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NFL Playoffs: Final four

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Tom Brady, Patriot's quarterback, lead his team to a win against the Titans. Photo reused under the Creative Commons Attribution Share-Alike 3.0 license.

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Tom Brady, Patriot's quarterback, lead his team to a win against the Titans. Photo reused under the Creative Commons Attribution Share-Alike 3.0 license.

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The Divisional Round of the 2018 NFL Playoffs are in the books! To start off the divisional weekend, Matt Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons came ready to play against Nick Foles and the Eagles in Philadelphia. Despite having the lead at the half, the Falcons lost as their defense allowed kicker Jake Elliot, who was the team’s leading scorer that night, into field goal range, and ended the game with a final score of 15-10 with an Eagles’ victory.

“I thought that the Falcons would win by at least ten points,” said Aaron Ramirez, starting right tackle for the COHS football team. “Unfortunately, it didn’t turn out like that. You can’t always win every single game. Hopefully, we’ll be able to make it to the Super Bowl next year.” The mood was entirely different, however, for Eagles fan Jonjairo Gonzalez. “I never doubted my team! I’ve said it from day one that we’re going to the Super Bowl this year, no matter what!”

The New England Patriots will be making their seventh-straight trip to the AFC Championship game. For future Hall of Fame quarterback Tom Brady, it seemed as if it were just another day at practice against Marcus Mariota and the Tennessee Titans. Brady passed for 337 yards and three touchdowns. Not bad for a 40-year old quarterback.

It wasn’t a great of a night for the Tennessee defense, however. Besides Brady’s performance, the Titans were unable to lock down wide receiver Danny Amendola, who had 11 receptions for 112 yards. “It wasn’t even a challenge. It was a walk through. I definitely expected them to blow them all out,” said Patriots enthusiast Marlon Solis. “Tom Brady is the greatest quarterback of all time. Hands down.” The Patriots ended the game with a final score of 35-14.

Earlier in the week, the Pittsburgh Steeler’s star running back Le’Veon Bell posted on Twitter: “I love round 2’s… we’ll have two round 2’s in back to back weeks…” In addition, Steeler’s safety Mike Mitchell said to the media: “We can play them in hell, we can play them in Haiti. We can play them in New England. We’re gonna win.” Obviously, they were focused more on a rematch with the Patriots, who had defeated them during the regular season with a final score of 27-24, than they were with their divisional matchup against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

The Pittsburgh defense was unable to stop rookie running back Leonard Fournette, who had quite a game who carried 25 times for 109 yards as well as scored three touchdowns. With the best cornerback duo in the league with Jalen Ramsey and A.J. Bouye, Pittsburgh quarterback Ben Roethlisberger had a great game, recording 469 yards with five touchdowns and an interception. But at the end of the day, it wasn’t enough to defeat the beast that is Jacksonville’s defense. The Jaguars emerged victorious with a final score of 45-42.

The final game in the divisional weekend was war. Future Hall of Fame quarterback Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints took on the Minnesota Vikings, who have the #1 rated defense led by cornerback Xavier Rhodes. Minnesota’s defense managed to keep the Saints offense silent by shutting them out for the first half. However, a touchdown pass from Brees to star second-year wide receiver Michael Thomas got the momentum going for New Orleans. With 25 seconds left in the game, Saints field goal kicker Wil Lutz kicked a 43-yard field goal to give New Orleans the lead with a score of 24-23. The game, as well as the as the Viking’s season, seemed as if it was over. It was everything but. On the final play, with the game on the line, Vikings quarterback Case Keenum threw a 61 yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Stefon Diggs to win the game with a final score of 29-24. It was a Minneapolis miracle!

So what happens now? Well, the Jacksonville Jaguars will play the New England Patriots for the AFC Championship, and the Philadelphia Eagles will play the Minnesota Vikings for the NFC Championship.

And then there were four…

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