Recap: NFL Super Wild Card Weekend


Andrew Hefter, Staff Writer

The NFL didn’t disappoint with its Super Wild Card Weekend this past weekend. The underdogs continued to prevail and stir up the nation. 

The weekend of games opened up on Saturday, January 14th, when Geno Smith and the Seattle Seahawks traveled south to San Francisco to match up with the 49ers in the first of six games throughout the weekend. Higher-seeded 49ers came out strong with a ten-point lead at the end of the first quarter. They continued to play strongly, scoring 41 total points and holding the Seahawks to just 17 points, advancing them to the next round. Rookie quarterback Brock Purdy and superstar athlete Christian McCaffrey paved the way for the offense, accounting for 484 yards of offense. 

After the 49ers took down the Seahawks, quarterback Trevor Lawrence and his Jacksonville Jaguars squad pulled off the upset against the Los Angeles Chargers. The Chargers held a 27-7 lead at halftime, but that didn’t last long. Lawrence led the Jaguars to a comeback, and they upset the Chargers with a score of 31-30. Lawrence pulled off the surprise win and threw four touchdown passes and four interceptions. If they want to upset their next opponent, the Kansas City Chiefs, he must clean up his performance. 

Trevor Lawrence and Patrick Mahomes square off for the first time in the playoffs (Photo Courtesy of Fox Sports)

The games resumed Sunday when the Dolphins traveled north to play the Buffalo Bills. The Dolphins came into the game hurt. They were led by their third-string quarterback Skylar Thompson, who played up to the level of competition. He kept the game close throughout and lost by three points. The Bills move on and play the Bengals this Sunday. 

The New York Giants traveled to get revenge on Kirk Cousins’ Minnesota Vikings. They won 31-24. The game stayed entertaining throughout and came down to a last-minute drive from the Vikings. Quarterback Daniel Jones and company prevailed.

Sunday wrapped up with an unexpectedly close game. The unfavored Baltimore Ravens took on the Cincinnati Bengals. Cincinnati went into the game with all the confidence as the football world had no belief that the Ravens would be able to compete. They hung in there but didn’t pull through with a win, as the Bengals won 24-17.

The weekend was wrapped up Monday night when Tom Brady and the Buccaneers took on the Dallas Cowboys. Tom Brady was undefeated against the Cowboys up to Monday evening. That didn’t last much longer, as the Cowboys beat up the Buccaneers and advanced to the next round. 

The Divisional Rounds are now set for this upcoming weekend as the football world is hoping for another entertaining weekend.