah Hodgins for a 14-yard touchdown to give New York a 14-7 lead.
The Giants added a field goal late in the second half to make it a 10-point game.
KJ Osborn then caught a 9-yard pass from Cousins to cut the deficit to 17-14 before halftime.
The Giants extended their lead, 24-14, on tight end Daniel Bellinger’s 9-yard score early in the third quarter.
neck and neck
The Vikings responded with a wild field goal by tight end Irv Smith Jr. on their first play of the second half. So it was a three-point game again, 24-21, midway through the third quarter.
Minnesota then added a field goal in the top of the fourth quarter to tie things at 24 apiece.
The Giants issued a statement about his subsequent drive. First, Hodgins invented a 19-yard pickup to move the posts. Then Jones & Co. picked up another set of downs after a successful fourth-down conversion, and Barkley punted. 2 yard score to give NY the final lead, 31-24, which it held until the end.
Buffalo Bills 34, Miami Dolphins 31
The Bills’ opening drive didn’t go as planned. Allen fumbled in a short scramble, but the ball went out of bounds in the process. The Bills ended the possession by turning it over on downs at the Miami 32-yard line.
After the Dolphins went three-and-out on their first drive, the Bills quickly got the ball back and redeemed themselves on their next possession. Allen connected with Dawson Knox for a wild one-handed score to put Buffalo ahead early, 7-0.
On the Dolphins’ next drive, Bills safety Dean Marlowe picked off Thompson just outside the Miami red zone.
Strong ground game
The Bills capitalized on the turnover in a big way, moving down with ease before rookie running back James Cook ran for a 12-yard score to extend Buffalo’s lead to 14-0 late in the first quarter.
Allen hit Gabe Davis up the middle for a 19-yard pickup that was originally ruled an incomplete pass. buffalo contested the sentenceand the play was reversed, putting the Bills near midfield heading into the second quarter.
The two teams traded field goals to make it a 17-3 game midway through the second frame. The chaos ensued after Allen’s pass to John Brown was picked off near the Miami goal line by Dolphins cornerback Xavien Howard and returned to midfield.
The two teams had a fight after the play, compensating for unnecessary roughness penalties. The fumble resulted in a field goal for Miami, which narrowed the gap slightly, 17-6, late in the second quarter.
Closing the gap
The Dolphins ended the first half with a bang as Cedrick Wilson Jr. returned the punt 50 yards to the Buffalo 27-yard line. The game ended with another field goal as Miami made it an eight-point game, 17-9.
The Bills were in trouble right before halftime. Allen’s pass to Cole Beasley bounced off the hands of the receiver and into the arms of Dolphins safety Jevon Holland, who returned it 29 yards to the Buffalo 18-yard line with less than a minute left before the end of the first part.
Miami ended the game tying the game at 17 points a piece after a touchdown by tight end Mike Gesicki and a successful two-point conversion by Tyreek Hill.
Call of nature!
Miami’s tie lasted less than a minute, as Buffalo snuck in a field goal just before halftime. But after going three-and-out to open the second half, the Dolphins stripped Allen of the ball and went ahead, too. What an unlikely turn of events.
From here to there
Buffalo regained the lead late, 27-24, in the third quarter after a costly Miami interception.
Foot dragging swag
The Bills extended their lead to 34-24 heading into the fourth quarter, thanks to an impressive 23-yard touchdown reception by Davis.
Don’t turn that dial
After a sleepy quarter by the Miami offense, Mike McDaniel scored some tricks to get his team back into the end zone. A Jaylen Waddle fumble set up a short Jeff Wilson Jr. touchdown run.
Eyes on the prize
Bills wide receiver Khalil Shakir came down with a monster 31-yard catch midway through the fourth quarter to bring Buffalo up the middle of the field.
The Bills ended up punting the ball after that Allen took a huge sack on third down, but the Dolphins came up short on their next possession, turning the ball over on downs. Things ended there, 34-31.
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