By: Frank Hyden
Day 1 of Super Wild Card Weekend was yesterday and there were some major surprises. Let’s get to the rundown.
Buffalo Bills beat Indianapolis Colts 27-24
This was a really close game that turned before halftime. The Colts were up 10-7 and were close to scoring again. However, they were stuffed on their first three downs and couldn’t get in the endzone. On 4th down, coach Frank Reich opted against going for a field goal and they went for it. Philip Rivers threw a pass to an open Michael Pittman that was just off his fingertips so the Colts got nothing. The Bills then drove 97 yards for a touchdown to take a 14-10 lead before the half. The Colts had plenty of missed opportunities but the Bills are a good team. Buffalo will host either the Titans, Ravens, or the Steelers next week.
Los Angeles Rams beat Seattle Seahawks 30-20
The Rams had to start John Wolford at quarterback because Jared Goff is still nursing an injured thumb. Goff was pressed into action, though, when Wolford went down on the second drive of the game with a neck injury. Seattle’s offense looked anemic for most of the game, though Russell Wilson did have 2 touchdown passes. He also had a Pick-6, though. Goff didn’t look much better (1 touchdown pass for him) but Cam Akers had 131 yards rushing and a touchdown and the Rams pulled off the upset. The Rams will either travel to Green Bay or host Chicago next week.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers beat Washington Football Team 31-23
I thought this would be a lop-sided game and boy, was I wrong. Tom Brady played really well. His completion percentage wasn’t very good but there were a lot of drops, especially from Chris Godwin. I don’t know what happened with him. The Tampa defense didn’t look very good. On the other side, Taylor Heinicke looked fantastic. I thought when Alex Smith wasn’t active because of injury that the game was over, but Heinicke came in and played his butt off. He was active in the pocket and eluded the blitz. He threw for 306 yards and 1 touchdown (1 interception on a ball tipped at the line as well) and ran for 46 yards and another score. Heinicke was awesome and he might be their quarterback of the future, I don’t know. He sure played like it last night. They didn’t quite pull off the upset but damn, it was close. The Bucs will either travel to New Orleans or host Los Angeles next week.