Wildcard weekend springs up an NFL first

Jan 13, 2016

The first round of the playoffs tend to be an uneven affair, as some top teams take on some average divisional champion or some lucky wildcard gets to face an immovable object. It’s usually a foregone conclusion that someone highly touted will fall at the first hurdle and a no-hoper sneak a close game but for once, that never looked like it was going to materialise.
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However, this year’s Wildcard weekend produced an NFL first, all the lower-seeded away teams came away with a victory. While most, if not all, were odds on to win, it was an anomaly that should have meant at least one home team would advance but instead, those wildcard teams managed to march into town and take the brass ring.
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What also added to the excitement was the variety of different games with varying storylines interwoven in them. When it gets to this knockout stage, the stakes are higher and the punishments hurt a little more as teams give all they have to make the promised land, like those who find jackpots or Fruity Reels.
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The Kansas City Chiefs managed to blow out the Houston Texans, ending their 22-year playoff losing streak in the same city they last won a post-season match back in 1994. They came in on a 10-win streak and just simply blew away a team that had somehow won the AFC South with Brian Hoyer as their starting quarterback.
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Marvin Lewis looked to have finally lifted his own post-season hoodoo as his Cincinnati Bengals came from 15-0 down to take the lead in the final moments. However, a fumble and two big unsportsmanlike conduct penalties later and it was the Pittsburgh Steelers getting on the plane to Denver instead of their AFC North rivals.
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On Sunday, the Minnesota Vikings had a kick to win their match-up against the Seattle Seahawks in sub-par temperatures. The third-coldest NFL game on record produced a intriguing game that had Vikings kicker Blair Walsh forever screaming laces out in his head until the end of time as his chip-shot field goal went wide left at the end of the game.
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The final game saw a little bit of a redemption story as the Green Bay Packers managed to get their groove back. They ended up torching the Washington Redskins, who couldn’t get it going on either side of the ball and found out for the first time in a long time, that they didn’t really like that.
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What was really great about this weekend was it was another reminder of how unpredictable the NFL can be. Even if it has never happened before, it can happen next weekend and even when everything looked odds on for certain teams, they did enough to beat themselves in the end. Get the latest BFL betting tips from Online Betting King.
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And the best thing about that? We get to do it all over again in the divisional round this upcoming weekend.

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